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On-the-Job Style

Four women—with four very different careers—share their secrets for looking the part (while still looking like themselves).

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The Buyer

Alexandra Willinger, associate buyer at Intermix, is essentially paid to be on-trend. It’s her job to know what the high-end boutique’s customers want before they do, which means test-driving the latest—often edgiest—pieces. “I’m always taking risks,” she says.

“A moto vest pulls an outfit together just like a blazer—but it’s so much cooler.”

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The Buyer

“A wild outfit needs a classic bag. I’m a Virgo—I can’t take too much chaos.”

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The Buyer

“Ideally, I’d dress like it’s Coachella all summer. A stretchy printed dress is the next best thing.”

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The Buyer

“I hope the wedge-sneaker trend never ends! I’ve gotten used to wearing high-tops to work.”

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The Entrepreneur

Melissa Thompson, cofounder of TalkSession, a tech start-up, is all business. Meeting with venture capitalists and programmers requires chic, minimalist outfits that look totally profesh (but
make her feel pretty).

“The fastest way to get amped up for a big industry event: Put on a red dress. You can’t help but feel optimistic, and you’ll definitely get noticed.”

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The Entrepreneur

“A tailored dress is my canvas. Then I just swap out my shoes and bag—and add smoky eyeliner!—to take it from day to night.”

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The Entrepreneur

“Don’t spend a ton on black dresses. Even cheap ones can look expensive with the right accessories.”

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The Entrepreneur

“A well-tailored blazer exudes authority. Working in a male-dominated field, that’s essential.”

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The Financier

Corin Minier, financial analyst at Apollo Global Management, may work with a bunch of suits, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in an oxford shirt. (“They’re too boxy!”  she says.) Softly tailored feminine pieces define her pretty—but polished—style.

“You don’t need a zillion pairs of heels. Nude ones match everything.”

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The Financier

“Fellow petites: Make your life easier by buying mostly skirts. You don’t have to get them hemmed as much as pants.”

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The Financier

“So many of my clothes are ‘handwash only.’ To save time, I put them in lingerie bags and throw them in the delicate cycle.”

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The Reporter

Lizzie Crocker, reporter at thedailybeast.com, is free to express her own breezy, colorful style—such are the perks of  covering arts and lifestyle for a buzzy news site. But to keep things from looking too laid-back, she sticks to classic silhouettes.

“A knotted button-down is just a little sexy and not too over the top for work.”

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The Reporter

“My rule: If you can’t walk in heels without wobbling, don’t wear them.”

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The Reporter

“Carry a structured bag and a playful outfit looks legit enough for the office.”

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