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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!
For this week's edition of Working It, we bring you to the London headquarters of ASOS. One of our favorite online shopping destinations (and a Racked 38 member), the British import carries brands from Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith to Ash and J.W. Anderson with an edgy, downtown feel all its own. See how the team behind the brand works it when they're working.
Rachael Grayer, International PR Assistant: My personal style is simple. I like to keep everything to a minimum and only have one item of clothing that's a little louder. I don't like to overdo things!
Style advice: I would advise to cater a new trend to your personal style. If it’s not you, don't wear it. Being comfortable is so important—otherwise you won’t look like you! Experimenting with different styles is great if it goes with who you are and your personality.
Rachael is wearing an oversized ASOS limeade t-shirt dress.
Zeba Lowe, Fashion Editor: I like to have fun with the trends, but it's got to feel authentic. I'm drawn to early 1960s silhouettes and when I am not wearing this style I rely on a trademark kitten-flick eye liner. I always finish a look with my
signature jewelery of fine rings and my favourite trinket necklace, which is a collection of charms I have collected/been gifted over the years.
Style advice: Finer details can transform a look, from how you roll up the sleeve of a blazer to adding a necklace or brooch detail to the collar of a shirt. Hosiery can be the simplest way to update a favourite dress: a white opaque tight for a '60s twist, muted fine rib for a mannish finish, or, my favorite trick, layer up leopard print with a sheer color for a '70s club vibe.
Zeba is wearing an ASOS paisley blazer, Nike t-shirt, Marni for H&M shorts, and ASOS flatform sandals.
Eleanor Ward, Buyer for Contemporary Branded Womenswear: My personal style is a bit vintage, a bit rock and roll, and a bit tailored, with '60s/French references thrown in for good measure!
Style advice: Mix high and low, casual and smart, to avoid looking too "done." For example, I love an over-the-top jeweled earring with an old grey tee and sleeveless leather biker jacket. Don't feel pressured to deviate from your own style groove just because a certain look is "in"—that's how people make major fashion errors! Dress for yourself. You know instinctively what suits you and what doesn't. Most importantly: rock your outfit with confidence!
Eleanor is wearing a vintage oriental brocade jacket, an ASOS skirt, Pied-a-Terre Chelsea boots (via ASOS), and a vintage watch and jewelry.
Victoria Hodder, Senior Assistant Buyer, Accessories: My style is a real mixture. I wear high street and some designer, but I love the workmanship, quality, and heritage of older clothes. I'm happiest when trawling vintage fairs and car boots for vintage finds. I love finding unique pieces and I am obsessed with combining new and old.
Style advice: Fashion is all about being fun, wear what you want and what you feel suits you
Victoria is wearing a vintage blouse, shorts, and jewelry, and Purified shoes.
Stephanie O'Reilly, Senior Press Officer: My personal style is still undecided. Working in fashion I am exposed to lots of trends and personal styles. I tend to take my inspiration from there and am pretty relaxed when it comes to my personal style.
Style advice: Unless you work on the beach, I would say no to tiny shorts in the workplace. However, knicker-shorts are best-sellers at ASOS?
Stephanie is wearing a ASOS t-shirt, skirt, and boots, and bracelets and rings from Topshop and ASOS.
Debbie Shasanya, ASOS Magazine Production Assistant: My style is definitely a product of my environment: I grew up around music/shows/films like TLC, Fresh Prince & Clueless so I tend to mix, match and clash various elements. My wardrobe is almost like one big dressing up box so my outfit options seem endless. Hence why, I never adhere to a single look.
Style advice: Think out of the box. Some items of clothing and jewelry have more purposes than their intended use. (I wear belts as necklaces, necklaces as headpieces, and earrings as brooches and pins.) And don’t take how you dress too seriously: whenever in doubt, wear it! How often are the ‘just thrown together, not given much thought’ outfits the ones we get most complimented on?
Debbie is wearing an ASOS top, ASOS trousers, Mawi bracelet, and Nicole Farhi sandals.