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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!


Steven Khan

In honor of Beauty Week, today we take you to the Los Angeles headquarters of cosmetics brand Smashbox to see what the creative team behind one of the most obsessed-over makeup lines around wears to work. With an industry pedigree (the company's founders, Davis and Dean Factor, are great-grandsons of Hollywood cosmetics legend Max Factor), the brand embraces both its Old School roots and a whole lot of modern fun. Here's what they wear to do it.

Ellen Nguyen, Senior Art Director: I’m a modernist who likes a bit of edge. I like to play with interesting colors and textures. I never do a complete look or style head-to-toe; I like to mix things up with unexpected juxtapositions.

Style advice: Trends may come and go, but personal style is all about curating and play. Color is your friend, so use it in subtle ways to accent your attire. And most importantly: if it doesn't fit, don't wear it.

Ellen is wearing a top from Zara Woman, All Saints jeans, Brian Atwood shoes.

Katherine Conway, Global E-commerce Director: My style is modern and feminine. I keep what I wear and get rid of the rest—no multiples of things hang around in my closet!

Style advice: Know what works best for your body and personality. I find a small, well-curated closet suits me much better than one jammed with under-utilized pieces. A good rule of thumb: always wear heels and blush!

Katherine is wearing J Brand skinny jeans, a Vince blouse, bb Dakota leather jacket, Biviel suede shoes, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Mandarin

Simon James, VP of Creative: My personal style is a little bit of everything. I like to keep it comfortable but add some pops of color here and there. Black is always easy so I tend to wear a lot of it. I do, however, like the Japanese culture and their approach to fashion. I love brands like Visvim, Junya Watanebe, Commes des Garcon, 10c, as well as some more conceptual designers like Neil barrett, MA+, Rick Owens, and Margiella. My favorite store in LA is Union!

Style advice: Keep it simple, and throw in the unexpected color pop here and there: colored belt, tee, socks, or even underwear. Don’t ever wear oversized baggy clothes. It’s a look that should stay in the '90s.

Simon is wearing a T-shirt by Neil Barrett, Jeans by RRL, scarf by Atilier NYC, shoes by Sperry Top-Sider, and bracelet by Mansai.

Lori Taylor, Global Pro Lead Artist: I would describe my personal style as urban chic with equal parts Gwen Stefani and Prince. (Prince and I do share a love of high heels...)

Style advice: Never imitate. Personal style comes from the ability to show ones inner personality through wardrobe choices. And when all else fails, pick black!!!

Lori is wearing a black silk Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, L.A.M.B. pumps, Jennifer Fischer Beauty Pill necklace, and La Perla nylons

Nina Van Arsdale, Global Communications Executive Director: I’d say my personal style is Palm Springs/Slim Aarons meets modern LA. That said—you can never go wrong with anything black paired with striking gold jewelry.

Style Advice: Always imagine the possibilities. If something could be amazing with a bit of finessing from a tailor or cobbler, take a chance. I had to have the wedges pictured here, but they were about three inches too high (I’m 5’9), so I had them cut down. Now they are perfect!

Nina is wearing a dress by Tibi, a cardigan by J.Crew, a vintage belt, and shoes by Zara.

Sheela Soskin, Brand Copywriter: My style is romantic and feminine mixed with some edge for good measure. Think 1960s Ye-Ye girl mixed with 90s grunge.

Style advice: Shop vintage for affordable versions of runway looks. I have an extensive collection of vintage dresses that I’ve collected from flea markets and secondhand shops on my travels. Keep an inspiration folder! This season, mine includes a lot of candy colored pastel, Peter Pan collars, Broderie Anglaise, and film stills of Anna Karina in the Godard film Pierrot le Fou.

Sheela is wearing a Whistles dress and Office UK shoes.

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