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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 take you to the office of MODCo Creative, a strategic branding agency that specializes in global luxury, apparel, and fashion brands. They've worked with brands from Tory Burch and C Wonder to Vera Wang and True Religion, and their personal style is as varied as their clients'. Below, see how they work it when they're working.
Sara Rotman, CEO, CCO, and self-described “Boss Lady”: I would say that my personal style is kind of punk rock equestrian. I tend to like well-tailored, classically made clothes with a healthy rock and roll edge.
Style advice: Everything should look like it honestly belongs to you. I admire a lot of designers that I'd just look silly if I wore, so I don't. Instead, I stick to the folks who look and feel appropriate for me. And for gods sakes, make sure everything you put on your body fits well. Ill-fitting clothes bely lack of caring or insecurity or both—and neither trait is desirable or attractive.
Sarah is wearing a Rick Owens jacket, Alexander Wang tank top; Balmain jeans; and Jimmy Choo shoes. All Jewelry is from Broken English in Los Angeles.
Cris Melendez, Account Supervisor: I would describe my personal style as “polished ease.” I like to be chic and put together, but I’m not afraid to mix classically tailored vintage with more relaxed pieces.
Style advice: To me, the most important thing is to be relaxed and feel good and comfortable in what you are wearing. Anything that is too forced may make you feel like you are wearing a costume. Stay true to your style.
Cris is wearing a J. Lindeberg jacket, True Religion jeans, Jil Sander shirt, and Zara shoes.
Kate Cunningham, Account Supervisor: I'd describe my style as classic and feminine, with a touch of va va voom....it's a bit of Grace Kelly meets Barbarella.
Style Advice: I try to remember to dress with a purpose and enjoy it! Fashion is a vehicle you can use to completely transform yourself and play dress up each day. Try to feel lucky, not putout, by having a ton of great gems to choose from. It's okay to make a splash. Liberace used to say, "I didn't get dressed like this to go unnoticed" – walk out the door feeling like you want to get noticed...for the right reasons. Also, everything looks better with six-inch heels.
Kate is wearing YSL “Tribe Too High Heel” pumps; an Alice + Olivia jumpsuit, Torn by Ronny Kobo leather blazer, a vintage belt, and jewelry from the streets Budapest.
Lindsey Ricci, Senior Art Director: I would say my style is a mix of uptown meets downtown. My closet consists of mostly tailored blazers or little jackets so you pretty much will always see me wearing one. Taking a super classic piece like that but mixing it with a little edge. A ladylike blazer paired with leather pants.
Style advice: My general style advice is to start with a closet filled with all pieces that you love and remove the items you haven't worn in the past few years. I don't own a ton of clothes but everything in my closet is special to me and gets worn. I feel that makes it easier to get dressed and put together outfits. It's also important to dress in clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in. For me, I love sparkle. That being said, I always make sure to incorporate one piece of glitz into every outfit.
Lindsey is wearing a Theyskens' Theory blazer, Issa dress, Bottega Veneta shoes, and gold stacked rings on my right hand from Me & Ro and her family.
Kim Brower, Graphic Designer: If I could wear a leather mini everyday with a pair of studded leather boots, I would. I definitely have a rocker chic style. Black is the new black.
Style advice: Don’t ever be afraid to express yourself with what you wear because only then will your true style come to life.
Kim is wearing Frye shoes, U.O. pants, a Theory top; F21 vest; and vintage and family jewelry.
Andrew Maruska, Designer: I tend to stick with the classics. I try not to wear items that call attention away from who I am. Instead, I tend to gravitate toward items that compliment my personality.
Style advice: For me personally, I like to jeep it dark and neutral. Comfort is important, but I still like to be put together. I like to use accents of color to tie together an outfit.
Andrew is wearing a Hanes t-shirt, True Religion jeans, Supra shoes, and SALT glasses.
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