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Welcome to the latest edition of Working It, where Racked takes street style to the next level—the office. The litmus test of the true style-savvy is how she (or he) rocks a look on any old day to work. Forget the pedestrian khakis and button downs—these fashionable professionals take the office dress code to a whole other dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!
All photos by Anna Fischer
This week, we take you to the New York HQ of Alison Brod PR to see what the representatives of some of the top brands in beauty, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle wear to work. With clients such as Estée Lauder, Nordstrom, Jill Stuart, drybar and more, the team behind the firm has sleek and smooth office dressing down to a science.
Christy Meisner, Account Executive, Beauty: If I had to describe my style (although I feel that it is constantly changing), I would say vintage meets J.Crew. I love girly dresses, vintage prints, and anything with a bow or ruffle. Scarves are definitely my favorite accessory (I have a prized silk scarf collection that would probably put Chuck Bass to shame) and I always try to incorporate these into my outfits in a new and fun way.
Christy is wearing a Vena Cava dress, a J.Crew cardigan and necklace, Dolce Vita shoes, and a vintage scarf.
Style advice: Repeating outfits never has to be boring if you mix it up. I often wear a dress as a top (tucked into a skirt) or underneath a sweater so it looks like a skirt instead. My New York-sized closet unfortunately cannot house another garment so I am constantly thinking of ways to make my current wardrobe feel new. Simply adding a bright cardigan or changing the belt on a dress can make a bland outfit feel more exciting.
Courtney Routt, Vice President, Celebrity/VIP Relations: I like to wear comfortable clothes that are classic. Classic as in timeless—not pearls and a cardigan. The only place I will sacrifice comfort is footwear.
Courtney is wearing J Brand jeans, a Rachel Zoe leather blazer, Christian Louboutin leopard booties, a Vince button-down shirt, a Melissa Joy Manning necklace, Alex Bittar gold and Lucite bracelets, Nordstrom stud earrings ("I buy these in bulk") and a Proenza Schouler PS1 bag.
Style advice: I spent my 20s trying to wear trends, prints, everything the magazines said was cool.
Emmy Brooks, Director, Beauty: My personal style is sort of a Jekyll & Hyde situation. I grew up in the über preppy, pink-wearing suburbs of Baltimore and, post-college, got thrown into the swells of New York fashion where pink just wouldn’t fly. As a result, sometimes I'm a very downtown, biker-boot and oversized sweater-wearing hipster, and sometimes I'm a very girly, well put together prep. Depending on the day (and the weather), one of those will come out. Today, it looks like you got the latter.
Emmy is wearing a BB Dakota dress, a Jayson Brunsdon belt, a Gap cardigan, Wolford tights, L.A.M.B. shoes, and vintage Chanel earrings.
Style advice: Belt everything and keep your shoulders back. Both I stole from my mother (her belt collection from the '80s is my most prized possession).
Joanna Cella, Account Executive, Lifestyle: Cosmopolitan, with a bit of a twist. I'm most comfortable in black, but aren't we all? I try and sneak in a bit of color here and there to give my outfit a pick me up. I recently purchased an amazing faux fur leopard print jacket from Banana Republic—it is guaranteed to give any outfit I wear a face lift.
Joanna is wearing a Theory skirt, a Madewell top, BCBG Maxazria shoes, and a Dannijo necklace.
Style advice: Pick your outfit out the night before, it makes getting up in the morning a lot easier, plus it gives you more time to do your hair and makeup. The truth is, whatever you put on in the morning you'll be wearing for the next 8-12 hours so comfort is key. Whether you are wearing jeans and a top, a dress or skirt always make sure you are comfortable and your outfit can take you from day to night. And heels are a must—they complete any outfit.
Brooke Scher, Director, Beauty: My personal style is classic, seasonless staples accented with bold accessories. I keep it simple with great basics (mostly black mini dresses) and throw on a really fun pair of shoes and great bag.
Brooke is wearing a Theory dress, Capezio tights, Christian Louboutin boots, a Cartier Love ring, and a Hyde Park necklace.
Style advice: It's worth it to invest in quality pieces that will last season after season.
Lisa Gonzalez-Turner, Account Coordinator, Lifestyle: My style is punk rock prepster: A lot of blacks and bold accessories with some ruffle or bow accents.
Lisa is wearing jeans by Paige Denim, an Everly top, a Piko jacket, Dolce Vita shoes, a Necklace from Gramercy Project, and LF and Iosselliani rings.
Style advice: Find a style that works for you and stick with it. If you bounce around from trend to trend too much you'll never build a wardrobe that you won't get bored of.