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Playing Dress Up With The Outnet: Alaïa, Marni, Louboutin and More

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This is fashion hazing: Racked sent our newest recruit Tiffany Yannetta to get primped, preened, and photographed by the folks at The Outnet. Glamour shots ensued. Check out Tiffany's firsthand account, here.


Images via Paul James Hay/The Outnet

A few weeks back, The Outnet invited us over to Jack Studios for a little something they called "dress up," and who are we to say no to a day—outside of the office, mind you—of trying on a whole bunch of designer clothes? Since I'm the fresh-out-of-college grad on board, I was nominated to participate in the shoot to try and put together a look or two that would attempt to answer that transitional-phase, age-old question of: What the hell do I wear to a job interview?

If you're like me and you eat Easy Mac on the reg but still justify splurging on a PS1 bag (on a store credit card), then you're probably familiar with The Outnet. In short, it's everything you wanted on Net-A-Porter but better because now it's cheaper. As a former professional intern, with post-college time spent as a ("we'll-pay-you-when-we-feel-like-it") freelance writer, money can sometimes be a little tight. But that doesn't mean that I—along with those in the same boat—don't deserve a pair of hot pink Christian Louboutins, right?

Images via Paul James Hay/The Outnet

This whole thing wasn't just about me getting my hair and make-up done for free—I stayed focused, turned down all cupcakes (okay, I had one), and put together two of what I consider to be real world-appropriate looks. A year or so ago, during the height of the Alexander Wang sweatpants phase, rolling out of bed ten minutes before work was actually sort of acceptable. But times have changed, and jeggings aren't the only "jeans" on the market, so let's start dressing like adults.

The Outnet put together a list of the items from the shoot which you can see here, though some of them have recently sold out. (Did my glamour shots spark a retail frenzy?) Similar pieces to the first look include this Erin Fetherston silk-chiffon blouse ($118), an McQ bubble skirt ($175), and these Alaïa heels ($708). We followed that up with a Marni color-blocked dress (also sold out, but this one's just as good), and a Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti trench ($385) and, naturally, those hot pink Christian Louboutins ($645).

All in all, my day of getting boozy and hanging out in beautiful clothes that aren't mine helped me realize that making the leap from your pretend-job to your real-job can be a hell of a lot of fun if you let it. It doesn't hurt, either, to have a hair and makeup team, a whole bunch of stylish stylists, and a fan.
· Shopping List: Racked [The Outnet]