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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 Victor Jeffreys
Today we take you to the New York headquarters of Warby Parker to see what the creative team behind one of our favorite online shopping destinations wears to work. The brand launched two years ago with the idea that glasses should be great looking and affordable—all of their specs are $95—so they know a thing or two about the importance of style. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Kaki Read, Executive Assistant and PR Coordinator: I would classify my personal style as feminine, bright, and fun with a hint of classicism. My closet is a kaleidoscope of colors, prints, shapes, etc. Since I’m 5’2’, though, I have to pay close attention to silhouette and tailoring. I try to modify fashion-forward outfits to incorporate classic, high-waist silhouettes, vintage belts and heels. Love heels!
Style advice: There are two things I always try to remember: First, never dive head first into a trend or mix too many trends into one outfit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always fun to incorporate this-is-so-right-now pieces into your wardrobe, but do so sparingly. Second, don’t be afraid of your parents' vintage wardrobes. They are treasure troves full of amazing belts, bags, hats, and more. I wear my mother’s 1960s and '70s cocktail dresses more frequently than those I’ve purchased recently—no joke.
Kaki is wearing a Zara floral dress, Dolce Vita pumps, Rachel Leigh bangles, Vintage earrings and rings, and Tenley glasses in Burgundy Fade by Warby Parker.
Isabel Seely, Marketing Associate: I consider my personal style to be classic but also bold. I really appreciate good quality material, expert tailoring, and classic silhouettes. At the same time, I'm not afraid to try new prints, patterns or shapes. I'll mix and match colors and designs, as long as the overall look is clean and not overdone.
Style advice: Keep it simple, stupid! In all seriousness, there's nothing worse than someone trying too hard to look stylish. It always falls flat. My advice is to dress to your body type—not what's necessarily in style—and to keep it simple! I'm always attracted to the basics first, then accessorize with fun and bold accents. I am most confident when I'm comfortable. This usually means my look is more casual, but that's what I feel great in.
Isabel is wearing a Madewell top, Theory silk trousers, Pretty Ballerina purple suede ballet flats, and Fort Standard "Standard Pendant" necklace.
Maggie Malloy, Customer Experience Associate: My personal style is a hard one to pin down; it changes day to day depending on my mood and the look I'm going for. I think the most fun part about fashion is that you can look in your closet one morning, see your black leather pants and think "that's it!" and it goes from there. Alternatively, I'll pair those black leather pants with heels, a floral shirt, and some fun earrings, and have something completely different. One thing I can say about my style in general is that it's eclectic and experimental. I love bright colors, mixing textures and prints, and embracing the season. One of my favorite pieces is a vintage white linen jumpsuit, which most of my friends are scared of. I call it my flying squirrel suit, it's awesome!
Style advice: Style advice? I know people say it all the time, but my number one piece of advice is to have fun with fashion and don't over think it. Play dress up, channel someone great, or even a something great. I think it's really important to be comfortable in what you're wearing, but at the same time not be too narrow minded. Also, don't be scared of bright, bold colors. Especially in NYC I think people stick to black as a safety net because they are scared to stand out, but they shouldn't be! This spring is all about fun colors and crazy prints so if there is anytime to put yourself out there and try it, it's now. Go for the burnt orange Rebecca Minkoff blazer instead of the black one and see what happens.
Maggie is wearing an Equipment top, Current/Elliot jeans, a vintage belt, Elizabeth & James wedges, a necklace she designed herself, Michael Kors & Temple St. Clair ring, Ice turquoise watch, Cartier & Ippolita bracelets, gold earrings from Scoop NYC, and Preston in Hazelwood Warby Parker glasses.
Kareem Shaya, Front End Developer: I'll give you the secret recipe: timeless classics + interesting twist (e.g. loud socks) = sure thing. Everything I know, I learned from Reddit, my parents, and the J. Peterman Company. Also, I'm a sucker for items that age well—I'm a big fan of waxed cotton.
Style advice: 1) Beware of wonderful items that *almost* fit right. They'll break your heart and feel nothing. 2) Borrow ideas shamelessly. I stop strangers all the time to ask where they got what they're wearing. 3) Just do whatever makes you happy. I only pay attention to clothing because I happen to think it's fun. But don't worry that it matters. Nobody's dying, we're a bunch of adults discussing whether some pieces of fabric look nicer than other pieces of fabric.
Kareem is wearing a Billy Reid at J.Crew Marigny cardigan, Uniqlo pink oxford shirt, A.P.C. petit standard jeans, Happy Socks, Keds Anchor sneakers, Warby Parker Fillmore glasses in crystal, and Mondaine EVO Gent watch.
Lee Ellis, Quality Engineer: I wear comfortable, classic basics every day. Every day. I think I'm rather boring. But they fit well and look good, so why not?
Style advice: The most important thing is to have clothes that fit you well. If your clothes fit, you will feel comfortable and confident wearing them. The rest will take care of itself.
Lee is wearing an American Apparel t-shirt, J.Crew sweatshirt, Baracuta jacket, Levi's jeans, and Nike sneakers.