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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!
Today we take you to the Los Angeles offices of Sole Society, the online-only shoe and accessories boutique. Sole Society's mission is to bring trend-driven footwear to its customers at affordable prices, so you know the team behind the line take their shoe choices seriously. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Nina Tooley, VP of Marketing: I would describe my style as classic with an edge. The foundation of my wardrobe consists of basic pieces like skinny jeans, tees, and blazers, but I always like to add a modern, unexpected element like moto boots, chunky jewelry, or bright lips.
Style advice: Be fashion forward but not a fashion victim (you know that girl when you see her, poor thing). Take risks and try new trends but never wear something that makes you feel too uncomfortable or unlike yourself. Fashion should enhance your life and give you confidence.
Nina is wearing Sole Society Kelly wedge in leopard, Rag & Bone waxy zip jeans, a 360 Cashmere sweater, J.Crew vintage tee, her favorite Hermes scarf (a gift from her mother), a Samantha Wills bracelet, and NARS lipstick in Heat Wave.
Talitha Peters, Creative Director: My style is somewhat makeshift to be honest. On weekends I like a vintage dress with booties and during the week I'm usually in skinny jeans and a blazer.
Style advice: Start with the shoes and work your way up. If you can't decide on something to wear, you are thinking too much. Usually throwing together an outfit rather than planning one ends up looking better and being more you.
Talitha is wearing Sole Society Angela booties, skinny jeans from H&M, a cashmere sweater from J.Crew, a faux fur vest from Graham and Spencer, rose gold earrings (a gift from her husband when they had their first baby), and a Cartier bracelet (a gift when her second baby was born).
Darlene Dull, Fashion Director: My style is a bit of a mix between classic and edgy. I like wearing jeans with classic jackets and a favorite tee, and then I love to jewel it up with a big cuff and some rings. I spend so much time shopping and planning other people's wardrobe, so I like to keep things chic and comfortable for myself.
Style advice: Leggings are not pants not now not ever. Having said that I believe every gal should feel alive and inspired by her own personal style I think when you feel good about what you wear you have a confidence no one can take away from you. Try to always stay true to yourself, squeezing in to someone else's style will always leave you feeling blue.
Darlene is wearing a Helmut Lang jacket, NSF denim, a vintage signet ring, a Velvet t-shirt, Sole Society booties, and a Mikal Winn cuff.
Kelsey Trummel, Assistant Buyer: My style is classic and feminine with a hint of edge. I love being clean and polished, but throwing on some leather with something sweet is my favorite look.
Style advice: When I am getting dressed, it's most important for me to bring together a complete and polished look. I believe it is how you collectively wear all the pieces of your wardrobe that can define your style. I love investing in great staple items that can be worn in many different ways, season after season.
Kelsey is wearing a Leopard blazer by Lush, a sheer cream top by Lush, leather leggings by Joe's Jeans, Helena black booties by Sole Society, a watch by Michael Kors and a bracelet by BCBG.
Sharon Lombardi, Marketing Manager: My style is a mix of boho and rocker. I love wearing soft boho tops and dresses with more aggressive, rocker-inspired shoes.
Style advice: Don't be afraid to experiment–go ahead and pair those two crazy prints and see what happens. When I play dress up, I come up with new, unexpected outfit combinations and suddenly what was old is new again!
Sharon is wearing a Free People dress, a Motif 56 leopard belt from ShopBop, Forever 21 tights, Sole Society Helena Booties, her grandmother's vintage cameo ring, a Gorjana gold plated "S" ring, and black spike earrings from Francesca's.
Jamie Stone, Influencer Marketing Manager at Sole Society (and Beauty/Lifestyle blogger at QueenoftheQuarterLifeCrisis.com): My style is classic trendy with edgy details; I usually go for classic cuts but I like bold colors and patterns. And, since I'm from New York, I tend to add on some downtown edge with my accessories.
Style advice: Know your body type and know what works on you and what doesn't. Invest in classic pieces, but the trendy stuff shouldn't cost a fortune. Don't wear it if you don't feel good in it. Confidence is key!
Jamie is wearing a Forever 21 dress, a Bebe jacket, Sole Society Helena booties, DKNY tights, a Jessica Elliot Double Floating Finger Candy Ring, a Stella & Dot bracelet, a Forever 21 bracelet, a L'Oreal Infallible Legloss in "rebel red", and a Cellairis iPhone case.