Earlier this month, we caught up with Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, the brains behind our favorite organic meal delivery service, Sakara Life, to talk their amazing SoHo office space, healthy eating, and the key to their success. But being the fashion-minded folks we are, we couldn’t resist also asking them about their 9-to-5 wardrobes. Eight hours a day of perusing local farmers markets, attending meetings, and testing new recipes calls for a functional dress code that is equal parts cool and casual. So what does that look like for the BFFs and wellness gurus? Keep reading to find out!
WHO WHAT WEAR: How would you describe your personal styles?
Danielle DuBoise: New Age vibe meets leather and stripes. Lots of vintage and always a story.
Whitney Tingle: CEO meets cowgirl. I love mixing the masculine with the sexy.
WWW: Who are the stylish women who inspire you?
DD/WT: Leandra Medine, Carly Cushnie, Coco Rocha, Lily Aldridge, and our moms.
WWW: How do you incorporate your individual styles into your work wardrobes?
DD/WT: There’s definitely a bit of a Western desert vibe in both of our looks, which comes from our Sedona roots [in Arizona]. It’s usually in the form of lovingly beat-up cowboy boots, a wide-brimmed hat, or some chunky turquoise jewelry. We also encourage everyone in the office to dress however they feel sexiest. It allows them to access a sense of power that otherwise is blocked.
WWW: How does your typical workday affect your office wardrobes?
DD/WT: It probably should more than it does, if we’re being honest! We dress how we want to, whether it’s office or a night out, and often that’s one and the same.
WWW: Would you say you have a uniform? If yes, what is it composed of?
DD/WT: High-waisted black jeans, booties, a belt with conchos, leather, and variations on top—off-the-shoulder tops, tanks and blazers, cropped sweaters, etc.
WWW: Are you an outfit planner, or do you assemble on the fly?
DD/WT: We both definitely assemble on the fly! We also keep some backups in the office in case we change our minds later on. There is a lot of last-minute changing going on in the conference rooms.
WWW: For those days when you are a bit more casual, what do you do to keep your look feeling put together and polished?
DD/WT: Heels. Always. We even wear heels to workout classes.
WWW: What’s your trick for taking your look from desk to drinks?
DD/WT: Add some red lipstick! And some dry shampoo to up the volume.
WWW: What are the hero pieces in your 9-to-5 wardrobes?
DD: High-waisted black pants (both wide-leg and skinny), a crop top, and a fringed leather jacket. Also, I’m pretty much always in heels. But heels that are comfortable. There’s nothing sexy about swollen feet.
WT: I’m a big fan of vintage pieces that have a story behind them. Some of my favorite pieces are my mom’s.
WWW: What three pieces should every working woman have in her wardrobe?
DD/WT: A leather skirt, a great jumpsuit, and cowboy boots.
WWW: If we could peek inside your work bag, what would we find?
DD: Sakara Beauty Bar, my wallet, my makeup bag, and The New Yorker.
WT: Watermelon jerky, Beauty Water, yoga clothes, and flyers I pick up around the city for inspiration.
WWW: Where do you love to shop in NYC?
DD/WT: Reformation, Free People, Intermix, Mara Hoffman, vintage shops, Moschino, Zac Posen, and Alexander Wang.
WWW: Do you have any great shopping secrets you can share?
DD/WT: Always check out vintage shops when you travel. They’re so different in other states, and some are such gems! Sedona and Upstate New York are heaven.
WWW: Do you borrow from each other’s closets?
DD/WT: Borrow and steal! We used to literally share a closet; now we figuratively do.
WWW: What’s your style mantra?
WT: Take risks! You’re only young once. Don’t wish when you’re older that you would have had the guts to wear something you wanted to wear but didn’t.
DD: My style mantra is to feel sexy. Find what you feel good in. Feeling sexy in your outfit will change your day. It’s a wasted day to feel less than your best self.
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