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The Scene: Smelling the roses
Her Must-Have: The leather backpack
There are a handful of things in life that are guaranteed to make people smile: puppies, babies, Ryan Gosling — and fresh flowers. With her Insta feed as digital proof, Orton has a weakness for peeping bright blooms on her commute. Her on-the-go bag of choice? A grown-up backpack. “I am so on board with the leather backpack trend,” says Orton. “It's a great piece that you can wear casually on the weekends, but also use to add the perfect pop of color to a dressier weekday wardrobe."
Bag, dress, and shoes courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
"This piece has a really attractive almost shapeless structure, which makes it really comfortable to carry,” says Orton.
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The Scene: Post-brunch boutique-hopping
Her Must-Have: The laid-back lace skirt
How do you top a morning filled with friends, French toast, and a cup (or three) of coffee? Preferably, with as many bags of new clothes as your weary arms can carry. To transition from dressy brunch to dressing rooms, go for a piece that's on-trend but still has a little give. “The skirt is classy, but also super comfortable — the elastic waist makes it so you can whip in and out of that puppy when you’re trying things on,” Orton says.
Shirt, skirt, shoes, and bag courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
“A lot of designers are using lace right now, and I think this is a beautiful way to do it — white on white with a textured design that sets the two pieces apart,” says Orton.
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The Scene: Pliés at the barre
Her Must-Have: The cowl-neck cover-up
Sometimes, the hardest part about working out is the warm-up — that is, what you wear to warm up. Sweats leave you too, well, sweaty, and going sans layers doesn't always prepare you to go from a stroll to a full-on sprint without pulling a hamstring. A regular at her local barre class, Orton has mastered the art of the warm-up just as well her ballerina-esque plié: The secret is in the fabric. "I'm a fan of wearing long sleeves until my muscles are really fired up, so a lightweight mesh is key," says Orton.
Pants, tank, long-sleeve top, and sports bra courtesy of T.J.Maxx.