Influenced: ‘Vogue’ Editors on Finding Fashion Inspiration in Their Colleagues

Influenced: ‘Vogue’ Editors on Finding Fashion Inspiration in Their Colleagues

After more than a year of remote work, the time has finally come for Vogue staffers to emerge from our homes and step, however cautiously, back into the office. While it may take us a few weeks to reacclimate to the nuances of elevator etiquette, I know I’m not the only one who’s been looking forward to the return of spontaneous conversation, in-person meetings, and—perhaps most importantly—office style inspiration.

From an assortment of eye-catching summer dresses to one surprisingly chic silicone phone case, the pieces currently dominating Vogue’s offices serve as an endless source of sartorial discovery—especially right now, when it feels like the rules of workplace dressing are ripe for reinterpretation. To celebrate our return, and the sensational reemergence looks sweeping the halls of Condé Nast, 10 Vogue staffers share the pieces they’ve been inspired to purchase after seeing them on their impeccably dressed coworkers.

Emily Farra, Senior Fashion News Writer

“My colleague Steff Yotka influences me constantly, but never more so than with her finds on The RealReal. She has a gift for hunting down the perfect pieces for herself and her friends; I’ve clicked ‘buy’ on countless links she’s sent me. Lately, I’ve been scrolling through Prada skirts based on Steff’s incredible collection of past-season minis and prints; I think she’d be proud of this one!”

Prada silk midi-length skirt

Rickie De Sole, Executive Fashion Director, Vogue.com

“I love an easy summer dress, and my colleagues have some of the best. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue’s beauty director, was wearing this Rachel Comey off-the-shoulder dress in the office earlier this summer and looked amazing in it. It’s a stretch fabric and hits at just the right length for my (and Celia’s) five-foot-three frame!

Another ‘influenced by my Vogue colleague’ moment was this Merlette dress that our head of fashion initiatives, Allie Michler, was wearing a few weeks ago. The light fabric and soft blue color had me sold.”

Rachel Comey pout off-shoulder dress

Ella Riley-Adams, Senior Living and Beauty Editor

“I was on a Zoom with my former colleague, beauty writer Akili King, when I complimented her orange shirt dotted with tiny flowers. She explained it was actually a surf top, part of a collaboration between Tory Burch and Shiseido. The two brands came together to make the cutest sunscreen ever, along with a capsule of beachwear. The surf shirt is the star of the show, with its bright front zip and ruffled collar, and I promptly set off to add it to my own collection. I can’t wait to wear it on vacation but, thanks to Akili, I know it works just as well on an office call.”

Tory Burch x Shiseido printed ruffle surf shirt

Tory Burch x Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Lauren Sanchez, Business Manager

“When it comes to glitter and all things holographic, I rely on one beauty editor’s words of bold wisdom: Arden Fanning. A connoisseur of cool-girl eyeliner, electric blue is her go-to hue. I’m waiting for the perfect moment to debut the Chaos Cobalt winged eye, but in the meantime, Arden’s sequined glitter world of neons and sunshine is the perfect fuel for that outfit just begging to be partied in. It all hearkens back to my belief that if you dress like you’ve never waited in line, you never will.”

Urban Decay Cosmetics 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Concetta Ciarlo, Special Events Assistant

“When I first started at Vogue, I was beyond eager to observe and take style pointers from the magazine’s fashion experts. I noticed several editors wearing tan snakeskin-print calf-length boots; I ended my workday by tracking down a similar pair for myself—purchased with expedited shipping, of course.”

Paris Texas snake-embossed leather knee boots

Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor

“At the risk of sounding very ‘army pants and flip-flops,’ it’s hard not to admire Tonne Goodman’s scarf and white denim uniform. Her omnipresent silk squares are by Charvet (luckily, you can find many great secondhand options!), and her famous white jeans (which you can read all about here) are Levi’s 501 Original Fit men’s Jeans. I may or may not have purchased both.”

Charvet silk scarf and pocket square

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Levi’s 501 original fit men’s jeans

Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer

“My coworker Madeline Fass wore the prettiest feather embellished Helmut Lang top to the office the other day, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since then. After scouring the internet for hours to see if someone else listed it on a resale site, I settled on this equally as pretty feather blouse that can be layered and worn with a camisole.”

Dries Van Noten feather-trimmed tulle top

Madeline Fass, Market Editor

“One of the best parts about working at Vogue is being surrounded by so many stylish individuals in one place who love fashion, plain and simple. I’ve been inspired more times than I can count. I have my former colleague Madeline Swanson to thank for the one and only clog purchase I ever made; Steff Yotka is the reason I incorporate fabulous midiskirts into my wardrobe; and, of course, Chioma Nnadi for layering printed turtleneck tops. In fact, the office is where I’ve made some of my favorite purchases. I have been reassured that my highly contemplated The RealReal finds are definitely worth pulling the trigger on (thanks, Julie), and have quite literally bought pieces directly from colleagues, like the vintage Dior Logo bag I secured from Yohana Lebasi. It’s also a place where we can geek out on our mutual obsessions—say, statement-making knee-high boots (Naomi), or finding the absolute perfect pair of dark-wash denim (Alexandra).”

Ganni layered embellished fil coupé organza and striped poplin skirt

Manolo Blahnik ponyhair cow-print boots

Ciarra Lorren-Zatorski, Associate Fashion Editor

“Among the many fashion influences storming the halls of Vogue, perhaps my favorite is the Xouxou phone cases—the perfect marriage of functionality and style. A major thanks to Madeline Swanson and Madeline Fass for introducing me to the up-and-coming brand, and turning my phone into a fun and chic statement piece. Plus, no longer losing my phone in the depths of samples is an added bonus!”

Xouxou light olive silicone case and orange camouflage rope

Jill Weiskopf, Vice President, Communications

“Anna-Lisa Yabsley, who leads global digital strategy for Vogue, has mastered the art of elevated basics. I’m always asking her where she got certain pieces—like this padded-shoulder tee—so that I can add them to my own minimalist-adjacent rotation.”

The Frankie Shop Carrington padded-shoulder organic-cotton T-shirt