Statement Bags…Literally

Feel like making a statement without actually saying a word? Well, according to the Fashion Week runways, come this fall, your totes and clutches will be doing the communicating for you!

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If you rearrange the order and add a verb, these 3.1 Phillip Lim bags with raised block lettering you could make a sentence.

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Kiwi designer Karen Walker honored the suffrage movement with her mod-meets-Victorian collection—including a few women power statement clutches.

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Kate Spade New York presented a colorful Shanghai and Tokyo travel-inspired collection, as you can see from this rainbow-lettered clutch.

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Just raise this pouch by Karen Walker the next time someone tries to pick you up at a bar. ‘Nuff said.

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And here is an empowering tote I recently won from Zooey Magazine. Live life bravely and kick ass!

What does your Bag say about You?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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New Obsession: Envelope Skirts

As temperatures are dropping, hemlines are ironically rising, thus popularizing the trendy envelope skirt. Slung low on the waist with a zigzag hem that shows a daring flash of thigh, these skirts are surprisingly flattering. Push the envelope by styling them with your favorite sweaters, sweatshirts, and graphic tees!

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Love how the V emblem on Fashion Zen blogger Iris’s Ivyrevel Kingston Sweatshirt ($92) mirrors the hemline of her Saline Skirt ($92), also by Ivyrevel.

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Kenzo pioneered the envelope mini trend and arguably has the most iterations of the style. Here, the Eye-Print Leather Mini Skirt ($1,300) meets its match in a sweatshirt also by the label worn by a stylish civilian.

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Camille Over the Rainbow blogger Camille Charriere smacks of Parisian cool in a Voyou Safari Tee Shirt ($41), Elin King x Guess by Marciano skirt, and Zara heels.

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Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad elevated her Zara skort with a 3.1 Phillip Lim t-shirt and Hermes cuffs.

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Vogue Australia Fashion Editor Christine Centenera puts a buttoned-up spin on the look with a Proenza Schouler skirt, Alexa Wagner shoes, and a Dion Lee blouse.

Get the Look

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Zara Combination Skirt ($80) in Black

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Asos Mini Skirt Wrap Detail ($64) in Navy

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H&M Wrap-Front Skirt ($35) in Black

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Warehouse Leather Zip Biker Skirt ($121)

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Topshop Mix Jacquard Wrap Skirt ($90) in Red

Are you Pushing the Envelope?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Layer Your Coat

During the brisk months ahead, It’s recommended that you build your outfit around your outerwear. To show you how it’s done, I’m peeling back the layers of 7 different coat-centric looks.

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A bold evening coat looks great with a cocktail dress, but try taking it out of its element with a pair of worn-in boyfriend jeans and a knit cap.

Alice + Olivia Shawl Collar Coat ($898); Joe’s Jeans Tux Tee Shirt ($88); Big Star Rolled Slim Jeans ($142); Gap Chevron Hat ($20); Loeffler Randall Rider Bag($650); Bruno Magli Kitten Heels ($595).

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A sleeveless plaid coat serves as an excellent layering piece over a jacket. Balance the coat’s longer length with a sleek biker jacket that rests at the hips.

Phillip Lim Cape Vest ($895); Phillip Lim Biker Jacket ($1,695); Chaser Tank ($60); Blank NYC Skinny Jeans ($88); BCBG MAXAZRIA Knit Hat ($68); Annelise Michelson Necklace ($420); Rag & Bone Pilot Bag ($925); Dolce Vita Quid Heels ($209).

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The peacoat is an outerwear crowd pleaser, it goes with everything. Since the piece itself is a bit understated, add interest to your look with a mix of textures and prints.

A.L.C. Cannady Peacoat ($795); LOFT Stripe Sweater Tee ($40); Joe’s Jeans Dandy Woven Shirt ($168); Lover Mini Skirt ($400); A.P.C.Chain Strap Bag ($620); HUE Opaque Tights ($14); Giuseppe Zanotti Boots ($1,895).

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The long and short of it: an ankle-grazing coat functions as the perfect balance for a minidress and combat boots.

Mara Hoffman Coat (similar style here); Guess Denim Skirtall($108); Rag & Bone Marigold Top ($290); The 2 Bandits Wharf Earrings ($128); Rachel Zoe Montana Backpack ($395); Burberry Silk Scarf ($495, similar style here); HUE Luster Tights ($14); Rag & Bone Boots ($595).

