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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.
Fashion is Elle magazine's bread and butter. The publication's love for and obsessive knowledge of trends make it the go-to newsstand read for what's hot and up-and-coming. So we'd imagine that there's a teeny bit of pressure to look on-point in the Elle offices. Racked dropped by to document the wardrobes of six editors, and got their take on personal style, too.
Julie Schott, beauty and fitness editor: "My work style centers around making sure I don't inadvertently wear something see-through. You'd be surprised how often this happens! I like loose-fitting pants a lot, and I could wear a silk Equipment button-down every day. I was antiskirt all winter, but I bought some skirts a few weeks ago and the leg freedom feels awesome."
Stye Advice: "I say wear whatever you want, but ultimately, it's a good idea to consider the venue and be respectful. I read somewhere that Pharrell Williams always wears matching socks, so I'm working on that too."
Julie is wearing a top and skirt by Timo Weiland and Isabel Marant shoes.
Sarah Schussheim, assistant fashion editor: "My style revolves around comfort and the color black. I love sporty, boyish, oversize pieces that are a bit elevated in their design. I never wear skirts and almost always have on colorful socks; I probably have over 100 T-shirts. For me, a few special pieces go a long way."
Style Advice: "I prefer classic and interesting shapes over elaborate trends. It's really important to me to FEEL amazing in what I am wearing?it extends into the day and how one interacts with people. Build your wardrobe around classic pieces. I always love a white button-down, trench and diamond studs. Also! Layering is as practical as it is fun; if you are in and out of AC and on and off planes, you will want that extra cardigan."
Sarah is wearing a COMME des GARÇONS puffy jacket, T by Alexander Wang shirt, Balenciaga pants, Supreme hat, Balenciaga boots and Happy Socks.
Amanda Fitzsimons, associate editor : "My style is pretty basic. In seventh grade, my friends made fun of me for alternating between khakis and a blue T-shirt and jeans and a white T-shirt. I think I'm guilty of the grown-up version of that—skinny jeans with a white blouse; grey pants with a navy blouse."
Style Advice: "Speaking of, I don't think we should be afraid to be repeat outfits. If everyone could agree on this not being a thing, getting dressed in the morning would be so much easier."
Amanda is wearing a A.L.C. blouse, J.Crew jeans, Madewell sandals, Giles & Brother cuff and Marni bangle.
Justine Harman, assistant features editor: "I like to wear classic pieces with a little twist. It's important to me that the things I buy (especially designer pieces) can be in heavy rotation without it being too obvious that I'm a serial repeater."
Style Advice: "I definitely have spent way too much on things I do not wear. Some of my favorite pieces, like a Day Birger et Mikkelsen striped tee or a leather Zara skirt that I had tailored to fit perfectly, are pretty plain-looking, but are total workhorses. I try really hard not to buy things that the rest of my wardrobe will have to work around."
Justine is wearing a Courrèges Paris dress, Dries Van Noten sandals, Wendy Nichol earrings and vintage rings.
Ryan Tristan Jin, market assistant: "I almost always wear some sort of pattern mixed with a solid; I'm a fan of a great denim button up or jacket paired with a worn-in printed shirt. Subtle personal touches, especially when it comes to accessories from travels or great items I found on eBay, are always a sure bet for me. My favorite winning bid is a leather Mulberry portfolio I take everywhere."
Style Advice: "Confidence in what you're wearing is really key; if you feel awkward and it doesn't make you feel good, most likely it's probably not right for you. I think it's also smart to have an item available in the office (mine is a navy blazer) that can dress up any look—the simplest adjustments can really make an outfit. It can be as minor as the rolling of a sleeve or adding your favorite piece of jewelry."
Ryan is wearing a River Island jacket, Reyn Spooner vintage Hawaiian shirt, Uniqlo jeans, cross earring from Egypt, Timex Black-out watch, friendship bracelet from Peru, and suede shoes by Clarks Originals.
Allison Watters, fashion & retail credits editor: "When it comes to my personal style, I don't like to put myself into a certain category. I tend to wear a lot of black, white, gray and navy. I'm not opposed to color, but for some reason tend to shy away from it. I find beauty in simplicity. That said, I do sometimes surprise myself with a floral print or a really feminine pump. My style is refined, hopefully in a good way. I never want to be considered boring. I've convinced myself that the older I get, the more risks I should take. I love the irony in that."
Style Advice: "My style advice is to do your best to look 'put together.' For me, it's all about looking fresh, regardless of whether you are going for an androgynous or a über feminine look. I admire those women who can look just as elegant in a T-shirt and jean shorts as they can in a full runway look. Style is more than just clothes. It's the way you live, the way you carry yourself and how well you take care of yourself and the things in your closet."
Allison is wearing a tailored cotton shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim leather trimmed wool shorts and Céline pumps.
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