3 Work Wardrobe Wonders

Everyone’s had those mornings, the ones where you’ve tried absolutely everything on in your closet, you’re running ridiculously late, and you still have absolutely nothing to wear. It’s times like those that demand super-easy pieces that go with everything. Essentials that you can throw on without thinking and know you’ll look great. I call them wardrobe wonders—and every fashionista needs at least a few of them in her closet. Here are my three favorites that will have you going to work in style!

A Black Jumpsuit

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A black jumpsuit doesn’t have be reserved for evenings only, especially if you choose a tailored style. Wear it to the office with pared-down classics like a trench coat and ladylike pumps, or get creative and layer it over a button-down. Either way, it’ll cut your dressing time down. One and done!

Get the Look

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SPLENDID $198.00

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REVOLVE clothing $154.00

A Flippy Skirt

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Fit-and-flare skirts are universally flattering; the flounce balances hips and thighs perfectly. Plus, they’re insanely versatile—for a downtown look, try one under a slouchy sweater with ankle boots; for a more polished vibe, wear with a slim turtleneck and heels.

Get the Look

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Ann Taylor $98.00

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BCBGMAXAZRIA $154.17

A Cool Suit

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Think of your suit as a really amazing multitasker—you can wear the pants and blazer together and look instantly put-together, or you can wear the jacket and pants separately with literally anything. The outfit options are countless. Just be sure to buy a suit with a really modern fit—either slim-fitting or purposely slouchy.

Get the Look

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NORDSTROM $130.00

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French Connection $268.00

You look Wonderful!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Bags that only look Expensive

Right now, purses are hitting the shelves everywhere that look like they could be very expensive, but get this: They ring in under $100. Check out my favorite picks, and get ready for the “Where did you get your bag?” comments to roll in!

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Jewel-Studded Envelope Clutch, $98 now $49, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA.

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Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Tote, $93, available at Charles & Keith.

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H&M Suede Bag, $69.95, available at H&M.

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Steve Madden Bcortage Tote, $98 on sale $69.99, available at Zappos.

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Zubi Handbag, $89, available at yoox.com.

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Gap Leather Tote, $94.99, available at Gap.

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Pour la Victoire Elle Mini Cross Body Bag, $95, available at Shopbop.

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Blessing-Co Pastel Pink Shoulder Bag, $36, available at Blessing-Co

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Nasty Gal Marisa Tote, $65, available at Nasty Gal.

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Mango Pebbled Bucket Bag, $39.99, available at Mango.

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MeDusa Slim Clutch, $94, available at Boticca.

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AX Armani Exchange Mixed Media Satchel, $128 now $79.99, available at AX Armani Exchange.

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Jasper & Jeera Solana Clutch, $48, available at Anthropologie.

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Zara Leather Handbag, $69.99, available at Zara.

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Sole Society Maxine, $54.95, available at Sole Society.

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French Connection Mod Squad Med Tote,$98 $59.99, available at French Connection.

Where did you get your Bag?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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What To Wear: Bachelorette Party

A once in a lifetime party with your favorite gal pals calls for equally epic outfits. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Whether your upcoming bachelorette party involves club hopping, a tropical getaway, or a relaxing wine tour, dressing for the occasion is key. Here’s what-to-wear for the bride and her bachelorettes.

Wine Country

A weekend soaking in sweeping vineyard landscapes, world-renowned wines, and your closest friends sounds like the perfect excuse to indulge in a flowy frock. Check out this assortment of dresses that will have you tasting wine stylishly!

For the Bride

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Tibi Ultra Matte Poplin Combo Dress ($398)

​This mid-calf sheer sundress will make you want to frolic in the sunshine, wine glass and best friends in hand.

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Mango Guipure Dress ($100)

​Long-sleeve lace is flattering and feminine. Wear this delicate mini-dress with ballet flats and a low ponytail for a subtle bridal vibe.

For the Girls

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NO. 6 Button Back Dress ($365)

​Opt for a longer dress in a calming hue if you’re going for a revealing neckline!

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French Connection Blue Ash Denim Dress ($198)

​Chambray in a girly dress silhouette, paired with a mini-bag and sandals is a go-to winetasting uniform.

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Reformation Kenya Dress ($218)

​Not only is this the perfect dress silhouette for wine tasting, you’ll also wear it all summer long!

