What I Wear to Work: Illustrator Jing Wei goes with black so she doesn’t have to think about her outfit
29, illustrator, New York
What’s your day-to-day like?
I’m a freelance illustrator and usually work out of a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I’m also a brand illustrator for Etsy and teach a class once a week at the Pratt Institute.
That’s a lot of gigs.
Yeah. I run around a lot, so I wear outfits that accommodate different situations.
What do you look for when shopping?
I don’t really care about brands, but it’s important that clothes are versatile and fit well.
What makes an outfit work for you?
It’s all about comfort and simplicity—and then throwing on something unexpected. I like to have a simple foundation and then some pops here and there with fun accessories or a patterned jacket.
Like the one you have on.
I found this at a sample sale! At the time I was working on some floral patterns, and the idea migrated into my wardrobe. I like things that inspire my art, so if I see an interesting print, it can influence what I’m doing.
Where’s your skirt from?
A boutique called Swords-Smith that’s close to my studio. I’ve been wearing more black recently.
Having more black helps me not think too hard about my clothing choices—though I make sure there’s some contrast. Otherwise it can get a little Goth.
Your shoes look crazy comfortable.
They are—and they’re really sturdy. I like pieces I can hold on to for years and years.