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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!
Jane Pratt and Eric Nicholson. Photos by Lee Clower
For this week's edition, we went a little media-on-media to take you to the New York headquarters of xoJane.com, Jane Pratt's latest Internet endeavor. The site covers fashion (there are posts on everything from doing "lazy" without sweatpants to tights to wear if you're plus size), beauty, sex, lifestyle issues (sex addiction to charities), and more. Amid all that, the staff still finds the time to put together killer outfits for work.
Jane Pratt, Founder & Editor in Chief: I believe in dressing for myself. There have been times when my own fashion director has seen my outfit and started laughing, which makes me happy as it means I've achieved that. I also like wearing hand me downs from friends, because it's like part of them is with me during the day.
Jane is wearing an Alexander McQueen scarf, a Trina Turk lace dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs ankle boots, and Wolford tights.
Style advice: First of all, I really don't like giving style advice. Wear whatever the hell you want!!
Eric Nicholson, Fashion Director at Large: My style is rustic-preppy. Well worn classics, mix-and-matched, scuffed and torn.
Eric is wearing a Burberry Prorsum cardigan, a FSC shirt, A.P.C jeans, and Polo Ralph Lauren shoes.
Style advice: Fit is everything—well-tailored clothing can make you look 10 pounds thinner and inches taller.
Emily McCombs, Managing Editor: I aim for modern pinup girl with a twist. Think a pinup girl who has gone off her meds and is now wandering the streets of NYC with a Kate Spade bag. My biggest style weakness is polka dots.
Emily is wearing a pencil skirt from J.Crew, an I Can Seed Clearly top from Modcloth.com, Kate Spade love notes pendant necklace ("it has a tiny letter inside an envelope!"), pink high heels by Material Girl, a Kate Spade typewriter bag, tattoos by Virginia Elwood at New York Adorned, and lipstick by MAC in Lady Danger.
Style advice: I take my style advice from the great style icon Dolly Parton, who said, "A pair of false eyelashes/and a tube of cheap lipstick/a pair of worn-out high-heeled shoes/and a dress that doesn't fit." But seriously, a pair of eff-me heels, a pencil skirt, and a red lip are all any girl needs.
Cat Marnell, Beauty Director & Health Critic: My personal style grimy glam! I like everything to be ripped, dirty, stained, and expensive. I'm always bleeding on things, burning cig holes in them, or drooling Gatorade down the front of my shirt, so my style evolved by default. Most of the time I haul around a huge Lanvin tote bag full of garbage. I also collect punk T-shirts (Misfits, Cramps, et al.) and anything made by cigarette companies: Newport and Camel are my favorites. My best friend Same is a dusthead graffiti writer and I stole all that from him. And I always top everything off with a fur. And YSL lipstick and clean perfume.
Cat is wearing "a fox fur that this bald exotic dancer my friend was dating traded me for a bottle of Adderall in 2007 (incidentally, I now think Adderall is the worst style choice of all)," a "promotional vintage 'Dumb and Dumber' T-shirt from the nineties," "a million plastic rosaries per usual and earrings that are exact Edie Sedgwick replicas," and Hudson pants. She's also wearing Givenchy boots ("I got them recently at Century 21 when I went there to Occupy Wall Street for twenty boring minutes") and is carrying "a filthy white" Balenciaga bag and a Louis Vuitton x Robert Wilson tote. "I like it because it's the Newport cigarette colors."
Style advice: My style advice isn't for everyone. But if you want to look a little more rough, start with beauty: Stop blowing out your hair, stop being meticulous with your makeup. Girls look amazing when they look like they've been up partying or having sex all night instead of sleeping. Also, mixing "downtown" boy elements with glam feminine clothes is just the best dichotomy, I think. I have a Chanel blazer but I only wear it with disgusting jeans or my friend's wife-beater he gave me with nose blood stains all over it from when he was in a fight. Or if I'm wearing a glam fur I wear a baseball cap with it. Also, just wear more black eyeliner. No one should not wear MORE black eyeliner. It's always fantastic looking—the crazier and messier, the better.
Bryan Stendahl, Executive Assistant to Jane Pratt: I like to keep it simple and clean. I like classic cuts and colors. I adore cozy, comfort in the winter (big sweaters and worn in denim).
Bryan is wearing a wool sweater by Reiss, True Religion jeans, and boots by Kenneth Cole.
Style advice: Mix and match old with new and never walk out the door in anything that doesn't make you absolutely thrilled to have it on and show it off.
Madeline Cronin, Editorial Assistant: I like to treat every morning like I'm playing dress-up. Some days I want to be a sullen and a little goth, so I'll wear all gray or black and clingy, extra-long maxi skirts. Other days I want to a be a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed uptown girl, so I'll wear a my beige Ann Taylor coat with fox fur trim, a cashmere sweater, and a pencil skirt. Today I wanted to be comfortable; when I want to be comfortable, I wear loose pants and low heels.
Madeline is wearing hand-dyed pants by Salvor Projects, a sweater by Brandy Melville, a necklace by Forever21, vintage pumps, and bracelets by Shashi.
Style advice: Eat healthy, exercise, stand up straight, and have fun. You'll look good.