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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 Brooklyn headquarters of online marketplace Etsy. From engineers to e-commerce specialists, the team here powers Etsy's website, where you can find all the vintage, craft, and DIY shops of your indie dreams. The offices are as creative as you'd expect, with larger-than-life murals, quirky touches, and a couple of antlers thrown in for good measure—and all that creativity extends to the office dress code. Here's how the Etsy team works it when they're working.
Nickey Skarstad, Associate Product Manager: My personal style is quirky. I like to mix vintage and modern pieces and find that I'm happiest wearing something unique. I gravitate toward vintage because it's usually well made, affordable, and different from what everybody else is wearing.
Style advice: When you have fun getting dressed, it shows! Don't take yourself too seriously, don't be afraid to try something different and remember that style goes far beyond the clothes you wear.
Nickey is wearing a vintage lion-print skirt from Dear Golden's Etsy shop, a t-shirt from Zara, oxfords from Jeffrey Campbell, brass bangles from Soft Gold Studio's Etsy shop, rings from Ila & I, and socks from Urban Outfitters.
Emily Bidwell, Merchandising Specialist: I usually start with vintage pieces for inspiration. My newly made clothes act as supporting roles in the story I've crafted about my look. The clothes I wear are an expression of the worlds I want to inhabit. I have always favored Greek mythology, Jane Eyre and the English moors, preppie hostess uniforms, and classic French boating stripes and ribbons.
Style advice: It's better to honor your own style than to jump onto every fashion bandwagon that comes long: pick only current trends that fit your personality, otherwise the clothes will be wearing you.
Emily is wearing J Brand pants, an Alex + Alex blouse, Zomp shoes, black swan earrings from Organic Ethnic Etsy shop, a vintage lucite necklace from her grandmother's jewelry box, and geometric brass rings from Young Frankk Etsy shop.
David Morgan, Social Media Coordinator: My personal style relies heavily on thrift store and vintage finds. I love discovering interesting colors, textures and shapes. The element of surprise plays a big role in the kind of clothes that I like. I love contrasts, like an oversized button up shirt with a skinny pant or jean. And, of course, I always love a fun dress shoe. I'll wear them with anything!
Style advice: Always wear what feels right. Allow your clothes to help articulate who you really are. Don't be afraid to be yourself and trust your instincts. Remember, though, that instincts often need to be developed, so always be willing to experiment. Make up your own fashion rules as you go along, and have fun with it!
David is wearing vintage Carlo Morandi shoes from Vice Versa Vintage, Uniqlo socks, TopMan jeans from Buffalo Exchange, a thrifted Bugle Boy shirt, a shawl he handmade himself, one thrifted necklace and one from Black Star's Etsy shop.
Adriane Tidona, Community Connections Specialist: I would describe my style as mom chic. Think something your mom would wear, but put a young and fun twist on it. I like to wear layers on top of layers on top of layers. You'll never find me wearing less than two shirts. You'll also never catch me wearing heels.
Style advice: Be comfortable. Not only in the clothes you wear, but with yourself. No matter what size or shape you are, own it; the rest will follow. Oh, and an iron is your friend.
Adriane is wearing a Bay Point Threads vintage sweater, Hanes tank top, Old Navy jeans, Report shoes, a Nixon watch, vintage id bracelet from Pumpkinseed Jewelry Etsy shop, a handmade lanyard bracelet, an Alex and Ani bangle, and a name ring from Jewelry Custom Designs Etsy shop.
Kim Bost, Product Design Lead: I mostly wear staples with accents like colored denim, patterns, or a fun necklace. It's a good strategy because I splurge on classic items and am more conservative with trendy purchases.
Style advice: An outfit shouldn't haunt you through the day. Constantly adjusting or second guessing that shirt is a drag. Buy things that are comfortable, flattering, and make you feel confident. Then you'll have a good base and can dress based on your mood or cal for the day.
Eli Goodman, Engineering Manager: I like the idea of having a "work uniform," so to that end, I usually wear the exact same thing every day: shirt and tie, with a sweater when it's cold. I'm not terribly imaginative when it comes to fashion.
Style advice: I enjoy clothing that makes me feel dignified and respectful of those I'm with. So that would probably be my advice: let your clothing be an expression of how much you like the people around you.
Eli is wearing a J.Crew shirt and tie, J Brand pants, shoes and belt from Cole Haan, a Victorinox watch, and a Little King ring.