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10 Crosby Derek Lam

More really is more (not that we're biased...). Two sets of stripes take the preppy staple to an edgy new level.

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Colorful, modern art-inspired stripes add a playful element to an overworked jeans-and-tee uniform.

 

Splendid tee, $76; splendid.com

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Rag & Bone

An orange blazer tops off a cheeky look and adds a hit of saturated color.

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This classic silhouette gets a modern makeover in a fun citrus hue. Pair it with a black and white ensemble for a fresh office look.

 

H&M blazer, $60; hm.com

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Vivienne Tam

How to make a suit look playful (an oxymoron if we've ever seen one): do away with long trouser legs and add an Oriental print. Instant whimsy.

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Real Way

Put some frou frou in your 9-to-5 staple with an intricate floral print. The understated palette makes it extra wearable.

 

Zara blazer, $90; zara.com

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Bill Blass

Heavy black stripes and a billowing silhouette have a mysterious, edgy vibe.

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Uniform black-and-white stripes are chic, but not overpowering. Just cinch this number with a bright belt for an easy weekend ensemble.

 

Josa dress, $275; madisonlosangeles.com

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Donna Karan

A chartreuse dress with wrapping detail is subtly sexy and has a great warm-weather feel. Pass the pina colada, please.

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The saturated yellow-green color is surprisingly flattering, and the silhouette, slimming. If that's not a recipe for easy style, we don't know what is.

 

BCBGMaxAzria dress, $198; bcbg.com

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Burberry Prorsum

Oh so ladylike and with discreet equestrian touches, this feminine look can go right from the runway to the office (just button up that keyhole).

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The modest hemline and soft blush shade make for a classic piece. Wear it to the office with a fitted blouse.

 

Linea by Louis Dell'Olio skirt, $39; qvc.com

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Victoria by Victoria Beckham

Color blocking is all grown up with a simple palette and chic sweetheart neckline.

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The strategically-placed color blocking has a slimming effect. Plus, the A-line skirt and scoopneck back lend some oomph.

 

Kenneth Cole dress, $160; kennethcole.com

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Rachel Roy

This just in: floral prints are cool again. Start digging through grandma's attic.

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Real Way

The abstract bird print is busy but still elegant, and the cut, slouchy-chic. Pair these with a brightly-colored tee to be the best-dressed gal running errands this weekend.

 

Rachel Rachel Roy pants, $99; macys.com

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Rochas

The ultra-feminine color gets some attitude with the help of snarky cat-eye frames and a trench-length coat.

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Real Way

Wear this uber-flattering pencil skirt with a menswear-inspired shirt in a contrasting color—it'll keep the pink shade from being too sugar-and-spice.

 

J.Crew pencil skirt, $180; jcrew.com

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Balenciaga

Red pants are the star of this look, but the extra black-and-white touches round out the Parisian feel.

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These are truly versatile: they can be worn with everything from a slouchy tee to a collared blouse, and they look great in a bright color (we love coral or hot pink) or simple black-and-white.

 

French Connection pants, $44; asos.com

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Anna Sui

Paired with a simple silhouette, this busy pattern adds visual interest and hides flaws.

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A retro floral pattern and waist-cinching silhouette flatters everyone and anyone.

 

London Times dress, $68; londontimesfashion.com

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Nina Ricci

Subtle ruching gives this red sheath an ethereal quality. Plus, the neckline and belted waist help cut a striking silhouette.

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A bold red dress is universally-flattering on every skin tone, and the detail on the waist creates a slender shape.

 

Calvin Klein dress, $70; macys.com

 

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First Published Mon, 2012-02-06 13:17

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