A Fashionista Never looks boring

A fashionista is all about putting together outfits worthy of a second take, but sometimes it feels like we’ve used up all our tips and tricks. So here are 11 fresh ways to make your outfits more interesting!

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Test Out a Statement Blazer

Slip into a blazer with a unique detail, like lace sleeves or shoulder embellishments. Pair it with neutral separates for a well-balanced look.

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Clips Blazer ($639)

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Slip on a Stylish Backpack

Need I say more? These bags are perfect for the fashionable gal on the go.

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Chloe Stanyon Roll Top Leather Backpack ($396)

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Layer in a Patterned Sweater

Give your fall look a festive vibe with a grandpa-inspired sweater.

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Peruvian Connection Toboggan Alpaca Crew Sweater ($179)

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Get In-Vested

Wear a cool vest with preppy pieces, like a crisp button-down shirt and pleated miniskirt.

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Madewell Plaid Cinch Vest ($178)

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Make a Splash in a Printed Midi

Wear a bold midi dress with a leather moto jacket for an editor-approved outfit.

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Pixie Market Magda Striped Midi Dress ($69)

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Rock a Toggle

Cool temperatures call for seasonal embellishments, like toggles!

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Tibi Toggle Cardigan Sweater ($425)

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Put a Scarf on It

There are so many ways to tie your scarf..So why not try a fresh way like this neckerchief style!

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Claire Gaudion Oyster Point Silk Square Scarf ($230)

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Get Long and Lean

Swap out your everyday black coat for a wintery white one in an elongated silhouette.

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COS Lightweight Scuba Coat ($275)

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Throw on a Faux Fur Coat

Find a coat with a furry texture and wear it with It-girl separates, like skinny jeans and moto boots.

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Topshop Faux Fur Bonded Throw-On Coat ($178)

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Carry a Playful Bag

Even if the rest of your outfit is subdued, a stylish mini-bag can add the perfect dose of fun to your ensemble.

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Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag ($425)

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Wrap Up in a Blanket Scarf

If you haven’t discovered the heaven that is a blanket scarf, I suggest you invest in this cozy piece ASAP. Snag one in a buffalo-check print for added effect.

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River Island Black Plaid Check Blanket Scarf ($30)

Your so Fashionable!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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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.

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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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Spring Layers

Can it be? Is spring finally here? With this climate-driven roller-coaster ride we need some serious transitional outfit inspiration. Follow these stylish layering cues and finally say goodbye to winter for spring!

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Nothing says “springtime is here!” Like dreamy watercolor florals. Helena Bordon’s jacket pulls double duty as the statement piece of the outfit and a warming layer.

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This street style star took layering and prints to a new level with a wide-striped blazer worn over a contrasting narrow-striped blouse. Then she finished off her menswear look with skinny jeans and edgy, studded brogues.

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Lauren Kennedy Malpas gives us another reason to obsess over pink coats. The great thing about a pastel winter coat is that the color is appropriate for spring, but the weight still keeps you warm. Plus, her open-toe heels with pink socks are a fashionable and functional combo.

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Chiara Ferragni kept warm in a delicate lace suiting separates by throwing on a long cardigan and edgy cutout boots.

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This fashion savvy civilian makes the most of her bright cape by wearing it as a spring jacket layered over a contrast-collar shirt and distressed skinny jeans.

Happy Spring!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: The Pink Coat

The pink coat is gaining street cred and is this season’s must-have piece. Pink coats (of both the pastel and neon varieties) are the outerwear du jour of the stylish set. And not surprisingly, the trend was also big on the S/S 14 runways too! Check out how to incorporate the piece into your everyday wardrobe.

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Helena Bordon

The Brazilian’s effortlessly layered look—including, a Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Zimmermann dress, leather leggings and Prada pink coat is a standout.

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Aimee Song of Song of Style

Song took her J.Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat ($289) for a roll with a J.Crew stripe button-down shirt, Isabel Marant for H&M pants, and Saint Laurent’s Thorn Pumps ($685).

