Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise, cofounders of the organic food delivery service Sakara Life, might just be their own best advertisement: The preternaturally photogenic, blonde, and trim duo don’t just look healthy and happy, they glow. “We eat the Sakara food every single day,” says Duboise. “We talk a lot about the idea of something tasting pretty. It’s one thing to eat really well and it’s another thing to make sure you enjoy eating well.” Since its launch in 2011, Sakara Life’s deliciously good-for-you meals have built up a cult following—so much so that Duboise and Tingle recently expanded the business to Los Angeles, with more surely to come. While they’re definitely ambitious when it comes to Sakara Life, these entrepreneurs are certainly not afraid to have fun—a dichotomy that plays out in their working wardrobe. From swapping clothes, to taking risks and dressing like a boss, Tingle and Duboise give us the scoop on what they wear nine to five.
Dressing the Part
Whitney Tingle: We just moved offices and we have a team that’s growing really fast, so every day we start with a check-in with our team. We’re in the office every day and checking in with all the different departments. Our roles are really around business development—making decisions, asking questions . . .
Danielle Duboise: . . . Putting out fires; maybe creating a little fire!
Whitney: I used to work on Wall Street in a corporate environment and I was really confined in terms of what I could wear. It was a lot of suits, and things like that. Having our own start-up right now, I can wear whatever I want and I take advantage of that. I use it as a form of self-expression: wake up in the morning and just feel whatever I’m feeling and throw something together. But I still have a lot of pieces from working on Wall Street, so I’ll mix them in: I might wear high-waisted black jeans with a crop top and then throw on a classic blazer. It’s business but business-sexy.
Duboise: I think it’s really important when you’re in start-up mode to dress for the occasion and take it seriously, even when you’re busy and you could really just be in your PJs and yoga clothes. What I’ve found is that when you feel good in your clothes, it changes your energy. Our office is full of girls, and we have to set the pace. I love Mara Hoffman jumpsuits because I only have to pull one thing and I really love Cushnie et Ochs when I’m feeling a little more serious. I feel like a badass businesswoman in those jumpsuits.
Tingle: One thing about Danielle is she kind of likes to make people feel a little uncomfortable. Sometimes she’ll wear things that are a bit weird—she’ll wear, say, a statement piece from Moschino to the office.
Duboise: Whitney wore a fanny pack to the office the other day! But I think that’s also part of setting the energy of the office, you know, to encourage thinking outside the norm and making sure everything is done with intention and creativity. Plus, we’re from Sedona, Arizona, so we kind of have that hippie vibe. We wear a lot of cowboy boots!
Tingle: I wore the fanny pack with high-waisted black jeans from Topshop, with a vintage belt that has silver conchos on it and a tank; a sort of Southwestern vibe.
Duboise: It’s a hippie vibe but we dress it up a bit. I haven’t worn flats in years.
Tingle: Even our flip-flops have heels in them!
Duboise: I’m a platform girl. I just need my shoes to be comfortable and have height. I have a pair from 3.1 Phillip Lim that are really comfortable; they have a chain around the ankle and are really cute.
Tingle: Some days we have to go up to our kitchen and work with our people there—we’re currently under construction so we’re up there a lot making decisions. I think it’s important that the kitchen understands the brand just as much as the girls in the office, so we typically don’t change to go up there, even though we’re sometimes inventing new recipes and getting dirty.
Duboise: Whitney got spirulina on her white pants the other day! Even so, I agree: It’s important that the kitchen understands the vibe and the inspiration about it all, so the only thing that changes when we’re in there is we have to wear hairnets.
Tingle: Otherwise we’re just in our regular office gear, which, when it’s hot out, is usually flowy pants and a tube top. The tube top is great because you don’t have to wear a bra. The less to worry about, the better.
Duboise: I just got these cool pants from a vintage store that are bright, bright blue and are perfect for the heat; they’re literally two pieces of fabric sewn together with ties in the front and back. We both wear a lot of vintage and go to What Comes Around Goes Around a lot. I’d say half my closet is vintage. I really love pieces that have a history, especially jewelry. I wear a lot of my mother’s and grandmother’s pieces.
Tingle: We’re also really into stones and crystals—things that come from the earth. We’re friends with Bliss Lau and her jewelry is really sexy. I wear a gold quartz ring from her everyday.
Duboise: I have this chain bra from her—but I don’t wear it everyday!
Tingle: In terms of bags, the only thing we ever carry are the Sakara Life totes. I haven’t had a real bag in years.
Duboise: It’s free advertising!
Tingle: We definitely keep in mind how our own personal images reflect the brand. But I think what we try to do is be as much as ourselves as possible.
Duboise: And as much thought as we put into things, we’re also the girls who will show up with a wrinkle in our pants and messy hair.
Tingle: That’s kind of how our brand is too: We’re a premium luxury brand, but we’re definitely a little messy and totally approachable.
Partners Who Dress Together, Stay Together
Duboise: When we have important meetings or events to go to, we typically like to match in all white. We started wearing white a lot when we started the company just kind of the brand color. If we’re going to meet new investors we want to make a strong impression. So we show up in all white and looking sharp. I’ll wear a white blazer with these wide-leg pants and a white linen shirt that’s cropped and boxy. And Whitney’s usually in skinny jeans and a blazer.
Tingle: For the launch of our L.A. office, we wore matching white silk dresses from Shareen that had a really low cut and a halter tie. They were so low we had to wear a bikini underneath—good thing it was a pool party! For evening, we pull a lot from Naeem Khan; he has amazing stuff. I just wore a sparkly sequin dress from him the other night.
Duboise: It’s bad, sometimes we’ll show to the office in the exact same thing and we’re like . . . oh. It happens all the time. We’re also basically the same size and shoe so we share a lot of things.
Tingle: Sometimes it’s not by choice. I have a pair of shoes that I loaned Danielle ages ago and she still has not returned them. I think it’s rubbed off in the girls in the office. We’ll leave some clothes at the office in case we need to change—someone borrowed one of my cardigans and I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting that back!
Duboise: That’s the nice thing about having an office full of women. It’s basically a big closet.
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