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September 18, 2008

1 Vest, 3 Ways

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"The vest takes the look to a higher level: It's not just a girl in a dress, but a girl who can dress!"
—DANIA ORTIZ, SENIOR MARKET EDITOR

Photo Credit: Taghi Naderzad

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2. Dania Ortiz, SENIOR MARKET EDITOR

THE LOOK: Old-world glam

HER CONCEPT: "I took a vintage-looking floral dress and made it this-season with a statement vest and fantastic accessories," explains Dania. What is fashion if not reinvention?

ON THE VEST: "It can transform any outfit, whether tailored or ultra-feminine. The belt creates a waist and another interesting layer."

GOOD FOR: "A pulled-together look for the office — the potentially loud print is somewhat muffled — and it can easily work out on the town. Even if your girlfriend buys the same dress, she probably wouldn't style it like this — and you'll stand out in yours."

GO-WITHS: "I love how muted and earthy florals are this fall, and the vest and belt enhance the already artsy shape of the dress. I chose the brown booties because I wanted something unpredictable and to offset the other colors."

THE DETAILS: "A skinny belt tied high on the waist will cinch you and hide any problem areas," explains Dania. "And there's something a little sexy about it."

HAIR AND MAKEUP: "The colorful lip and eyeliner complete this glam look. This girl's not afraid to come on strong!"

DANIA'S STYLE TIPS

  • Invest in accessories — they will reinvent your wardrobe this season and next.
  • Matchy-matchy gets monotonous; experiment by mixing different colors and textures.
  • Look back in time for references — vintage-inspired is the key to originality.


On model: Vest, $990, MaxMara; dress, $2905, booties, $1845, Missoni; clutch, $36, Daisy Fuentes; belt, $107.50, Linea Pelle Collection; ring, $2300, Slane & Slane. On Dania: Blazer, $499, Miguel Adrover; top, $175, Emporio Armani; jeans, $220, Diesel; shoes, $695, Chanel; belt, $145, Réyes.


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