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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 Glamour magazine in the storied Conde Nast building at 4 Times Square. In addition to offering up style advice for the magazine's legendary "Glamour dos" and "don'ts," the team there operates on a packed schedule that takes editors and contributors from the fashion closet to photo shoots to press events all over the city. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Maria Dueñas Jacobs, Senior Accessories Editor: I tend to stay away from pieces that are too girly or fussy and usually add an element that feels a bit more masculine or tougher to the look (a motorcycle boot, a plaid shirt, etc). I definitely gravitate toward comfortable clothes. My go-to outfit is a skinny pant and a luxe oversized sweater accessorized with bold jewelry, cool shoes and a great handbag. I also love a standout coat; I think it's a perfect way to finish off a look.
Style advice: My best advice is to wear what you feel good in! Determine your absolute favorite pieces in your closet, the ones you wear most (a tulip skirt, a button down shirt, a pair of trousers) and use these key pieces to make a sort of "uniform" for yourself. If you love how you feel and look in trousers, buy them in every color combination! For example, I own and wear a TON of button-down blouses and crew neck sweaters (from super light weight to thick cashmeres). I wear both key pieces throughout all seasons. In the summer with cut offs or white jeans and in the winter with leather skinny pants and a blouse layered under my sweater.
Maria is wearing an H&M angora sweater, Yigal Azrouel black pants, Tabitha Simmons heels, and a Reed Krakoff perforated black bag.
Laurel Pantin, Associate Shopping/Accessories Editor: My style is super simple, very laid-back, tomboyish, and all-American. I used to always want to wear the wildest things I could (and I do still love sequins), but these days I have the most embarrassingly predictable uniform of white sweaters and jeans. I'm too busy to be uncomfortable.
Style advice: Wear what's comfortable to you. If you feel good in a pleather cat suit, go for it. Or, if you feel most like yourself in a pair of overalls and a turtleneck (hello, Laurel Pantin), then wear that. Nothing makes a statement like self-consciousness. Also, please, PLEASE don't wear heels you can't walk in. "Lurching" is a don't, flats are a do.
Laurel is wearing Levi's jeans, a men's Gilded Age sweater, Balenciaga booties, and an American Apparel beanie.
Alexandra Schwartz, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief: I would say my style is a mix of business casual hipster prep. I like looking and feeling put together, but having at least one article or accessory on that I would wear to, you know, Coachella. Right now, it's the belt.
Style advice: Don't wear anything that doesn't make you feel good about yourself. It's important to discover what suits your body shape and stick to it. For some reason, cropped pants elongate my short legs, so they're a staple in my wardrobe. If you think you might be uncomfortable in something, chances are you probably will be.
Ali is wearing a Club Monaco silk blouse, Gap cropped trousers, Gap neon belt, ALDO purple suede flats, Swarovski star necklace, David Yurman bangle, Fendi bracelet (a holiday gift from Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor in chief!), Cartier men's watch, and her grandmother's aquamarine ring.
Rajni Lucienne Jacques, Fashion News Editor: For me, a good outfit always involves a pair of jeans for the everyday. My style is being dressed up and looking nice but also being at ease and, well, jeans put me at ease. I'm also a sucker for a heel. Because my outfits are usually super simple, the heel, the bag and the jacket have to pop.
Style advice: Never jump on the trend bandwagon. Trends are not for all people, and anyways? trends go out of style. Personal style never goes out of style. But if you do love a trend, learn how to incorporate it into your own style. When putting together a look always have one focal point. For me it's either the heels (when you can see them) or a standout piece. Start with that, then build out.
Rajni is wearing Hudson jeans, an Adam sweater, American Apparel blouse, and vintage shoes.
Mike Hofman, Executive Digital Director: My style is preppy with a playful streak—traditional pieces in not-so-conservative colors. And when in doubt, I opt for plaid.
Style advice: At least one thing you put on every day should make you smile a little, whether it's a pair of socks (as is the case today), your favorite sneakers, or a super soft sweater. Generally, I buy ties when I'm traveling, so that every time I wear them, it's like looking at a snapshot from that trip. (Note: This does not mean the tie has a travelogue theme. No hula girls or Eiffel Tower prints!)
Mike is wearing a blue Seize sur Vingt tweed suit, a Brunello Cucinelli knit shirt, brown Harry's of London shoes, Zegna belt, and some fun socks he purchased during an extra long layover at Heathrow airport, and Moscot glasses.
Wanyi Jang, Associate Art Director: I like to wear things that are comfortable, classic, and warm. I'm terrified of the cold so I always look for things that are 100% wool or cashmere (I wish I weren't, because I'd save a lot of money that way!). Some days I go for quirkier and more colorful palettes, but I do wear a lot of black and white, which I aim to change. I admire those people who choose an "era" that works for them, but I basically "feel" for what I want to wear when I wake up in the morning. That can range from sweet to masculine to hippie, and more often than not includes a black sweater.
Style advice: Wear clothes for yourself. My friends give me a lot of grief for wearing menswear and not dressing "guy pretty." Who's going to hit on a girl in a turtleneck? My friend actually asked me that last week. (Answer's simple: a guy who doesn't like necks. Nbd.) Buy things because you really love them, not because they're on sale. If you love it, you'll wear it with confidence. Sample sales are the pitfalls of a woman's wallet and they shouldn't be.
Wanyi is wearing a vintage blazer and necklace, Helmut Lang shirt, J Brand pants, and Christian Louboutin shoes.