When Monday rolls around, figuring out what to wear for the workweek can be quite the challenge. To offer up inspiration for those sartorial conundrums, we're rolling out a new series: Trendsetters at Work. We'll be visiting some of the coolest offices around, and tapping their chic employees to share their approaches to office style. You'll also get a sneak peak of their mementos they keep on their desks and specific details on their on-point outfits.
Up first is Gilt in New York City. Gilt is one of our go-to spots for shopping, so of course we just had to see what the people behind the fashion site wear for the 9 to 5. No surprise—they all look fabulous.
When we stopped by Gilt, Men's Fashion Director Brooke Cundiff wore a Proenza Shouler top, a Jonathan Saunders skirt we're still dreaming about, Gianvito Rossi pumps and all-vintage jewelry, with the exception of her wedding band and watch. "Like everyone, I think about what kind of day I have coming at me—whether I'm going to be in the office most of the day, running around on client meetings, as well as what obligations I have in the evening," she told us. "For meetings, I love a dress. Other times, I swear by a Chanel jacket. For me though, it's really all about shoes and a bag. Right now, I'm liking Manolo's BB pumps and I think the Celine trapeze is a must—it's chic and a great size for work."
When it comes to office style, we feel you can't go wrong with a chic dress—and it looks like Tracey Lomrantz Lester, Gilt's Women's Editorial Director, agrees with us! "I'm a dress girl—I love the idea of putting on one piece and looking totally put-together. I'm also the anti-New Yorker because I almost never wear black," she said. "There are enough boring neutrals in your average office, so I'm all about bringing the color. I've never met a shade of hot pink I didn't like." Pretty in pink? We can dig it! Tracey paired her pink Michael Kors dress with Christian Louboutin shoes. Her jewelry was Rebecca Minkoff, Lia Sophia and vintage bracelets.
Yvonne Yip, Gilt's Director of Women's Accessories Merchandising, left us green with envy over her gorgeous Celine bag. "I go for things that are easy and comfortable and then I just accessorize! My 'go-to' outfit is a dress paired with heels and topped off with a statement necklace. It's the add-ons that truly make your outfit stand out," she shared. Yvonne stunned in 3.1 Phillip Lim top and pants, Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain shoes, Giles & Brother Necklace, Gorjana rings and vintage bracelet. We also got a sneak peek at Yvonne's cool desk, which features a Buddha head from her vacation in India and Alber Elbaz doll from Colette.
And we didn't forget about the gents! We were floored by the dapper Tyler Thoreson, who is Gilt's VP of Editorial, Creative and Customer Experience. "The legendary journalist and Gilt MANual contributor Gay Talese talks about dressing for the story—basically, dressing up as a sign of respect for your peers and your work. While I stop short of wearing a three-piece suit and a fedora every day, I think it's essential to put in some effort," Tyler said of his office style. "Most days, that means a Martin Greenfield suit or blazer, a shirt from Hamilton in Houston, and a tie from a brand like Pierrepont Hicks, Alexander Olch, or Ovadia & Sons." And when we caught up with Tyler, he was indeed rocking a Martin Greenfield suit jacket. He also sported a Hamilton shirt, a Pierrepont Hicks tie, a Miu Miu belt, Brooks Brothers chinos, Florsheim by Duckie Brown shoes, a vintage Rolex watch and Cause and Effect bracelet.
What's your approach to office style?