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 Style Tips

Summer is here, Yay! As we eagerly anticipate all the fun in the sun, it’s time to explore this seasons most exciting fashion trends. With these tips you’ll be in style for whatever adventure comes your way this summer!

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Add a pop of color

Find a brightly colored bag or shoes to pair with your wardrobe basics—it’ll infuse a little summer into an otherwise neutral outfit.
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Get a dressier pair of shorts

They don’t have to break the bank, but have a pair of shorts in a more tailored silhouette on hand. In the right cut and fabric, they can work for a casual office look or a dressy night out.
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Do try overalls

Overalls are no longer just for kids— Style them with anything from a button-down to a tank top. Most important, find a fit and length that flatters you.

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Don’t be afraid to show some skin

The crop-top trend is wonderful for summer. Pair a loose version of the trend with a high-waisted bottom to avoid showing a little too much tummy.
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Go girly with a lace top

You can dress up a lace top with a skirt and heels or dress it down with denim shorts and sandals. Even try pairing it with moto boots and a leather jacket to turn the feminine piece into something more edgy.
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Wear your boots

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear boots anymore. Sure, they’re heavier than a summer sandal, but they add a little edge to sweet summer shorts or a sundress.
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Continue to layer

Layering isn’t just for cold months. Simply adding a T-shirt under a sundress or a bustier over a button-down is ideal for summer. Try this styling trick when you’re totally bored with your favorite summer outfits.
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Don a classic white shirt

Classic shirting gets praises for all seasons, and summer is no exception. Basically, every outfit looks polished when you start with a crisp white shirt—you can even throw it over a bathing suit at the beach.
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Own a T-shirt dress

The throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress is perfect for summer. Wear yours from day to night by transitioning into slightly fancier footwear and accessories. Bonus: T-shirt dresses rarely wrinkle so they are a great piece to pack for your summer getaway!
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Don’t be afraid to wear all white

White is the ultimate summer neutral and feels so light and airy that you should totally try styling it head-to-toe.

Whats your Summer Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Makeup looks that Last

It’s raining, it’s pouring, your eyeliner’s running. 

Wait, scratch that. Your eyeliner isn’t going anywhere! After all, what’s the point of mastering a reverse cat-eye if it’s just going to smear into a raccoon eye? 

Makeup artist Janessa Paré created these ultra-gorgeous beauty looks that’ll keep you looking beautiful and on trend … come rain or shine!

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Spring Metallics

To take the metallic trend into the warmer months, look for bronzed hues reminiscent of fading sunlight. The key to this eye makeup is layering. Paré used a taupe metallic shade as a base, put a darker more golden shadow over it then dabbed a lighter metallic yellow shadow right in the center of the lids . “Use a black liner on the outer corners of your eyes in a ‘V’ shape. “This will make your eyes look lighter and brighter.” The shape created is reminiscent of an exaggerated cat-eye, giving a nod to the eyeshadow shape of the season.

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Tough As Taupe, $6.56, available at Drugstore.comSonia Kashuk Pearlescence Longwear Creme, $8.99, available at TargetBuxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Poodle, $18, available at Sephora.

Terra New York Lafayette 2 Cape, $345, available at Terra New York

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True Blue

The currently trending blue-eyeshadow look is a solid, graphic shape of pure, even color. To create it Paré used a cream eyeliner and painted the shape with an angled eyeshadow brush. Follow along the natural contour of your eye to create the petal shape of color. If you like this eyeshadow shape but are worried about such a dense pop of color, Paré says you can swap it out for a neutral hue. However, I recommend you go for the maximum impact!

Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in Electric Teal, $5, available at Sephora

Vera Jane Jacket, $220.80, available at Joie and Old Navy raincoat.

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Reverse Cat-Eye 

Lower-lid makeup is particularly vulnerable to smudging, but this reverse cat-eye isn’t going anywhere. To create a smoldering, edgy look, Paré used an eggplant-colored pencil, drawing elongated shape along the lower lashes, then used black pencil on the lower waterline to create depth. She finished the look by piling a ton of mascara on the top lashes. “Since there’s no liner on top, the mascara balances the look out,” she says. “For a more playful feel, you can add some colorful eyeshadow to the upper lid.”

