Real Women's Dress Code

Stylish women share their secrets to creating personalized wardrobes that work overtime.

audrina patridge
Stylish women share their secrets to creating personalized wardrobes that work overtime.
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Mark Leibowitz
Audrina Patridge

TV Personality/Model/Actress

What I do: When I'm not filming my show (Audrina on VH1), a typical day consists of everything from meetings and conference calls to photo shoots and fittings for events and parties. Throughout it all, I usually wear a cute pair of jeans, a tank or T-shirt, and heels or ankle boots.

My fashion crushes: Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Alexa Chung.

Jacket $495, Burberry Brit; burberry.com. Skirt $95, Tommy Hilfiger; (212) 223-1824. Boots $238, The Frye Company; thefryecompany.com. Belt $225, Michael Kors; (866) 709-5677 for stores. Cuff $295, Alexis Bittar; alexisbittar.com. Ring $195, Robert Lee Morris; (212) 431-9405.

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Mark Leibowitz
Audrina Patridge

I can't live without: James Perse's high-waisted skirts in olive green, black, and tan. You can wear them as skirts or tube dresses. With the right layers, they work for every season.

Reality-TV style myth: People think they have to spend a lot of money on designer things because they are on camera or being photographed all the time — but you can look great without spending a fortune.

Style note:Going from day to night can be as easy as changing your fragrance. For day I wear Pure Poison by Dior, then at night, Ange Ou Demon by Givenchy.

Sweatshirt $355, shoes $890, Isabel Marant; (212) 944-7900. Shirt $280, pants $280, Isabel Marant Etoile; (212) 944-7900. Belt $48, Tommy Hilfiger; tommy.com. Ring $89, Eden; shopedenjewelry.com.

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Mark Leibowitz
Holly Wiersma

Film Producer

What I do: I am in charge of a movie from start to finish. That means finding a script and getting a cast, director, and, most important, money — then seeing them all through until the film's release.

What I wear: My wardrobe really depends on what phase I am in on a project. I have no daily restrictions, but I think a lot of women in this industry are afraid to dress like women for fear they won't be taken seriously. For me, it's important to dress as who I am while still playing the part.

Jacket price upon request, Michael Kors; (866) 709-KORS for stores. Pants $530, Wayne; barneys.com. Shoes Fendi, Wiersma's own.

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Mark Leibowitz
Holly Wiersma

My most storied accessory: A blue sapphire and diamond ring that was given to me by my ex-mother-in-law, [famed interior designer] Tessa Kennedy. Grace Kelly gave it to her as a gift.

Three rules to dress by: 1) Dress for yourself, not others. 2) Layer, layer, layer! 3) Be comfortable.

Style note:"I hate it when people overaccessorize. Always remember, less is more!"

Shirt $385, Isabel Marant Etoile; (212) 944-7900. Skirt $710, Isabel Marant; (212) 944-7900. Shoes Steven by Steve Madden, Wiersma's own.

All other clothing and accessories Wiersma's own.

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Maude Laceppe

Makeup Artist

My Investment Piece: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Rottweiler T-shirt for men, $265 (barneys.com for stores).

Why I've Gotta Have It: The shirt is so versatile and yet so unique — any way you wear it, it makes a statement.

Big Night Look: With heels and a leather-trimmed tuxedo jacket, the jeans-and-T-shirt look is ready for a concert or cocktails.

Tips: Tuck the front of the shirt in and leave the back out to minimize bulk.

Wear only simple charm necklaces that won't distract from the shirt's print.

Jacket, price upon request, Hermès; hermes.com for stores. Hat, $1,720, Lanvin; bergdorfgoodman.com. Acne jeans, Giuseppe Zanotti Design. Shoes & all jewelry, Laceppe's own.

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Maude Laceppe

Hanging Out Look: Printed shorts play up the shirt's youthful feel — stick to black and white to avoid looking too childish.

Tips: A belt makes all the difference in pulling two casual pieces together.

Choose leather bracelets and cuffs that won't jangle when you're attacking your to-do list.

Moschino shorts, vintage Hermès belt & all jewelry, Laceppe's own.

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On the Job

On the Job Look: Leather pants are as cool as they are easy to wipe clean in the makeup room.

