Dress Like the Boss: Shirley Chen’s Business-With-an-Edge Basics
Shirley Chen, the founder of BAM, a forthcoming, real-time bidding platform that connects luxury fashion and beauty brands with editorial opportunities, has a polished aesthetic that reflects her supremely organized mind. And with marketing experience at both McKinsey & Company and Moda Operandi under her belt, she’s prepared to venture out on her own—but becoming your own boss requires a slight fashion reorientation.
“I definitely believe in investment items and feel no shame or unease in wearing clothing that is not in-season,” she says. “However, I am firmly against hoarding. I donate or consign every year and only hold on to what I love.” And all is fair in love and clothing, it seems: Chen’s Soho apartment is spotless; and her closet, which is jam-packed with high-rise denim, sharply tailored shifts, and boss lady suiting, is nothing short of miraculous. Check out a week’s worth of workday outfits courtesy of one of the most stylish women in New York.
Life Imitates Art
“I own at least 6 pairs of blue stilettos ranging from soft blue to cobalt. I have a very vivid memory of going to a Vermeer exhibition with my dad as a six year old. We waited in line for five hours in the cold. Although I was too young to understand light and composition, the color in his paintings absolutely astonished me.
Coat of Arms
The summer of my freshman year I got an internship at [3.1] Phillip Lim. It was right after he did the rosette collection and I knew I had to be there. Unfortunately, a few days before I’d also been offered a summer job at Morgan Stanley. My very Asian parents were distraught at the idea of me working in fashion instead of finance and refused to offer any financial assistance. I got a part-time job four days a week to support myself. At the end of the summer, the Phillip team gave me a classic, black tuxedo jacket. It wasn’t my first designer piece, but it felt like the first designer item I’d really earned. What a sweet, sweet feeling.
Yang Li Dress
Bottega Veneta Sandals
Brave New Heights