Get the Look: Rachel Maddow

Fashion inspiration can come from unexpected sources: a poem, an old picture of your great aunt, maybe a certain song about short skirts and long jackets. I once created an outfit based solely on the exquisite color combination found in my iced caramel macchiato.

Rachel Maddow has become one of these unexpected inspirations. I admire her immensely: she is a Rhodes scholar, an accomplished journalist, a gay rights advocate, an eloquent speaker, a lover of cocktails, and a rabble-rouser. She also “dresses like a first grader,” according to her website…Maybe so, but I love her look. She rocks bold eyeglasses, blazers, baggy jeans, and sneakers. She hates to shop, but always looks comfortable and confident. Beneath her desk on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” hidden from the camera, she wears skater shoes with her pant suits. She dresses for herself, and in doing so, she’s created a style all her own.

Personal style comes from a genuine place, from wearing your own truth loud and proud. Rachel Maddow is a perfect example. Here are the key elements of her laid back look:

Throw a simple black blazer on with slacks for work or pair it with baggy jeans on the weekend.
[Stretch Blazer, $69]

Boyfriend cut jeans are everywhere right now, so shop around to find the ones for you. Even better? Hit up thrift stores for a perfectly worn-in pair of men’s Levi’s.
[Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans, $44]

Slip these on secretly under your desk at work to best approximate the Rachel Maddow experience.
[Adidas Gazelle Skate Shoes, $65]

Bold eyeglasses are the icing on the cake. Other accessory ideas: a bold belt buckle, a Red Sox baseball cap, and a PhD in politics. Rock on, Rachel. Rock on.
[Vintage Eyeglass Frames, $9.99]