Ask Helen: What to Wear

Q: I’m a mom of two, work at an IT company that doesn’t have a strict dress code. Thanks to that, I easily blur the boundaries between casual and sloppy. I want to incorporate trendy and chic elements into my outfits, but still look appropriate.

A: As a working mom myself, I totally understand your struggle. Below I put together three outfits for you:

First one is this chic office look that is also very easy to transition from day to night:

offic chic look, over the knee boots, vintage chanel necklace and sheatch dress

Clockwise from top left:

Dress: Zara

Necklace: Vintage Chanel (the best indulge-yourself gift! similar here)

Lip: Dolce & Gabbana (my favorite everyday lip gloss!)

Shoe: Stuart Weitzman

Second outfit is a glamorous party look that is perfect for the coming holiday season. I actually styled two outfits for you, whether you want to go a little bit unexpected with the first one–a turtleneck sweater paired with flirty feather skirt and sexy sandal, or you want more coverage but still look sexy and feminine with this sheer tie front blouse paired with the same skirt and a killer over the knee boots.

party outfit feather skirt, black sweater and stuart weizman

Clockwise from top left:

Sweater: J.Crew

Clutch: Ted Baker London (also available here; LOVE everything about it!)

Shoe: Stuart Weitzman in ‘Black Goose Bump” (timeless classic that can be worn year-round!)

Skirt: Sam Edelman (on sale here with code “VETSDAY”)

party outfit feather skirt, sheer blouse, stuart weizman over the knee

Clockwise from top left:

Blouse: Equipment

Skirt: Sam Edelman (on sale here with code “VETSDAY”)

Shoe: Stuart Weitzman

Clutch: Ted Baker London (also available here; LOVE everything about it!)

Lip: Stila in color “Beso”

Last but not least, an elegant outfit for school event. You can go with what showed on the model, pair this on-trend red midi skirt with a floral sweatshirt, or opt for an urban chic look by teaming it with a simple black sweater and coordinated low pumps:

shool event outfit idea red midi skirt, black turtle neck and quilted michael kors bag

Clockwise from top left:

Skirt: Asos (petite friendly!)

Sweater: J.Crew

Shoe: Manolo Blahnik (perfect heel height! great alternative here)

Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors


By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!