Career Chic Council: Meet Rebecca Andruszka

Rebecca Andruszka

Rebecca spends her 9-to-5 as a senior fundraising professional for a national advocacy nonprofit. In her free time, she advances more causes by serving as a volunteer and board member for local grassroots organizations. All that good doing calls for a relaxed, utilitarian style—spiced up with fun, sophisticated pieces.

What’s your daytime work style?
My nonprofit tends to be pretty casual, so my go-to uniform is a pair of slim, dark jeans with a striped top or button down and a pair of ballet flats. But if I have a meeting with a donor or VIP, I usually dress up with a simple Calvin Klein shirt.

How do you take your look from office to evening?
I focus on accessories—jewelry and eyeliner make a big difference. Sometimes I bring in a more elegant purse or a scarf when going out after work.

What’s your weekend style?
Weekends are for hanging out in Brooklyn with my dog. I live in my ripped-up boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt. If I’m going someplace more fancy than the dog park, I usually change only my shoes and jacket (a classic trench coat really does class up every outfit).

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
Most of the time I dress in basic “uniforms,” but every once in awhile I splurge on a red silk dress, leopard-print pumps, or something else totally ridiculous. The trick is to invest in your uniform and spend less on your splurges. Because when are you really going to wear that tulle skirt?

See our stylist's picks on the next page.


Rebecca

  1. The Denim Shirt
    Just because it’s denim doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up for the office—all it takes is the right bottom and shoes. Denim is such a versatile fabric that you can easily dress it up or down.
    Denim shirt, $98, available at jcrew.com.

  2. The Cap Toe Skimmer
    These flats complement any outfit and are a great alternative to Rebecca’s go-to ballet flats.
    Cap Toe Skimmer, $118.00, available at madewell.com.

  3. The Paisley Scarf
    Paisley is another classic pattern that always looks stylish and chic. I love the tassel detailing, too.
    Boho Doll scarf, $13, available at forever21.com.

  4. The Classic Black Dress
    You really can’t have enough black dresses, especially in different styles and fabrics. This A-line silhouette looks great on every body type.
    BCBGMaxAzria Jeanna dress, $118, available at lordandtaylor.com.

  5.  The Corduroy Leggings
    These berry-colored corduroy leggings create a bold and svelte look, and they’re insanely comfortable thanks to ultra-stretchy fabric.
    Corduroy leggings, $48, available at us.levi.com.

  6. The Leopard-Print Blouse
    This silk blouse is a steal at $49, and the leopard print can be worn year after year. This is a staple every woman should have in her wardrobe.
    Silk blouse, $49, available at joefresh.com.

  7. The Bowling Bag
    I love the color blocking on this bag and the soft suede sides—and the bowling bag shape is perfect for both work and play.
    Handbag, $100, available at zara.com.

  8. The Geometric Necklace
    If accessorizing is new for you, there are a lot of great inexpensive pieces you can try without much financial commitment. Don’t be afraid to add a necklace, earrings or bracelets to your outfit. They really do transform your look.
    Geometric pendant necklace, $9, available at forever21.com.

 

 

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