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How to Elevate Your Office OOTDs, According to Real-Life Working Women

Make it work!
How to Elevate Your Office OOTDs, According to Real-Life Working Women
IMAGE Roy Macam
Make it work!

As business class takes a dip into this season's technicolor set, four women show that professionalism (in fashion and otherwise) can take on different hues.

Nadine Howell (Restaurant Manager)

2nd’s is no Hell’s Kitchen. Quite the opposite, possibly—just ask anyone who’s tried the Bacon Chicharon. If that’s the case, Nadine Howell has done well as guardian of the food haven’s gates. On the job, she’s front of the house, meeting customers; beyond the tables, she also edits food photos, designs marketing materials, prepares reports, and cooks up new cocktails. Comfort takes precedence in her choice of workwear, but not necessarily in terms of style. Below, she amps up a yellow monochromatic look by adding a dash of teal and capping it off with touches of olive green, making for a great Spring/Summer style recipe.

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Budit Reyes (Senior Retail Manager)

As senior retail manager of Kiehl’s, Budit Reyes is in charge of overall retail and education of customer representatives. From store visits to conducting weekly performance evaluations, Budit’s uniform shifts from mall- to office-appropriate looks. While fuchsia for workwear is quite unusual for her, it aligns with a universal consensus in the beauty world: A pop of color never hurts. 

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Karen Jimeno-McBride (Lawyer, Professor and TV Host)

It’s already a challenge to keep up  with one occupation, let alone three—but Karen Jimeno-McBride makes it look like a cake walk, as she juggles three professions as a junior partner, professor at  four (!) schools, and host of Legal Help Desk— LegalHD in short—a weekly latenight legal consulation TV program. Her rigorous schedule pleads the case for transitional workwear: looks that can go from day to night, from one job to another, with ease and without ever looking out of place. Sounds like nothing she can’t handle. 

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Gia Banaag (Executive Assistant to the Presidential Spokesperson)

“If your impression of working in politics comes from watching The West Wing, all the confidential high-level meetings and urgent walking-and-talking are probably the closest things to it,” confesses Gia Banaag, who worked in the real deal: Malacañang Palace. As executive assistant to Secretary Edwin Lacierda, she’s in charge of preparing press briefings and corresponding paperwork, which can go beyond the nine to five. Aaron Sorkin can only account for so much. 

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