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Pink is the new black, so treat this fuzzy coat as a neutral with washed-out skinny jeans and a muted plaid shirt.

H&M Coat ($149); Equipment Cardigan ($318); April, May Top ($209, similar style here); McGuire Boyfriend Jeans ($218, 877.746.7267, similar style here); The Elder Statesman Cashmere Beanie ($270); DKNY Crossbody Bag ($265, similar style here); Paul Smith Loafers ($437).

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The quickest way to toughen up a menswear coat: add a biker vest on top. To further the look’s no holds barred vibe, throw on a sheer lace blouse and metallic heels.

Tibi Moto Vest ($950, 212.226.5852, similar style here); BLK DNM Coat ($1,195); 7 For All Mankind Lace Top ($218); Triarchy Tie Dye Jeans ($245, similar style here); Gucci  Sunglasses ($345); French Connection Bag ($348); Fendi T-Strap Pumps($1,190).

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Hit on the season’s grunge look, while simultaneously indulging your daring side, by pairing a faux fur coat with a plaid oxford, zipper-detail skinnies, and printed ankle boots.

Opening Ceremony Cocoon Coat ($795); Juicy Couture Sheer Plaid Blouse ($108); Paige Denim Skinny Coated Jeans ($269); Chloè Tote ($2,320); Shoe Cult Chelsea Boots ($120).

Are you Coat-Centric?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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1 Oversized Coat 4 Ways

When it comes to outerwear this season, order a size up. Today’s chicest toppers are larger than life. Here are four ways to style this new menswear inspired silhouette.

Theory Elizabeth Wool-Blend Felt Coat, $675; net-a-porter.com

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Perfect attire for a crisp fall day.

 R13 Flannel Plaid Shirt, $425; farfetch.com Armani Exchange Rebel V-Neck Pima Tee, $25; armaniexchange.com Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $209; net-a-porter.com Zara Patent Leather Bluchers, $89.90; zara.com Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi, $25; neimanmarcus.com

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The ideal topper for this gray and navy date-night look.

Theyskens’ Theory Deden Dress, $495; shopbop.com Alexander Wang Tri-Fold Leather and Snakeskin Clutch, $845; mytheresa.com Giuseppe Zanotti Ester Buckled Suede Ankle Boots, $1,195; net-a-porter.com

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Layer over sweaters and your favorite pair of blue jeans for weekend dressing made easy.

A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création Wool Sweater, $190; net-a-porter.com Armani Exchange Indigo Skinny Jeans, $128; armaniexchange.com Isabel Marant Bluebel Suede Concealed Wedge Sneakers, $695; net-a-porter.com J.Crew Jeweled Felt Baseball Cap, $125; jcrew.com

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Drape over your shoulders and wear with statement boots for your next night out.

Proenza Schouler Wool Cashmere and Silk-Blend Sweater, $785; net-a-porter.com Chalayan Leather Skater Skirt, $1,775; net-a-porter.com 3.1 Phillip Lim Ora Over-the-Knee Boots, $975; barneys.com Jin Soon Metaphor Nail Lacquer, $18; nordstrom.com

Happy Styling!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: Sassy Sweatshirts

Finally! The day has come when sweatshirts are as stylish as they are comfortable. Sweatshirts are reinvented with sheer, color blocked, printed and embellished details. This trend is as chic as it is cozy and these are some of the best straight from the runways.

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Elie Tahari: There is always something sexy about a snake skin print and that sexiness reads loud and clear on this jumpsuit.

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Rebecca Taylor: A little animal print adds a lot of flare to a subtle outfit.

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3.1 Phillip Lim: The subtle peek-a-boo design of this printed sweatshirt is sheer perfection.

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Tommy Hilfiger: This crop-top-and-shorts combo is the definition of tomboy chic.

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Peter Som: Sweatshirts and skirts are an adorable duo, but what’s better is having matching prints to pull the look together.

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Milly: With a mesh sweatshirt, you get that beloved sporty style, but can still see the rest of the look that lies beneath.

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Prabal Gurung: Printed silk isn’t just for scarves anymore.

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Karen Walker: Layer up in contrasting pieces for a fun look.

Have a Sassy Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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