Real Women's Dress Code

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

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February 22, 2012 9:15 AM
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Key Piece: Vest

WHO: Rachel Snyder, 25, attorney
THE INVESTMENT: Isabel Marant vest, $4,140 (212-219-2284).
WHY IT'S WORTH IT: It's the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble, and it has staying power: It can be layered over a knit sweater for work or top off a tank and shorts to last throughout the summer.

Hanging Out
Play up the vest's laid-back Bohemian vibe with a pin-tucked, floor-length white skirt and simple tank.

Flat motorcycle boots in python add texture and tone down the look's innocence.

Top, $69, skirt, $198, Bebe; bebe.com. Shoes, $1,100, Alexander Wang; alexanderwang.com. Bracelets, $150 to $350, Jennifer Fisher; barneys.com.