The Big Easy

New Orleans is the South’s bachelorette weekend destination. In addition to cool gin fizzes and hot jazz, the sweltering city calls for barely-there clothes that still look chic, of course. Take your style cues from this romantic, historical city with feminine details and colorful floral prints.

For the Bride

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Free People Turn Back Time Dress ($98) in Ivory. Available here in Ballet.

This frock is perfect for the bride-to-be. The sweet lace and sultry back cover all the bachelorette dress bases.

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Three Floor White Isle Dress ($332) in White & Black

The details on this lace-trimmed dress are so interesting and flattering. All of the attention will be on the wearer of this dress.

For the Girls

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Style Stalker Sweetheart Dress ($189) in Print

This sleek, floral dress will keep you cool, and looking sexy.

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ASOS Lace Insert Halter Skater Dress ($67) in Yellow

A yellow dress is the perfect Southern summer essential, and in this fit-and-flare version, you’ll fit right in.

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Club Monaco Harper Dress ($229) in Flowerburst Dots

The bow at the waist, pink and purple abstract floral design, and subtle sweetheart neckline join forces to create the perfect dress for a night of adventures.

Girls’ Night In

Crazy clubs, elaborate dinners, and outdoor tours not your thing? Try a staycation—a casual night full of BFFs, comfortable clothes, and homemade cocktails. This is the perfect attire for this laidback bachelorette celebration!

For the Bride

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Eberjey Golden Girl Metallic Lace-Trimmed Jersey Pajama Set ($120)

Celebrate your night wearing this sweet and sexy loose-fit lace set.

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Bodas Cotton-Twill Pajama Top ($100) and Shorts ($65) in White

This breezy button-up top and chic boxer shorts are sure to keep you cool if the night starts to heat up!

For the Girls

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J Crew Scalloped Pajama Short Set ($65) in Ripe Persimmon

Make it a night to remember in this peachy pajama set.

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Equipment Lillian Pajama Set ($385) in Periwinkle Blue

This striped silk set is sure to make you the chicest friend of the night.

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Piamita Melanie Pajama Top ($265) and Nan Pants ($285)

Enjoy hours of laughs in this floral night pant set.

Vegas Baby

Veteran Vegas-goers know the scene demands your most alluring outfit, whether that means a slinky cut-out frock or a form-fitting mini. You may forget your key card, phone, and I.D., but with these picks, you can bet no one will forget your dress.

For the Bride

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STYLESTALKER Hold My hand Dress ($198)

​This frock is a no-brainer for the sweet bride-to-be with a taste for lace.

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AQ/AQ Hannah Mini Dress ($160)

Sophisticated, yet scintillating, this dress was made for the Strip.

For the Girls

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Olcay Gulsen Cross Back Mini Dress ($400)

This is the sort of dress that was made for double takes.

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Nasty Gal Hyper Threat Tweed Dress ($128)

Always say yes to a Proenza Schouler-inspired dress.

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McQ Alexander McQueen Crocodile Body Con Dress ($645)

Who said you need a high hemline to turn heads?

Tropical

These easy, breezy dresses are perfect for a tropical getaway!  Whether you opt for a mini, midi, or maxi, you’ll want to be in something lightweight, that goes with flats AND heels, so that nothing holds you back while enjoying mojitos and margaritas with your girls at the poolside bar!

For the Bride

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H&M Flared Dress ($70) in White

This classic silhouette will look great in your pictures—today, tomorrow, forever.

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Helmut Lang Cotton Dress ($345) in Optic White

The sheer panels on this maxi dress are perfectly placed so you show just enough skin.

For the Girls

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Mango Floral Asymmetric Dress ($40)

A colorful, floral-print dress screams tropical vacation!

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Lovers + Friends Sweet Sensation Dress ($143) in Pink

Treat this simple pink dress like a blank canvas for all of your favorite summer accessories!

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See By Chloé Cutout Striped Cotton Dress ($395)

This lightweight midi is great to wear by the beach with flats, or style with platforms for a dressed-up, party ready look.

Party like a Celebrity!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Spring St. Style

Since I know you find the ingenious outfits of stylish civilians as fascinating as I do, Here is an epic Spring street style round-up that will get you stylishly inspired! 

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Imsheridanicole is wearing: Zara blazer, Victoria’s Secret dress, Zara heels, Sorial backpack, C. Wonder bracelet, Target sunglasses.

Get The Look: 
Club Monaco Gala Silk Back Blazer ($269)

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Jenagambaccini is wearing: J. Crew shirt, J. Crew shorts, J. Crew heels.

