STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Tie That Binds

Any girl could slip a patent leather Louis Vuitton satchel onto her arm and turn heads. That deep, oxblood shade complemented by a chunky watch and metallic sandals speaks volumes. But what really sparked my attention about this Fashionista’s outfit wasn’t her designer tote golden accents. Instead, it was her perfect neutral wrap dress—and of course, the way she wore it.

The frock is light and airy, so it makes for a seamless transition from the office to dinner with friends to a classy night at the bar. Plus, it’s short enough to keep you cool and help show off those newly tanned gams. But from the button details to the V-neck collar, this little number is also suitably demure.

This Fashionista plays up its versatility with a casual front tie, subtle, barely-there makeup and a slick hairstyle. The dress is the focal point here, and frankly, it’s hard to turn away. From its fit to its perfect neutral tone, you can’t help but want one just like it. The good news is there are more where this baby came from.

While this Fashionista’s is by the lovely Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James has an open back, silk style that’s to die for and Guess makes a version that comes in both a light and dark colorway. If you prefer army green, splurge on Akris Punto, and for my absolute favorite pick, shop DKNY. From its bright, punchy hue to the boxy cut, I’m completely obsessed. Of course, if you’re a dedicated DVF gal like this Fashionista, there are both jersey and knit options you’ll love. Whichever you choose, once you shrug it on and tie it up, you’ll feel totally sleek–with or without a little patent leather.

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