Fall Essentials

It’s time to turn to the more playful, fun aspect of dressing! Trends and Accessorizing! So without further ado here are my favorite essentials for fall that will guarantee you style star status!

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JOA Two Toned Sweater, $88, available at Shopbop; Proenza Schouler Long Sleeve Cropped Crewneck, $595, available at Proenza Schouler.

A new version of the traditional nubby sweater makes its way back into our closets each season. For fall, we’ve been feeling the speckled, marled pullover that has a made-by-hand vibe!

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River Island Grey Fedora Hat ($50)
You’ll wear this hat well into winter, promise.

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ASOS Oversized Scarf ($34)
An animal-print wrap feels luxe.

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ili Leather Crossbody Bag ($69)
An oxblood bag is timeless!

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Forever 21 Life In Progress Jacket, $34.79, available at Forever 21; Burberry Oversize Parka With Check Wool Warmer, $1395, available at Burberry.

The great thing about a fall parka is that it can easily become your winter parka with the addition of a lining. Wear it with the sleeves rolled up and easy dresses for the beginning of fall, and with thick trousers and knits when the temps really start to drop.

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Fred Perry Knitted Jersey Bucket Hat ($76)
Ever since you saw Rihanna wearing a bucket hat, you knew you needed one.

FallEssentials-Waistcoat

Chic Nova Pure Color Sleeveless Business Suit Vest, $31, available at Chic Nova; Public School For J.Crew Earliblaze Vest, $178, available at J. Crew.

Everyone needs that one layering piece that instantly makes anything they’re wearing appear more legit. For fall, it’s the formal waistcoat, which can dress up a simple tee or dress, or dressdown a more formal frock.

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Ted Baker Ayef Opulent Bloom Printed Scarf ($65)
Give your look a fresh finishing touch with this printed scarf.

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Front Row Shop Linen Trousers, $62, available at Front Row Shop; Avelon Progressing Pants, $400, available at The Dreslyn.

If you don’t already own one of these roomy, baggy trousers, now’s the time to get some! Roll up the cuffs yourself or get them tailored to hit right above your ankles. Then, pair them with anything. Seriously — party tops, sneakers, booties, blazers, crop tops — it all works!

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Ted Baker Karah Faux Fur Hat ($90)
Never say no to a (faux) fur hat!

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ASOS Wide Waist Cincher Buckle Belt ($29)
This belt is chic and sexy!

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ASOS Faux Fur Multi Stripe Scarf, $67.70, available at ASOS; Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Pablo Clutch, $295, available at Avenue 32.

British brand Shrimps started a phenomenon with its Seussian “fur” pieces straight out of a storybook. This season, don’t even pretend that your fuzzy isn’t faux, and go for pieces in unnatural colors, like pastel pink, lime green, and electric blue.

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Cheap Monday Clip Hair Clip ($29)
Too lazy to do your hair? Got you covered!

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Express Mid Rise Slim Flare Jeans, $39.90, available at Express; Acne Studios Pop Trash Jean, $350, available at Steven Alan.

Opt for denim that looks worn-in, not worn-out. A rip or two is totally believable — anything in double digits just seems like a frivolity!

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United by Blue Braddock Backpack ($88)
There are so many ways to wear a backpack this fall.

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Silence + Noise Button-Down Shirt, $69, available at Urban Outfitters; Secai Pleated-Back Poplin Shirt, $520, available at NET-A-PORTER.

It’s time to bring the “business in the front, party in the back” philosophy to our blouses. We’re seeing loads of button-ups deliver a surprise hit of skin in the back, whether through sheer panels, a deep slit, or clever cut-outs. Wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts, and never tuck ’em in.

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River Island Red Plaid Hair Bow ($10)
Voila! An unexpected way to wear plaid this season.

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ASOS Felt Fedora Hat ($38)
If you still haven’t invested in a fedora for fall, try this one.

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Erin Templeton Double Wrap Obi Belt ($30)
Kimono belts are the next big thing, you heard it here first.

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ASOS Denim Jacket in Vintage Wash, $63.85, available at ASOS; Golden Goose Black Shearling Jacket, $1995, available at SSENSE.

This ’70s staple is making a comeback as this season’s version of the wear-with-everything layer. Paired with denim, a leather moto, or just by itself in a fleecy zip-up, shearling injects a bit of insouciant cool!

