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How to: Wear socks + heels

Sometimes, styles that were once seen as fashion DEATH become socially acceptable and are canonized as part of the style lexicon. Remember when wearing heels with jeans was a no-no back in, like, 1997? Socks and heels were long seen as anathema to the fashion community, conjuring up images of fetish-y babydoll wear most often seen on "glamour models" in Frederick's of Hollywood catalogs, but the look has gained acceptance...

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Instant Outfit: New Year’s Eve

I tend to procrastinate wait for inspiration to strike, so there have been times when I've been forced--FORCED!--to put together an outfit with stuff that's already in my closet. That's where Instant Outfit comes in, with ideas to work with pieces you likely already have. Use what you got to look the way you want.* Cardigan, Anthropologie; belt, Urban Outfitters; jeans, Old Navy; earrings, Noir; shoes, AldoMy NYE plans are pretty sedate, but I will...

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Proportion Play

I love the detailing and cozy slouchy-ness of this sweaterdress, but when I put it on, it felt a leeeetle too short for wading through the snow and ice. Instead of trying to find something else to wear ('cause that could take ALL DAY), I added a longer skirt underneath the dress for extra coverage and an additional layer of warmth. The proportion works because the skirt doesn't add...

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How to: Get dressed up, quick!

Smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, we're all bound to be invited to a few parties. I usually like to take time to plan and prepare for such events, but last weekend things went a bit differently. I'll present a possible scenario* in the hope that my experience helps you. You may be spending a cozy afternoon swathed in designer cashmere** when you receive a call from your...

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Color me…colorful

Designers have been showing some pretty fantastic color combinations in the Pre-Fall collections--lots of deep turquoises, burnt oranges, and emerald greens. Even with my predilection for gray, I've been searching my closet for colorful pieces I might not normally put together. Fendi, Jason Wu The colors at Diane von Furstenburg made me swoon. Images via Style.com The trick is to wear colors that are in the the same tonal range...

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