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Welcome to a special Weddings Week 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! — Benjamin Liong Setiawan
Today's stop: The Philadelphia offices of BHLDN, which is brought to you by the creative minds behind Anthropologie and its parent company Urban Outfitters. Ladies, you can finally have your dream—wait for it—Anthro wedding!
Angela Nunes, Stylist: My personal style is always about juxtaposition. I love ladylike pieces as well as vibrant colors paired with something a little offbeat and unexpected. I prefer a look that's just a little rougher around the edges and just a bit undone. More is always more when it comes to accessories—sopile them on! And I think any outfit is immediately improved with sequins or red lipstick.
Wedding advice: Make every wedding decision a true expression of the two of you. Personality is key at your wedding and you should choose details that really show it off—especially your gown! Wear a tea-length or a print, whatever makes you feel like your most gorgeous self. Splurge on incredible statement jewelry and shoes, so that they’ll be a constant and the most incredible reminder of your special day. And please, please, please, choose dresses for your bridesmaids that let them feel equally as lovely. No unflattering bridesmaid dresses. Mix and match styles and colors so everyone looks their very best. After all, you will have photos of this day forever!
Amy Su, Assistant Designer of Décor: I'm usually attracted to simple, clean lines. My wardrobe consists mainly of pieces that are easily mixed and matched and ultimately comfortable. I stick to a neutral color palette with a lot of black.
Wedding advice: You don't have to spend a lot to decorate a wedding beautifully. Think about color and scale. Using extra large paper wheels or bright tablecloths can fill a space visually and make it come to life.
Claire Elliott, Assistant Apparel Buyer: Anyone who knows me can tell you I have a weakness for sparkle and shine. This started at an early age! I try to incorporate a controlled amount of “bling” into most outfits—shoes, cocktail rings, cardigans, nail polish, anything! It just always makes me feel a bit more put together.
My personal style is definitely an East Coast/West Coast mash-up of sorts, depending on the day and my mood. On “preppier” days, I’ll wear full skirts with a boy’s cable knit pullover and ballet flats, and on more “relaxed” days, it’s maxi dresses, peasant tops, and bell bottoms—some days, it’s a mix of both! I think it’s exciting to experiment with different silhouettes and colors, but always while staying true to what makes me feel confident and feminine. I’m lucky to work in an environment that allows me to get good use out of my closet!
Wedding advice: All the time, I hear about brides who go crazy with hair, makeup, and accessories—to the point where they don’t feel like themselves on their big day. Big mistake! You want to look like a more glamorous version of “every day you.” Try a fun lipstick, or a playful hair accessory, something unexpected. Oh, and don’t forget to eat some of that cake!
Dana Forman, Community Coordinator: From bohemian style to retro, ladylike fashion to rocker chic, I'll wear almost anything—just as long as it's comfy and flattering. When it's cold out, I love wearing cozy sweaters with skinny jeans and boots, or dresses with cardigans and tights. During spring and summer, I live in breezy summer dresses with sandals.
When it comes to jewelry, it's all or nothing for me—I’ll either layer it on like crazy, or wear hardly any. I buy a lot of my jewelry from Etsy sellers. Other favorite designers include Chloe, Jason Wu, and Isabel Marant. And bright, fun shoes and handbags are my weakness.
Wedding advice: When it comes to selecting a dress, the best tip is to stick to silhouettes that are most flattering in your everyday style. When I started looking for my wedding gown, I wanted a flowy, Grecian-inspired dress. I later came to find that a more structured A-line, which is a recurring silhouette in my closet, suited me much better. And when we launched BHLDN, I knew I had found the perfect dress for my body type!
Another tip is to keep comfort in mind. You’re going to be wearing your wedding dress and shoes for hours, so you want to make sure that you don’t want to be miserable in shoes that pinch, a dress that is too tight for you to sit, an uncomfortable bra, or underwear that keeps riding up. If you feel good, you’ll look good, so don’t sacrifice comfort for fashion. With high quality pieces, you can have both.
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