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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 our friends at StyleCaster, one of our go-to fashion and beauty sites. With a focus on trends and personal style and a family of sites that include Beauty High, The Vivant, and Daily Makeover, the team there knows how to rock an office look with an individual spin. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Laurel Pinson, Editor-in-Chief: My personal style mood board is all Diane Kruger and Jenna Lyons, but I end up wearing less color and more comfortable shoes.
Style advice: The best style advice I've ever gotten is actually from the amazing Simon Doonan, who said: "Go home and separate your clothing into two separate piles: WORK and PARTAAY. Take all the sensible work clothing, and give it to Goodwill. Now you are free to wear party clothes for the rest of your life!" It sounds like a goof, but it's absolutely true—if what you're wearing doesn't make you feel like life's a party, you should reconsider what you're wearing. Oh! And paying more than $150 for jeans is absolutely worth it, and you can never have enough striped shirts.
Laurel is wearing a Rachel Comey top, Gary Graham skirt, J.Crew metallic pumps, J.Crew jean jacket, and a Lizzie Fortunato necklace.
Perrie Samotin, Senior Editor: I always feel silly when people ask me about my personal style, because I kind of don't take myself seriously enough to give an earnest answer. Plus, I'm still sort of figuring it out myself. I'll say this though: There's not a store or a website under the sun where I can't find something. I don't discriminate. If I like it and it looks good, I'll wear it regardless of who makes it and where it comes from. That said, I tend to gravitate toward pieces that have interesting shapes or prints, and I don't show a lot of skin. I hoard blazers and jackets. And shoes. I have a bit of a shoe problem.
Style advice: Don't rule out any store. I've popped into places you wouldn't believe and found things that fit my style and work with pieces I already have. Fashion snobs aren't stylish, they just have expensive shit. There's a difference.
Perrie is wearing Helene Berman Trousers, an H&M T-shirt, Theory blazer, and Marni shoes.
Leah Bourne, Senior Editor The Vivant: I like to wear a mix vintage (a lot from my grandmother), inexpensive finds, a few designer statement pieces and always high heels.
Style advice: Splurge on accessories! The perfect bag that you can wear every day will up the ante of any outfit.
Leah is wearing J.Crew top and pants, Brooks Brothers blouse, vintage Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps.
Spencer Cain, Entertainment Editor: My style is probably just a slightly more office-appropriate version of the brief pop-punk phase I went through in high school. I like a fitted pant, a boot, a snug oxford and occasionally a loud accessory, like a gaudy and chunky bracelet or colored belt.
Style advice: Well, I think it's always important to remember to have fun and not be afraid to take risks. It's not exactly groundbreaking advice, but it's true. I like wearing items like tunics and dramatically printed pants once in awhile, and I don't really care if someone on the subway thinks I'm a tool. Be comfortable and don't think too much about
Spencer is wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Agnès B. sweater, J.Crew pants, Cole Haan shoes, and Hermès bracelets.
Rachel Adler, Beauty Director Beauty High: My style is pretty casual. I tend to pull a look together with a fun accessory and bold top. If I had to describe my look, it would be casual with an edge—you'll generally find me in jeans and some sort of studded shirt, or a leather skirt and boots. I've worked really hard the last few years to add a lot more color to my closet (I used to be an all black and gray girl) so now I find I rely heavily on my colored or patterned jeans, making day-to-day dressing easy and oh-so-comfy! The best thing that I have learned living in the city though is to always have a good stock of boots—I'm definitely not a "heel" girl (I envy you if you are) and I love a great boot, no matter what the season.
Style advice: My best style advice is to always wear what you feel most confident in. If you're uncomfortable, it shows. If you can pull off a crop top this season, by all means, DO. But if you're going to be pulling at it all day and covering up your stomach, spare us. Fashion is only fun if you have fun wearing it. And, don't forget a great lip color—it brightens up any outfit!
Rachel is wearing a 10 Crosby leather skirt, J.Crew sweater, Sam Edelman boots, her grandmother's rings on a chain, and a heartbeat necklace by Sarah Chloe.