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 Couture 15

Couture fashion week allows designers to be infinitely creative: New fabrications paired with outrageous silhouettes results in some of the most stunning clothing around. Most important, couture is about fashion fantasy, and we are more than happy to dream!

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Atelier Versace

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Zuhair Murad

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Rad Hourani

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Alexandre Vauthier

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Serkan Cura

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You’re a Fashion Fantasy!

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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Fall for These Dresses!

For your social-calendar musts, a throw-on dress is a polished look with minimal effort. Here are my favorite styles for every occasion — each under $100. These dresses will have you running out the door even more this season. Pick up one (or five!), and give yourself some time to indulge in all the activities that makes autumn uniquely glorious.

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Pencey Standard Long Dress, $77, available at Shopbop.

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LOFT Plaid Shirtdress, $79.50, available at LOFT.

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Mango Trim Dress, $69.98, available at Mango.

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Modern Citizen Flute Sleeve Dress, $64, available at Modern Citizen.

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Surplice Shark-Bite Hem Dress, $40.79, available at Kohl’s.

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Forever 21 Lace Print Midi Dress, $19.80, available at Forever 21.

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Silence + Noise High-Slit Midi Sweater Dress, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Piperlime Collection Allover Lace Dress, $98, available at Piperlime.

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Koshka Kofta Metallic Tulip Dress, $89, available at Koshka.

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Joe Fresh Pintuck Dress, $69, available at Joe Fresh.

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Banana Republic Ruched Gray Jersey Dress, $83, available at Banana Republic.

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Express Indigo Long Sleeve Slit Front Maxi Dress, $41.93, available at Express.

What are you Falling for?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Summer to Fall

As the weather slowly starts to change, it can be more and more challenging to know how to dress fashionably, but it’s actually very easy. Many of our warm-weather essentials can be reimagined for the new season. No need to say goodbye to our beloved tops or slip dresses, because here are the best ways to transition all your favorite items from Summer to Fall!

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Hippie Tops

Pair these cool-girl staples with a skinny or flared jean, a tailored jacket, and perhaps a biker jacket to toughen it up!

Get The Look: Chloe Oliver The Sonora Peasant Blouse ($99), Mother Looker Cropped Skinny Jeans ($196)

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Graphic Tee

Wear your favorite graphic tee into fall with a suit and printed scarf!

Get The Look: Moschino Polka Dot and Stripe Hearts Silk Square Scarf ($122)

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White Jeans

Pair with your favorite blouse and some killer heels for casual elegance.

Get The Look: J Brand White Skinny Jeans ($184)

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Shorts

Take your shorts to the next level with a pair of over the knee boots!

Get The Look: Proenza Schouler High Waisted Tweed Shorts ($850), Dune London Tolly Suede Flat Over The Knee Boots ($465)

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Slip Dress

Transition your slinky slip dress with a cardigan and cool-girl boots.

Get The Look: DKNY Floral Print Lace Slip Dress ($388), Zara Oversize Cable Knit Cardigan ($60)

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Floral Jacket

Another day, another stellar jacket. Pair a floral jacket with sleek leather pants and your go-to white top.

Get The Look: Mink Pink Flower Power Jacket ($75)

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Gladiator Sandals

Wear these strappy staples with a maxi dress! On Damsel in Dior: J. Crew Studded Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals ($158)

Get The Look: Dolce Vita Santa Monica Lace Up Sandal ($129), The Reformation Dragon Dress ($258)

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Denim Jacket

Conquer the double jacket trend with a fitted a denim one and a long oversized coat!

Get The Look: J.Crew Vintage Denim Jacket ($120), Band of Outsiders Oversized Wool Coat in Navy ($495)

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Midi Skirt

Wear this ladylike piece with a tucked-in, long-sleeved tee and classic pumps.

Get The Look: For Love & Lemons Holly Skirt ($193), Diane von Furstenberg Bethany Pumps ($325)

How do you Transition your Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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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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UNIF crop top
$88 nastygal.com

Moschino grey v neck sweater
$384 my-wardrobe.com

MARC denim skinny jeans
$165 mytheresa.com

Nicholas Kirkwood heel pump
$865 – net-a-porter.com

Versace quilted wallet
$128 ssense.com

Friis Company zip top
$21 – shopfriiscompany.com

Ray-Ban sunglasses
$190 – sunglassesshop.com

Ciate nail polish
$25 sephora.com

Have a Delicious Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Style your Scarf

Not only can a scarf transform a look from bland to bam, it is also incredibly versatile. Here are some inspiring ways to style your scarf!

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Christine R. of Fash n Chips

Alternate: Topshop Over Size Blanket Scarf($36)

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Street Style

Alternate: Dorothy Perkins Blue Knitted Snood($14)

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Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor

Alternate: Alexander McQueen Tan Leopard Skull Print Cashmere Pashmina ($725)

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Lindsey Wixson

Alternate: Anthropologie Newsprint Striped Scarf ($98)

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Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty

Alternate: Paul Bianco Chunky Knit Wrap Scarf($85) in Black

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Street Style

Alternate: Urban Outfitters Classic Cable-Knit Scarf ($29)

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Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet

Alternate: Bryan Boy x Adrienne Landau Pull-Through Scarf ($150)

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Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog

Alternate: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto Striped Checked Stole ($340) in Red

How do you style your Scarf?

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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