If you frequent community-centric events, it’s likely you’ve crossed paths with 25-year-old Grace Pesch. As a United Way of Olmsted County employee and chairwoman of the young professionals group The Commission, the Rochester native is often partaking in local happenings and spending her time giving back.
Outside of work and volunteering, Pesch enjoys reading, being outside, drinking coffee, cooking, and trying something new as often as possible. She adds, “Any other interesting things about me probably stem from the fact that I watch too many documentaries and read too much nonfiction, i.e.: pick me for your trivia team.”
Sum up your style.
Self-assured, classic, tailored.
Items in your closet you can't live without:
Black high heels, statement earrings, black turtleneck, a fit-and-flare dress.
You are heavily involved in the community. How does this impact your clothing choices, if at all?
I try to make sure that when I'm out and about, I look professional and am a good steward of my own values. I keep a few pins around to add to an outfit that showcases those. A personal favorite as of late is my "I will vote" pin. That said, you may see me in sweatpants and that showcases my value of "not taking yourself too seriously.”
Go-to clothing items for summer?
A white T-shirt and brightly colored shoes.
If you could raid anyone's closet, whose would it be?
Olivia Palermo. The way that woman mixes patterns is beyond impressive.
Most sentimental item(s) in your wardrobe?
Any jewelry my friends or family have gifted me, as well as a feminine and delicate magenta 1940s top that was my grandmother's.
Least favorite trend you're seeing right now?
The over-sized tops/bottoms '90s look. Not for me, but go for it if that's what makes you feel great!
Items worth splurging on?
I don't typically splurge on things because I find myself getting bored of a lot of my clothes and donating them or giving them to friends. I use the reasoning: If the item costs $36, will I wear it at least 36 times?
Any fashion faux pas you've had that you care to divulge?
Wow, can I just say every trend that occurred from 2006-2008? I was obsessed with these camouflage corduroy boot-cut pants and I really wish I wasn't.
Heels, flats or sneaks?
Heels for sure. I recently broke my ankle and had an existential crisis about not being able to wear my heels for a few months.
The piece you find most versatile:
A black turtleneck. You can wear it to a formal work event, or to a casual event with friends.
Favorite season as it relates to clothing choices?
Fall! So much versatility. One day you can wear a skirt and short-sleeved top, the next it’s jeans and a sweater.
Best compliment ever received?
"I feel like Grace could pull that off." To me that represents my golden rule that it's never about what you're wearing, it's about how you're wearing it.
What are the items any well-dressed woman should have in her wardrobe?
A well-tailored dress or suit, whichever they prefer, and shoes that make them feel powerful, but also allow them to walk all day.
Favorite local places to shop?
I love Primp because there are a lot of "fun professional clothes," which sounds like an oxymoron, but I swear it’s not. I'm a big fan of thrifting, so Savers or Goodwill are my go-to for something different.
Any parting words/fashion advice?
If you feel confident in what you're wearing, that's all that matters. But if I had to give you one piece of advice: Cuff your jeans when you're wearing ankle boots. It makes your pants look like they fit better.