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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 buttondowns—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 Manhattan offices of Intermix. The fashion-forward retailer stocks trend-setting brands like Herve Leger, rag & bone, and Equipment in their shops and their online store, so it's no surprise that the team who puts it all together is forward thinking when it comes to personal style. This is how they work it when they're working.
Samantha Lee, Manager of E-Commerce Merchandising: My style is savvy chic. I like to wear very practical clothing that I can make ladylike.
Style advice: I usually wear transitional looks that take me from day to night because in this city you never know what fun event you'll end up attending. Comfort is severely underrated. If you can't walk in the shoes or breathe in the dress, don't wear it.
Samantha is wearing an A.L.C. Daphne dress, a Maison Boinet wide hair calf belt, Giuseppe Zanotti daisy wedge booties, Ted Rossi open circle python bracelet, and a Fallon classique labyrinth cuff.
Monique Miller, Manager of Fashion Editorial & Production: My style often changes with the season and my mood. Right now, I am comfortable with a little edge. I like to wear clothes that make me feel inspired? while still looking effortless.
Style advice: Wear what makes you feel confident and happy. Fashion should be fun and never taken too seriously! Whenever I'm having trouble with a look, I throw on a fitted jacket to make my outfit instantly chic and cool!
Monique is wearing an Iro exclusive uma jacket, Monrow V-neck tee, J Brand leather pants, Sergio Rossi Godiva suede pump, and a Givenchy necklace.
Sarah Chang, Assistant Buyer of Accessories: I would say that my personal style is pretty classic, off-set with a tiny dose of quirky humor (I wear a robot lapel pin that street style photographers go bonkers for during Fashion Week), finished off with great accessories. Shoes are my kryptonite.
Style advice: Be comfortable, because nothing looks worse than hobbling around in shoes you can't walk in, or jeans you are exploding out of. And be confident! People will remember the awesome person in the sick outfit, not the specifics of your outfit's components.
My other piece of advice would be to stop buying tons of throw-away fashion, and start saving for just one or two "investment" pieces a season. You will start to build an amazing wardrobe that defines your true style based on those pieces you really loved and needed to have!
Sarah is wearing a Helmut Lang top, Rag & Bone coated-denim moto zip jeans, Vita Fede cone spike bracelet, Lisa Freede sandalwood malas bracelets, a Hermes watch, a Prada charm bracelet, Prada booties, Underligne leather jacket, and a 3.1 Phillip Lim bear pin.
Brooke German, Senior Manager of Public Relations: It's rare you catch me in a look that isn't built from distressed denim, leather, or stripes. And, I never leave the house without a tailored blazer or a crisp leather jacket in the mix. Ever. Complimenting my faithful standbys are luxe bags and shoes and piles of jewelry. The end result is a bit akin to a little boy raiding the W magazine accessories closet. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.
Style advice: Once you've determined your signature style, embrace the edit. You'll know what pieces to splurge on, which silhouettes flatter, and what trends to skip. Cut through the noise to stay of-the-moment but not overly trendy? it's a wonderful high to open my closet and still lust after a pair of jeans or statement heels six months later. Layer your coveted finds to create looks you love, full of texture and subtle details. It isn't quite as formulaic as Garanimals, but you'll still be mixing and matching with a sense of adventure, discovery and sometimes even a little rebellion.
Brooke is wearing a rag & bone tee, Neil Barrett tux blazer, R13 leather chaps, Giuseppe Zanotti Sharon peep-toe platform, Jennifer Zuener necklaces, Zeffira horn bangles, vintage Bakelite braceletes, Pade Vavra jaguar cuff; Cartier tank bracelet, custom and vintage gold and diamond YSL rings.
Candy Yeh, Senior Buyer of Ready-to-Wear and Accessories: My style completely depends on my mood for the day, which is what I love about buying for INTERMIX. It's all about having the perfect blend of edge and femininity mixed with your own personal style. My go-to pieces are always: the perfect leather jacket, a silky blouse, worn-in denim skinnies, and lace-up booties.
Style advice: We've all heard this a million times but dressing for your body type will always be more flattering than following any trend! Tailoring is key, and fit can make or break an outfit. I always have one semi-fitted item on to keep the proportions in check.
Candy is wearing an Iro cobalt leather Jacket, J Brand tank, rag & bone black ripped skinny jeans, Givenchy booties, Givenchy necklace, and a Vita Fede bracelet.