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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 buttondowns—these fashionable professionals take the office dress code to a whole other dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!
All photos by Porter Hovey
Today we bring you to the New York headquarters of Kate Spade Saturday. Coming to you from the same people who brought you Kate Spade New York, this new brand aims to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week with go-everywhere pieces in bright, cheerful colors, and we got a sneak peek at the team who's making it all happen. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Sydney Suh-Lee, Senior Accessories Designer: I love clean simple lines with a punch of strong color or print. I care about functionality and practicality as much as looking cool.
Style advice: Make a focal point on your outfit. It could be statement jewelry, shoes, a printed T–shirt, or it could be an awesome nail polish color. And then less is really more. Balance the strong outfit with quiet accessories or vice versa. Be yourself! There is nothing more attractive than someone with clear and unique point of view.
Sydney is wearing a C.O.S. top, a skirt purchased from a boutique in Hong Kong, Wolford tights, Zero + Maria Cornejo shoes, Kate Spade Saturday rings, bangles by Kate Spade Saturday and Stylenanda.com, and a Kate Spade Saturday half-circle bag.
Martha Porter, Textile Designer: My personal style is playful and girly. Getting dressed should be a fun experiment! I wear a lot of novelty, but over a uniform of a solid-color dress or a plain miniskirt and cardigan. From there, anything goes: texture, print, fringe, crowns, hats, brooches, big necklaces, and glittery shoes. You will never see me in a T-shirt and jeans.
Style advice: You must be comfortable. If you don't feel good, you won't look good. Make sure your clothes fit the way you like them to fit. If you are trying a new look and you love it, don't worry about what other people think. If you feel confident and your outfit makes you happy, that is all that matters.
Martha is wearing a sequin top by DKNY, necklace by Buried Diamond, miniskirt Urban Outfitters, tights by Hue, and shoes by Croon Bangkok.
Katie Toker, Apparel Designer: My style is masculine/feminine. I like to wear a mens-style trouser with a T-shirt and a pair of feminine shoes, or a mini dress with an oversized outerwear piece. Function is also important, I need to wear at least one pocket or else I lose things.
Style advice: Go for head-to-toe monochromatic outfits. It is a playful and modern way to wear color.
Katie is wearing a top and pants by Kate Spade Saturday, shoes by Rachel Comey, a necklace by Alison Cutlan, and a Mociun ring.
Nikelle Orellana Reyes, Senior Graphic Designer: I'm a real jeans and T-shirt kinda girl, but I like to offset that with crazy jewelry and a fun pair of heels. I like to mix casual, classic pieces with one or two curve balls thrown in. It keeps things fun and still feels effortless.
Style Advice: I'm a firm believer in dressing for your body type. Wear things that accentuate your best features and cover up areas that you're not proud of. This way you'll always feel confident when you walk out the door. By the way—you'll never catch me in a pair of capris?.
Nikelle is wearing a pair of high-waisted jeans, top, and necklaces by Kate Spade Saturday, and shoes by Opening Ceremony.
Katie Hatch, Senior Design Director: I like to wear clothes that have meaning to me. Granted, it's not very deep meaning—sometimes the color green has meaning to me or I may just be enjoying the idea of wearing a communist-style jumpsuit to lunch at the Four Seasons.
Style advice: Figure out what impression you want to make and be strict with yourself about achieving it.
Katie is wearing a sweater by TSE, a skirt by Alexander Wang, tights by Fogal, boots by Maison Martin Margiela, and a bracelet from ebay.
Graham Sanford, Associate Apparel Designer: My style is a mix of easy and refined.
Style Advice: Stay comfortable, have fun, and try to make your wardrobe as much a luxury as it is a necessity.
Graham is wearing a Balenciaga cardigan, Marc Jacobs shirt, theyskens' theory denim, and Calvin Klein shoes.
Theresa Canning Zast, Divisional Creative Director: I like color and strong proportions. I sometimes make bold choices, and always am drawn to graphic shapes.
Style Advice: If you try on something in a dressing room and it makes you smile, buy it no matter what the price.
Theresa is wearing a Harvey Faircloth blouse, Kenneth J. Lane ring, A De´tacher trousers, Frapbois spectators, Goody bobby pins.