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St. John: 1 Jacket, Styled 5 Fab Ways

Effortlessly update your weekday wardrobe with the versatile jacket that you can mix and match with separates for a continually modern look. Take a cue from St. John and make your 9-to-5 style a little more chic with their tailored Milano knit jacket.

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This tailored knit jacket features a black-and-white palette, single-button closure and curved patch pockets.

The Defining Piece: St. John Collection Crepe Trim Milano Knit Jacket

Monday: Start the week of chic owning the black and white graphic trend.

Add On: St. John Collection Dot Print Silk Charmeuse Blouse & St. John Yellow Label ‘Marie’ Stretch Twill Pants

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Fashion Week Street Style

How to be a Good Street Style Subject

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Like it or not, street style photography has become just as much a part of Fashion Week as the shows. It’s nearly impossible to go from venue to venue without getting stopped for a photo or snapped while hailing a cab. And as much as some people like to pretend that it’s intrusive, being asked for a photo by a stranger because you’re looking pretty fly is a major compliment. So you might as well roll with it.

Here are our tips on being the ideal street style subject during Fashion Week:

  • Less is more. While you may look awesome in the mirror, too many accessories combined with the folds, curves, colors and textures in your garment could make for a garbled photo. Aim for clean lines and minimal accessories unless you’re intentionally going for a busy look.
  • If you catch a photographer shooting you out of the corner of your eye, don’t immediately turn and strike a pose. More often than not, he or she was looking for a natural, unposed moment, and you just ruined the shot. Pose for the ones who ask for a photo, and let the others snap away as you go about your business.
  • Let the photographer direct you. Those who’ve been shooting for a while aren’t shy about barking orders: “Walk for me!” or “Look over there!” or “Flip your hair like you just did.” Do what they say. They want you to look good just as much as you want to look good.
  • Know your best facial expressions. Some people look downright angry or upset when they don’t smile. And some people have a terrible, fake-looking smile when it’s not coming from a place of genuine happiness. Others think they’re making a chic model pout when really, they look like they just bit into a lemon. Practice a few expressions in the mirror to see which ones look the most natural and flattering—then remember to use them!
  • Know your outfit’s best angle. If you’re facing a cluster of photographers but your dress is really all about the awesome back, do them a favor and turn around so they can get both angles. Or, if you’re wearing a flowing skirt, go ahead and move it around, letting it catch the wind.
  • Remember that wide-brimmed hats will cast potentially unflattering shadows on your face in certain lighting.
  • Above all else, be sure to enjoy your moment in the spotlight! Fashion Week goes by in a blur, and it isn’t every day that you’re at the industry’s biggest event.

—Mary O’Regan

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The Shirtdress: One Piece, Four Ways

Here’s a time-saver: A shirtdress can morph from polished to casual in seconds. Check out our four ways for working this staple—seen here in spring’s happiest shade—both in and out of the office.

Sleek simplicity. Let the dress do the talking and adorn with simple but beautiful accessories. [Pictured: Nordstrom Bangles, Nordstrom Scallop Statement Necklace, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Business chic. Power up your look with a crisp white blazer (another of our favorite pieces right now) and neutral heels. Keep things interesting with a brilliant bag. [Pictured: Cole Haan Slingback Pump, Theory Double Breasted Jacket, Elliot Lucca Tote, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Night out. Go glam with metallic extras. Instead of color, think exotic texture and shine. [Pictured: Via Spiga Python Belt, Enzo Angiolini Sandal, Vince Camuto Clutch, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Wherever weekend. Add textured everything—a craft bag and easy-walking flat, even your belt. We love the thrown-together ease. [Pictured: Fina Firenze Stretch Belt, Hinge ‘Tanner’ Sandal, Steven by Steve Madden Tote, Persol Sunglasses, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

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High-Volume Pieces: 4 Ways to Wear

A mix of amped-up shapes and intense color makes for a high-fidelity spring. Here’s how we turn up the volume.

#1. Shock value. The brilliance of these ultra wide-leg pants makes a perfectly unpredictable pairing with the super-feminine blouse. Add sky-high heels to create a long, lean line.

