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Off-duty Chic: Elevate Wardrobe Basics

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I love analyzing model’s off-duty looks. Oftentimes, we see them on the most basic and simple wardrobe staples that get elevated by teaming with one or two key pieces: be it an IT bag, fabulous sunglasses, killer stilettos, scarlet lips, or just that confident attitude.

In Chinese: 我最喜欢超模的街拍造型,一个主要原因是她们常常能把我们衣橱也都有的最基本、最平常的单品穿出令人咂舌的效果,除了很棒的身材外,出色的配饰也是她们提升这些极简单品的关键,比如在她们身上常看到的最夯的设计师手包最酷的太阳镜或踝靴,别致的发型、妆容或者仅仅是她们自信从容的步伐和舍我其谁的态度。

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1. Burberry Brit coat (great style here & here)
2. Equipment cashmere sweater (similar here; on Miranda Kerr here)
3. Helmut Lang leather pants (vegan leather version here)
4. Bobbi Brown lip color in ‘Red Carpet’
5. Gianvito Rossi suede pump (great alternative here & here)
6. Givenchy ‘Antigona’ satchel (similar here)
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

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1. Burberry Brit coat (great style here & here)
3. LnA vintage tee (great buy here & here)
6. Bobbi Brown lip color in ‘Red Carpet’
7. Diane von Furstenberg booties (also here; similar here)
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Floral Blazer: One Piece, Different Styles

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Photos: Olivia Palermo & Jessica Alba; Courtesy of pacificcoastnews.comjustjared.com.

Soft, delicate floral prints are great for warm weather. To make them modern, fresh and unexpected, choose pieces with classic, sleek and structured silhouettes: instead of a floral cardigan, try a floral blazer or jacket; instead of a floral sundress, try a sheath or a pair of floral shorts

For spring/summer outerwear, half silk, half linen is my favorite combination. This Tibi Daisies jacket fits the bill with impeccable details: from the irresistible and easy-to-pull-off print to the tailored silhouette, versatile length and structured shoulders. No wonder two tasty ladies–Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba–both chose it. And as always they each put their own spin on it:

Olivia Palermo blended several hot trends harmoniously together: graphic print, black and white color combo and menswear shoes. Sounds busy, but she wisely kept them in a relatively simple palette. By changing the skort into cropped pants, this look will be great for women at any age and also appropriate for many occasions.

Jessica Alba’s pairing is what we all can pull off: Team this statement piece with basics (simple V-neck tee and dark washed skinny jeans). The strappy sandals are this season’s must-have!

I love how they both chose another bright color (as the solid colored bags seen on them) to go with the blue/white printed blazer. As primary colors and contrast colors, red and blue are always a great combination. Purple is a secondary color made up of equal parts red and blue, so naturally, it goes great with both colors.

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Jacket: Tibi (on sale here; $34 here)
Skirt: New Look (great buy here, similar here)
Bag: Dooney & Bourke
Shoes: Munro (also available here; $60 here)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker (similar here)
Bracelet: Reiss

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Jacket: Tibi (on sale here; $34 here)
Top: James Perse ($6 here)
Jeans: Rag & Bone/JEAN
Shoes: Steve Madden (my favorite! Plus so many options)
Bag: Coach (also available here)
Necklace: Gorjana

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Retro Glamour or Fashion Forward

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Photos: Miranda Kerr & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of starstyle.comoverallsite.com.

Coral pink is such a romantic color for spring/summer. When paired with crisp white, the impact is so feminine and fresh. But today’s featured ladies (above) gave this swinging combination two totally different representations:

Miranda Kerr’s wide leg jeans brought her look a 60’s flair. Although by then, stars like Peggy Lipton and Audrey Hepburn liked to flash a little ankle, today we should take a hint from Miranda Kerr, let the hems graze the floor for the leg elongating effect. Heels/wedges are definitely needed for bottoms like this. This look is great for women of any age.

Although Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s crop top is also a retro take, but by topping is off with a sleek structured blazer (like this one), leather pants and metallic cap-toe pumps, she gave the look a more modern and fashion-forward vibe. Changing the crop top to a silk blouse, I can see women in their 40s rock this look beautifully.

Of course, this pink and white combination can be played around more: With biker jacket and safety-pin jewelry, it can be rock chic; With an ikat bag and fringe booties, it can be urban bohemian… the list can go on. Which style will you choose for your pink and white combo?

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Blazer: J.Crew (extra 30% off with code SUN SHINE; great style also on sale here!)
Top: T by Alexander Wang (or this version)
Jeans: MiH (similar here)
Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Shoes: Steve Madden (the pair on Miranda Kerr here)
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs (also adore this pair!)

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Blazer: Bop Basics The Fiance Blazer (more color options here)
Jeans: MICHAEL Michael Kors (leather version on Rosie Huntington here; $45 here)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Flava Cap Toe Pumps (similar here)
Accessories: House of Harlow 1960 bangleGorjana bracelet