Woman of Style: Miuccia Prada

Style icon Miuccia Prada shows off luxe skirts paired with classic tops, statement shoes and just the right amount of sparkle
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Skirt Story

"I love skirts. They’re like my T-shirts," Prada once said. She chooses cuts that are feminine and flattering (A-line, often pleated), falling just below the knee, and pairs them with understated tops. Anne Fontaine cotton blend blouse, $250; annefontaine.com for stores Rafaella cotton blend skirt, $58; belk.com
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Statement Necklace

Wear one, bold piece for just the right amount of bling. Suzanna Dai beads and chain on silk-ribbon necklace, $382; suzannadai.com for stores
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Fun With Your Feet

Prada may like classic styling in clothes, but when it comes to shoes, she likes a touch of whimsy. Prada hemp and polyvinyl chloride sandals, $720; prada.com for stores
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Glittery Tote

Prada is legendary for combining materials in a surprising way. This carpenter-style tote is hemp topped with crystals. Prada hemp with crystal bag, $2,650; select Neiman Marcus stores, 888-888-4757
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Textural Accessories

Prada uses chunky hardware and embellished extras to great effect. She might layer on a striking textural piece, like this gladiator tunic, or go the delicate route, adding sparkle in the form of a diamond-encrusted brooch, a gem-dipped hairpiece or a neckload of chains. Strenesse viscose top, $450; Mr. Ooley’s, 405-879-0888 Adam embellished dress, $1,395; shopadam.com for stores Cole Haan patent leather belt, $48; colehaan.com Talbots silk blend skirt, $129; talbots.com for similar styles
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Sky-High Heels

Feeling height challenged? Here’s your answer. Christian Louboutin leather peep-toe heels, $995; 212-396-1884
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Dressed-Up Utilitarian

Prada employs elements of military uniforms in her collections, termed "everyday industrial" looks by fashion insiders. Canvas fabrication, menswear-inspired outerwear and boxy shoulders are mainstays. Bibhu Mohapatra woven paper coat, $2,200; bibhu.com for stores White + Warren cashmere cardigan, $220; whiteandwarren.com Burberry London silk skirt, $395; burberry.com
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Color Story

Prada relies on accessories (a bright shoe, a beaded clutch) to bring flash to her beloved neutrals. Brian Atwood leather pumps, $635; saksfifthavenue.com
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Lovely Headbands

Prada’s personal trademark? Embellished headbands with vintage flair. Ban.do bead and crystal silk-ribbon headpiece, $165; shopbando.com
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Lavish, Luxe Fabrics

Prada has family from Como, home to Italy’s famous silk factories, and she has always loved and designed with the finest textiles. The key to looking chic? Limit the sheen to one piece and balance the glitter with flat fabrics in muted tones and simple shapes. Rena Lange virgin wool sweater, $845; renalange.com for stores Talbots silk blend skirt, $179; talbots.com
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Not-So-Basic Bag

A bag is a lovely place to use color, or in this case, texture. Big Buddha straw clutch, $45; justjaneboutique.com for stores
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

Heels Have It

Uber-feminine, for day or night. Manolo Blahnik leather heels, $895; manoloblahnik.com for stores LOVE THE LOOK? CHECK OUT LOOK FOR LESS: PRADA
Photo: Jens Mortensen. Product stylist: Solange for workgroup-ltd.com

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