A Club Monaco Insider Shows Us How To Wear The Perfect Summer Work Outfit!

The '70s revival is major this season, so, of course we're loving this easy-breezy look Club Monaco Public Relations coordinator Tansu Akman-Duffy rocked en route to work. Proving that palazzo pants can be sophisticated and fun, she completed her perfect summer weekday outfit by pairing the trend with some classic pieces to keep the look office-appropriate. We're all about a pop of bright color (especially with New York's heinous gray rain of late), and, with cubicles so chilly, we're majorly into this pretty publicist's lightweight layering. We chatted Akman-Duffy up to get the inside scoop on her warm-weather dressing secrets, plus all the dirt we needed to bite her style from head to toe. Your boss will be jealous.
Here are the 4 essentials you need to look like Akman-Duffy!
Essential #1: Navy Blazer: The navy blazer is the perfect investment piece to pull this look together, and slim you down on top while letting your palazzo pants billow in the wind.
Topshop Premium Navy Shrunken Blazer, $170, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-9555.
Essential #2: Aviator Sunglasses: Bust out these sunnies and add a dose of cool to your look.
SLV x OC Aviators, available at Silver Lining Opticians, 92 Thompson Street (between Spring and Charlton streets); 212-274-9191.
Essential #3: Beige Clutch: Keeping in line with this look's sophistication slant, a light summer clutch in a neutral tone won't compete with a wilder pair of pants.
Lauren Merkin Clutch, $295, available at Scoop NYC, 473 Broadway #A (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-925-3539.
Essential #4: Palazzo Pants: These pants make us feel glamorous and comfy, the way good summer clothes always should. It's like wearing a skirt but...they're pants! The concentrated shot of color is so pretty, too.
TFNC Wide Leg Palazzo Pants, $64.63, available at ASOS.
Plus, get the style dirt from Tansu herself with our quickie Q & A!
What's your favorite thing about your job?
"I love being the connection between Club Monaco and the editorial industry—I feel very proud when I see our credits in magazines! First dibs on our sample sales are also a perk."
What's your spring/summer dressing M.O.?
"It’s always freezing in our office, so I like to layer in lightweight fabrics—I live for long, pleated skirts with vintage concert tees and linen blazers during the summer."
Can you describe your outfit?
"This Club Monaco navy blazer + gray sweatshirt combo goes with ANYTHING—they are my answer to my "slept-through-my-alarm-and-can’t-think-of-an-outfit” outfit! These pants are so much fun, I feel like I’m gliding in them—they sweep through the air with each step. The jewels are great vintage finds from the Turkish bazaar. Clearly, I believe in the power of the evil eye!"
Where would you wear this outfit?
"Where wouldn’t I wear this outfit? I love it for work, for weekend lunches; the pants alone are amazing with a cute bikini top."
Summer plan you're most excited for...
"Spending time with my family at our summer house in Turkey, and mooching off of my boyfriend’s pool (margaritas included!)."

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