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The Scene: Business talk over cappuccinos
Her Must-Have Piece: The printed blouse
If business-casual duds aren't your cup of tea (or in this case, coffee), mix in a print for an instant refresh. "It adds some fun to a more professional outfit," says Dengler, who held her work meetings in cafés until recently renting an office. "But, pairing it with bold, solid colors tones it down, so it's not too busy."
Shirt, blazer, and shoes courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
With prints, looser, silkier fabrics are the trick. "Every piece can be a little oversized, so it doesn’t look clingy; just make sure they have a tailored cut that still accentuates your body," says Dengler.
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The Scene: All-night dance party
Her Must-Have Piece: The chic jumpsuit
"Anyone can pull off a jumpsuit!" Dengler promises of this trendy, sometimes-intimidating piece. Here's how to nail the look: Sleeveless or not, always go for a flirty neckline. "So much of you is covered up that you need to show some skin in other ways," says the blogger. Top it off with bright heels for an instant lift. "You want to give yourself as much height as possible, otherwise, the fit can make you look short and stout."
Jumpsuit, shoes, and clutch courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
Look for a nipped waist that gives you definition. "The fit is the most important part of the jumpsuit," says Dengler. This classic number checks off all the boxes: Not only is it an all-in-one statement piece, but it comes at half the price of similar ones you might find at a high-end boutique.
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The Scene: Downtown boutique-hopping
Her Must-Have Piece: The slouchy pant
When we hit the city streets for a shopping spree, it's an all-day affair — and we need an outfit we'll be comfortable in for all the cross-town trekking, dressing-room pit stops, and bag-lugging ahead. "Slouchy, silky pants are so in right now, and they really allow you to move and feel comfortable no matter what you're doing," says Dengler.
Pants, sunglasses, backpack, and jacket courtesy of T.J.Maxx.