Tarte Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Fig, $22; Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, $23, available at Sephora; bareMinerals Flawless  Waterproof Mascara in Black $18, available at Ulta.

ASOS Clear Rain Trench $56.44, available at ASOS.

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Lips on Fire

The orange lipstick trend is going strong. For a bold look that’s not too severe, go for soft edges. “After you apply the lipstick, wipe the edge of you lips with a tissue to blur it out,” she says. Dab on cheek stain to continue the soft-focus vibe – you can even mix a little with concealer to sheer it out. To complement the orange lip, Paré smudged a white eyeliner on the whole lid, just past the crease, and drew a line on the lower lid as well. She topped off the eye with an espresso mascara, noting, “This will tie the lip in with the eye. The white is a cool tone, but the lipstick is warm, so the warm-toned mascara connects the whole look.”

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 17 Bright Orange, $24, available at Sephora; Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Liquid Kiss, $22.50, available at DermStoreNyx Cosmetics Waterproof Eye Liner in White MPE01, $4.49, available at CVSL’Oréal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown, $7.29.

Check Trench Coat, 170.oo, available at Topshop.

Which look is your Fave?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Coachella’s Best Dressed

Festival fashion is definitely an aesthetic that’s come to define our era. So scope out all the fashionable duds of the best dressed festival-goers from Coachella who are setting the tone for the rest of the Season.

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To tie-dye for.

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Model Maria Margarita maxes things out in a lawn grazing skirt.

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Who knew Chanel went so well with Hello Kitty?

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Farrah Shah shows off the festival uniform of a vintage kimono, cropped top, and high-waisted shorts.

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Grooving on the move.

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The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni goes highbrow in a beaded, white shirtdress from No. 21, cutout booties, and a braided Chanel backpack.

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Kicking back in style.

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Hannah Martin and Lee Krynski are totally Coachella-ble in their crop-tops, shorts and boots.

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A studded leather jacket for chillier evenings.

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Harley Viera Newton dons a tropical-print tunic and chain crossbody.

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That early-’90s, SoCal-sweetheart look is making a comeback.

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Mixing plant life.

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The caftan done right!

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Cotton-candy strands — so sweet.

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Watch out, Britney. Denim-on-denim and baby buns make a fun comeback.

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Gladiator-sandal parade!

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Thania Peck and Andi Elloway showing off some abs.

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Lemon yellow and lime green make a refreshing combination.

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Daring to go purse-less!

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Keeping things free and flowy.

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Song of Style’s Aimee Song is the vision of easy-breezy in lace, and pull-on boots.

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Some lovely lawn lounging.

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Sonia Dushey rocks Coachella’s version of camouflage.

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The Hiltons in florals and braids.

Stay Fabulous!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend: Printed Jackets

Spring is in the air but it’s still chilly outside. Cue: printed jackets!

Spotted on street stylers, celebrities, and runways alike. This lightweight outerwear piece has a slew of interesting prints such as florals, butterflies, kaleidoscope, cheetah, and more. Check out the style inspiration and then shop my picks to get the look yourself.

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Ellie Goulding

Style Tip: Incorporate your printed jacket into a tomboy look, complete with a backwards cap, Dr. Martens, and leather pants.

​On Goulding: Dr. Martens Boots ($120)

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Street Style

Style Tip: A floral print jacket plays nicely with a button-down blouse, chunky chain choker, and black jeans. Throw in a neon belt, for good measure.

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Emilio Pucci S/S 14

Style Tip: A flash of sheer and a bold belt will only accentuate your printed jacket’s It-factor.

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Street Style

Style Tip: Give your athletic look an upgrade with an animal-print jacket. It’ll pair perfectly with track shorts and sneakers.​

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Olivia Palermo

Style Tip: Snag a jacket in a girly print and pair it with a feminine, braided up-do.

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Street Style

Style Tip: Throw a printed jacket over your trousers and button-down blouse for a cool-girl work outfit.

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Hanneli Mustaparta

Style Tip: Get creative and pair an animal-print jacket with a crop top and slouchy jeans. Go an extra step, and add unique touches like slip-on sandals, and round sunglasses.

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Street Style

Style Tip: Throw caution to the wind and drape your printed jacket over a bra top and a high-waisted, patent leather skirt. You only live once!

