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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
This week, we bring you to the New York headquarters of Racked 38 member Shopbop. One of our favorite online shopping destinations, Shopbop stocks literally hundreds of designers, from Alexander Wang to Zac Posen, and covers the fashion spectrum from footwear to apparel to shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Below, see how this stylin' team works it when they're working.
Jessica Lee, Fashion Assistant: My style is pretty laid back. I gravitate toward black and neutrals, so I try to add in color or a little bit of edge with accessories.
Style advice: Don't be afraid to try new things—it's the best way to get a sense of what works on you. And most importantly, wear what you're comfortable in, because if you're not, it will show, even in the way you carry yourself.
Jessica is wearing a Madewell blouse, a Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, UNIF shoes, and a Dannijo necklace.
Ashley Middleton, Marketing/Events Director: My personal style is classic with a bit of edge.
Style advice: Leave the house in the morning dressed for anything. I often have to run out to last-minute meetings and events so I make sure whatever I put on in the morning can carry me from a day of meetings in the office to a night out with friends and colleagues.
Ashley is wearing a Timo Weiland dress, Alexander Wang shoes, House of Harlow bracelet, Jules Smith ring, and a Cartier ring and watch.
Jamie Schwartz, Assistant Buyer: I like to wear casual basics and bring in statement pieces to add edge and sophistication, like pairing jeans or leather pants and a tee with a bright blazer or a chunky necklace.
Style advice: To me, the most important thing to remember when building a wardrobe is not spread yourself too thin when it comes to trends. With each season that passes, I've come to realize that not every trend will work for every body type or personality. Instead, invest in pieces that you can't live without and when the right trend comes around, go for it.
Jamie is wearing a Rebecca Minkoff blazer, Current/Elliott shorts, Sam Edelman shoes, an LNA t-shirt, and a Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer Necklace.
Amanda Kraemer, Stylist: I like to try it all. Anything goes. I really love the multi-character, fantasy appeal of fashion. My style is inspired by past, iconic pieces (vintage Vionnet, Moschino, Levi's, Versace). I'm drawn to classics with a juxtaposition: a pleated, fitted-bodice dress done in a tie-dye fabric, for example. It's completely normal for me to transition from ladylike, to luxe boho-y, to urban, all within the same week.
Style advice: First step: Use a steamer. Your clothes will hang the way they were intended to hang. In heels, seek comfort. Make sure your footwear looks great and feels great; you'll look better because you feel better. For an immediate leg lengthener and slenderizer, wear skin-tone heels. Find a pair that matches your skin exactly. T-strap nudes make my slightly wider foot look slimmer & elongates my silhouette. Own a go-to jumpsuit—it's the ultimate day-to-night transition piece and exudes no-nonsense chic.
Amanda is wearing an Acne jumpsuit, Marni necklaces, Tom Binns and Paloma Picasso bracelets, a Gucci watch, and Margiela booties.
Aya Kanai, Senior Stylist: I like to wear crisp basic pieces and always add a little bit of a tough tomboy element even when I'm wearing a feminine dress.
Style advice: Fashion does its job when it brings you confidence and a happy attitude to face the world. You must be diligent to have it play that role in your life.
Aya is wearing a dress by Parker, A.P.C. shoes, a vintage vest, Hermés watch, and vintage insect pins.
Jenny Fuchs, Buyer: I like to have one statement piece in every outfit I put together, like a great necklace, a bold print (sometimes two!), or even a peplum!
Style advice: Fashion moves so quickly these days, I think its important to cherry pick the trends that suit your personal style and make sure they pair back with the rest of your wardrobe. Investing in key pieces like a leather pant or a great blazer allows you to work the trendier pieces in seasonally. Also, always check weather.com before leaving the house!
Jenny is wearing a Gryphon dress, Nicholas skinny belt, Giles + Brother cuff, Gorjana studs, and B Brian Atwood pumps.
Jane Albiter, Buyer: I would say my personal style is classic with a twist.
Style advice: My style advice would be not to over accessorize. Less is more.
Jane is wearing a Mason romper, Iro men's denim vest, and Phillip Lim shoes.