5 Local Shopgirls Show Off Their At-Work Style

Sometimes, the best part of a retail experience isn't the purchase — it's the inspiration we take away from the impossibly cool chicks working the store. But rather than nurture our girl-crushes from afar, we like to take it a step further and actually get to know the staffers at our fave local boutiques. After all, it's a no-brainer to be BFFs with someone who wants you to score awesome pieces that make you look, well, awesome.
Since we've already introduced you to the cutest shopgirls in D.C. and Northern Virginia, we're completing the trifecta and showcasing their chic counterparts in Maryland. Click through to learn a bit about these stylish ladies, including some big surprises about their daily grind.
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Photographed by Audrey Melton.
Who she is: Christina Albina, creative director at Style Étoile

What she's wearing: IRO jacket and tank; Zara skirt; necklaces by Love & Luck and Cartier; bracelets by LeiVanKash, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton; Rolex men's watch; rings from Jessie Lane, LeiVanKash, Love & Luck, and BCBG.

How long have you worked at Style Étoile?
"I have been working at the store since the day my sister and I signed our lease. Originally, we planned on launching an e-commerce site, which lead to style sessions and eventually the birth of our first store."

What's your favorite part about working here?
"I love my job because I am in full control of all creative projects. People say that I am a dreamer, and I dream up ideas for shoots and execute them. Recently, we shot our Halloween campaign and I didn't think I could [create] a Bowie-inspired entourage, but I did."
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Do you buy many items from the shop?
"To be honest, I don't shop as much as I used to. When you look at clothes all day and basically chill in your clients' closets at night, you don't exactly want to go shopping every day."

Describe your personal style.
"My personal style is a mix between Jackie O, Coco Chanel, and the late, great Annabel Tollman. Classic with a bit of edge. I love a good white tee (preferably IRO) and a sharp blazer (preferably Nonoo). I never feel like my look is complete without a jacket on my shoulders, even if it is 100 degrees outside. These two pieces alone can complete numerous ensembles. It's just not chic if you don't complete your look, and don't even get me started on accessories! I live by the motto 'When in doubt, accessorize it out.' I am always happy to teach people a trick or two about accessorizing."

Fill in the blank: If you weren't doing this job, you'd be ________.
"I think we all know that fashion gals LOVE music, so I would probably be a DJ. Or I would love to learn how to breakdance..."
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Who she is: Sai Janneh, consignment specialist at Current Boutique

What she's wearing: Topshop dress; vintage necklace; DVF shoes.

How long have you worked at Current Boutique?
"I've been working at Current for a year now, and I love the company! After moving to D.C., I began my job search, and I saw a Craigslist posting that said 'Calling all D.C. fashionistas.' I sent my résumé in immediately, and I got a call that same week for an interview. I used to travel to all four stores and all of them are fashion gold mines."

What's your favorite part about working here?
"The best part about working at Current are the consignments that come in. I love finding new treasures for the store, as well as for myself!"
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What's one thing people might be surprised to know about your job?
"The detailed consignment process — from researching brands and knowing different types of fabrics, to keeping up to date with the latest trends and understanding our customers' styles. Each step in the process is equally important to ensuring quality products at great prices."

Do you buy many items from the shop?
"Yes, definitely! The merchandise changes every day so there's always something new to have your eye on."

Describe your personal style.
"My style is very adventurous and eccentric. Anything can inspire the way I dress. I love putting eye-catching statement pieces together to create a bold look."

How does working there influence your personal style?
"Working at Current has sharpened my eye for detail and my appreciation for all brands from high- to low-end."

Fill in the blank: If you weren't doing this job, you'd be ________.
"A celebrity stylist!"
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Who she is: Rita Sligh, assistant manager and buyer at Reddz Trading

What she's wearing: H&M dress, thrifted jacket, Zara shoes, Urban Outfitters necklace, thrifted belt, bracelets from Chan Luu, Cartier, and Stella & Dot.

How long have you worked at Reddz?
"I've been at the store for almost a year. I worked for another company that Wendy Red owned before Reddz, and a coworker from those days started working at Reddz and recommended that I apply. It's been the best retail experience I've ever had."

What's your favorite part about working here?
"The best part about Reddz is that we're on the high-end side and get to see some of the most fabulous designer pieces on a daily basis."
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What's one thing people might be surprised to know about working there?
"People are frequently surprised at how competitive we are at Reddz. We price at about a quarter to a third of an item's retail value, so things aren't in the store too long before they're gone."

Do you buy many items from the shop?
"I couldn't even begin to count the number of things I've purchased from the store. Reddz has helped me elevate the quality of my wardrobe to an incredible level. [It has also] opened me up to brands and styles that I may never have considered, and that has made my style more dynamic."

Describe your personal style.
"Classic and neutral with a feminine edge. If it has lace, fur, or spikes, I have to have it!"

Fill in the blank: If you weren't doing this job, you'd be ________.
"An artist."
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Who she is: Natalie Albina, stylist at Style Étoile

What she's wearing: IIRO jacket, J Brand jeans, Christian Louboutin heels, Cartier Love bracelet, Dannijo necklace, bracelets from LeiVanKash, Love & Luck, and Shashi.

How long have you worked at Style Étoile?
"Since February of 2010."

What's your favorite part about working here?
"Styling and establishing relationships. "
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Photographed by Audrey Melton.
Do you buy many items from the shop?
"My whole wardrobe is from Style Etoile."

How does working there influence your personal style?
"I believe simplicity is the best way to go."
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Who she is: Amanda DeSanto, manager at Current Boutique

What she's wearing: Something Else by Natalie Wood dress, Rachel Comey shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, and Madewell and Topshop bracelets.

How long have you worked at Current?
"I have been with Current Boutique for almost three years now. I interviewed for the manager position at the Clarendon store, and turned it down at first, but decided to work there temporarily as a sales associate. After working at Current for a few weeks, I was offered me the manager position again, and I loved working there so much that I happily accepted."

What's your favorite part about working here?
"There are so many reasons — it goes way beyond just looking though awesome clothing all day. It's the Current Boutique family that makes working here so unique and wonderful."
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What's one thing people might be surprised to know about working there?
"I would say how many people come in that have never shopped or even know what consignment is. People are often surprised that the majority of our inventory is 'pre-loved,' as we like to call it."

Do you buy many items from the shop?
"My wardrobe mainly consists of clothing and accessories from here. If you were to ask me where I purchased what I was wearing at any given moment, my answer would likely be Current Boutique."

Describe your personal style.
"My style tends to change day to day. Sometimes I am more classic, other days I can be more trendy. I am really into jewelry and accessories and use them to pull all my outfits together. I also mix high-end and low-end pieces...and people usually can't tell which is which."

How does working at Current influence your personal style?
"My style has been forever evolving here. So many new things and styles come in every day, and it may be things you never thought you could pull off. I would also say coworkers and some consignors influence my style, too."

Fill in the blank: If you weren't doing this job, you'd be ________.
"In esthetics. I attended esthetician school before coming to Current Boutique, and used to be a makeup artist. I love trying new and innovative products and telling my friends and coworkers about them."
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