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.
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.”
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!”
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.
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.”