Tips: Preppy loafers offset the rocker vibe and keep feet happy when you're standing for hours.

Roll the cuffs of the pants to break up the all-black ensemble with a hint of skin.

Sandro pants, Del Toro shoes & all jewelry, Laceppe's own.

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Leandra Medine

Blogger and founder of The Man Repeller (manrepeller.com).

My Investment Piece: Derek Lam maxi dress, $3,190 (barneys.com for stores).

Why I've Gotta Have It: People think that outerwear should be their season investment when really, a maxi dress can go a long way — literally and figuratively.

Hanging Out Look: A T-shirt tones down the dress's formal nature and makes it perfect for drinks with the girls.

Tips: A fun, chunky necklace and stacked arm-party adds a playful touch.

Keep a discreet hair band among your many bracelets for pulling up a messy bun whenever the mood strikes.

Tee, $54, Monrow at CPW; (212) 579-3737. Dannijo necklace and multilink cuff, Medine's own.

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Leandra Medine

Big Night Look: Worn all by itself, the floor-length gown is immediately appropriate for evening.

Tips: Limit accessories for maximum elegance — let the dress speak for itself.

Wear comfortable shoes — no one can see them anyway!

Signet ring, $600, thin gold ring, $160, Helen Ficalora; (877) 754-2676. Dannijo multilink cuffs, Cartier. Narrow gold bracelet, Bulgari watch & Mark Henry ring, Medine's own.

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Leandra Medine

On the Job Look: With the right sweater over it, the dress works as a more casual day-to-day piece.

Tips: The sweater should be cropped so that it falls just to the top of the skirt. (Try a looser-fit knit for maximum Man Repeller points.)

Keep it neon — always keep it neon.

Top, $158, J.Crew; jcrew.com. Signet ring, $600, thin gold ring, $160, Helen Ficalora; (877) 754-2676. Dannijo multilink cuffs, Cartier narrow gold bracelet & Bulgari watch, Medine's own.

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Athena Calderone

Interior designer

My Investment Piece: Louis Vuitton cashmere coat, $2,700 (866-VUITTON for stores).

Why I've Gotta Have It: This coat represents two of my favorite trends — menswear and military. It's timeless and can pull any look together, which means it's money well spent!

Big Night Look: A bold, playful skirt offset by a simple white tank makes the coat evening-appropriate.

Tips: Amp up the ensemble with textured monochromatic stilettos.

Fight the onset of pale winter legs with a quick bronzer. Try Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion in Medium-Deep ($21; clinique.com).

Skirt, price upon request, Thakoon at Forty Five Ten; (214) 559-4510. Shoes, $1,095, Christian Louboutin; christianlouboutin.com. Tank & all jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Athena Calderone

Interior designer

My Investment Piece: Louis Vuitton cashmere coat, $2,700 (866-VUITTON for stores).

Why I've Gotta Have It: This coat represents two of my favorite trends — menswear and military. It's timeless and can pull any look together, which means it's money well spent!

Big Night Look: A bold, playful skirt offset by a simple white tank makes the coat evening-appropriate.

Tips: Amp up the ensemble with textured monochromatic stilettos.

Fight the onset of pale winter legs with a quick bronzer. Try Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion in Medium-Deep ($21; clinique.com).

Skirt, price upon request, Thakoon at Forty Five Ten; (214) 559-4510. Shoes, $1,095, Christian Louboutin; christianlouboutin.com. Tank & all jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Athena Calderone

On the Job Look: Juxtapose the masculinity of the coat with a delicate, nude slipdress.

Tips: Prop the coat over your shoulders to keep a major statement watch from getting lost in the sleeves.

Stagger long pendant necklaces to add visual interest on the neutral background.

Dress, $820, Altuzarra; barneys.com for stores. Unearthen crystal necklace, Low Luv x Erin Wasson cross necklace, Rolex watch & all other jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Athena Calderone

On the Job Look: Juxtapose the masculinity of the coat with a delicate, nude slipdress.

Tips: Prop the coat over your shoulders to keep a major statement watch from getting lost in the sleeves.

Stagger long pendant necklaces to add visual interest on the neutral background.

