It is no secret that workwear for women has really changed over the years. I remember when I was in the direct-to-consumer clothing sales business women were just embracing going from true business wear to business casual. Even in the early 2000s business casual had a different feel to it. Now women of all ages and professions are opting for more of a power casual look. This can take them from meetings at the office to cocktails to even soccer practice. Today more than ever a woman’s workwear wardrobe has to really work for all facets of her life.
For years, I have been hearing about M.M. LaFleur devoted shoppers. This brand has something for each and every professional woman out there regardless of age. I have worked from home for years now and never go into an office. Yet, I still find myself reaching for certain M.M. LaFleur pieces on the regular. They are just great quality pieces that can work for so many occasions when you just want to dress with ease and feel totally put together.
Before we talk more about M.M. LaFleur here are a couple of other helpful posts I have written to help petite women when they can’t always find petite clothing.
- Petite vs. Regular Pants Sizing Guide For Women: Differences You Should Know
- Petite Clothing Tips When You Can’t Buy Petite Sizing
- Best Shoe Styles To Wear If You Are Petite
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Why Petites Need To Know M.M. LaFleur
Whether you are a work from home person like myself or a woman who goes into an office regularly there are power casual pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Pieces from this brand are investment quality pieces that you will reach for time and time again. If you don’t have M.M. LaFleur in your closet, now is the time to add a piece or two.
Who Is M.M. LaFleur
Sarah LaFleur and Miyako Nakamura are the two ladies who dreamed up this line in 2013. Sarah LaFleur was a management consultant who knew from her personal experience that there was lack of stylish and practical workwear options out there for the modern woman. Miyako Nakamura had been the head designer for Zac Posen so she could envision and design beautiful, yet practical pieces that women can live in.
M.M. LaFleur is best known for introducing the concept of Power Casual to the world. This is the new way women are dressing for work and life. So often those lines are blurred as women search for work/life balance in their lives.
Not only do they help women with the dressing part of work/life balance, but they go above and beyond to create amazing customer service for busy professional women. They have a fabulous digital magazine, The M Dash. Its theme is Living with Purpose. Here you can find articles on wardrobe advice, career tips, and much more about what life is like as a working woman today.
What Sets Their Designs Apart
The design process at M.M. LaFleur makes sure that every piece includes
- functional details – yes to adjustable hems and bra strap holders
- comfort – their goal is you saying I could take a nap in this comfortable ______
- style – so you feel great in everything you wear from them when you enter a room
M.M. LaFleur Sustainability
Many shoppers are looking for brands that are more sustainable. With that comes more expenses for the brand which is sad, but true. Using fabrics and manufacturing processes that are more sustainable means that you are purchasing things for your wardrobe that are made to be worn and enjoyed for years.
One sustainable practice that I really like about this brand is their Second Act program. Yes, you can sell your preloved pieces to another person who loves the brand. This is a win-win for both of you.
The brand is also working to use more recycled materials in its collections. They have lovely washable silk pieces and their other pieces are machine washable as well. That means that trips to the dry cleaners are reduced.
Power Casual Pieces That Are Petite Friendly
One thing that is really nice on the brand’s website is that they will call out if a piece is petite friendly, hip friendly, and even maternity friendly. They try to help all shapes and sizes of women find the best fitting pieces for their unique body shape.
Pants And Skirts That Work For Petites
I think that their use of snaps on many of their pant styles is just genius. That is what makes so many of their pants work for shorter women without having to hem them. The Archie pants that I am wearing above are snapped up so I did not have to have them hemmed. If I want to wear them with heeled booties I can just unsnap them and they work with a higher heel.
The Foster pant, which is one of their best-selling pants, also has this snap feature. It is a slim leg pant made of very stretchy material. If you want a little looser fit on this, then I would recommend sizing up. I found them to be a little tight on my muscular calves.
Why Every Woman Should Own a Jardigan
It is engrained in all women that they should own blazers. Yes, they are a very important workhorse in every woman’s wardrobe. However, when you meet the Jardigan it will take your power casual look up a notch. Think of it as your softest most comfortable blazer. You can think of oh so many ways to wear it. I am wearing the Woolf Jardigan in these photos. They have three different styles of Jardigans and this one is the medium length so there is a style that is great for every body type and length.
I am wearing the Jolie Jardigan in green in photos earlier in this post. They also have a longer length of Jardigan, The Merritt. Honestly, any of these Jardigans will be your best travel companion. Just think, no wrinkling and takes up less space in the suitcase.
Tees and Layering Tops
M.M. LaFleur t-shirts are amazingly soft and comfortable. All of their tees are made of pima cotton. Yes, they are on the pricier side for a t-shirt, but the quality is well worth it in my opinion. The Soyoung T-shirt is one that I reach for regularly in my closet. It is so soft and hugs in all of the right place and not too tight. The t-shirt is so well made that I feel just as comfortable tucking it into a pencil skirt as I am a pair of my favorite jeans. The 3/4 length sleeve is nice for those in between months of cool, but not cold weather. Bonus is that it is available in several colors that will mix and match with everything in your closet. Again, this is one of those pieces that you just want to have in multiple colors in your wardrobe.
What is nice is that they design tees and layering pieces in all sleeve lengths. So if you are a sleeveless lover you would go for the Paige t-shirt. Long sleeves and this V-neck short sleeve are also great options. Again, every design is offered in multiple colors so that you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
Petite Friendly Power Casual
You know that I am always on the lookout for things that are petite-friendly. Most of my clothes are not specifically made for petites. I must say that if you are petite, you will be able to find many things in this line that will work for you with little to no alterations.
Now I am going to turn this over to Lindsay Veremis . She is another petite fan of M.M. LaFleur and she is going to show you how she wears the power casual workwear when she teaches communications at Purdue University. Lindsay shares stories about fashion thru the eyes of a former news anchor. You can find her on Instagram here and her blog here.
THANKS, Let’s Keep In Touch
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today. If you weren’t familiar with M.M. LaFleur I do hope that you will take a look at their things. Even though they are known as workwear for women company, there are oh so many other occasions in life where their pieces come in handy. They truly know how to make clothes that work for a busy woman’s life.
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