Name: Jamie Ducharme
Background: Most Northeastern students celebrate having a co-op with a casual dress code. I do the opposite. Half the reason I even go on co-op is to pretend I’m on “Mad Men,” so pencil skirts, heels and jackets are a must. But since my job is at an ultra-casual PR agency, I have to tone it down enough to not get laughed at during lunch, while still staying true to my style and not looking like I just rolled into an 8 a.m. class.
Day 1: By the time Wednesday rolls around, I need to wear something that will raise my spirits enough to power through to Friday. This week, that came in the form of an animal-print dress and a statement necklace. I love this dress because the print and (p)leather sleeves make it fun and appropriate for a 20-year-old, but the cut is modest enough to wear in the office.
(Dress: Francesca’s Collections, Necklace: Target; Tights: Hue, Boots: Anne Klein)
Day 2: Like it or not, 99 percent of my co-workers are wearing jeans on any given day, so I often give up and give in. To make the look at least semi-professional, I went with the darkest wash jeans in my closet and paired them with a dressier top and a soft, cozy cashmere cardigan. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
(Jeans: Uniqlo, Top: Madewell, Cardigan: Garnet Hill, Watch: Fossil, Boots: Frye)
Day 3: I like this jacket for several reasons. First, I got it at Target, which is basically my own personal version of heaven. Second, it’s the perfect mix between funky and professional, which means I can pull it off even when everyone around me is in comfy sweaters. A pair of gray skinny jeans and biker boots finishes off the look.
(Jacket and t-shirt: Target, Jeans: James Jeans, Boots: Rampage)