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Welcome to the latest edition of Working It, where Racked takes street style to the next level—the office. The litmus test of a true fashionista is how she (or he) rocks her style on any old day to work. Forget the pedestrian khakis and a button downs—these fashionable professionals take the office dress code to a whole other dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!
This week, we bring you to the Boston Headquarters of Rue La La, an invitation-only shopping site that hosts private sales of designer must-have wares. With inspiration all around, its employees know how to pull an outfit together.
Diana Goldman, Designer: I'd describe my style as unapologetically feminine with a love for vintage silhouettes. My coworkers can attest to the fact that I own more dresses than T-shirts.
Diana is wearing a Madewell cardigan, a Kimchi Blue dress, Lucky brand shoes from Rue La La, a ring by TheFutureFuture, and a bronze branch necklace by C.E. Golden from a local gallery called Aviary ("I stared at that necklace through the shop window so much that the owner ended up telling other interested customers it was reserved").
Style advice: If it gives you the kind of butterflies usually reserved for cute boys (or girls), buy it. As far as I'm concerned, the only thing clothes need to do is make you happy.
Tess Morton, PR Manager (on left): I go for fun and flirty—anything with ruffles, bright colors, and fun patterns. A blazer, skinnies, and a chunky necklace are my workday uniform on those days when I wake up and have nothing to wear.
Tess is wearing a BCBG dress from Rue La La, a Linea Pelle belt from Rue La La, and nude pumps.
Style advice: You'll stand taller if you're comfortable in what you're wearing. And always bring an extra pair of flats in your purse—personally, I can only wear heels for so long!
Veronica Vandoloski, Digital PR Manager (on right): My style changes quite a bit depending on my mood, but I tend to stick to a feminine-meets tailored-meets-bohemian style (hey, I never said I was straightforward). I always wear a huge watch, giant earrings, and long necklace.
Veronica is wearing a wool blazer and blouse from J. Crew, Hudson Jeans
from Rue La La, a House of Harlow 1960 necklace, "my favorite" tortoise Michael Kors watch, a mix of vintage and new bangles, and Corso Como boots from Rue La La.
Style advice: Embrace color and wear it on the parts you want to highlight. Great legs? Go for bright denim. Love your arms? Wear a bright, sleeveless top.
Colin Jaworski, Lead Designer: I guess you could classify my style as a twist on prep. I always try to make sure that my clothes can take me from the office to cocktails or dinner with friends without having to switch much up. My style is always a mix of high and low—different pieces pull the whole look together.
Colin is wearing a Zara blazer, a J. Crew T-shirt, a John Varvatos tie, Standard Cloth jeans, Cole Haan shoes, and a Timex watch.
Style advice: Have fun with neckwear and don't be afraid to play with color, pattern, and texture. A tie is a man's equivalent to a pair of earrings or a statement necklace—it can add that little pop to elevate the look.
Katie Stinchfield, Copywriter: I go for classic, preppy—and heavy on the accessories. I'm not dressed unless I'm wearing a big necklace, half-dozen bracelets, and a stack of rings.
Katie is wearing a Diane von Furstenberg skirt, a J. Crew shirt, stacked-
heel loafers, a Kate Spade necklace, a Rotary watch from Rue La La, and a whole mess of bracelets. "But let's face it—Rusty makes the outfit. He belongs to Lauren, our lead stylist, and I'm very envious of his coat."
Style advice: If it doesn't flatter your shape, walk away. That was a really hard lesson for me to learn! There are some trends I love but they just do nothing for my body, like those slouchy sweaters that are everywhere right now. I love them and think they look great on some people—just not me. I try to buy more tailored, figure-flattering pieces for myself.
Eric Kozlowski, Vice President, Brand Manager Footwear: I go for business casual with an edge. If I'm wearing a pair of jeans, I'll dress them up with a stylish blazer, a pocket square, and suede loafers (worn sockless).
Eric is wearing a Valentino suit, a Canali shirt, an Ermenegildo Zegna belt, and John Varvatos loafers.
Style advice: If you try it on and it feels like you, buy it, and wear it proudly. Oh, and there is no such thing as being overdressed.
Maureen Dahill, Stylist: My style tends to be eclectic and quirky. I like to mix classic pieces with unexpected vintage finds. Something always needs to be a little bit off about my outfit.
Maureen is wearing am wearing a Jovovich-Hawk for Target dress, James Premium Denim jeans from Rue La La, Lucky Brand clogs from Rue La La, and a "great vintage flamenco dancer pendant" as a necklace.
Style advice: Fashion should be fun, so don’t take it too seriously. Whatever your wearing should reflect your personality. Oh, and find a good tailor—they can work wonders.
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