What are your essentials for Fall?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessorize Like A Style Star

There is an art to accessorizing! Which is why I culled a list of the top accessory trends guaranteed to make you a style star. From slip-on sneakers to double-sided earrings to backpacks and beyond—there’s an accessory for every style-setter!

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Trainers

This athletic shoe trend is going nowhere, and we’d like to keep it that way!

New Balance Suede Nylon Sneakers ($128)
A super stylish sneaker!

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Friendship Bracelets

These playful, colorful bracelets are the ideal addition to any arm party.

Chan Luu Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ($50)
Try a beaded one for added flair.

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Oversized Necklaces

Fact: an oversized necklace is a street style staple.

Marni Necklace ($670)
Just imagine the statement this necklace would make with all your ensembles!

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Slip-On Sneakers

A shoe trend your feet will love—hooray!

MSGM 20MM Brushed Wool Slip-On Sneakers ($437)
These sneakers will transition into fall quite nicely.

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Fanny Packs

This hands-free bag is totally shedding it’s nerdy associations.

Clare V. Fanny Pack ($266)
This belt bag adds instant style!

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Scarves

You’ve got to appreciate a well-styled scarf.

Steven Alan Symbol Silk Scarf ($72)
This scarf is minty fresh!

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Birkenstocks

We’re starting to wonder if these will ever go out of style.

Birkenstock Arizona Oiled Black Sandals ($120)
The sandal of the season !

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Headphones

Look stylish while simultaneously dancing to your favorite tunes.

Friends Layla Leather and Rose Gold-Tone Headphones ($150)
Headphones never looked so good.

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Stacked Rings

You can’t do an accessory roundup without mentioning stacked rings!

Gabriela Artigas Rose Simple Band Rings ($462)
Dainty rings are the best for stacking.

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Backpacks

Backpacks are establishing themselves as the It-bag of the season!

Mansur Gavriel Backpack ($950)
Can you say, swoon?

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Socks

Shoes with socks never looked so chic.

Stance Lottie Olive Socks ($12)
J’adore polka dot socks.

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Looped Belts

This easy and stylish belt trick is definitely a fave.

Isabel Marant Barbershop Beaded Leather Belt ($490)
Bonjour, belt!

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Bold Boots

Printed boots look well-balanced with a white dress.

Burberry Hand-Painted Leather Ankle Boots ($1695)
Say hello to the boot you’re dying to own.

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Emojis

There’s something so youthful and playful about an emoji-adorned accessory!

Acne Studios Adriana Metallic Silver Sneakers ($420)
You’ll feel like the coolest girl on the block in these metallic sneakers.

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Double-Sided Earrings

Double-sided earrings add the perfect amount of polish to an outfit.

Dior Tee Shirt Earrings ($470, 310.859.4700)
Two words: must have.

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Bows

Treat your look to a masculine-inspired accessory, like a black bow.

Saint Laurent Classic Lavaliere ($295)
This is just the accessory our outfit needs.

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Statement Sunnies

Make a statement with a pair of attention-grabbing sunglasses.

Oliver Peoples Op-4 Sunglasses ($480)
You’ll feel like a star in these sunnies.

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Big Buckles

The bigger the better, right?

Givenchy Oversized Buckle Sandals ($1095)
Buckle me beautiful.

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Bucket Bags

Bucket bags are a street style mainstay!

Building Block Pail ($291)
I dare you to not fall in love with this purse.

Your A Style Star!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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3 Skirt Trends and How to Wear Them

The midi, mini and the maxi! Skirt lengths vary by personal style and this spring anything goes. Each hem length holds its own, when it comes to seasonal trends. If you want new ways to style your favorite type of skirt you’ll want to check out this inspiration from the spring 2014 collections and the tips on how to wear each one.

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For the workday: Try a midi! Just because the skirt is longer doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy or ultra-conservative. The length allows you to play with color and pattern like this Burberry lace number.

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On the weekend: Grab a mini. The temps are finally on the rise, so it’s time to let loose and have fun. Pair your skirt with a boxy top and contrasting flats, like Peter Som, and you’re ready to go from sunup to sundown.

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In the evening: Work a maxi. A full or pleated skirt, like this Proenza Schouler one, keeps you from looking matronly. The skirt’s full coverage allows you a little more leeway on top—think a cropped or cutout version.

How will you wear these skirt trends? Be sure to tag #StyleSalvation and @DannaDesigns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show me your style.

