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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 New York offices of our friends at Lucky magazine, where the digital and print teams scour the world's runways, showrooms, and websites to find the chicest clothes and accessories around. With all that shopping energy, it's no surprise they look great at the office. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Melissa Lum, Accessories Editor: I'm not an "outfit planner" so I kind of just go with the flow when I get up in the morning. I do tend to dress around my multiple leather motorcycle jackets—which I wear year round minus 90 degree days. But yeah, I defiantly have an affinity towards a lot of leather.
Style advice: Comfort is key. I like to feel like I'm wearing "at home" clothes even if it doesn't look it. If anything feels fussy, complicated, or kills my feet, I usually change.
Melissa is wearing a J.Crew shirt, Carven shorts, and Celine shoes.
John Jannuzzi, Contributing Digital Editor: My style is really laid back and easy. I wear a lot of preppy clothes but not in a "jeez go back to Nantucket" way. Usually I wear plaid shirts and a pair of chinos—kind of a uniform, but it works. A good pair of shoes is really important, too. It's something you shouldn't skimp on. Your feet are important.
Style advice: The most important thing is that you're comfortable when you leave your house. If you're not comfortable physically, especially in the summer, you'll have a hard time being comfortable at all during the day. Other than that, trust your gut with clothes. Too many people get caught buying things because their friend who doesn't have to wear them says something like, "Wow, that's amazing, if you don't buy it, I'm going to buy six of them and you'll regret it till the day you die." If you don't really like something, don't buy it.
John is wearing a GANT by Michael Bastian shirt, J.Crew pants, and Church's shoes.
Alexis Bryan Morgan, Executive Fashion Director: My style is very classic, and a little bit lady. Fit and great tailoring are priorities for me, and I'm all about finding the perfect things. Which is what I love about what we do here at Lucky—look no further, we found the best of what you need!
Style advice: Style is only possible when you are true to yourself. Looking uncomfortable or trying too hard because you feel pressure to try something is never chic. However, it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all the options that are out there now. I think it is a good idea to take some time to really identify your personal style by creating a file of images of examples of style you love, tear sheets from magazines, or images from websites. Refer to the images before you go shopping or when getting dressed and you find yourself wondering if an outfit is cute or a disaster. We've all been there!
Alexis is wearing a dress by Ammara, earrings by Teddy, and Prada shoes.
Megan O'Neill, Associate Beauty Editor: I love fusions! I love looking girly and feminine—but it's more interesting when the look is spliced with un-girly, slightly undone elements. For instance, a pretty skirt and sandals with ruffled hair. Pretty outfits go best with messy hair. I also LOVE color!
Style advice: There are absolutely NO RULES! Do whatever you want—mix colors and patterns and wear white whenever you want and bright colors whenever you want. There is no seasonal. Dressing is an expressive, emotional medium. Also, never underestimate the importance of being comfortable. When you feel great about what you're wearing, you walk a little differently.
Megan is wearing a vintage Betsey Johnson skirt, Theory tank, No. 6 clogs, and vintage bracelets from trips to the Hell's Kitchen flea market on Sundays.
Annie Taube, Associate Publisher, Creative Services: My style is classic with an edge. I love to wear unique prints with a bold accessory (shoe, necklace or earring) to make the look original/stand out.
Style advice: Know your audience. It's so important to dress for the occasion and the "room." Not everyone is going to appreciate your six-inch platform booties and leather leggings, so know when to pull out a major "look" and when to tone it down.
Annie is wearing a Peter Pilotto dress and Tom Ford shoes.
Jana Nesbitt-Gale, Creative Director, Advertising: Right now, my style is polished but with an ease to it. Currently I'm not wearing head-to-toe black as a rule.
Style advice: Invest in pieces that aren't basics. Unusual and interesting items can be timeless, too. Use your imagination. Play around with pieces in your closet—alter, rework, layer. Fashion should be fun.
Jana is wearing an Ann Taylor blouse, Betsey Johnson dress that I cut in half and made into a skirt, Chanel shoes, and a necklace created out of saint medals, custom wedding rings, a vintage bracelet (white), and a Ariel Gordon bracelet.
James Morris, Photo Director: I guess I would describe my style as Brooklyn preppy...lots of J.Crew, A.P.C, rag & bone.
Style advice: If you're a conservative dresser, as I am, spend a few bucks on the basics. Invest in a great pair of jeans and a few dress shirts and you're set.
James is wearing a blazer and jeans from J.Crew, a Jack Spade shirt, Adidas sneakers, and Paul Smith glasses.
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