Those of you who have been here with me on Where the BlueBoots Go may know that personal style and confidence go hand in hand for me. Personal style is a daily exercise in thoughtful textile alchemy, where mixing textures, colors, and classic silhouettes with unique and fun pieces is an art. Give me sparkle and gold any day, but I won’t forget the value of cozy chic style – I can’t live without the softest sweaters and a cozy jacket that feels like a blanket hug. Enter, Power Casual – a style philosophy for curating what you wear more thoughtfully and achieving work-life balance with easy elegance from your closet to wherever life takes you.
I picked up some Power Casual tips from my friends at M.M.LaFleur, who take pages out of the books of many real women who are amazing at being uniquely themselves.
Defining your style needs
Part of the evolution of confident style is having pieces that work for you in ALL the places and spaces YOU are in. As someone who likes to explore new places and travels a decent amount, one of the worst challenges of preparing for travel is packing for long trips and bringing comfortable clothes that won’t add extra hours of worry about wrinkles, dry cleaning and special care (many quality pieces will surprise you that are machine washable), overpacking/under-packing but look and feel like me – whether at work or play.
Through the years, I’ve done a few styling appointments with M.M.LaFleur (in Boston and Washington D.C.) and handed over the reigns to be open to trying new fabrics, silhouettes, and styles to freshen up my style. Currently, they offer styling appointments in their locations in New York City and Washington D.C. They also offer virtual styling appointments, so you can get help from the experts right from your home. Everything is a learning opportunity, even with style!
Mixing relaxed and elevated pieces can be a lot of fun! Why?
With the pieces I selected, I take one less item off my list of things to do or think about, because I can reach for virtually any piece I’ve selected and know it will look great and feel great on. From smarter suiting to packable layers, I find that M.M.LaFleur pieces are well-made, thoughtfully designed, easy to wear, fun, and functional.
So many of my professional outfit updates and favorite wardrobe pieces I reach for when I get dressed for the office are from M.M.LaFleur.
A few other neat tidbits about the brand:
M.M.LaFleur is a company run by two inspiring women, Sarah LaFleur and Miyako Nakamura. They offer a Heroes discount, Student discount, have a program for direct reselling of pre-loved M.M. pieces to give them a second life, and partner with thredUP. Details on all of these and which programs are part of their current offerings are available on their website.
Finally, check out The M Dash – the posts there often have great style ideas!
Now, for some timely sale news:
The M.M.LaFleur team has so kindly given me a 20% off code for your first full price purchase at M.M.LaFleur “BLUEBOOTS20.”
While you can save, use, and share my code for your first purchase, I saw that M.M.LaFleur currently has a great bundle sale going on now for the New Year where you can get 30% off 2 or more items from a curated selection of items with the code “NEWYEAR” *and* check out their sale section where some items are 80% off now!
I perused the Bundle Sale and spotted several of the styles that I have and love, so I’ll link them here and also show some examples of how I style these Power Casual pieces.
Spotted on The Bundle Sale
1 // Easy Elegance
M.M.LaFleur x Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85 in Gold Crackle – love a collaboration between two of my favorite brands!
also wearing: this lisey washable silk cami and orchard washable silk skirt (super cute for Valentine’s/Galentine’s and spring!) in the vintage rose colorway, but many colors are on sale! I can’t wait to style these in other ways and will update this post….. 😉
Lady Dior Chain Pouch in Latte Cannage
2 // Perfect “hug” & chic outfit topper
to take you from casual to professional occasions
also see how I styled it with The Jeannine Dress in Plaid Sharkskin on work travel
3 // Two stylish short-sleeve tops
4 // The Bestsellers
5 // A wear-to-work wonder
the design elements are so good – ruching, silhouette, and side slit
Was this post helpful? Did you find new style inspiration? Questions about M.M.LaFleur sizing?Please let me know!
I’ll update this post from time to time, so you are welcome to save this Power Casual post for some inspiration when you need it!
Some of the pieces you see in this post were kindly gifted by M.M.LaFleur over the past several years. They stand the test of time and are wardrobe winners I reach for, and want to wear and share. The links I use may offer me a small commission if you choose to make a purchase through my link. Thank you so much for reading and for supporting the content I share on Where the BlueBoots Go! 💙
Photography featured in this post courtesy of B. Ferreira, D. Dillard, C. Miller.