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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!
This week we bring you to the Florence, Alabama offices of Billy Reid. Reid has received much acclaim for his menswear—named best new designer in America by GQ last year—as well as his designs for women—last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner.
Billy Reid, designer: I like things that feel broken in, clothes that live and age well with you.
Style advice: Buy quality over quantity. Select pieces you feel comfortable wearing.
Savannah Yarborough, Senior Designer: My personal style is simple, deconstructed, and mixed with soft layering and solid shoes.
Style advice: Always have good shoes.
Ashley Prinzi, Production: I dress however I feel when I wake up. Overall, I think I have a pretty easy-going style and rarely ever go over the top with anything. I like to keep it pretty feminine and classic —dressing to my body and not the trends.
Style advice: If you’re proud of something show it off because in the end if you don’t like how you look everyone else can tell and then what’s the point.
Graham Heard, Planning & Analysis Director: I wear close to the same thing every day, or at least try to. I go for traditional pieces with a slight twist and fortunately that matches up with a lot we do here at Billy Reid.
Heard is wearing a Franklin dress shirt, Leighton trousers, thin dress belt, and buffalo D-ring loafers all by Billy Reid.
Style advice: It’s about quality not quantity. Invest in classic pieces and have them expertly tailored. A navy blazer and well-cut trousers with a quality pair of shoes can take you a lot of places while always looking appropriate. It’s somewhat of a uniform, but it works.
Allison Murphy, Production: I would say my style is classic chic. I like wearing things that make me feel good in a simple way.
Style advice: Only invest in what you love. You’ll be able to enjoy it forever.
Leslie Stanford, Production: My style is pretty American.
Style advice: You can never go wrong with a button up and a pair of jeans. Wear what you love and wear it well.
Randy Little, Technical Director: I derive a lot of style inspiration from John F. Kennedy.
Style advice: A few high-quality expertly tailored oxford shirts, a few pairs of dark-washed jeans, and wayfarers go a long way. An oxford with folded sleeves looks better if the sleeves stay up. Fold the sleeve once, place a rubber band where the end of the cuff meets the sleeve, then fold once more. Rubber band is hidden, sleeve stays up.
Emily Wilson, Design: I like to mix woven pieces with interesting knits, neutrals with colors, old with new. I have certain family jewelry pieces that I’m nostalgic about and don’t take off.