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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!
Photos by Anna Fischer
This week, we take you to the Bliss headquarters in New York City. The company prides itself on providing amazing facials, spa products, and other services, but most importantly, they know that feeling confident and stylish in your own skin matters. Have a look at their typical work outfits for proof.
Katie Welch, VP Global Communications: My style is smart classic. I try my best to invest in key pieces that are flattering—and really get my wear out them. What's the use in waiting for a special occasion? Wear it. Thank goodness for NYC dry cleaners, cobblers, and red sole replacements.
Katie is wearing a Les Copains top, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, YSL shoes, and an Alexander McQueen bracelet.
Style advice: First, I truly believe that a chic haircut and glowing skin always takes your style to the next level. My second best advice is to make an effort. Devote time to finding the "perfect" pair of boots, heels, jeans, handbag, jacket. It will be worth it, trust me. Seek fit advice from the pros when it comes to undergarments and jeans. Make sure your purchases are flattering—no matter how good a deal or how on trend. Get a second opinion if need be from your mom, from Fashism, anywhere!
Brooke Temner, Sr. Manager, Communications: I like to think my style showcases an eclectic collection. It's basic, but never boring. I try to make the $20 T-shirt and jeans combo look better with some fabulous accessories. Whether it's my gold boxing gloves necklace, a two-finger ring, or head-turning heels (my 5" hot pink stilettos always give me a special strut), I like to pair the basics with something offbeat and make it my own.
Brooke is wearing a Club Monaco top, H&M shorts, Gucci boots, a J.Crew necklace, and gold earrings from the W Hotels Store.
Style advice: Accessorize, and then do it again! Eveything looks better with gold hoop earrings, a statement necklace and great shoes. Coco Chanel advised ladies to take off one accessory before leaving the house—I say "add one!" Add color, but be creative as to where you put it. Everyone looks sexier and slimmer in black so add color in your accessories. I don't own a single black bag or pair of black shoes. Also, dress for your body type. Whatever it may be, be proud and show off your assets.
John Michael Bain, National Account Manager: My style is inspired by Italian menswear and its brave and bold use of color. Well tailored suit jackets and trousers paired with a vibrant colored woven is pretty much my staple look. I believe your closet should greet you with a functional and colorful "Hello!" every morning.
John is wearing a Miu Miu jacket, a Paul Smith shirt, a Tommy Hilfiger tie, J.Crew jeans, Clarks shoes, and a Jil Sander belt.
Style advice: Wearing all black is a cardinal sin and socks are completely overrated.
Michelle Timenovich, Creative Project Coordinator: My style can be described as glammed-up grunge.
Michelle is wearing an Alternative Apparel cowl-neck dress, an H&M scarf, DKNY jeans, BCBG motorcycle boots, and a moto zip-up sweater.
Style advice: My style advice is to wear fitted clothing because it will only do your body the justice it deserves. Dark colors are slimming and don't stain easily. Finally, wear what feels right because there's nothing worse than looking awkward in your own skin.
Susan Grey, Spa Operations Director: My style is classic with a twist. I'm 46, not 26, so I strive to create stylish, age-appropriate looks. I start with well tailored basics and then make the outfit pop with bold jewelry or a fabulous accessory. I love and wear high heels—always...except when running for the subway!
Susan is wearing Club Monaco pants, a Sateen blouse, a Mongolian lamb vest by Marlo Lorenz, Chanel shoes, a Kooba cuff, and a Paige Novick necklace.
Style advice: Don't get stuck on fads. If you don't think an outfit looks good on you or doesn't fit your personality, go with your gut—it probably doesn't! Your outfits and accessories should make you feel beautiful and confident. Take risks but know your limits.
Beth Card, International Marketing Manager: I'd say my style is preppy chic. I want to live in a J.Crew catalog. I'm always looking for classic and versatile pieces that I can wear year after year. I keep accessories to a minimum, but can't resist splurging for great bags. Our office is pretty casual, but you'll hardly ever catch me in flats!
Beth is wearing a CH Carolina Herrera blouse, J Brand jeans, Kors by Michael Kors shoes, and pearl earrings.
Style advice: Less is more. Invest in classic basics and pieces that can be worn all the time like bags and shoes.