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Meet Carla Robinson

“Casual doesn’t fly” at Carla’s federal government job so she seeks out timeless, well-made pieces. Carla always checks the quality of clothing construction and fabrication before making the investment. Here is how to get her look.

  • By Katie Karlson, plus tips from our expert stylist partner, Dawn Cassidy
  • October 01, 2013


Carla’s work style is sleek and pulled-together—as a manager with the federal government, her office’s dress code calls for professional attire (“casual” doesn’t fly). Weekend looks are relaxed and fun, but for her work wardrobe Carla seeks out timeless, high-quality pieces. What’s her secret?

“I determine the quality of clothing based on the fabric, the strength of the seams, and the quality of the details, such as lace trim,” she says.

Talk about attention to detail.

What’s your daytime work style?
My daytime work style is classic and polished: I love wearing a sheath dress with a stylish scarf and sling-back pumps.

How do you take your look from office to evening?
If I’m planning a night out, I usually wear a pair of slacks or ponte knit pants and zhuzh it up with a popped collar and jewelry—especially status link necklaces in silver and gold.

What’s your weekend style?
Weekends are more casual—you’ll usually find me in a maxidress or crop pants. Some other favorites of mine are large scarves tied to make a vest, which I pop over a shirt, and leggings with slip-ons or flats with cutout designs and a hint of metallic color.

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
Always wear something you love and that makes you feel confident. I think clothing should be timeless and stylish; I’d rather buy trendy accessories than trendy outfits. If I think an item will last more than one season, it’s worth buying.

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