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

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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.

Why’s that?

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.

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