Modernize the Classic Cannon

In my latest book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget (out now in paperback!), I outline the 16 key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. If that sounds sort of limiting, it’s because you’re not considering the mix & match factor: Pop in a few trendier items and you can’t help but look timely. Don’t believe me? Consider these two remixes on classic pieces.

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Trench Coat

  • Dress it up… With an oversize button-front shirt, leather-look pants and pointy-toed pumps.
  • Dress it down… With a striped tee, boyfriend jeans and slip-on sneakers.
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Little Black Dress

  • For the office… With a jean jacket, nude bootie, ladylike bag (we’re loving rich fall shades like aubergine) and a masculine watch.
  • For a night out… With a patterned pump, statement necklace, graphic bag and wine-stained lip.

Sources: Trench, Coach; Printed Shirt, Mango; Leather-look Pants, H&M; Pumps, Nine West; Striped Shirt, Zara; Jeans, Madewell; Sneakers, Vans; Little Black Dress, BCBG; Jean Jacket, Macy’s; Bootie, Vince Camuto; Bag, Steve Madden; Watch, Michael Kors.


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