Dress, $820, Altuzarra; barneys.com for stores. Unearthen crystal necklace, Low Luv x Erin Wasson cross necklace, Rolex watch & all other jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Athena Calderone

Hanging Out Look: Play up the coat's seafaring side with a Breton-striped dress.

Tips: Keep accessories small and subtle, allowing the coat's big brass buttons to shine.

Wear hair pulled back in an easy, low ponytail, and pop the coat's collar to frame your face.

Zara dress, Genevieve Jones ring & all other jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Athena Calderone

Hanging Out Look: Play up the coat's seafaring side with a Breton-striped dress.

Tips: Keep accessories small and subtle, allowing the coat's big brass buttons to shine.

Wear hair pulled back in an easy, low ponytail, and pop the coat's collar to frame your face.

Zara dress, Genevieve Jones ring & all other jewelry, Calderone's own.

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Stephanie Phair

Director of The Outnet (theoutnet.com) and mom-to-be

My Investment Piece: Oscar de la Renta metallic jacket, $2,890 (oscardelarenta.com).

Why I've Gotta Have It: I love blazers — they are the building blocks of my wardrobe. A metallic finish is unexpected and surprisingly versatile.

On the Job Look: Don't be afraid of mixing colors and prints — a graphic skirt adds an unexpected twist to the blazer's classic silhouette.

Button a solid-hued blouse to the very top button for a business-meets-Parisian effect.

Heels with a slight platform sole are the secret to happy feet at work.

Shirt, $208, Equipment; nordstrom.com. Skirt, $197, Emanuel Ungaro; theoutnet.com. Christian Louboutin shoes & all jewelry, Phair's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Stephanie Phair

Director of The Outnet (theoutnet.com) and mom-to-be

My Investment Piece: Oscar de la Renta metallic jacket, $2,890 (oscardelarenta.com).

Why I've Gotta Have It: I love blazers — they are the building blocks of my wardrobe. A metallic finish is unexpected and surprisingly versatile.

On the Job Look: Don't be afraid of mixing colors and prints — a graphic skirt adds an unexpected twist to the blazer's classic silhouette.

Button a solid-hued blouse to the very top button for a business-meets-Parisian effect.

Heels with a slight platform sole are the secret to happy feet at work.

Shirt, $208, Equipment; nordstrom.com. Skirt, $197, Emanuel Ungaro; theoutnet.com. Christian Louboutin shoes & all jewelry, Phair's own.

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Stephanie Phair

Big Night Look: The blazer updates a timeless black cocktail dress with a modern after-hours glamour.

Asymmetrical draping cinches in your waist (and helps conceal a burgeoning baby bump).

Sweep hair away from your face and accessorize modestly.

Dress, price upon request, Vionnet; theoutnet.com. Shoes, $657, Christian Louboutin; theoutnet.com. All jewelry, Phair's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Stephanie Phair

Big Night Look: The blazer updates a timeless black cocktail dress with a modern after-hours glamour.

Asymmetrical draping cinches in your waist (and helps conceal a burgeoning baby bump).

Sweep hair away from your face and accessorize modestly.

Dress, price upon request, Vionnet; theoutnet.com. Shoes, $657, Christian Louboutin; theoutnet.com. All jewelry, Phair's own.

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Stephanie Phair
Hanging Out Look:Soft neutral shades complement the blazer's metallic hue while toning it down for a sophisticated off-duty look.

Layer easy knit tunics underneath for comfort.

Cropped chinos work as well with heels as they do with errand-friendly flats and loafers.

Jeans, $87, Superfine; theoutnet.com. Shoes, $537, Christian Louboutin; theoutnet.com. Missoni necklace, Zara cardigan, DKNY tank & all jewelry, Phair's own.

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Zoe Buckman
Stephanie Phair
Hanging Out Look:Soft neutral shades complement the blazer's metallic hue while toning it down for a sophisticated off-duty look.

Layer easy knit tunics underneath for comfort.

Cropped chinos work as well with heels as they do with errand-friendly flats and loafers.

Jeans, $87, Superfine; theoutnet.com. Shoes, $537, Christian Louboutin; theoutnet.com. Missoni necklace, Zara cardigan, DKNY tank & all jewelry, Phair's own.

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