#2. Top it off. Keep your top color choices interesting and let it take the lead by keeping the bottom sleek and fitted. We’ve used pieces with a subtle sheen to give a wear-anywhere look a little dressed-up love.

#3. Balancing act. The billowy, bright maxi skirt can be toned down with the help of a form-loving sweater and barely-there flats. It’s all about yin and yang.

#4. Go full blast. All-over volume looks chic and classic with neutral hues in a similar palette and a tailored waist. Update this elegant silhouette with a simple but bold accessory.

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Robert Rodriguez Sheer Polka Dot Silk Cascade Ruffle Top
Robert Rodriguez Extreme Wide Leg Silk Tuxedo Pants
Robert Rodriguez Silk Hooded Parka
Robert Rodriguez Coated Pencil Skirt
Trouvé Sheer Twist Seam Linen Blend Sweater
Willow & Clay Paneled Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Whisper Lattice’ Poncho
Lafayette 148 New York Mixed Media Pendant Necklace
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Ludlow’ Silk Pants

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Editor’s Picks: Printed Pants & Styling Tips

Prints are sizzling hot in the fashion world right now. Of all the creative ways to wear them, we can’t get enough of what they’re doing for pants and denim. Check out our editor’s favorite prints for your lower half and how to wear them allfrom polka dots and flirty flowers to artistic blurs and animal spots.

Rocking the printed pants trend is far simpler than it looks. Consider these tips when planning your look, and get ready to turn some heads.

Your first pair. Go for slim-fit and cropped—the easiest and most modern style. Consider picking up a pair of floral-print skinny jeans—a must-have for spring and a great introduction to printed pants.

Height is key. Pair printed bottoms with heels or wedges. Choose flats with caution to avoid the risk of looking like you’re wearing pajamas.

Manage your proportions. Wear looser-fitting tops over printed bottoms—when combined with a cropped hem, this balances the amount of print in proportion to the rest of your outfit.

Day to night. For work, slip on a crochet top or tuck in a silky blouse—a sharp blazer is a great finishing touch. After hours, throw on a slouchy t-shirt and leather jacket for a rocker vibe.

Dare to pair. Don’t be afraid to mix printed bottoms with printed tops and accessories. Just keep them in a similar color palette, and you’re good to go.

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1 – Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Nuri’ Silk Pants
2 – Current/Elliott ‘The Stiletto’ Leopard Print Stretch Jeans (Camel Leopard Wash)
3 – Robert Rodriguez Geo Print Silk Tuxedo Pants
4 – Paige Denim ‘Skyline’ Floral Skinny Leg Ankle Jeans (Chello Ivory Print)
5 – Theory ‘Elly – Cubist’ Print Skinny Leggings
6 – Thakoon Addition Tie Dye Silk Pants
7 – Robert Rodriguez Crop Polka Dot Silk Pants

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The Lace Tank: One Piece, Four Ways

Its chameleon-like versatility works perfectly with spring’s pretty prep looks. Layered and light, it’s super sweet, but doesn’t always have to be. Here are our tips for getting maximum mileage.

Office Hours. Wear it like a vest with a cropped jacket and pencil skirt for a look that’s more power-suit than precious. [Pictured: Theory Structured Leather Blazer, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Halogen Stretch Cotton Pencil Skirt]

Weekends. With short-shorts, the look’s playful, like you threw it together in a flash, but still sexy enough to go wherever you need to on Saturday night. [Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Taffeta Tap Shorts, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank]

Anytime. Perfectly unexpected—the pastel clash. Wear the tank with cuffed, cropped pants in another of the season’s newest hues, lemon yellow—just remember to stay natural in your shoes and accessories. The look is light, airy and ultra-fresh. [Pictured: Rachel Roy Slouchy Tapered Crop Pants, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Vince Camuto Sandal]

Mingling. Textural lace is perfect for mixing with other patterns. Just be sure to make one of them more straightforward—like the preppy striped shorts here—so you’re not head-to-toe girly. [Pictured: Truth & Pride Rose Print Silk Jacket, MARC BY MARC JACOBS Lace Tank, Joie Stripe Silk Shorts]

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