Muffie Potter Aston
Erin Baiano for The New York Times
I had an uncharacterically relaxing Sunday morning yesterday and actually read the NY Times. After scanning the major headlines, then reading the wedding announcements, I headed to the rest of the SundayStyles Section. I was captivated by an article by Georgetown alumna Muffie Potter Aston, who wrote a piece entitled “What I Wore: Outfits that Walk Between 2 Worlds” She had me at — well, “What I Wore.” Muffie chronicles her personal wardrobing from November 2 through November 8, describing how she changes and adapts her wardrobe throughout the day to meet the demanding schedule of motherhood, significant volunteer commitments in Manhattan and her active social life. I was enthralled: half envious of her exquisite designer creations and half really impressed with how her effortless, chic looks seemed completely effortless. I’ve reprinted the article below in case you missed it. I particularly like how she describes her style as “to dress in a monochromatic palette.” Me, too! Me, too! And her color-coded closet has me just beside myself.
Happy Monday! Julie
Her article is below:
WHAT I WORE
Outfits That Walk Between 2 Worlds
By MUFFIE POTTER ASTON
Published: November 17, 2011
A mainstay on the city’s charity circuit, Muffie Potter Aston was formerly the United States executive vice president of marketing and advertising for Van Cleef & Arpels. A Washington, D.C., native, she lives on the Upper East Side with her husband, the plastic surgeon Dr. Sherrell Aston, and their twin 6-year-old daughters, Ashleigh and Bracie. BEE-SHYUAN CHANG
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
The gym is my shrink each morning. After I’ve gotten my girls ready for school — thank God they wear a uniform, so there is no morning quandary as to what they should wear — I put on my gym uniform: One Step Up boot-cut exercise leggings and a T-shirt usually from a charity benefit gift bag. Today’s tee was from Trudie Styler and Sting’s annual Rainforest Foundation benefit.
I met Adrienne Vittadini for lunch at Swifty’s. The weather was gorgeous, and I went with Hermès: a black suede fitted jacket with long fringe and nutmeg-colored calf-leather pants. Paired that with Manolo Blahnik ostrich booties and my black Birkin.
Then a trip downtown for a meeting to plan next year’s Rita Hayworth Gala. Back uptown, picked up my daughters at school and changed into my “play clothes” to hang with them: a long-sleeved white Gap tee, khaki Gap pants and a cozy mustard Tse V-neck sweater.
THURSDAY, NOV. 3
Another morning of school drop-off in my gym uniform. This tee was one from the New York Jets commemorative 9/11 opening-night game. Later, I had annual appeal solicitations — when board members sit down and write fund-raising letters — to do for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. I wore a camel cashmere Chanel jacket, gray flannel Michael Kors trousers, blush Saks Fifth Avenue Private Label turtleneck and a blush and gray paisley Loro Piana scarf with black suede Chanel loafers. And I carried my burgundy Birkin.
After dinner with my family, it was off to the Marine Corps Ball for cocktails and then to Broadway to catch “Spider-Man” with a couple of girlfriends. This was tricky wardrobe territory as the ball was black tie and the theater obviously not. So I went with a Yves Saint Laurent black velvet tuxedo suit, white satin Naeem Khan blouse and Badgley Mischka’s rhinestone and black velvet belt with black suede YSL pumps. En route to the theater, I took off the jacket and the belt in the car and threw on a cashmere Pucci print V-neck.
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
An early lunch meeting to discuss a branding project. My closet is color-coded so everything is easy to find. I put on a crisp white Carolina Herrera blouse, and over that, a cream leather Valentino jacket. The off-white wide-leg trousers were also Valentino, and they went with Giuseppe Zanotti camel-colored ostrich high heels and my saddle leather Birkin. I have everything in my Birkins. They hold my world together.
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
On weekends, my husband and I make it a point to not do anything social. It’s family time. In the morning, Ashleigh had swim-team time trials. I layered, as it tends to heat up in the pool viewing area. I put on a taupe snakeskin-print blouse and a taupe Mongolian lamb vest. Both are from Zara. On the bottom, I wore off-white J. Crew bootleg cords and taupe snakeskin cowboy boots. I threw everything I needed into my new GiGi tote in Cayman python. It’s so soft and roomy.
We all headed out to Long Island afterward. My husband and I had planned a dinner and movie date. I went all loden green in a silk Banana Republic turtleneck with matching Veronica Beard fitted wool blazer and Ralph Lauren suede pants. It’s my style to dress in a monochromatic palette. For the most part, I don’t like a lot of jingle-jangle going on. I think I got that from my mother.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
Loved the extra hour of sleep. To go to church, I went casual and a little Western. I put on a Ralph Lauren saddle-color suede wrap skirt, white blouse, Levi’s denim jacket and silver conch belt from a little local store in Aspen. I finished with crocodile brown boots.
MONDAY, NOV. 7
School for the girls, gym and then played catch-up, shooting off e-mails and taking down leftover Halloween decorations. I wanted to be comfortable yet ready to go for the twins’ school book fair. I chose a long-sleeved white crewneck tee from the Gap, camel-colored V-neck cardigan and khaki DKNY slacks. I draped on a print Hermès silk scarf and added a saddle-colored Hermès “H” belt. And I wore my beige pony skin pumps from BCBG. I love them. I don’t even know how old they are anymore.
TUESDAY, NOV. 8
Dressed for a lunch at Le Cirque on behalf of the New York Women’s Foundation. Diana Taylor was speaking, so I knew it would be interesting. She’s brilliant. The weather was surprisingly balmy so I put on a creamy white Dolce & Gabbana sleeveless turtleneck dress and draped a cream Christian Dior silk and lace sweater over my shoulders. I added cream Manolo Blahnik heels and a cream snakeskin Lambertson Truex bag. Since I became a mother, I try to walk between two worlds. For a while, I tried to give up the “Muffie” life and was only in casual clothes all day. But since the girls entered first grade, I’ve inched back into my social life.
At night, I was a co-chair for the opening-night gala of the American Ballet Theater. I went from school pickup/play mode with my girls to getting ready in about 30 minutes. I can’t muck around. I wore the most divine Badgley Mischka Couture silver sequin mermaid-style dress with double tulle overlays. I carried a light and dark silver Judith Leiber minaudière with this Art Deco design. My daughters each said I looked like a stunning princess. That’s about as good as it gets for me.