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What the Team Behind Fashionista Wears to Work

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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

Today we take you to the Manhattan offices of Fashionista. As the orignal fashion news site, Fashionista has been around longer than just about any other fashion blog—which makes the team there the OG's of fashion blogger style, as far as we're concerned. The Fashionista girls know how to mix a laid-back, start-up attitude with serious sartorial credentials. Take a look at how they work it when they're working.

Hayley Phelan, Senior Editor: I hate describing my personal style because I feel like it's always changing (and you kind of always sound like a douche). A friend once described me as preppy tomboy with a bohemian twist, which I took as a compliment, so I'll go with that.

Style advice: Something I've learned is to really just stay true to what I like and what feels comfortable for me. Sometimes I see something on someone else and want to run out and buy it, and then I realized that while it's awesome on that person, it's just not me.

Hayley is wearing Gap jeans, a vintage Nike t-shirt, Barneys pumps, a Celine bag, and jewelry from Hermes and Alexis Bittar.

Leah Chernikoff, Editorial Director: I think what my style is trying to achieve is that French undone not trying too hard thing. But obviously I'm trying a little. I like simple pieces that look a bit slouchy/sexy. And then sometimes a really girly dress.

Style advice: My style advice is to keep it simple. Those simple things should be good quality and well tailored. You can't go wrong with a great white tee shirt, skinny jeans, and a good black blazer. I like using accessories—shoes, jewelry, bags—as pieces to reflect a little more of your personality.

Leah is wearing a graphic print tee featuring Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Done to Death Projects (a.k.a senior editor Hayley's boyfriend), coated black denim jeans from True Religion, black suede Barneys brand pumps, a Theysken's Theory blazer, memory rings from Catbird (three of 'em), and earrings and piercings courtesy of New York Adorned's Colby Smith.

Dhani Mau, Associate Editor: I like to wear things that are unfussy, not super trendy. I like the look of a gamine French girl and, occasionally, when getting dressed I'll ask myself, "Would Sofia Coppola wear this?" I try to give the impression that I'm not dumb and have good taste. I'm also from the West Coast where everyone is more casual and doesn't try so hard to look "put together," so I think that influences my style as well. I used to wear dresses almost exclusively but have recently begun wearing pants and jeans more, especially to work. It seems silly to wear a dress if I'm just going to be sitting in front of a computer all day. Striped shirts, silky button downs, cardigans, high-waisted skinny jeans, and black ankle boots are all things I have a lot of. For spring, I love high-waisted shorts and will wear more dresses.

Style advice: Wear what makes you feel most like yourself. Also, wear things that fit.

Dhani is wearing a J.Crew striped shirt, Topshop skirt, Uniqlo heattech tights, and Matt Bernson shoes.

Nora Crotty, Assistant Editor: My style is part Alexa Chung, part Blair Waldorf, though when it's warmer out I'm all about Brigitte Bardot. I'm obsessed with big hair and cat eyes, high waists, slim cropped pants, and fit-and-flair dresses. Not to be one of those people but (ugh I'm so one of those people)... I think I was meant for the '60s.

Style advice: Everything looks better with lipstick; ditto black liquid liner. I try dressing for my hourglass-y shape as much as humanly possible, but I'll admit that I've fallen victim to more than a few trends that aren't the most figure-flattering. Sometimes a girl just needs a shift dress.

Nora is wearing an H&M bat intarsia sweater, Topshop collared shirt, BB Dakota flanel skirt, Urban Outfitters tights, Topshop velvet oxfords.

Tyler McCall, Editorial Assistant: I don't know that I've fully developed "my style" yet, but I'm trying! I tend to lean towards a lot of basic styles and colors, but I like to find fun or unexpected details to keep things from feeling boring. Lately I try to think "What Would Alexa Chung Wear" when shopping, because I think she's nailed that kind of dressing. And I wish I was the kind of girl who wears heels everywhere but I just love flats way too much to give them up.

Style advice: I think it's great to crib inspiration from other people, but it's all about finding a way to make it your own. If you feel silly or uncomfortable in what you're wearing, you'll project that. And this one's from my mom: If you like something, buy it in every color!

Tyler is wearing a Two Angle sweatshirt, Gap jeans, Zara flats, Anita Ko earrings, ring on left hand Stella and Dot, vintage rings on her right hand (gift from her boyfriend and dad).
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