Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

Every savvy shopper knows buying transitional wardrobe essentials is the key to getting the most out of your purchases, while building stylish outfits for many occasions. Coordinating looks within your closet with fall staples such as J.Crew’s Dolman merino wool-blend sweater dress will expand your choices of what to wear to work, on a weekend trip, or even on date night. Pair the J.Crew merino dress with these chic accessories and outwear for three eye-catching looks. Available at net-a-porter.com, $200.

Cubicle Style:

Keep your work wear fun and upbeat for those dreary 9-5 weekdays by accessorizing your J.Crew camel-colored long sleeve dress with a structured blazer like this collarless brushed jersey piece from T By Alexander Wang, net-a-porter.com, $200. Accent the look with Madewell’s petite structured briefcase bag, $118, and an easy-luxe Resin colorblock bracelet from J.Crew. Add a pair of opaque tights for these brisk fall days and cute lace up burgundy leather pumps from Marc By Marc Jacobs, $390. http://www.madewell.com, http://www.net-a-porter.com, http://www.Jcrew.com.

Weekend Wear:

Whether you are spending the afternoon with friends eating brunch at your favorite posh NYC eatery or leisurely shopping and strolling through the city streets, throw on your sweater dress with a tailored coat like the Alexa Chung for Madewell wool overcoat with leather patches for relaxed weekend attire. With a casually chic oversized fit this navy wool and black leather coat pairs perfectly with the merino wool camel dress. Accessorize the outfit with flat Plenty by Tracy Reese caribou suede booties, $160, http://www.Bloomingdales.com, herringbone tights from Anthropologie and a bold hue full brimmed Rag & Bone wool fedora, $150, http://www.net-a-porter.com. Complement the look with a charming Lulu Frost bronze number necklace, net-a-porter.com.

Date Night:

Take your sweater dress from day to night for a romantic dinner with your better half or a fun sex and the city inspired night out with your best girlfriends. Pair the neutral dress with a super luxury asymmetric soft suede jacket from Edun with a feminine ruffled front, net-a-porter.com. Don’t be afraid to bare some skin, sans tights with a pair of Joie Conga Ankle Boots with a woven leather front for textural detail, http://www.saksfifthavenue.com. Enhance your outfit with an evening leather clutch from Anthropologie with gem accents and a woven chain strap. To finish the look, add an edgy faded leather weave and 10 karat gold cuff from Giles & Brother and a pair of vintage-inspired Lulu Frost feather silver-plated crystal earrings for a glamorous night out. Net-a-porter.com.

Originally published November 2011
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