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Welcome to Working It, where Racked follows street style into the office. Forget pedestrian khakis and button-downs—these fashionable professionals take dress codes to a whole new dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!
Photos by Porter Hovey.
Today we take you to the HQ of Flywheel, the Manhattan-based spin studio with a cult following and intense trainers. This close-knit team proves that working in fitness doesn't necessarily mean donning hoodies and leggings every day—nearly everyone we shot embraced heels, for instance, and brands like Dannijo, Equipment and YSL were cited way more than Nike or Hanes. Read on for what they wear to work and why.
Shay Kostabi, FlyBarre East Coast training and recruiting manager: "My style is influenced by the FlyBarre studio, the street and recent foreign travels. Being a New Yorker, black is a staple, but I love bright colors, funky patterns and chunky jewelry. I like to mix high-end pieces with vintage or thrift finds and maybe even throw in an athletic piece for fun (or so I can quickly hop into a class). I'd say my style is sporty-boheme with a rocker edge."
Style Advice: "The most important thing to remember when getting dressed is that you are being authentically 'you.' Forget about labels and trends and figure out what colors and shapes work best for your frame and figure. A chic look can be easily accomplished if it seems effortless and is comfortable. Let your clothes be an expression and a statement of your personality."
Shay is wearing a Forever 21 top, Zara jeans, Ann Taylor Loft and DKNY jewelry, and Fergie shoes.
Alana Radmin Oxfeld, vice president of public relations: "My personal style ranges from feminine and flowy to professional and structured. I always try to mix in color and I love accessories. Dannijo, Vita Fede and BaubleBar are three of my favorites. I also prefer to wear heels, but at Flywheel you may catch me in Nike sneakers or Havaianas when I'm in between workouts."
Style Advice: "For me, comfort is key. I'll never feel good in what I am wearing if I am uncomfortable. I also believe it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Keep a pair of flats in your bag for safety when you find there's no need for heels."
Alana is wearing an Otte dress and necklace, a Maison Boinet belt, Be & D shoes, Vita Fede bracelets, Catbird rings and her engagement ring/wedding band.
Alisha Hackett, new market coordinator: "My personal style is a marriage of simple and transitional. I gravitate towards practical pieces with a subtle note of edge."
Style Advice: "My advice is simple—wear what makes you feel the most confident. Become pragmatic with your wardrobe! Slowly invest in classic, well-fitted, key wardrobe pieces that will be able to carry you through a few seasons."
Alisha is wearing an Equipment Dylan tie-front blouse, J Brand distressed skinny jeans and Jean-Michel Cazabat espadrilles.
Christy Bainer, vice president of corporate development: "My style is a mix of classic, simple and sexy. I like to wear a lot of black and monotone [colors] and I stay away from anything too trendy. [I'm] always [in] good heels unless I'm in my Newtons."
Style Advice: "Learn what works for your body and give up on what doesn't. I gave up on being 5'10'' a long time ago. I pick an inspiration piece and build around it. Also confidence is always key—when you smile and look people straight in the eye, no one will care what brand your jeans are."
Christy is wearing an Equipment blouse, Joe's Jeans, Brian Atwood shoes, David Yurman and Chan Luu ring and bracelets and vintage earrings.
Natalie Cohen, director of retail: "The best way to describe my style is 'unpolished trendy.' I love to wear the runway looks; however, I tend to add an element of 'messy.' For example, a messy ponytail or a brightly colored, patterned bra under a basic tank. My shirt could be half tucked in and half not and there is nothing in my closet that cannot be worn with a V-neck Hanes men's size small tee or a pair of YSL Tributes in any color. I have the most narrow foot and they are the best."
Style Advice: "There's nothing that a great bag, shoes or costume jewelry can't fix. When in doubt, my LBD is my favorite skinny jeans, a cute basic tank or tee, a blazer in case it gets chilly and fabulous accessories."
Natalie is wearing a Katayone Adeli black cap sleeved tee, a Kenny skirt, YSL Tribute heels and a beaded bracelet that an old client made for her.