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[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 14, 2011.]
Think the giant tech campuses in the South Bay are cluttered with dudes in company logo tees, socks-and-sandals combos, and über-casual Friday ensembles? Well, you’d be right. But, in the case of mega-powerhouse Google, there are also a handful of super-stylish gals who deserve some major attention. The search of soft goods (a.k.a. the stuff you wear) is a hot topic at Google these days, so we thought it fitting to introduce you to the ladies behind the tech behemoth's most fashionable initiatives—Google Catalogs and Product Search—who also happen to be incredibly stylish to boot. Major bonus: The quartet of cuties showed us around their sprawling and awe-inspiring campus—free all-you-can-eat cafeterias, Star Wars-like Google Maps-navigation rooms, and a tandem "conference bike" built for seven, included! Click through and prepare to rethink your definition of "geeky."
Photographed by Caro Ramirez
We love buying products online, but it comes with one caveat: You can't test drive them. So, in order to figure out whether a lipstick or shampoo is worth its salt, you scour the web trying to find the one that's right for you. And, while there are a bevy of places to get information, the most reliable source for honest read
For whatever reason, we feel the need to justify our designer purchases with phrases like, "It only cost me [fill in the blank]," or "But, there was an amazing sale." Or, our favorite, the "I just had to have it" spiel. Though, oftentimes this is more for our own peace of mind than for those we're giving excuses to.