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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 Jesse Fiorino
Today we take you to the Santa Monica offices of fashion start-up Pose. Founded in late 2010 and based a block and a half from the beach, the company straddles the line between fast-paced tech company and laid-back California. With Rachel Zoe as an investor and users like Coco Rocha and the Man Repeller—Pose is immersed in fashion. And since the app itself centers around sharing outfit photos and browsing for inspiration, these ladies are no strangers to obsessing over the details of a look. Read on to see how they work it when they're working.
Alisa Gould-Simon, Director of Marketing & Communications: My style is whimsical, timeless, and a constant evolution. Eight years in NYC also means I wear a fair amount of black, even in LA.
Style advice: Find colors, silhouettes, and cuts that show off your best features and stick with them. Also, always add an accessory or a piece that's unexpected. I think it helps make a look standout more. Most of all: have fun with what you're wearing.
Alisa is wearing The Hellers kimono top, American Apparel bodysuit, Blank jeans, Costume National heels, a mix of vintage and Mr. Kate bracelets, Arielle de Pinto necklace, and a J.Crew clutch.
Alicia Younger, Social Media & Community Manager: My personal style changes from day to day; one day I'm wearing a girly sundress and wedges, the next it's Converse and some chambray. I tend to pick classic styles and update them with a twist like a print, pattern, or a pop of color.
Style advice:Have fun with what you're wearing and don't take yourself too seriously. If you're going to choose something a bit out of the box, rock it! And, as corny as it sounds... don't forget to smile!
Alicia is wearing an Equipment top, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Miu Miu platform wedges, a Lee Angel necklace, Sophie Monet ring, and an assortment of bangles.
Becca Tran, Product Marketing: I like classic styles that are timeless so I can pass them on to my daughter.
Style advice: My rule when I go shopping is that it has to be cute and comfortable at the same time. For example, I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for shoes if I can last over four hours in them while being on my feet.
Becca is wearing an Orion London dress, yellow bauble necklace from Nordstrom, drop earrings from Australia, and Ralph Lauren platform sandals.
Rachel Morris, Director of Product: I'm lucky to both live and work on the Westside, so I walk and bike into work and my outfits tend to fit that lifestyle. I like to wear button-downs and stripes and I have an extensive scarf collection. I wear scarves with everything, since they brighten up my basics (you'll likely see me in a white t-shirt and jeans several days week) and can keep me warm once the weather turns chilly in the evenings.
Style advice: Don't be afraid to try new things or older pieces in a new way. The great thing about working at Pose and being on the platform is I get a good idea of whether people are liking my style based on the responses I get in the app. Oftentimes, a user will pick up on something in my outfit that I've had in my wardrobe a long time. It will breathe new life into the piece and I find myself wearing it more!
Rachel is wearing a Saint James striped shirt, J.Crew scarf, Levi's Jeans, Dolce Vita sandals.
Shana Hardy, UI Designer & Developer: I would describe my style as California girl with a dash of rocker and vintage—I love a really great fitting pair of jeans any day. I think California/West Coast girls have mastered the casual, effortless look that is actually very put together. I like to be feminine but always with a little rebel edge. Vintage style from the '30s, '40s and '50s inspires me, but I'm too practical to commit to the style 100% of the time. I take what works for me.
Style advice: When getting dressed ask yourself first, "does this fit well?" Being 7 1/2 months pregnant I have had to learn to adjust my idea of fit for now. If not cut right, looser clothing just makes me look bigger, and trying to cover the bump has turned out to be less flattering rather than masking it. No matter what your style (and size!) is, well-fitting clothes make a huge difference in how you pull it off. Do yourself a favor: if you haven't in a long time (I just did this) go through your closet and dresser and purge everything you have been holding onto that you liked for one detail or another but it never fully worked, or someone gave it to you, or you got it on sale but only wore it once. Let go and remove unflattering options from your space to help you make the most of your look everyday. Give items to your friends if it works better for them, or donate it.
Shana is wearing a BCBG Max Azria dress, Toms shoes, handmade jewelry from LA designer Good Art Hlywd.