Get The Look: 
J.Crew Everly Suede Pumps ($245) Vivid Fuchsia

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Get The Look: 
Forever 21 Sweet Side Crossbody Bag ($20) in Green

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Tovogueorbust is wearing: Left on Houston sweater, Joe Fresh tank top, James Jeans, Sole Society heels, Brixton hat.

Get The Look: 
ASOS Whitby Low Rise Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans With Ripped Knee ($60) in Clean Black

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Halliedaily is wearing: Handvaerk shirt, J. Crew belt, Saint Laurent sunglasses.

Get The Look:
Crap The Nudie Mag Sunglasses ($54) in Flat Black w/ Grey CR-39 Lenses

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Get The Look: 
Blank Denim Rolled Boyfriend Jeans ($79)

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Get The Look: 
French Connection Randy Mules ($140) in Black

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Vonvogue is wearing: Free People shirt, Zara sandals.

Get The Look: 
Zara Block Heel Strappy Sandals With Ankle Strap ($80)

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Imsheridanicole is wearing: Sheinside jacket, Urban Philosophy dress, Zara heels, Michael Kors wristlet.

Get The Look: 
Blank Denim Vegan Moto Jacket ($124)

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Jenagambaccini is wearing: Jennifer Fisher necklace, Ellie Jay ring, Gabriela Artigas ring.

Get The Look: 
Jennifer Fisher x Stop It Right Now Choker ($375)

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Dashofdarling is wearing: ASOS shorts, Valentino bag, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Get The Look: 
Foley + Corinna Cache Cross Body Bag ($195)

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Queenofjetlags is wearing: Boohoo jumpsuit.

Get The Look: 
ASOS Playsuit In Broken Stripe ($75)

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Kattanita is wearing: Alice + Olivia skirt, Haute Hippie blouse.

Get The Look: 
Equipment Signature Sheer Leopard Print Blouse ($69) in Rust

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Thefashionsight is wearing: Goldsign jeans.

Get The Look: 
Vince Camuto Owen Tote ($228) in Black Matte

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Kattanita is wearing: Tibi shirt, Zara skirt, Celine sunglasses, Stewart Weitzman heels, YSL clutch.

Get The Look: 
Charles by Charles David Pact Pumps ($99) in White

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Margoandme is wearing: Rachel Zoe dress, Enrou Greenpacha Panama Classic White Hat($98).

Get The Look: 
Joie Darlena Dress ($208)

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Get The Look: 
ASOS Textured Coat ($160)

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Theaugustdiaries is wearing: Zara tank top.

Get The Look: 
Tracey Reese Sleeveless Crop Top ($298)

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Mademoiselleecon is wearing: Stradivarius shirt, Zara pants, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Get The Look: 
Armani Jeans Floral Print Skinny Jeans ($240)

What are you Wearing this Spring?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Lovable Outfit Ideas

You’re smitten with a holiday that is completely dedicated to love, and I think your Valentine’s Day outfit should be completely lovable too. Here are four romantic looks that are guaranteed to create the perfect love story.

Luxe Effect

Adding a bit of rich texture can immediately make your outfit feel luxe. A velvet pant, skirt, cape, or top pairs easily with your basics, such as jeans, tees, and trousers.

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Image courtesy of  Vanessa Jackman

Try a rich palette of dark red, navy, black, or softer hues like cream or peach.

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Rag & Bone Roseburg velvet blazer $550

A Pop Of Red

The hue is striking paired with all-black, and also totally unexpected teamed with a softer palette of creams and faded florals.

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The Blonde Salad

splash of red can be just the right amount of color for an otherwise softer palette. A punchy red lipstick, a sharp red heel, or a bold red clutch feels festive, but not overwhelming.

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Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex clutch $975

The LBD

A Valentine’s Day dinner date is the perfect time to bring out your sexy little black dress.

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Try to balance your look so that it’s equal parts demure (a fuller skirt or rounded collar) and daring (a short hem or nipped-in waist).

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Diane Von Furstenberg Angelica ruched mini dress $225

Whimsical

Prints are very romantic!

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Image courtesy of Collage Vintage

To add a touch of whimsy, throw on a printed heel! Try a floral, polka dot, or stripe.

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Givenchy Floral print leather pumps $620

How do you make your outfit Lovable?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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7 Dresses Always In Style

These dresses will stand the test of time. Keep these seven frocks as closet mainstays, and always be in style!

