Real Women's Dress Code

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

May 23, 2011 9:00 AM
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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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