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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!
Photos by Porter Hovey
Today we take you to the Manhattan offices of Loeffler Randall, the shoe brand born out of designer Jessie Randall's quest to find the shoes that she wanted to wear but couldn't find. Fast forward eight years since the brand's launch in 2005 and you'll find Loeffler Randall's cool, feminine, and extremely comfortable shoes on the feet of fashion editors and city girls everywhere. Here's how the team there works it when they're working.
Jessie Randall, Creative Director/Designer: My style is easy, comfortable and modern. I don't like to be too dressed up or overdone. I hoard jackets, coats, and shoes. These are the key items in my wardrobe.
Style advice: The most important thing is to be yourself—don't try to be someone else. Find your own style and what works for you, what you feel comfortable wearing. And another thing: I don't believe in fashion "dos" and "don'ts." Wear what you love. Have your own style.
Jessie is wearing a Loeffler Randall jumper, Iro jacket, and Loeffler Randall Gaia boots.
Stephanie Draves, E-Commerce Director: I'm inspired by each new Loeffler Randall collection. I often know what shoes and handbags are coming my way about 6 months in advance, so I like to build my wardrobe from accessories up!
Style advice: I usually stick with one silhouette each season—this year it's high-waisted everything. It's so much easier to throw something together when all of the shapes work together!
Stephanie is wearing an Acne patchwork denim blazer, Helmut Lang t-shirt, American Apparel jeans, and Loeffler Randall Felix booties.
Serena Haller, Senior Designer: My style tends to gravitate toward basic classic pieces mixed with special vintage items. I buy the majority of my clothes on Ebay and Etsy, since buying vintage in New York tends to be insanely expensive. I also mix in basic items, like knits from Uniqlo or jeans from Topshop. I love pieces from the '90s, but I feel like my style doesn't look dated since I mix so many items.
Style advice: Proportion is important. If you're wearing something extreme, balance it with something casual. I think it's important to figure out what looks good on your body and makes you comfortable while accentuating the positive. People look most beautiful when they are wearing something that enhances their features rather than some kind of short-lived trend where they look like the outfit's wearing them.
Serena is wearing a vintage Marc Jacobs sweater, vintage Alaia onsie, and Loeffler Randall Gaia boots.
Brian Murphy, CFO/Jessie's husband: Currently my style is John Hughes chic, loosely based on the adults in Home Alone and the dads of the North Shore of Chicago of the '80s. Winnetka royalty.
Style advice: I like to see people embrace off-beat statement looks. Outside of New York everyone looks the same. It's depressing. If you think you maybe shouldn't be wearing something means you probably should.
Brian is wearing a J.Crew shirt, Converse Chuck Taylors, and Steven Alan socks.
Willa Gross, E-commerce Assistant: I always dress for fun and want to put forward an optimistic vibe with my style. I'm an emotional dresser. I love minimalist prints, natural materials, anything high-waisted, and shirts buttoned all the way up.
Style advice: Consider texture! You can dress in monochrome while mixing different textural pieces to create a clean yet visually interesting look that's not one note. Black and blue do go together and never wear long sleeve polyester to a first date.
Willa is wearing a JF & SON blouse, a vintage suede skirt, Wolford tights, and Loeffler Randall metallic Joanna oxfords.
Erik Melvin, Office Manager: I'm generally attracted to basics and sweaters that just make me happy. I love being comfortable, sometimes too much so, so I invest in (lots of) good shoes. And I will never grow out of stripes.
Style advice: Choose your outfit in the morning—you never know the night before what your mood is going to be the next day. Also, just keep it simple. Thrift store finds and great shoes = happiness.
Erik is wearing Warby Parker glasses, a Life After Denim sweater, vintage Levi's shirt, Uniqlo jeans, and Shipley & Halmos shoes.