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A-Line Dress

This flattering dress dates back to 1955, when Christian Dior introduced his “New Look”. Resembling the letter A, this feminine style usually has narrow shoulders and flares from the waist out to the hem of the skirt.

On Bilson: Chanel dress

Get The Look: Rebecca Taylor Tweed & Ponte Dress ($375), French Connection Lace Dress ($288)

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Shirt Dress

Bridgitte Bardot made the shirtdress sexy in the 1956 film And God Created Woman wearing a flirty shirtdress cinched at the waist.

On Blanchett: Michael Kors dress

Get The Look: J.Crew Pleated Shirt Dress($198), Acne Dee White Dress ($310)

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Wrap Dress

From ancient kimonos to Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘70s revival, it’s safe to say the wrap dress is worth investing in. Not only is it insanely figure-flattering, but it’s perfect for work and play.

On Nyong: Prabal Gurung dress

Get The Look: Phase Eight Cross Front Dress ($131), Anne Klein Houndstooth Dress ($99)

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Halter Dress

This back-baring frock gained popularity in the ‘40s and ‘50s and underwent a disco-drenched revival in the early ‘70s thanks to style icons like Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger. If you’ve got a glam, floor-length halter dress, keep it!

On Huntington-Whiteley: Gucci dress

Get The Look: River Island Print Maxi Dress ($70), Tibi Long Draped Dress ($495)

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Slip Dress

20’s movie star Jean Harlow made us fall in love with this slinky number. And each generation has found a place for it, including Kate Moss in the ‘90s, and presently Rihanna.

On Rihanna: Calvin Klein Collection dress

Get The Look: Need Supply Carousel Dress ($62),Pixie Market Velvet Lace Slip Dress ($89)

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Evening Gown

 The bouffant ball gowns concocted by American couturier Charles James are classic . If you’re lucky enough to attend soirees requiring such a dress, choose a gown reminiscent of these designs.

On Kruger: Prabal Gurung dress

Get The Look: Halston Heritage Floral-Jacquard Gown ($695), BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Peplum Gown ($598)

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Shift Dress

We can all think of our favorite ‘60s muses, like Jean Shrimpton, donning the shift dress, and luckily, this dress is still incredibly stylish today.

On Moretz: Christopher Kane dress

Get The Look: Topshop Poppy Shift Dress ($180), Dorothy Perkins Animal Collared Shift Dress($35)

Your Always In Style!

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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Hot Red Dresses!

I am a huge fan of modifying the LBD (Little Black Dress) to fit the occasion, season, or company. For example, a Little White Dress is perfect for summer cocktails at a rooftop bar. While on vacation in the Greek Islands, a Little Blue Dress is a great option. And on Valentine’s Day, why not go full-on feminine (and sexy) with a Little Red Dress? Here are a few favorites:

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Three different versions of the here-to-stay asymmetrical sleeve trend shown here. Cover up without looking conservative with the BCBGeneration Pleat Flounce Dress in Ruby Red (on sale for $51.99 at 6pm.com), or add a more plunging neckline and subtle crystal beading with the Laundry Asymmetrical Shirr Bead Dress (on sale for $40.79 at loehmanns.com). Or take the focus entirely to your stems in the maxandcleo Women’s Alanna Cocktail Dress ($66.60 at amazon.com).

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Sometimes, it’s time to just go there. Short, red, and tight. Emphasize your decollatage in the Asos Sexy Pencil Dress With Cut Out Back in Red (on sale for $35.08 at us.asos.com), or show off your Justin Timberlake-approved sexy back in this Rare Skater Dress With Chain Strap Back (on sale for $27.18 at us.asos.com). You could also choose to simply show off your curves with a hip-hugging dress like this Donna Ricco Seamed Stretch Twill Sheath Dress ($98 at nordstrom).

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As many guys will tell you, sometimes the sexiest girl in the room is the one leaving the most to the imagination. Test that theory in this Calvin Klein Sleeveless Ruffled Cap Sleeve Red Sheath ($89.98 at macys.com) with an adorable ruffled sleeve. Love the nautical collar on this Esme and the Laneway Dress ($74.99 at modcloth.com), and for a well-tailored sheath dress with a modest hemline, try on the French Connection Annie Jersey Dress (on sale for $58 at neimanmarcus.com).

Be a Red Hot Valentine!

XOXO

D-Anna

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