What hemline do you Favor?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessory Report: Spring Bags

These are the best Handbag Trends you’ll Definitely want to try this Spring!

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A Color-Block Bag

If you already have a neutral bag in your spring arsenal, you’ll need a fun color-block one to counter it. No “matchy-matchy” rules apply with color-blocking, so you can coordinate it to your outfit like Miroslava Duma and her chic Pierre Hardy—or not. It’s up to you.

Get The Look

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Pierre Hardy Bag 61 color-block suede clutch, $895, luisaviaroma.com

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A Structured, Ladylike Purse

A retro-chic, feminine handbag adds an element of elegance to any outfit—from jeans and a tee to a suit or dress—and is ultra versatile to take you from work to after-work cocktails.

Get The Look

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Divine wave bag, $30, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-TopHandleA Top-Handle Bag

 The top-handle bag will easily transition right into spring. You can’t go wrong with this style, whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features like Anne Katherine Frey’s Alexander Wang.

Get The Look

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Alexander Wang Rockie small cross-body satchel bag, $795, neimanmarcus.com

SpringBags-BackpackA Stylish Backpack

The backpack gets updated this year. Along with being incredibly functional, these designer backpacks look effortlessly cool. Even Karl Lagerfeld put graffiti-covered backpacks on his spring runway for Chanel.

Get The Look

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Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $90, karmaloop.com

SpringBags-MetallicA Metallic Clutch

A metallic dress is a must-have going-out look for spring, and the same goes for your clutch. Match it with a metallic, or mix it in with other looks, because heavy metal works with everything (Hanne Gaby Odiele agrees).

Get The Look

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Expressions NYC crackle envelope clutch, $38, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-CarryAllA Sophisticated Carryall Work Tote

Refresh your hold-everything work bag for the warmer season with a lighter hue and updated elements like an East-West silhouette. Classic camel is always a sure hit but a pastel bag like Milana Kruz’s Givenchy one is definitely droolworthy.

Get The Look

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Alberta di Canio handbag, $195, yoox.com

SpringBags-FloralA Floral-Print Clutch

A floral clutch adds extra springtime cheer to any outfit—whether you’re mixing prints like blogger Chriselle Lim (featuring this Givenchy clutch) or adding one single eye-catching accessory to a streamlined monochromatic look.

Get The Look

SpringBags-Floral-2Printed stripe zip-top clutch, $48, c. wonder.com

SpringBags-PastelA Pastel Purse

Easter-egg hues are the new neutral when it comes to accessories this season. Work a pink, baby blue, or minty green one into your outfit, whether it’s a roomy satchel, an envelope clutch, or a structured bag like blogger-model Zanita Morgan’s.

Get The Look

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Mint Tassle Bag, $46, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-satchelA Printed Satchel

Burberry showed painted-over bags for fall, so get a jump on the trend now with a printed satchel. It’s a perfect way to sneak in some flair on an otherwise neutral, go-with-everything accessory, like Natalie Joo’s and her checked Brahmin tote.

Get The Look

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Marni graphic-print cross-body bag, $1,476, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-BucketA Bucket Bag

A bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. Whether it’s a minimalist drawstring creation or Alexander Wang’s lipstick-red studded number carried by model Pauline Vander Cruysse, the style will fit all your essentials and update any look.

Get The Look

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Faux-leather tasseled bucket bag, $30, oldnavy.com

What Spring Bags Are Your Faves?

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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Fall’s Favorite Color: Wine

The season’s changing colors bring certain hues to mind…and the one that tops the list every Fall is rich shades of wine. But don’t worry: you don’t have to commit to one color. There are plenty of varietals—from dusky roses to deep burgundies—that perfectly mix and match.

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As with wine, often the simplest versions are the most rewarding.  The same can be said about the minimal Gucci Silk Cady Long Sleeve Dress Cate Blanchett chose.

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Olivia Palermo’s fashion month looks were pretty spectacular, and this faded cherry ensemble was no exception. She paired a Reiss Jacket and Leather Leggings in Cognac to create a modern take on the matching suit.

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You don’t have to retire your colorful moto jacket for the season. Ashley Madekwe paired a pale pink Mural Tough Girl Faux Leather Moto Jacket with Leith’s Long Sleeve Knit Midi Dress in Mahogany and Manolo Blahnik’s Taylor d’Orsay Pumps for a perfectly on-point look.

