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Here's What the Staffers Behind PR Firm HL Group Wear to Work

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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 New York City headquarters of PR firm HL Group, whose clients include everyone from DVF to Marchesa to Hudson Jeans. We've pooled together six of their staffers to see just what the representatives of some of the biggest names in fashion wear on a given day to work.

Julia Ruttner, Director, Fashion & Accessories: Clean lines, monochromatic, and understated. I'm most comfortable in anything black, grey or navy.

Julia is wearing an A.L.C pleated leather skirt and a cropped sweater with Loeffler Randall "Zaira" mesh cut-out booties.

Style advice: The best time to break in a new pair of heels is on a day you know you're going to be in the office—minimal running around and critical feedback from co-workers.

Christy Welder, Managing Director, Men's & Women's Fashion: Because a typical day often involves my being in and out of the office, in between client meetings and rushing to an industry event or an editor dinner, I tend to build my wardrobe around easily wearable pieces that transition well from day to night and balance professional with distinctive.

Christy is wearing an A.L.C dress, a St. John scarf, and Pedro Garcia booties.

Style advice: Being spontaneous can often give you your best looks. Don't think too hard or spend too much time thinking about what you are going to wear.

Janelle Hickman, Account Coordinator, Beauty: My personal style varies from season to season, but I usually stick to neutral tones, with gold being my go-to accessory. This is the perfect canvas to showcase high-impact accessories from jewelry to scarves because you can incorporate a statement piece or bold print without being over-the-top.

Janelle is wearing a Zara jacket, a Gap T-shirt, Mackage shorts, and L.A.M.B. booties. All of her jewelry is “borrowed” from her mother, "who has an amazing jewelry collection; it's very rare that I purchase piece items myself."

Style advice: I'm learning that, between client meetings and after work events, it's important to have a transitional outfit. I'd always advise everyone to get dressed like you have somewhere to go post-office, other than home. Also, don't be afraid to throw some less expensive pieces into the mix with top designers—it will give you your own distinguished style, and it will make getting dressed more fun.

Lori Tesoro, Vice President, Celebrity Services: Understated; West Coast bohemian chic. I also always embrace a great accessory such as jewelry, vintage belts, or a great boot.

Lori is wearing what she considers "iconic American": Lucky Brand's Charlie Baby Boot Cut jeans, a James Perse T-shirt under a leather jacket from a vintage shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Vhernier stacked rings, and Elle + Cie necklaces and bracelets

Style advice: Invest in good jewelry (don't be afraid to go big) and great accessories. And always dress for that unexpected meeting or last-minute dinner.

Patrick M. Herning, Vice President, Event Services: Tailored with an unexpected pop of pattern and color.

Patrick is wearing a Prada suit, shirt, tie, and shoes, an Hermès belt and pocket square, and is carrying a Prada bag.

Style advice: A man should always wear a sport coat, no matter what the occasion; it finishes of a look with style and sophistication. Another staple is a pocket square, which adds an elegant touch to any look.

Dina Fierro, Managing Director, Social Media: Simplicity, with edge. Truthfully, I’m a minimalist at heart, and I aspire to a small but well-edited wardrobe. I focus on high-quality basics. In fact, I keep a running, oft-updated Fashion Bucket List on my iPhone, which includes everything I plan to buy before I die—things like an Alexander McQueen Brittania clutch. I look to my admittedly-enormous collection of shoes and jewelry to keep things interesting. My general rule of thumb for baubles? If it looks like a weapon, I want it on me. The end.

Dina is wearing an Elie Tahari "Edita" blouse, an Elizabeth Cole "Hanging Stiletto" necklace, a J. Crew belt, Hudson Jeans "Nico" midrise super skinny jeans in coated snakeskin, and Loeffler Randall "Zaira" mesh cut-out booties.

Style advice: Ask yourself these two questions before any purchase: Do you unequivocally LOVE it? Does it serve a true purpose in your wardrobe? If you can't answer "yes" to at least one of those questions, put it back on the rack. And lastly, forget diamonds (this statement will come back to haunt me, I'm confident); a sky-high platform or wedge is a girl's best friend.
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