One of my all-time favorite big screen fashion moments features Eva Mendes. Her character in Hitch, Sara, has a simple-yet-stylish professional wardrobe that steals scenes (like the ones at left). It’s all about pencil skirts and slim blouses, and reminds me a whole lot of the new Eva Mendes for New York & Company collection.
The new Eva Mendes Collection is an exclusive collaboration between the actress and affordable mall-staple store New York & Company. It's available in select New York & Company stores, online, and at the Eva Mendes Collection pop-up shop located at 166 Spring Strett (at West Broadway) in New York City. I browsed the collection online, but it looks like there are even more styles available in-store.
Although I’m sure the two aren’t even remotely connected, the work-friendly pieces I found in the Eva Mendes Collection remind me of her Hitch character in the best possible way. The stand-out pieces in the collection are super affordable work-appropriate separates that can be mixed and matched with more upscale pieces in your wardrobe to create lots of new looks. They can also easily transform from day to night, as Eva points out in this short video:
I’ve narrowed the 55-piece collection down to five best bets. Check them out:
This pretty pink-on-red polka dot bow blouse is a perfect office layering piece. Wear it under a suit when meeting clients, with a blazer and dark jeans on casual Friday, or with a pencil skirt and belted cardigan for a business casual look.
→ Buy the Eva Mendes Collection Bow Shell, $42.95, at nyandcompany.com.
The immediate thought when seeing this printed popover top is that it would look great paired with boyfriend jeans for a weekend look. But, just imagine it tucked in to a pencil skirt and you’ve got a fabulous workday option.
→ Buy the Eva Mendes Collection Anna Top, $46.95, at nyandcompany.com.
A slim, slightly cropped pant is a business wardrobe must-have. The Collection offers this must-have style in both basic black and an equally versatile light camel color. Make it a modern suit by adding the Nina Jacket, also available in both colors.
→ Buy the Eva Mendes Collection Slim Pant, $54.95, at nyandcompany.com.
This charmeuse blouse, available in three colors, is a glamorous and multi-functional addition to your wardrobe. Tame the glamour for day by wearing it under a suit. When night rolls around, ditch the suit jacket, unbutton an extra button, and trade out your accessories to instantly create a cocktail-hour look.
→ Buy the Eva Mendes Collection Charmeuse Blouse, $46.95, at nyandcompany.com.
The sophisticated silhouette and jacquard fabric make this dress ideal for holiday season work parties. Buy it now, and wear it to conservative-yet-festive occasions the rest of the year – just trade out your accessories for a whole new look each time.
→ Buy the Eva Mendes Collection Maria Dress, $69.95, at nyandcompany.com.