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Dries Van Noten S/S 14

Style Tip: Try your jacket over a ladylike dress and heels for a charming date outfit.

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Jaime King

Style Tip: A printed jacket is an ideal ensemble centerpiece. Pair it with low-key, black separates and ankle boots for an on-the-go outfit.

​On King: Mara Hoffman Quilted Bomber ($148); MiH The Bodycon Jeans ($215).

Get The Look

H&M Pilot Jacket ($40) ​Zip this all the way up and wear with leather pants. Can you say “model-off-duty” cool?

Mango Jacquard Bomber Jacket ($80) ​Rocking this colorful jacket will get you in the Spring spirit.

Scotch & Soda Silky Feel Bomber Jacket($149) ​If you have a tropical vacation coming up, wear this!

Need Supply Andre Bomber Jacket ($47) ​This moody print jacket is a great winter-to-spring transitional piece.

Zara Neoprene Bomber Jacket ($80) ​You’ve never seen such a unique hibiscus print before.

Spring in Print!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Couture Beauty Tips

The couture runways are where designers’ wildest ideas and most imaginative visions come to life. But here are some beauty inspirations you can actually wear in real life. From the red lip stain and dewy skin at Christian Dior to the stick-straight locks and smoky eye at Versace, these are the looks you’ll want to re-create.

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Christian Dior

When wearing a bold lip color, like the matte cherry red seen at Christian Dior, it is important to downplay your other features with soft eye makeup and light brows.
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Tony Ward

Adding white shimmer (or gold for those with darker complexions) to the inner corners of the eyelid will make your eyes seem bigger, brighter, and more awake.
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Alexis Mabille

Minus the butterflies of course (or maybe just one), white eyeshadow and a bold brow is the perfect look for a spring evening.
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Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli is bringing the Amy Winehouse cat eyeliner back, highlighted by a completely fresh face.
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Atelier Versace

A hair straightener, smoky eye shadow, and lip gloss is all that’s on the Versace girl’s beauty check list.

Your so Couture!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Top Pre-Fall Collections

The pre-fall collections may not hit stores until July, but that’s no reason not to ponder what we’ll be wanting to wear. These collections are usually the most wearable, but that never stops designers from getting creative. From Thom Browne’s edgy androgynous prep, to Louis Vuitton’s fantasy ski chalet, here are the pre-fall collections that are pretty amazing.

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Michael Kors

For pre-fall, Kors has upped the luxe factor, introducing metallic brocades. Kors also stays true to his Americana roots with a dose of tailored sportswear. It’s impeccably styled: brooches and sneakers? Who knew?

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Louis Vuitton

The new direction of the Vuitton brand is promising. The pre-fall collection truly goes from day to night, featuring an array of looks for everything from après skiing to evening. Also, hello, Vuitton denim!

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Valentino

Valentino debuted their pre-fall collection with a nod to the owl. Their fine-feathered friends are introduced amongst a moody, earthy palette. The collection also includes its fair share of over the top furs and beautiful nudes.

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T by Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang’s diffusion line comes into its own with the pre-fall collection. A very neutral palette with deconstructed details is the stuff of my dreams. This collection is elevated while still staying true to its athletic roots.

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Erdem

This pre-fall collection was a stunning progression for the designer. Colorful lace, which is a signature, takes center stage amongst elegant dresses that are destined to go from the runway to the red carpet.

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Cushnie et Ochs

The Cushnie et Ochs design duo is pretty famous for perfecting the sexy dress. This season, they introduce a new element: pearls. The fresh embellishments paired with their signature silhouettes prove to be a winning combination.

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Thom Browne

Thom Browne’s collection is an adaptation of his classic preppy staples. Suiting, and a very patriotic color palette characterize this pre-fall collection. If you can’t make it through next fall without Thom Browne, you’re in luck. The collection is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.

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Jenni Kayne

Kayne puts a playful spin on pre-fall. The designer introduces a punchy floral print and keeps things nice and light, but contrasts the sweetness by mixing it with fur stoles. Have you noticed a pattern here? Get a fur scarf this season! Seriously.

Stay Stylish!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Have A Merry One!

Have A Merry One!

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Have A Very Merry One!

XOXO

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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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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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