In Polly Rodriguez’s life, the empowerment of women is first on the agenda. Through her start-up success, Unbound, she’s delivering power and confidence tenfold. And, as CEO and co-founder, she is leading by example. By way of spit-fire articles and pro advice on their online magazine and one-of-a-kind subscription box, Unbound is at the helm of sextech for women by women — just as Polly planned. But the mission is far from over. Next up for Unbound is a fashion forward collection that will be making it’s debut in the Fall. We feel it’s best summed up by her Insta bio: “Bout time we had ourselves a sexual revolution.”
How do you start your day off?
I like to start the day with a run or workout. It helps me clear my head and think about my big goals for the day. I also think starting the day with some sweat kickstarts your body and brain into action.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
I always have NPR on while I’m getting ready. I am addicted to Morning Edition, From Scratch and Hidden Brain.
You never leave home without…
My good luck four-leaf clover keychain from my grandmother. She gave it to me when I had cancer and told me to always have the luck of the Irish with me, and I’ve carried it ever since.
What are your closet essentials?
I’m a big fan of 1950s style full skirts. They’re professional but also stylish. Often, I have to go from the office to an event after work, and I find that they transition seamlessly. I also wear at least one piece from our Unbound Collection everyday. Right now I’m obsessed with our gold bangle handcuffs.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
In 8th grade, I thought it was cool to wear my grandmother’s 1980s leather trench coat with matching leather pants. I have a photo of me at a birthday party sporting this look and a little part of me dies inside each time I see it.
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
I splurge on dresses from Reformation because the way those women design silhouettes is unreal. They truly understand how fabric should hang on a woman’s body. I always save on purses and clutches because they get beat up so quickly living in New York City.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
I stole this old t-shirt of my mom’s from the 70s that said “Mighty Mouse” on the front and had a felt number on the back. I think she had it from a softball team or something, but I loved that t-shirt and have no idea what happened to it.
Your fashion motto is…
Better to be bold and interesting than boring and safe.
Your #1 style tip is…
You can dress up anything with the right heels and lipstick.
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