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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 bring you to the Manhattan offices of Crunch, the national gym that lives and dies by the motto, "No judgments." That's an attitude we can get behind—whether it applies to fitness or personal style. In honor of this summer's upcoming Hottest Trainer 2013 Contest, which is launching next week on our local sister sites, we thought we'd take a look at how the Crunch team brings their high-energy, high-impact approach to office fashion. Here's how they work it when they're working.
Stella Lee, Graphic Designer: I like to wear a mix of masculine/feminine with one stand-out item like a bright bag, fun earrings, or a cool pattern. Also, I only purchase items that I know I'll wear forever—classic with a twist.
Style Advice: Add a piece of flair to your outfit but don't overdo it! Always dress for yourself and your body (the fit is so important!). If you find that perfect pair of pants that makes you feel like you can conquer anything, get another one.
Stella is wearing a Madewell button down, Sixty Seven flats, a vintage skirt, a Madewell blazer, rings from Mociun and Satomi Kawakita, and Erica Weiner earrings.
Catherine Boswell, Manager, Digital Communications: I'm an avid runner and currently training for my next marathon, so if I could wear neon running shorts every day of my life, that would be ideal. Since that's not always acceptable, I try to find clothes that make me feel equally relaxed and happy—usually leaning towards the same type of bright colors or patterns, but comfort most of all.
Style Advice: My advice is to pick out the clothes you know you're confident wearing from the moment you leave for work until you get home. There's nothing worse wearing an outfit for the first time and realizing all you want to do is change around 3pm.
Catherine is wearing a Joe Fresh tank, Gap jeans, Forever 21 shoes, a Subversive for Target necklace, and a Casio watch.
Dennis Sherwood, Marketing Manager: I've realized that my style is very What Would Ellen Wear. It's a fun boyish style that plays around with layering and yet keeps an overall simple look. Within that there is a lot of room to play around with patterns and color.
Style Advice: Be sure to take care of yourself, as confidence is key to any outfit. When you feel good, it shows. Also, when in doubt, keep it simple.
Dennis is wearing an H&M shirt & tie, Levi's Jeans, a Banana Republic belt, Florscheim shoes, an Akribos watch and Topshop socks.
Alexis Kendall, Marketing & Retail Director I lived in California for a few years and I think my style remains a little more West Coast than East. I like comfortable, bohemian pieces with structured basics. I love natural fiber fabrics, great prints, shorts (I tend to wear them year round) and anything that's pretty and comfortable at the same time!
Style Advice: Edit your closet often and only keep the things that you really love. Whenever there is something in my closet that I consistently pass over because it doesn't fit just right or reminds me of a bad date, I give it away (my coworkers love this!). Invest in well-made pieces that are beautiful, timeless, fit well, and make you feel great.
Alexis is wearing a J.Crew silk top, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent silk shorts, Belle by Sigerson booties, a vintage Givenchy watch, and a ring made by her grandfather.
Christina DeGuardi, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Branding & Communications: I like to wear clothes that are classic and comfortable, with a touch of fun. I have always felt a little younger in spirit than I actually am, which is where the fun part comes in. I have found over time what works for me and what doesn't, so I tend to gravitate to the same designers and stores, and I keep my eye out for new iterations of classic styles. I love all things navy, it's the perfect complement to other colors, always looks polished and it works well with my skin tone.
Style Advice: I think it's most important to be comfortable in what you are wearing at the office. Being productive at work is the most important thing for me, so clothes in my opinion should never be a distraction. This is not to say you shouldn't be stylish or current in your wardrobe selections, but if you aren't comfortable in high heels, don't wear them. There are plenty of very chic flat options that still can keep you looking sharp.
Christina is wearing a J.Crew blazer, an Anthropologie tank, J.Crew pants, Persol glasses, Tory Burch wedges, and custom made jewelry designed at Phoenix Roze (in the West Village)
Kelly Farawell, Public Relations Coordinator: When it comes to style, I gravitate toward items that are classic and comfortable, and then mix them up with fun accessories or unexpected element. Lately I've been loving pairing a bright jersey tank from Crunch retail with a blazer, jeans, and flats, or a great wedge. The juxtaposition of the classic blazer and easy laid back tank is a solid go-to for the office.
Style Advice: When it comes to style I think the most important thing is to be yourself and wear what you feel good in! The great thing about working for a brand like Crunch is that it's all about being an individual and feeling great in your own skin. If you don't feel comfortable in something when you leave home, it's probably just gonna to go downhill from there. And if something doesn't make you feel great, really what's the point?
Kelly is wearing a Lucca Couture dress, See by Chloé shoes, an H&M shirt vest, a vintage Jill Stuart belt, a monogram necklace from Robert David Jewelers, and a Gorjana bracelet.
Sara Aschheim, Media Coordinator: My style is casual and classic, but with an unexpected element. I stock my wardrobe full of basics, and pair them with one or two unique items that really stand out. Usually my favorite accessories are antique pieces passed down from my Grandmother or Great Aunt.
Style Advice: Your outfit should make you feel comfortable and confident. No matter how cute your shoes are, they'll only look great if you feel great. Also, as a life-long New Yorker, I've learned it's never a bad idea to dress for any eventuality (like an impromptu night out on the town...or getting stuck on the subway in the July heat!).
Sara is wearing a J. Crew vest, a Uniqlo tee, J Brand jeans, Keds for Madewell sneakers, a vintage Tortoiseshell Cuff, a gift from her Grandma and an Antique Silver Coin Holder Necklace from her great aunt