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Welcome to the latest edition of Working It, where Racked National 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!
Photo credit: Parker Steele/Gilt Groupe
This week's stop is the New York offices of Gilt Man, which is the men's division of the popular flash sale site Gilt Groupe. Gilt will be launching a full-price men's site Park & Bond that goes live at the end of the summer.
P.S. There were too many stylish Gilt Man tastemakers to fit into one post, so be sure to tune in next week for Part II of all the Gilt Man super-stylishness.
Tyler Thoreson, Head of Men's Editorial and Creative, Gilt Groupe: Equal parts classic tailoring and prep with an arched eyebrow. And no outfit ever suffered from a small dose of Mediterranean playboy.
Thoreson is wearing a vintage seersucker suit coat, recut by Joseph Ting at Dynasty Tailors, chambray shirt by Hamilton 1883, silk paisley pocket square given by his wife, canvas military belt bought at an army/navy store in Newport, RI, Gant Rugger 5-pocket chinos bought on Gilt, striped socks from J.Crew, and oxfords by Antonio Maurizi bought on Gilt.
Style advice: The guiding principle of Gilt MANual is that you need to know the rules in order to break them. If you're looking to hone your own personal style that's a pretty good place to start.
John Auerbach, President of Men's, Gilt Groupe: I like the idea of having a personal uniform. I've found a style that I like and feel good in and have stuck with that for years. Thom Browne’s shirts are my first pick—they just fit me well.
Style advice: Your wardrobe should inspire confidence, not second-guesssing. Experimenting is great, but if you have to question your look before heading out the door, it probably isn’t going to be the right look for you.
Nick Wooster, Fashion Advisor, Gilt Man: I would describe my style as expensive high school—basically I still wear the same types of things I wore way back then. It’s just that now they are more costly or have a way different proportion.
Wooster is wearing a Boglioli by Bergdorf Goodman jacket, shorts that are hacked off J.Crew dress pants, shirt and tie bar by Thom Browne, tie by J.Crew, belt from Rugby Ralph Lauren, shoes by Trickers for Engineered Garments, watch by Georg Jensen with a NATO band he picked up in Milan, and a Neil Barrett pocket square worn upside down.
Style advice: Go solid. You will never have an issue figuring out what to wear. Go tonal. Different shades of the same color is not only easier—it's really sophisticated. Don't skimp on accessories. In fact, invest heavily on the best you can afford. It's far better to spend the money on shoes, belts, watches, and sunglasses. Go simple. It's a much better investment over the long haul. Today's trend is tomorrow's Goodwill donation.
Mimi Fukuyoshi, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Gilt Man: I would say my style is updated classic with a twist. I don’t wear a lot of color—mainly stay with black, white, grey, and blue. I’m very picky about the way my clothes fit, especially when the silhouettes I like are so simple. Where I show my personality is with my footwear—my shoe game is on point—as are my nails. I go to Sayo at Marie Nails on Prince Street. She’s the best.
Fukuyoshi is wearing a dress by Versus, shoes by Alaïa, antique Victorian ring, and Me & Ro necklace that was given to her by her best friend when she graduated business school. She wears the ring and the necklace everyday.