As many of you know, all of us Okay Great-ers forged our magical friendships through our old firm, Flywheel Design. It was amazing and we did amazing things and we ate locopops together and it was great. Then we all got laid off. Rather than boil in the pain and the anger and grief and utter shock (wait, I’m still boiling) we’ve all made it through to the other side. For my part, well, I got a job! And though I’m thankful to have a place to show up to Monday through Friday, I made a promise to myself that I would, um, be myself. That means professional and creative. I love this new ad campaign for Salvatore Ferragamo’s SS 2010 line shot by Mario Testino. It’s my inspiration to never fall back on lumpy jeans and hooded sweatshirts on the job. I feel like I need to present the best of me at all times and fraying denim doesn’t say, “I’m smart and powerful and love my job – oh, and don’t fuck with me” quite like a luxurious quilted box jacket, pencil skirt and heels. I just picture Claudia above franticly panicking to pick out the right shoes that say the right thing for Monday morning.

Plus, the best advice I ever got? If you work in a creative industry, you better look creative. Sometimes it’s a thrill for your clients to go through the process of working with an agency. If you show up in a cheap gray power suit with Rite Aid nylons (like them) you’re going to disappoint everyone at the table. I aim to never, ever disappoint.

See my picks and purchases for office ware after the jump!

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