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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!
Photos by Anna Fischer
This week, we take you to the Fashism headquarters at General Assembly in New York. For those who have yet to try it, the site allows you to upload a photo of your outfit, ask whether or not it's a good one, and receive feedback from others doing the same thing. Since they see, oh, tons and tons of good (and bad) outfits a day, you can consider the team behind Fashism experts in the styling game. Here's what they wear to work.
Brooke Moreland, Cofounder and CEO: My style is pretty feminine. I'd say it's kind of a grown up urban bohemian. I love wearing vintage clothes, fitted dresses, and high heels. I like for my clothes to be cheerful and fun. I also like to mix it up, and I like to experiment with different styles.
Brooke is wearing a Reiss dress, DKNY tights, Payless shoes, a bracelet from a booth at the Eastern Market in DC., and a Banana Republic bag.
Style advice: Don't buy anything unless you absolutely love it. And if you absolutely love something, find a way to justify buying it.
Pamela Castillo, Director of Product: I like to wear vintage dresses and skirts with wedges in the summer, and black jeans with vintage fur in the winter. Plus, anything leopard print and tons of jewelry. I guess my style is one part Brooklyn boho and three parts crazy old lady. Okay, maybe all parts crazy old lady.
Pamela is wear a Maje space dye sweater by Maje, Rag & Bone bell bottoms, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony shoes, vintage rings, a vintage fur vest, and necklaces from Market Publique + Brooklyn Charm that launch February 1st on Market Publique.
Style advice: Never underestimate the power of a good pair of sunglasses and a bright lipstick; platforms make everything better; and when in doubt, add vintage to personalize the look.
James Cropcho, Chief Technology Officer: My wardrobe majored in Used Car Salesmanship, with a specialization in Imagined Calgary Runway Fashions of the 1990's. Tell me what I need to do to get you driving this outfit off the lot today!
James is wearing a corduroy blazer, a flannel shirt, a V-neck thermal, and pants from Uniqlo, a secondhand belt from the Gap, Cole Haan socks and shoes, and (not pictured) hot pink boxer-briefs from American Apparel.
Style advice: Above all else, the fit of men's garments is key. Buy some super-cheap dress shirts from a thrift store that fit alright in the shoulders but are too big everywhere else (even way too big is alright). Take them to some well-established, completely hype/hipster-free tailor, like Nelson's on the Lower East Side, and you can get those puppies perfectly sized to your fine frame for under $20 each. Fitted clothing isn't just for the rich, my man! (But spend good money on shoes, please.) Also, men almost always look douchey in hats—avoid them unless you have a fashion black belt and really know what you're doing.
Chamara Paul, Lead Mobile Engineer: My style depends on my mood! But generally I like to wear simple, casual pieces paired with grungy shoes—preferably ones that are really high.
Chamara is wearing a J.Crew sweater, a T-shirt from YesStyle.com, a Madewell skirt, and Schuler & Sons shoes.
Style advice: When shopping, if you have to convince yourself to love something, don't buy it.