If it’s good enough for a professional stylist, it’s good enough for me.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from pros in the style business, it’s that an outfit put together with a combination of high-end and lower-end elements can absolutely work. Sure, it would be wonderful to buy designer everything, but there’s a challenge in mixing the expensive items with the bargain finds to create a look that’s uniquely you. I’ve teamed:

Gap slim ankle pants with a tuxedo-style Chloe jacket…

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An on-sale DVF mini with houndstooth tights and a Catherine Malandrino jacket…

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A Sarah Pacini wrap sweater with a Halogen pencil skirt…

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Gap jeans with a Catherine Malandrino sweater…

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A vintage Ungaro bustier with an Anthropologie midi skirt…

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Interestingly, the statement piece of the combo isn’t always the costly one.

 

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More Malandrino

And so the love affair with the designs of Catherine Malandrino continues.

Convinced that a woman can never have too many LBDs, I recently purchased this one on sale at Neiman Marcus. It’s the Aimee Crocodile-Jacquard dress, and the unique pattern sets it apart from all other little black dresses. Longer on me than on the model (so what else is new?), it looks great paired with black textured tights and sky-high pumps, and will be the perfect dress for holiday parties.

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Catherine Malandrino coat

I have recently discovered the designs of Catherine Malandrino, and to say that I am smitten would be an understatement. Her pieces are distinctive and timeless…sophisticated and feminine. I am the proud owner of two Catherine Malandrino sweaters, and have recently managed to fall head over heels for this coat.

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I can see it worn over anything: from dressy pants to skinny jeans…from a pencil skirt to a sheath. And as the weather gets cooler, I can almost feel the comfort of that spread collar snapped high around my neck.