Current trends, meanwhile, infiltrate the more creative departments. “If I’m not rocking my Isabel Marant Bekket sneakers, I’ll wear a pair of Alaïa heels or Christian Louboutins,” says Dotty Giordano, a group manager who represents lifestyle clients. Giordano’s posh primping includes a high-low mix of leather pants, Fruit of the Loom tees by Leslie Fremar and an oversize Ferragamo bag — plus one final flourish: “I wear Cleopatra by Tocca,” says the 34-year-old of her signature scent. “Your personal style is really your brand, and fragrance is an important part of that.”
STYLE WITH ASMILE: Bell captain Va ughn Davis describes his look as “English gentleman.”
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Ayo Akinsete (left), director of front desk operationsSuit: SuitsupplyShirt: Alexander NashTie: The Tie BarCuff links: The Tie BarAmanda Loring (center), manager and assistant buyer at Safira boutiqueTank: Enza CostaJacket: IRO PhoebeNecklace: Zaafar JewelryVaughn Davis (right), bell captainPants and shirt: H&MSweater: HartfordBlazer: Windsor CustomBowtie: The Tie BarPocket square: Alexander Nash
Amid a sea of Celine handbags, Rachel Comey kicks and threads from Opening Ceremony, anything goes at StyleCaster, a Flatiron online media company with a slate of fashion, beauty and lifestyle sites. “The unfortunate truth in the style industry is that we really do judge you when you walk in door by what you’re wearing,” says Laurel Pinson, the 32-year-old editor in chief. “We don’t judge you by the labels you’re wearing, but we do judge you by how much personality is put into your outfit.”
With that in mind, Pinson’s look is relaxed yet very much on-trend. “I’ll wear ripped jeans and a Lanvin knit top that I got off the Outnet,” she says, stressing she often scores designer pieces at a discount online and at sample sales.
“There’s a little bit of a responsibility to buy into the industry that we’re a part of,” says president David Goldberg, 29, who co-founded the company in 2009 and oversees 50 employees. Bespoke suits, khakis by Velour and anything Ralph Lauren — like his boots — are personal favorites, though you won’t catch him scoffing at those who match stripes with plaid. “Even if you try something and it doesn’t work, people will still appreciate the fact that you tried,” he says.
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Ties, button-downs and dress shoes are standard at Bond Realty, which employs 500 agents across six NYC offices.
For Kianna Choi, a vice president and associate broker, Reiss and Karen Millen frocks fit the bill, and she mixes in pieces from Zara. Favoring classic silhouettes over trendy togs, Choi shops with her house-hopping schedule in mind. “The key piece is really your outerwear,” says the 39-year-old. “I’m not taking off my coat every single time I go into an apartment, so that’s the first impression that clients will have of my appearance.” A fan of 3- to 5-inch heels, Choi owns several pairs of Guess shoes, which she says are surprisingly easy to run around in due to their platforms and chunky heels. “Stilettos are a nightmare when you’re walking on cobblestone or trying to navigate the streets for any lengthy period of time,” she warns.
Though Choi skips big earrings (they tend to interfere with phone calls), she enjoys bold necklaces and says a great bag is crucial for schlepping around her mobile office. Her Tory Burch tote holds all the agent essentials: an iPad, a notebook and her cellphone.
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One of few industries that hasn’t let casual Friday seep into earlier days of the week, the aesthetic at most finance companies continues to be fairly buttoned-up. “The norm is to dress conservatively, meaning a lot of structured clothing,” says Dalya Inhaber, a client service specialist. A traditionally male-dominated field, suits abound at the 20-year-old investment advisory company’s Midtown office. “[We’re] trying to convey trustworthiness, professionalism and attention to detail,” Inhaber says. There is some leeway to have fun with style though, as shift dresses, pops of color and accessories are also suitable.