Like many of us, Luz Ortiz begins her work day by sifting through many emails. After that, though, a day on the job for Ortiz is infinitely cooler than most—she’s the creative director and designer of a jewelry brand with her namesake.
All of Ortiz’s timeless everyday pieces—which she describes as “a balance of bold yet understated”—are made in New York. This means when she’s not working from her Garment District studio, she’s often walking to factories in the Jewelry District to check on orders, pick up items, and drop off work.
So when it comes to her personal style, comfort is key. The designer gravitates toward classic items that she knows are reliable and make her feel confident. Take the Sorel Blake Lace Bootie, for example—the heeled boots instantly add flair to any outfit, but are still comfortable enough for Ortiz’s day-to-day.
Here, three tips on how to style comfortable and chic looks for work, all approved by the boss herself.
1. Maxi Dresses Go a Long Way
A dress is always an easy outfit option—you throw it on and off you go. A flowy maxi dress is especially comfortable, Ortiz says, and this particular one is “feminine and elegant with an edge” when paired with the Sorel booties. Add a Luz Ortiz necklace and you’ve got a full look.
A dress like this is versatile, too, Ortiz says: “If I have something major or super special going on, it would be ideal, but at the same time I’m going to feel comfortable because it’s what I like.” This look can take the designer from a work meeting to dinner with friends.
2. Find Shoes That Are Functional and Fashionable
When your career involves as much running around the city as Ortiz’s does, you need shoes that will get you where you need to go—and better yet, elevate your look. Invest in a pair like the Sorel booties, which Ortiz describes as “functional, practical, and versatile.”
Worn with a leather jumpsuit, you have what Ortiz calls a “really boss” look. “It’s just a strong, bold look, but at the same time chic because of the brown leather,” she says.
3. Blazers Are Your New Best Friend
Basically, blazers are a power move. “Blazers, to me, are a must,” Ortiz says. “If you don’t have one in your closet, then something is going on.” They’re practical and complement almost any outfit. Take inspo from Ortiz and try one with your favorite pair of jeans and Sorel booties to elevate the look.
“Whether it’s just running around in the Jewelry District or to a business meeting, I always feel confident, powerful, and firm with a blazer on,” she says.