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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!
All photos by Porter Hovey
Today we head to the Manhattan offices of the addictive daily newsletter Thrillist and the company's apparel offshoot, JackThreads. As experts in where to go, what to see, and what to wear, it's no surprise that the team behind the brand has a trove of tips on how to take a look from office to after-hours. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Meg Vandervort, Sales Planner: My style is romantic, but with some bold twists. I love mixing longer dresses and skirts with shorter pieces like leather jackets.
Style advice: The best style advice is to be totally confident in whatever you wear. Take classic pieces and pair them with unusual prints, colors, or textures, and just own it.
Meg is wearing shoes from Forever 21, jacket from BCBG, and dress from Forever 21.
Andrew Bonés, Sales Coordinator: I would describe my style as casual preppy. I like to wear checkered patterns or stripes and I love wearing boat shoes or high-top boots. I’m not really into super-tight-fitting clothes, but I definitely like cuts more tailored to my frame. I also like to mix it up in terms of wearing clean simple stuff or vintage, worn-looking items.
Style advice: Always iron your clothes! You can always tell when someone shows up with clothes they pulled off the floor. Don’t try to go over the top with patterns, colors, and general looks. You can’t go wrong with neutral colors and clothes that fit your body.
Andrew is wearing a cardigan and chinos from H&M, button-up from J.Crew, and shoes from Aldo.
Devon Giddon, Communications Manager: My style changes all the time. I'm constantly re-inventing myself—like Madonna, except I'm not famous, or rich, or jacked... and no one cares. But I'll probably drop my last name at some point soon! Right now, I'd describe my style as simple and classic, and just a little badass.
Style advice: Be comfortable! I never leave my apartment in anything I don't feel completely comfortable in. There's nothing less attractive than a girl hobbling around in heels that are too high or constantly sucking in because her dress is too tight. I say always leave enough room for at least one cheeseburger (two to be safe). Confidence is the sexiest attribute there is and you won't be confident if you're not comfortable.
Devon is wearing rag & bone boots, an H&M dress, and a Current/Elliott denim jacket.
Alyssa Carroll, Communications Coordinator: My style is comfortable and feminine with some rock 'n’ roll edge. I don’t like to spend to much time putting things together, so I stick mostly to flowy dresses, grungy flannels, and anything with leather.
Style advice: The best style advice I’ve ever gotten is to find the perfect pair of jeans, and to always wear fantastic underwear. You never know what’s going to happen.
Alyssa is wearing a French Connection dress, Kimchi Blue shoes, and a mix of vintage and thrift store jewelry.
Matt Owen, Fulfillment Coordinator at Jackthreads: My style is always changing depending on my mood. One day I will wear a t-shirt and Nikes, and another day I will dress up in some loafers and go all out. I like to keep it casual with basic items paired along with a good belt and some cool shoes. I usually tend to wear something that works both in the daytime as well as night in case I go out after work.
Style advice: Wear something that you feel comfortable in and makes you feel good. Comfort is key, as you are the one wearing it all day. When I pick out my outfit I usually start with the shoes, followed by jeans. Then I’ll pick a top that goes together with the rest of the outfit. I try not to follow many trends and go with items that I personally find appealing. Accessories are a great way to stand out from a basic outfit. You can try adding some bracelets and a nice watch to make an outfit come together.
Matt is wearing a rag & bone buttondown, Hermes belt, Nudie Jeans, and Gucci loafers.
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