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September 18, 2008

1 Vest, 3 Ways

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"This is about as sleek and ladylike as menswear gets. The pink is for personality."
—KATHRYN FLOYD, MARKET DIRECTOR

Photo Credit: Taghi Naderzad

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3. Kathryn Floyd, MARKET DIRECTOR

THE LOOK: Modern classic

HER CONCEPT: "Everything structured and minimal, punctuated with one bright, unexpected color."

ON THE VEST: "This menswear classic has been tweaked — love the sweet short sleeve — and is now modern and feminine. It's perfect for fall layering."

GOOD FOR: Standing apart from the crowd at work or for showing your true colors on a date. "Hot pink adds personality to the traditional pencil skirt," explains Kathryn.

GO-WITHS: "The tank works. Sometimes just a peek of a bold black-and-white graphic print is more palatable than the whole thing."

THE DETAILS: Another daring take on a classic: "The peep-toe slingback is the now-trendy bootie in 3-D!" Tough jewels are a win-win: "A big men's watch on a girl makes her look strong and even sexier."

HAIR AND MAKEUP: "In my book, makeup shouldn't distract from the clothes. Mascara, a rosy cheek, and straight hair does it."

KATHRYN'S STYLE TIPS

  • Always wear one standout piece — and mix with simple staples.
  • Don't mess with a good thing: Accessorize with a light touch.
  • Color should be the element of surprise.


On model: Vest, $990, MaxMara; top, $322, Alexander Wang; skirt, $1175, Thakoon; booties, $865, Manolo Blahnik for Rachel Roy; necklace, $159, Vice & Vanity; bracelet, price upon request, Colette Malouf; watch, $5900, Bulgari. On Kathryn: Top, $495, 3.1 Phillip Lim; shoes, $660, Christian Louboutin; her own J Brand jeans, jewelry, and Cartier watch.


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