Diane Von Furstenberg

 

When a blazer just won't do, you look for other options. You know what I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, I love a good structured blazer. Not one that looks ready for Wall Street, but a contemporary style that fits well and works with jeans or slim pants and heels. Sometimes, though, you need a boost to your look with a jacket that when worn with just about anything in your wardrobe makes the overall outfit stand out.

Welcome to the jackets that will become your new style staples for the season. They're the cool finishing pieces that will take the place of your traditional blazer and make your t-shirt and jeans, oh so much hipper.

Get a mix of prints in a thin scarf style bomber jacket.

Clover Canyon Twist Scarf Jacket, $385 Piperlime

A chic embossed jacket that is perfect for layering over a t-shirt or a dress.

Rhyme Los Angeles Nila Embossed Jacket, $55 Piperlime

I love stripes and I love this sale price too!

Diane von Furstenberg Jacket - Esther Stripe, on sale $251.16 Bloomingdale's

This pairs the cape with the blazer.

Champagne Taste Cape Blazer, $58 Nasty Gal

It's ready to be worn for the presentation or to the movies.

Diane von Furstenberg Jacket - Laya Ladder Tweed, on sale $330 Bloomingdale's

 

 

Work It In Style
I haven't owned a suit in, well, I can't remember how many years. I've learned you don't have to wear a suit to make a powerful impression. Stand tall, speak well, have a firm handshake and you could nab an interview, land that deal, or score that job. We prefer to make that impression in a splash of color.

Alison's Pick

Being on TV often requires a wardrobe with multiple personalities so, dresses dominate my closet. I'm a sucker for a colorful dress. Easy to buy, simple to put on and I get to play with accessories to switch up the look. And for these two dresses I'd add a patent belt in pink or green.

     

Diane Von Furstenberg 'Jeannie' Dress (Blue), $375 Nordstrom     

    Ted Baker London 'Wallpaper' Dress, $295 Nordstrom

Lauren Scharf's Pick

Jack by BB Dakota William Pencil Skirt (Blue) - $58 Zappos

This vibrant blue, lacy skirt is all the color I need to break through the mundane look of the strictly-business-as-usual office attire. Plus, I like the way it fits tight but doesn't snag or bunch like longer skirts. Especially around this time of year, I like to leave the boring old Black & White for the suits. 

Endless Amusment

Christina Moffitino's Pick

iPad Mini Case, $32 Etsy

 I love this studded leather case I found on Etsy because it looks like a clutch! It gives me all the more reason to bust it out and take on those finals I have this week! My iPad is my handy dandy study tool when I'm at school all day. I wanted a case that kept it safe but still had some style to it.

Street Swag

 

These boots are made for stepping out in style! Check out our top picks for Fall boot trends. Snag your pair before they run out of your size.

Ankle 

        

Ankle Boot with Metal Toe, Zara $159          Kate Spade Bridgette, Zappos $328

Whether worn with a skirt, skinny jeans or just peeking out from under long hemmed pants, ankle boots are a trend that is here to stay.

Mid-Calf 

    

     Pauline Motorcycle Boot, Sole Society $70     Tarney Stud Lace-up Boot, Steve Madden $150

Weathered, worn and comfortable for a midcalf that we turn to time after time for casual appeal.

Flats

   

DV by Dolce Vita, PiperLime  $180           Flat Crocodile Boot, Zara $230

When pulling over skinny jeans or wearing to work with a skirt, these "riding" style options allow us to stand or walk all day without heel pain.

Heeled Boots

    

              Park, Stuart Weitzman $595                   Crystal, Diane von Furstenberg  $330

Of course, we all need a sassy, sexy pair of knee high, heeled boots.

Color

     

 

Color Block Bootie, Shop Bop $300             Nola Slouch, Cole Haan $428

When you have just about every boot choice in your closet, a little color is usually next on the list of must haves.

My fashion philosophy is: Never buy an item that can only be worn one way or to one event. I know, we all sometimes stand in front of a closet full of clothes and claim we have nothing to wear. So, I'm here to kick clothing boredom in the butt and help re-introduce you to your wardrobe, before you head out the door to shop some more. Here's my take on a pleated skirt from Tulle worn for day and night.

ASOS.com denim tie-neck shirt, Gucci belt, Tory Burch bracelet, Manolo Blahnik heels

Diane Von Furstenburg white denim jacket, Cynthia Vincent pale pink top, Banana Republic gold belt, Kate Spade gold heels, Alexis Bittar jewelry

 

Take the challenge and send me your Double Duty Fashion photos.

 

 

It seems nowadays a trend gets supercharged in to stardom when spotted on several celebs. So while checking out the latest People Stylewatch there are two style trends that I've been talking about and the celebs have been wearing:

The RED dress. It casts anyone in a great glow. You are no longer a fly on the wall when you wear one. Nobody will dare to back you into a corner unless it's a guy trying to get your number for a date. The red dress is sexy, a standout and definitely memorable.

Diane Von Furstenberg at Nordstrom.com $345

The LBD, little black dress to those of you who didn't know is now being recast as alter egos--conservative, lady like to school girl allure amped with glam heels.

Red Valentino from Saks.com, $645

DKNY from Saks.com $277

 

Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg Necklace from Banana Republic Earrings by Alexis Bittar Ring by Mango MNG Belt from a sample sale by MK2K Daysun and I attended the wedding of actor friends, Robin DeMarco and Jonathan Wickersham. It was held at the Wayfarers Chapel, the same chapel where we were married in December 2009.

Excuse our shiny faces. We escaped the dance floor to grab this shot. I helped Robin with a wardrobe change for the dance floor at her reception with a Sue Wong dress.

Valencia Wills, me and Melky Jean in their head to toe makeover looks from the PlaytexBraMakeover.com web series.

Valencia and Melky are wearing dresses from JC Penney and I've got on a dress from Diane Von Furstenberg and vintage heels from Kate Spade.

See all the makeovers and much more at www.playtexbramakeover.com!
Diane Von Furstenberg and her still-new collaboration with co-designer Yvan Mispelaere took inspiration for her Fall 2011 runway show from strong women they consider “American Legends,” specifically Millicent Rogers, Diana Vreeland and Gloria Vanderbilt. Von Furstenberg said that meant runway explorations of “rodeo, editor in chief and society lady.” I say bring it on and I can't wait to get it in my closet! While the show featured plenty of gaucho accents and I haven't worn gaucho pants since trying to bring back the trend in high school there were still citified inspirations in smart coats, sophisticated silk blouses and deep, rich seductive colors. While the collection sometimes was over the top in excess it still delivered a sultry mix of items that would work in any gals wardrobe when work or weekend beckoned for sassy meets chic. And I hope to see an actress on the Oscar red carpet in the sequined blue number.
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