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.”
Leather vest, $1,295, IRO. Madison, 855-745-9900 for locations. Top, $425, Theory, Theory.com for locations. Pants, $395, See by Chloé, Saks.com. Sandals, $595, Rag and Bone, Intermixonline.com. Tote, $565, Diane von Furstenberg, Dvf.com
“A wild outfit needs a classic bag. I’m a Virgo—I can’t take too much chaos.”
Dress, $790, Thakoon, Shopbop.com. Bracelet, $145, Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry, Intermixonline.com. Bangles, $98 each, Gerard Yosca, Intermixonline.com. Mala bead bracelets, $48 to $138 each, Lisa Freede Jewelry, Lisafreede.com. Ring, $275, Alexisbittar.com. Belt, $52, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Zappos.com. Bag, $450, See by Chloé. Select Nordstrom, 800-933-3365
“Ideally, I’d dress like it’s Coachella all summer. A stretchy printed dress is the next best thing.”
Ikat dress, $390, Thakoon.com. "Endless summer" necklace, $480, Lulufrost.com. "Lighthouse" ring, $155, Lulufrost.com. Leather "Brookton" heels, $295, Kors Michael Kors, 866-709-5677 for locations. "Mini Harper" bag, $395, Diane von Furstenberg, 212-542-5754
“I hope the wedge-sneaker trend never ends! I’ve gotten used to wearing high-tops to work.”
"Victor" blazer, $398, Diane von Furstenberg, Dvf.com. Tank, $76, Clu. Sweet William, Hinsdale, IL, 630-920-8444. Jeans, $196, Mother, Barneys.com. Necklaces, $120 to $310 each, Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry, Intermixonline.com. Sneakers, $395, See by Chloé. Solestruck, Portland, OR, 503-224-3591. Bag, $1,500, Mulberry, Intermixonline.com
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.”
Cotton "play the wild card Selita" dress, $578, Kate Spade New York, Katespade.com. "Lawford" eyeglasses (shown throughout), $350, Barton Perreira. Silver lining opticians, NYC, 212-274-9191. Suede "Allyy" pumps, $86, Steve Madden, Amazon.com. "Wicker Park little Sherri" bag, $278, Kate Spade New York, Katespade.com
“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.”
Lace Dress, $128, A/X Armani Exchange, Armaniexchange.com. Pumps, $85, Mango.com. Bag, $80, Melie Bianco, Amazon.com
“Don’t spend a ton on black dresses. Even cheap ones can look expensive with the right accessories.”
Cotton-blend dress, $325, Rebecca Taylor, Rebeccataylor.com. Suede "Corinne" pumps, $177, Schutz, Madisonlosangeles.com. Leather "Astrid" Satchel, $348, Michael Michael Kors, 866-709-5677 for locations
“A well-tailored blazer exudes authority. Working in a male-dominated field, that’s essential.”
Viscose "Vicky" Blazer, $460, Sandro, Sandro-paris.com. Leather clutch, $520, Marni. Select Barneys New York, 888-8-BARNEYS
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.”
"Karl" blazer, $465, Diane von Furstenberg, Dvf.com. Silk shirtdress, $295, Elizabeth and James, Shopbop.com. Snake-print pumps, $328, Kate Spade New York, Katespade.com. Leather tote, $348, Michael Michael Kors, 866-709-5677 for locations.
"If I can cinch it, I will -- a belt makes any outfit look more put-together."
Polyamide coat, $685, Sandro, Sandro-paris.com. Blouse, $198, Tommy Hilfiger, 212-223-1824. Skirt, $165, Lacoste.com. Earrings, $20, Absolute, Hsn.com. Gold-plated necklace, $70, Vanessamooney.com. Cuff, $20, Lydellnyc.com. Belt, $250, 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com. Pumps, $175, Joan and David. Select Nordstrom, 800-933-3365. Tote, $525, Z Spoke Zac Posen, Bloomingdales.com