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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!
This week, we take you to the London headquarters of The Outnet, one of our favorite shopping sites that sells past-season goods and exclusive products from over 200 designers. Since their warehouse contains merchandise from Stella McCartney, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Marni, and more, the team behind the site has endless inspiration to choose from for their daily work outfits.
Eve Thomas, Senior Fashion Editor: I like to mix and match luxe pieces with more casual items. I might pair a statement skirt with a classic tee, or a cocktail dress with a leather jacket. I'm also a big fan of color and print and tend to wear one bold piece with more neutrals items.
Style advice: Invest in the very best wardrobe basics you can afford. These will see you through for years to come. Every girl should own the following: a trench coat, a pencil skirt, a pair of cropped pants, a leather jacket, and a tailored blazer, plus a selection of T-shirts and cashmere knits in neutral colors. You can then update these every season with a handful of trend items. Be bold with your accessories. It's the easiest way to update an outfit—a statement necklace will instantly transform a basic tee, and a pair of color-pop shoes will add interest to a LBD.
Eve is wearing a Kimberly Ovitz jacket, a By Malene Birger T-shirt, a 3.1 Phillip Lim necklace, Marni pants, and Rupert Sanderson shoes.
Harriet Gregory, Junior Fashion Editor: Classic with an attitude; fashion forward without being too try hard, and I do have a soft spot for high-end designer accessories.
Style advice: Don't hide yourself away in black because it's safe or you have been told it is "slimming". Color and print can add an edge to your style and give you a confidence you didn't know you had. It's always worth investing in accessories: A statement bag, pair of shoes or necklace will last you seasons. Do your research; see what is on offer, and invest wisely.
Harriet is wearing a Theory jumper, a Victoria Beckham top, an HMH Couture skirt, a faux fur collar bought from a boutique, a Yves Saint Laurent ring, and boots from Topshop.
Mo White, Creative Director: My style is minimal, directional, and stylish, often with a '60s or '80s signature. I have a capsule wardrobe of great pieces that I love and can work with anything. I like to add a tough element to my look, whether that be a tailored jacket with a quirky edge (Wang does some really great ones), a pair of leather trousers or doing something as simple as turning up the collar on my jacket. I know my body shape very well and I dress to enhance my height and shape.
Style advice: Top tip? Take t-shirts to the dry cleaners before their first wear and the heat will bond the jersey so the fabric will wear better!
Mo is wearing an Alexander Wang blazer, a Peter Pilotto top, a vintage Balenciaga gilet, a Missoni necklace, Helmut Lang leather pants, and Georgina Goodman shoes.
Jane Gorley, Art Director: I like the "preppy" look—you'll always find brogues, block-colored pants and striped tops in my wardrobe. I call it the "Art Director" cliché.
Style advice: Always wear amazing heels, but bring a pair of flats in your bag. Don't be afraid to express your personality in clothes! And a good haircut is your best accessory.
Jane is wearing a Jean Pierre Braganza jacket, a Preen dress, Wolford tights, and Rick Owens boots.