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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!
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This week, we take you to the US Headquarters of Lacoste in New York City. Known for its classic preppy style—and of course, those iconic croc polos—the brand's employees certainly have enviable day-to-day office dressing down pat.
Mikel Bowman, VP Visual Merchandising/Store Design?: My personal style is very "eclectic." I wear mostly European designers. I'm obsessed with the idea of everything oversized and a great pair of drop crotch trousers. As far as work is concerned, I try to keep my personal style and work in a great Lacoste piece everyday.?
Mikel is wearing an All Saints cardigan, a LACOSTE L!VE T-shirt, Petar Petrov pants, Topshop shoes, and a bracelet from St. Marks.
Style advice: Be true to who you are. You can never have enough sunglasses and swim suits. Bad shoes are a deal breaker.
Ashley Burfeindt, Director of Women's Merchandising: My personal style is eclectic, always changing. I love to be casual, comfortable for work, but I enjoy a fantastic heel and little black dress to go out in. I love to hunt and find, and I can pretty much shop anywhere and find something I need or love. I usually like to buy my jewelry from vintage shops, and a lot of my trendier pieces are from Forever 21—I'll add in premium denim to create a wardrobe that mixes fashion with function.
Ashley is wearing a Lacoste Cool Cats L!VE Sweater, a top from H&M, Lacoste & Earnest Sewn Harlan skinny jeans, Zara Heels, and jewelry from Paris.
Style advice: Shoes and jewelry make an outfit; you can change your favorite piece and make it look different every time by just changing an accessory. Don't forget that style doesn't come in a designer label—it's different for everyone. Ultimately, own your look and fashion sense. Confidence comes through in feeling comfortable and clothes help you exude it.
Nick Sizemore: Director of Visual Merchandising-Retail: Being a Gemini, my style tends to be slightly bipolar. The element that remains consistent each day could be described as "preppy with a twist." I like to pair classically preppy pieces with unexpected finds from vintage stores or emerging designers. LACOSTE L!VE is great for this and makes up most of my wardrobe.
Nick is wearing a cardigan by LACOSTE L!VE, a tank top by KR3W, Diesel jeans, Alden boots, a Timex watch, and bracelets by Fendi, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bottega Veneta, Lacoste and Wrecords by Monkey.
Style advice: Let your fashion evolve with you as a person. When you look back on your fashion choices over time, it should tell the story of your life. Take chances and be comfortable and confident.
Emily Coppock, Vice President of Marketing: My style is rocker chic with a touch of casual prep. I love taking feminine and sexy pieces and breaking it with something tough and edgy. When it comes to accessories, I love an armful of mixed bracelets (pile it on!) and strutting around in five inch heels. And I never leave the house without perfume. Your scent is an essential part of your style.
Emily is wearing a Helmut Lang cardigan, a crochet tunic polo by Lacoste+Malandrino, leggings by Uniqlo, Maje boots, a Rolex watch, bracelets by Noir Jewelry and Dannijo, and earrings by Wendy Nichol.
Style advice: Black is a color. Don't be afraid to mix textures and patterns. Invest in accessories—they make the outfit. Scarves are the Swiss Army knives of style: They go a long way in adding an effortless cool to your look. Above all, be comfortable in what you put on and own it.
Jeffrey Glenn, Accessories Merchandising Director: My personal style is part serious fashion statement, part "I found it in my closet and it was clean."
Jeffrey is wearing a Dsquared tuxedo Jacket, a Lacoste woven shirt, Diesel jeans, and Lacoste high top sneakers.