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There’s perhaps no better way to show your love and affection for this trend than Burberry’s Heart Print Shirt that Victoria Beckham wore.

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Actress Kiernan Shipka made a splash in her Delpozo Ruffle Skirt Dress at a Maybelline soiree. The combination of bordeaux and peach make for a delightfully sweet blend.

Are you Wearing this Fall Favorite?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessory Report: Neckerchiefs

The accessory is the perfect transitional piece to try now. It’s lightweight enough for cool summer days and an ideal add-on for a layered fall look.

neckerchief-NicoleRichieNicole Richie: Thanks to the addition of her graphic-print handkerchief, Richie looked very much the part of a Parisian jetsetter.

Similar Essential: Burberry Herringbone Silk Scarf ($495)

neckerchief-StreetStyleStreet Style: A brightly printed handkerchief tied Boy Scout-style lends a sophisticated touch to a neutrals-only outfit.

Similar Essential: Kenzo Navy Eye Foulard Scarf ($255)

neckerchief-OliviaPalermoOlivia Palermo: The tastemaker bundled up for a chilly June day in NYC with help from a Zara polka-dot scarf paired with a nude sweater.

Similar Essential: Madewell Dotted Scarf ($50)

neckerchief-RodarteRodarte F/W 13: For fall, Kate and Laura Mulleavy favored high necklines, drawing attention to the conservative silhouette with the addition of the Nude Satin Scarf.

Similar Essential: Burberry London Check Print Scarf ($344)

neckerchief-GeorgiaJaggerGeorgia Jagger: The model substituted a navy blue bandana for a necklace, giving her low-key look a home-on-the-range spin.

Similar Essential: Urban Outfitters Americana Bandana Scarf ($12)

Will you try this Trend?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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XOXO

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Outrageous Clutches

Outrageous ClutchesYour purse repertoire most likely includes all the usual suspects: a cross-body carryall, a top-handle tote, perhaps even an on-trend bucket bag. But lately crazy clutches are popping up on the runways of Burberry, Chanel, and more. Whether you’d dare to wear one of these over-the-top carriers–or would simply prefer to appreciate from afar–these bags are packed with out-of-the-ordinary personality. From a jewel-encrusted clutch to a charming purse shaped like a perfume bottle, you’ll love these outrageous clutches!

outrageousclutch-katespadeKate Spade Road Trip License Plate Clutch ($378)

OutageousClutch-ChanelChanel S/S 13 Lego Clutch ($9900)

outrageousclutch-koturKotur Aqua Globe Minaudiere ($395)

Blessing-Co-knuckle-duster-goldBlessing-Co Jeweled skull Knuckle Duster clutch ($38)

outrageousclutch-charlotteolympiaCharlotte Olympia Yellow Scent Perspex Clutch ($1295)

outrageousclutch-burberryBurberry S/S 13 Framed Perspex Clutch ($1495) in Kelly Green

outrageousclutch-zaraZara Box Clutch with Gems ($50)

Have a Fashionably Outrageous Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Lighten Up: Bright Moto Jackets

In energetic shades like sunny yellow, and neon green, the moto jacket takes on a playful look that’s perfect for the season. See how designers and celebs address this vibrant trend and get the look.

brightmoto-Rag&BoneRag & Bone’s oversized, fluorescent green Monaco Jacket ($1795) takes center stage against a neutral palette. Similar Essential: Lauren Ralph Lauren Leather Moto Jacket ($510) in Green.

brightmoto-jessica-albaJessica Alba looked picture perfect arriving at her Soho hotel in NYC earlier this month in Burberry’s Tourmaline Yellow Leather Cropped Biker Jacket ($2795, available June) paired with Dolce & Gabbana’s Printed Sleeveless Dress ($1775) and Sigerson Morrison’s Cool Corista Pumps ($450) in Green Suede. Similar Essential:  ​Mackage Hidi Leather Jacket ($790)

On You!

brightmoto-MangoMango: Biker Jacket ($65)

brightmoto-burberry-britBurberry Brit: Leather Biker Jacket ($1795)

brightmoto-karl-lagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld: Jovanna Neon Stretch-Denim Biker Jacket ($335)

brightmoto-twenty8twelveTwenty8Twelve: Leather Ottilie Jacket ($740) in Coral

Have a Bright and Stylish day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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