Real Women's Dress Code

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

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    Leandra Medine

    Blogger and founder of The Man Repeller (

    My Investment Piece: Derek Lam maxi dress, $3,190 ( 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.

    Zoe Buckman
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