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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: Mikkel Mihlrad
This week we bring you to the New York offices of Rent the Runway. With a warehouse of great merchandise at their disposal, you know we're in for some hot looks for the office.
Jennifer Fleiss, President and Co-Founder: My personal style is functional, fun and versatile with just enough sparkle. I love day to night looks where I can add accessories, make-up, and some super high heels to bring something to the next level. Recently I’ve been very excited by long flowing maxi dresses with exciting prints—comfortable and elegant.
Fleiss is wearing a Helmut Lang slate draped dress from Rent the Runway (Retail: $415, Rental: $75), Dannijo Finely earrings from Rent the Runway (Retail: $288, Rental: $35), Kenneth Jay Lane The Black Tie bracelet from Rent the Runway (Retail: $415, Rental: $45), and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Style advice: Flatter your figure with styles that work for your body type and accentuate your assets—but not too much at once! I usually choose between an interesting neck line or shorter length. Always balance the outfit with the accessories so they are never fighting for the attention and my general rule is no more than two accessories at once (usually bracelet and earrings OR necklace). Don’t be afraid to try out new styles, designers, colors, and combinations—it’s part of the fun of fashion! One of my favorite things is letting our stylists or my friends recommend outfits for me and being surprised by unique combinations that I would have never thought I could pull off! Choose something you can feel confident in—it will influence your posture and smile the entire evening truly completing your look!
Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder: I love taking risks with fashion—new designers, bold colors, statement accessories, etc. Even if I fail, there's always room to recreate yourself tomorrow! Strut your stuff! If you dream it, wear it with confidence! Most frequently, I'll opt for a sophisticated, feminine style that still leaves a bit to the imagination or I'll channel the large part of me that wishes I was in a rock band and whip out my leather leggings.
Hyman is wearing Narciso Rodriguez red wine dress (Retail: $1,495, Rental: $200), Erickson Beamon Gold Digger earrings (Retail: $393 Rental: $55), Kara Ross gemstone bangle set (Retail: $280, Rental: $30), and Valentino shoes from Net-a-porter.com.
Style advice: Wear flattering silhouettes and pieces that will make you feel your most beautiful. Great clothes should enable you to feel more self-confident and approach your day with even more passion. Make sure to have a closet full of basics, pieces that you have invested in, that can be updated for the season with trendy accessories, “look at me” heels or even more, with a fabulous dress, handbag or necklace from Rent the Runway. I started this company so that women could buy the little black dress and rent the hot pink mini—and more broadly, learn that you can be whoever you want to be and you can afford it. A sex kitten one night and a prepster the next—just have fun! It is mandatory to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while and enjoy being the fabulous woman you are!
Derek Guillemette, Head Merchant: I love Belgian designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Kris Van Assche, Damir Doma, and any avant garde fashion. I'm always looking for something new and different—fashion should be experimental. My friends tell me I have FADD (Fashion Attention Deficit Disorder).
Guillemette is wearing a Kris Van Assche jacket, Club Monaco shorts, Louis Vuitton shoes, and a John Varvatos scarf.
Style advice: Buy two pairs of really expensive shoes. You can get them resoled and they make everything you wear look more expensive. Maintain a wardrobe of black, grey, and navy favorites. Pop it with colorful trendy pieces, people will think your whole look is new.
Blaire Rabenhorst, Visual Merchandiser and Stylist: My personal style is eclectic. Nothing but vintage treasures, sequins, and platform shoes in my closet.
Rabenhorst is wearing Thread Social lurex drip halter bow gown (Retail: $695, Rental: $125), a Gemma Redux Hespera necklace, with personal bangles and rings.
Style advice: Don't be afraid. Mix and Match. More is more!
Jonathan Betz, Senior Vice President of Engineering: My style is simple, casual, and classic American.
Betz is wearing a Michael Kors shirt, Hugo Boss blazer, and 7 for All Mankind jeans.
Style advice: The best thing that ever happened to my wardrobe was a personal shopper. It turned out to be way less expensive than I thought, and I love the clothes so much more than what I find shopping on my own.
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