From Quiet to Kicky

The architect turned swimsuit designer needs to look more daring, less serious

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Be daring

Patricia Brett, 49, wore gray, navy or khaki suits to work. Now a fashion designer in New York City (see her chic postsurgical swimwear for breast-cancer survivors at, she wants to amp up her style. “I have to dress less stodgy,”she declares. “I want to learn how to mix it up in unexpected ways while still looking professional.” Done and done. Classic colors (red, khaki, navy) are thoroughly modern when the proportion is played with (cropped pants, boxy top). “I love it!” Brett gushes about her new ensemble. The cherry on the bottom: mixed-print, nonstiletto shoes that are fashion forward and fun.


Tory Burch cotton and linen top, $595; tory​ Sportmax pants, $495; 212-674-1817. Rada for Club Monaco collar necklace, $249; clubmonaco​.com. Tory Burch woven pumps, $325; Tory Burch burlap linen with wooden-link chain bag, $695;  

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Circle skirt (the new shape)

Ch Carolina Herrera silk and cotton skirt, $415; 212-744-2076.  

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A paisley shirt-dress (on trend)

Massimo Dutti silk shirtdress, $145;  

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The smoking loafer (this season's flat)

via spiga suede and patent pumps, $198;


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First Published Mon, 2013-05-20 13:23

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