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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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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