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What Sarah LaFleur is Loving for Spring

M.M.’s CEO is mixing and matching the classics with her favorite new pieces for five looks that are uniquely her.

By Sarah LaFleur

It might still be February, but our heads and closets are ready for spring. We love our snuggly sweaters, but we’re ready to shed them for sleeker silhouettes, bold pairings, and even a little more skin (including our toes).  And nobody is more ready than M.M.’s CEO, Sarah LaFleur. Below, she shares the styles she’s most excited to wear out in New York this spring.
1.

I didn’t understand the power of a blazer until I was 27.

“I had started a new job where I was usually the youngest and only woman in the room. The guys would roll into the office in their button-downs and fleeces, and I started wearing a blazer. I was probably a bit more dressed up than the rest of them (not like they noticed), but to me, it was armor. I liked how my shoulders looked. I loved how I felt.”

2.

I’m a sucker for drapey, feminine blouses.

“Speaking of that job I had when I was 27, I used to wear a silk blouse like this under my blazer, but it had some major issues: it was silk (dry-clean only!), and it always gaped at the front, so I had to pin it with a safety pin. Miyako solved both of those problems by using our made-in-Japan Soft Wave fabric and doing a LOT of testing with our team to make sure it doesn’t gape!”

3.

Ah, the Tory dress. The dress that broke the internet.

“The benefit of this dress*—aside from the fact that it makes everyone look chic—is that it mimics a wrap but is way more secure and has a surprising amount of room in the stomach area.”

*Shown here with the belt from the Cynthia dress.

4.

I know this shot is all about the pants, but can I just talk about the Octavia top for a second?

This is the top I pull out on those mornings when getting out of bed feels impossible and all I want to do is lie in a cocoon of coziness. I think it has the same effects as swaddling a baby? It squeezes in all the right places, and the fabric (from one of our favorite mills in Italy—the owner is just so dapper!) is cotton-gauze soft.

And yes, of course, the Milo jeans. When Miyako first showed me these, I thought she had lost her mind. Were they bell-bottoms? Dad jeans? I just didn’t get it. Fast forward a year (because the Design team starts designing a year early), and I finally understand. Oh, they’re trendy. Miyako is one year ahead of the curve, and I’m just catching up. That’s why she has her job, and I have mine.

5.

This is a classic Sarah outfit.

“Stretch knits everywhere. The Harlem skirt is my all-time favorite M.M. skirt. I own it in five colors. To dress it down, I wear it with a knit top (do a one-side side-tuck to show some waist). To dress it up for board meetings, I pair it with the Woolf jardigan and Peggy top.

And yes, the shoes! Don’t you love these? I never thought of showing feet as sexy, but these sandals make me rethink that.”

Sarah LaFleur

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Sarah LaFleur

Sarah LaFleur is the founder and CEO of professional womenswear brand MM.LaFleur . Her mission: to take the work out of dressing for work.

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