What I Wear to Work

What I Wear to Work
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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Erica Reid, 36

My Occupation: Full-time mother, wife to music label honcho L.A. Reid

My Style Philosophy: “Do not imitate; do you.”

My Fashion Staples: Timeless dresses, shirts and trousers

Bottega Veneta anaconda jacket, tank, belt and skirt. Dana David hoops. Alex Woo Little Notes single necklace. Me&Ro star and crescent moon pendants. Rings, Reid’s own. Jimmy Choo sandals.

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Alek Wek, 30

My Occupation: Model, designer and creator of Wek1933

My Style Philosophy: “Style is what you make of it.”

My Fashion Staples: Any of my Wek1933 bags, Hermés scarves

Chanel leather and linen jacket and dress. Tiffany & Co. diamond studs set in platinum. Chanel bangles.

3 of 5 Michel Lavine

“I wear what fits my body well and feels comfortable, so I can carry on with whatever I’m doing, without restriction.” – Alek

A Day in My Life: “I wake up at 6:30 or 7:00, do some stretches, grab a tea at the coffee shop, then I’ll focus and coordinate meetings for my humanitarian work. Throughout the day I check E-mails and phone Europe to follow up on my bag production, delivery and marketing.”

Diane von Furstenberg khaki dress. Louis Vuitton hoops. Objects Organique Collection by K. Brunini cuff. Wek1933 bag. Stuart Weitzman stilettos.

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Folake Akinola-Pinard, 35

My Occupation: Mentor–teacher

My Style Philosophy: “I’m boho chic meets Oprah! Classic with a pinch of panache.”

My Fashion Staples: Vintage dresses and strappy sandals

Plenty by Tracy Reese dress. Tracy Matthews hoops. Suzi Roher belt. Alex Woo gold bangles. JewelMak silver bangles. Roberto Coin rose and yellow gold bangles.

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Laurie Nicole Robinson, 34

My Occupation: Corporate lawyer

My Style Philosophy: “I like stylish clothing that personifies confidence and charisma in a legal environment.”

My Fashion Staple: A large bag that’s spacious enough to keep me organized

Bally coat. Alexis Bittar earrings. Lauren G. Adams two-toned antique rhodium-plated silver ring. Diesel pumps.

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