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Anna Dello Russo

A matching bubblegum pink Carven coat and Miu Miu Leather Bag (price upon request, 310.247.2227) perfectly speak to theVogue Japan Editor’s bold sensibilities.

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Natalie Cantell

Spotted during New York Fashion Week, the Australian model and blogger grounded her bright outerwear by simply adding a baseball hat.

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Leaf Greener of Miss Fashion Leaf Greener 

Greener nodded to her playful side with an embellished Christopher Kane coat.

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Karen Walker S/S 14

Walker’s Rebirth Trench ($630) in Tangerine—an of-the-moment riff on the classic—makes for the ideal lightweight spring layer.

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Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

Shea braved New York’s freezing temps in a pink Dolce & Gabbana coat, worn with a Zara sweater, One Teaspoon’s Awesome Baggies Jeans($140), and Valentino’s Small Cheetah Rockstud Clutch ($1775).

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Celine Aargaard of Hippie, Hippie Milkshake

The Norwegian blogger bundled up in a luxe Vivikes belted coat paired with a Proenza Schouler bag during Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Street Style

New favorite color combo: pink and gray.

Get The Look

J Crew Tall Double-Cloth Sabrina Coat ($180), Nasty Gal Charlene Wool Coat ($92), Blessing-Co Blush Pink Coat ($75), Topshop Tailored Lightweight Coat ($150)

Tickle me Pink!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Hair Tuck

Purposely tucking your hair inside a sweater, scarf, or coat is a trend that will keep your ears warm! Plus there are a few key reasons this simple styling trick is the easiest way to refresh your look. Not only does it radiate a care-free allure, but it’s also a way to test out the faux-bob trend. But don’t let me convince you, check out these stylish civilians wearing the chic winter look.

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Sara Strand 

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Street Style

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Majawyh

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Camille Over The Rainbow

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Columbine Smille

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Chaloth

Will you try the Hair-Tuck?

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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3 outfits to Step into Fall

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Here are three fab outfits to step into this season -featuring Sorel boots – and you can get all these must-haves from the fall collection at Nordstrom today.

Look 1
Brave winter’s chill with tucked-in jeans and a chunky knit sweater create a weekend-ready vibe, while a menswear-inspired wool coat keeps the look feeling pulled together.

On Model: Theory Elibeth Wool Blend Coat ($755) in Dark Charcoal and Innis Crewneck Sweater ($285) in Oatmeal; Miss Wu Vera Lace Print Silk Blouse ($225) in Vera Lace Print; PAIGE Denim James Crop Jeans ($114) in Aero; SOREL Conquest Carly Boots ($220) in Black.

Look 2

Accentuate the cool factor with ‘90s touches, like a field jacket, stripe tee, and a plaid shirt tied around the waist.

On Model:  BB Dakota Tawny Studded Anorak ($98) in Army Green; T by Alexander Wang Stripe Linen Tee Shirt ($125) in Ink and Ivory; Wayf Plaid Flannel Shirt ($49) in Red/Green; T by Alexander Wang Bonded Jersey & Neoprene Skirt ($230) in Black; HUE Ribbon Leg Warmers ($14) in Black; SOREL Slimpack Riding Boots ($210) in Shale.

Look 3
For a riff on Katharine Hepburn in the ‘40s, team a shearling jacket with high-waisted trousers cuffed at the ankle.

On Model: Topshop Unique Genuine Shearling Bomber Jacket ($950) in Cream; Vince Ribbed Turtleneck ($210) in Black Willow; Theyskens’ Theory Pedry Footh Slouchy Pants ($395) in Black/White; SOREL Joan of Arctic Wedge Boots ($239.95) in Grill/Black

Photographer: Guy Lowndes, Hair: Charles McNair at Jed Root, Makeup: Sage Maitri at The Wall Group, Manicure: Naja at Celestine Agency, Model: Kassi Smith at L.A. Models

Have a fabulous Fall!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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