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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 the true style-savvy is how she (or he) rocks her look 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!
Photo credit: Christine White
This week, we take you to the New York Headquarters of Attention USA, whose list of clients include Diane von Furstenberg, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Rachel Roy, J Brand, and more. Their specialty is social media, so they're on it, 24/7. Of course, the same applies to their daily work outfits.
Dana Griffin, Director of Global Services, New York: My style is architectural, minimalist, and monochrome. I am always attracted to unique and edgy statement pieces.
Dana is wearing an Elizabeth and James blazer, a Foley+Corinna belt, a Tracy Reese top, Theory pants, Belle Sigerson Morrison shoes, and a Jenrigo bag.
Style advice: My motto is: You can never go wrong with black, so much so that it was my wedding color. Invest in unique quality pieces that define your style and personality while defying fads and flash sales.
Clinton Clarke, Creative Director, New York: I love wearing classic basics. I keep it fresh by paying close attention to color palette, pattern, fabrics and fit.
Clinton is wearing a Uniqlo merino wool crew neck sweater, a Theory "Zack"
plaid button down, a J.Crew "Hillside" tie, Banana Republic tailored-fit lightweight slacks, B. Store "Mario Derby" shoes in chestnut leather, Paul Smith glasses, and a Nixon watch.
Style advice: Whatever you wear should reflect who you are. Otherwise, you'll never be comfortable.
Danny Chung, Fashion Associate and Editor/Founder of the the modman:: Style is an ongoing evolution and my blog the modman is a journal of my own style evolution. I used to be obsessed with trends but I've learned what works for me. My style is classic and timeless with an edge. I am all about investing in key pieces that show some personality and feature details that set them apart from the typical blazer or pant. Although most of my wardrobe is black, navy, grey and white, starting our scarf line, hena et daniel has really opened my mind to embrace color, starting with bold cobalts, bright chartreuses, hot pinks and rich kelly greens.
Danny is wearing a one-of-a-kind Richard Chai leather jacket, a Richard Chai sweater, a James Perse T-shirt, Burberry jeans, Opening Ceremony special edition Bass Weejuns "Linwood" loafers, a Céline bag, and a hena et daniel scarf.
Style advice: Just because something is on sale doesn't mean it's worth your money. I have been a victim to this, thanks (or no thanks) to New York's never-ending sample sale calendar, but after countless bins of samples and sales, I know better now. For me, its about quality, design, fit/cut, and mileage, a subtle balance of form and function.
Simona Marmina, Global Associate, New York: Fun and edgy and very classic at times, but it depends a lot on my mood in the morning. I have fun playing with fashion. I love having some personal statement pieces: Big Apple Red from OPI on my nails, Hermes CDC cuff, a cocktail ring, leather and spikes here and there! I love high heels but I cheat on them with flats a lot.
Simona is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti wedges, ASOS shorts, a Topshop jumper and shirt, and Valentino and Hermes cuffs.
Style advice: There's no such thing as overdressing! Know what works best for you but also experiment & learn from your mistakes (or past pictures, either way we're all going to laugh 5 years from now) and try to invest in good shoes. They will last forever.
Casey Carter, Beauty and Fashion Associate Director, New York: My style is modern preppy, and unwaveringly feminine. Dresses are the staples of my wardrobe, so much so that my resistance to wearing pants has lead to the the ironic office nickname, "Pants". Most of my fashion purchases are based on the question, "Will I want to wear this 5 years from now?"
Casey is wearing a J.Crew dress, DVF shoes, a Kate Spade belt, and a Judith Ripka ring. Her sapphire ring, pearl necklace, and earrings are hand-me-downs from her grandmother.
Style advice: Invest in timeless pieces and silhouettes, like a little black dress or classic boots. Trends are great, but not all trends are great for everyone. Be selective and smart to determine which trends will work best for your body and style. Also, important meetings are your time to shine so dress accordingly. If you feel good about how you look, your confidence will soar.
Melanie Kwong, Fashion Manager, New York: My style is a mix of my background: West Coast ease, Midwest sensibility, and East Coast tradition with a bit of an edge.
Melanie is wearing a Madewell dress and necklace, Erica Weiner and Madewell bracelets, a J.Crew shirt, Prada flats, and Warby Parker glasses.
Style advice:I live by three rules: Tights are not pants, some trends aren't meant for certain body types (I'm looking at you, tulip skirts and bell bottoms on my athletic frame) and a smile goes with every ensemble.