My Modern Working Wardrobe: The Editor

The faultless Jo Ellison, editor of Financial Times’ How To Spend It and deputy editor of FT Weekend, discusses her style icons, the lack of pressure to dress up at the office and why menswear will always be her preferred nine-to-five uniform.

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You’d be forgiven for assuming that every day in a fashion editors’ day is catwalk worthy. But for Jo Ellison, who serves as the editor of the Financial Times’ How To Spend It luxury magazine as well as the deputy editor of FT Weekend, there’s little pressure to look the part in the office. It does, however, come naturally. “Many of the FT editors and journalists are highly educated and intellectual but have zero interest in fashion or clothes,” she says. “Outside the office, of course, people expect something a bit special. But I would prefer to look classic and polished than outwardly fashionable.”

Jo Ellison

L’avantage des vêtements pour hommes est qu’ils sont conçus pour les gens qui ne veulent pas trop penser à ce qu’ils portent, mais qui ont besoin de vêtements qui fonctionnent pour eux dans de nombreux contextes.

And so, since she can remember, Jo has gravitated towards menswear for her everyday uniform. “It's more comfortable and easier, and makes me feel put together and smart,” she explains. “It makes me feel professional and competent – whilst not being too distracting or fussy. It’s also very versatile. The benefit of menswear is that it’s designed for people who don’t want to think too much about what they’re wearing but need clothes that work for them in lots of contexts. A suit can take you almost anywhere from the office – to an awards dinner – and it always looks the part.”

Rattling off a long list of her style icons – among them Diane Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joan Didion and Anjelica Houston – Jo notes the importance of wearing the clothes, not letting them wear you. Feeling comfortable and at ease in your own skin is another must, as is versatility in your modern working wardrobe.

Once you’ve seen a Peter Lindbergh picture of a supermodel in a perfect white shirt and man’s overcoat, why would you aspire to wear anything else?

Jo Ellison

“The working day in 2022 might start in the gym, circle around a lunch meeting, require lugging around a laptop and other office equipment and end up at a formal dinner – or it could mean going nowhere as you work all day at home,” she says. “On long days with tons of different appointments, I want to be able to move around quickly and comfortably while being ready for all weathers. If I’m at home I want to be even more comfortable, but still presentable enough for Zoom.”

Jo Ellison

Un costume peut vous emmener presque n’importe où du bureau – jusqu’à un dîner de remise de prix – et il en a toujours l’air.

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