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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
In honor of Weddings Week, we bring you a special edition Working It today, courtesy of the lovely ladies of The Knot. As experts on all things style and wedding, we thought they'd be the perfect team to ask a crucial but often-overlooked bridal question: After all the planning and partying and honeymoon are over, what should you wear on your first day back to work? Allow them to demonstrate below.
Anja Winikka, Site Director of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com:
I'm a Brooklyn girl at heart (by way of Kansas and Arizona) and tend more toward a downtown, relaxed, boho style for myself. Also, my boyfriend plays guitar for the indie band Country Mice, so my nights off are usually spent going to live shows, whether his or friends of ours. I like to wear outfits I can transition from the office to the Lower East Side. I like to wear dresses with a little edge, military jackets, vintage tees, roughed-up jeans, leather boots, and the occasional crazy pair of heels.
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: Get yourself a new dress or outfit to match your new married status! What could be more fun than wearing a new dress to kick off your new life stage?
Anja is wearing a Peppermint dress, Calvin Klein heels, a yellow gold butterfly chain necklace from an antique store in Lawrence, Kansas, and a yellow gold, yellow sapphire engagement ring designed by Richard Landi.
Kristin Koch, TheKnot.com Senior Editor: My style is urban prep with a slight bohemian flair. I like to wear things that are comfortable but look put-together.
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: Everyone is going to be asking you about the wedding, so feel free to keep the bridal theme going a little longer and wear white. But instead of a white dress, opt for either white on top or bottom so it's not quite so obvious to your coworkers (and boss!) that you still can't stop thinking about your amazing wedding.
Kristin is wearing black ankle-length skinny pants from J.Crew, an eyelet peplum top by Pim and Larkin, shoes by Michael Kors, a kate spade necklace, and bracelets from her grandmother, Hermes, J.Crew, and David Yurman.
Linda De Vito, Director, Marketing Partnerships: My style is polished and chic, feminine and colorful. Depending on the day, I’ll change up my look from classic and very ladylike to something with more of a global/safari-inspired style. I love fashions from the 1960s. Anything metallic, animal print, or with a touch of sparkle makes me happy. Also, I’m super obsessed with accessories (they can transform an outfit!). You’ll find pieces from the following in my closet: J.Crew, BCBG Max Azria, DVF, Milly, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Club Monaco, Ann Taylor, Zara and Banana Republic.
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: Wear something you love that makes you feel totally comfortable, stylish, and confident! Like your favorite go-to outfit for an after-work date night with your husband or dinner with the girls. Plus, it helps to wear something that shows off your just-back-from-the-honeymoon glowing skin.
Linda is wearing a Club Monaco T-shirt, +J/Uniqlo skirt, Banana Republic cardigan, BCBG Max Azria necklace, J.Crew bracelet, and Kate Spade shoes.
Michelle McIvor, Director of Community and Social Marketing: My style is classic, structured, and ladylike. I tend to wear a lot of colorful, tailored dresses mixed with modern accessories. My weekdays are super busy with me going from the gym to the office to dinners and events, so I like to wear chic, versatile pieces that easily transition from day to night. On quiet, relaxed days, I stick to more comfy, casual pieces, like skinny jeans, a timeless blazer, and a flowy, feminine printed blouse.
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: You’ll be the center of attention your first day back to the office after your wedding, so wear a bright, classic daytime dress that makes you feel beautiful. If you went on a beach honeymoon, you’ll want to accentuate your dark, golden skin with a colorful dress and white or gold accessories. You could also bring back a little bit of beach with you by wearing tropical charms or pendants.
Michelle is wearing a pink belted Elie Tahari dress, Vince Camuto flats, and a bracelet that was a gift from a friend.
Carly Zipp, Public Relations Director: My personal style is classic chic. I like to keep up with the trends, but also like to wear what is most flattering on me and classic pieces that will not go out of style. And I LOVE dresses!
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: After your wedding, come back to work with a sense of getting back to business. You've had months (or years!) of planning, and weeks out of the office with your wedding and honeymoon, and now it's time to get back to work. Of course everyone will want to hear about your wedding, your special day, and all the details, but your outfit should signify to your boss that you're back to the grind! Feel free to jazz it up with some honeymoon flair—earrings from your honeymoon spot (and the best accessory, a tan).
Carly is wearing an army green Shoshanna dress, nude Pour La Victoire heels, Alexis Bittar earrings, and a Van Cleef & Arpels ring.
Heather Hall, Fashion and Beauty Editorial Assistant: My personal style is cheerful. I love statement pieces and lots of color!
Back-to-work style advice for the newly-wed bride: Be prepared for lots of attention and questions. You should have that "honeymoon glow" and an outfit to match.
Heather is wearing leopard pumps by Simply Vera, "creamsicle" pants by H&M, a blouse by Lauren Conrad, and Zara scarf.