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For the mom-to-be: Baby planners and maternity wear

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There's a lot of uncertainty about having a baby. Which crib? Toys? Stroller? What about the rest of the gear? What about eco-friendly products?

Women used to rely on their mothers, their sisters, their aunts or their friends for answers to these questions. But sometimes it's best to let the professionals take over.

Baby planners -- a.k.a. baby concierges, a.k.a. maternity consultants -- are increasing in number, and, naturally, they seem to be thriving in Los Angeles. Read Heather John's report to get the scoop on the folks who "take the labor out of your delivery."

Then check out the latest in maternity wear. Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to look like you're wearing a sack. In fact, the sartorial landscape for pregnant women is only getting better.

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-- Alice Short

Photo: Ellie Miller, left, and Melissa Gould started a baby planning business in Studio City almost six years ago. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

 

Frugal Fashion: Olivia Palermo in spring prints

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Socialite Olivia Palermo has become a regular fixture on the fashion circuit. Chances are you've seen the slender brunet photographed in the front row of almost every major show. New York Magazine's 2007 "It girl" has made a name for herself in the fashion world with her impeccable style. She's known for appearing effortlessly put together in mix-and-match patterns, bold textures and mounds of accessories.

The 26-year-old has rebounded quite nicely from her brief stint on the reality television show "The City," where her frenemy antics awarded her villain status. Since the show, she's signed with the Wilhelmina Models agency, launched a jewelry line with Roberta Freymann, been the face of the London label Freda and most recently scored a gig as the face of the new Rochas scent.

At the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week recently, Palermo was back in front of the cameras, embracing this season's explosive prints. She wore a Topshop neon yellow top, black fur-trim blazer and Topshop trousers festooned with tropical flowers. Her feet were clad in leopard print.

For a similar pair of blooming spring trousers, try the Vila Oriental floral printed pants for $62.67 from Asos.com, the floral print trousers from H&M for $14.95 or for a more subtle pair get the floral print trousers from Zara.com for $79.90

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Palermo's solid black blazer, plain yellow top and slouchy camel tote balance the pattern, keeping the outfit from looking cluttered. Get the same effect with the Chiffon puff-sleeve blouse in "Dent De Lion" from Americanapparel.com for $46 or the sleeveless neon yellow blouse from H&M for $29.95. Pair with a boxy double-breasted blazer from Forever21.com for $32.80, or the ruffle waist jacket, also from Forever21.com for $27.80.

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Palermo took a risk by adding another pattern to her ensemble with the leopard print shoes but the combination works for an extra punch since the other pieces she's wearing are solid. Try the Sam Edelman Portney heels in "new nude leopard" from 6pm.com for $84 or for an enticing alternative to the heel get the Animal print tuxedo flats from Express.com for $31.43 or the Damiann booties by Steve Madden for $62.98.

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In fashion, breaking the rules is always more fun.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

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-- Jenn Harris
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Photos, from top: Olivia Palermo attends the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 at the the Topshop Show Space on Feb. 19 in London. Credit: Samir Hussein / Getty Images.

Pants, from left: Villa Oriental floral printed pants, $62.67 / Asos.com; floral print trousers, $14.95 / HM.com; floral print trousers, $79.90 / Zara.com.

Tops, blazers: Chiffon puff sleeve blouse in "Dent De Lion," $46 / Americanapparel.com; sleeveless neon yellow blouse from H&M, $29.95 / HM.com; double-breasted blazer, $32.80 / Forever21.com; ruffle waist jacket, $27.80 / Forever21.com.

Shoes: Sam Edelman Portney heels in "new nude leopard," $84 / 6pm.com; animal print tuxedo flats, $31.43 / Express.com; Damiann booties by Steve Madden, $62.98 / Stevemadden.com.

Frugal Fashion: Tilda Swinton at the Gotham Independent Film Awards

Tilda Actress Tilda Swinton seems to be on everyone's fashion radar. Designer Victoria Beckham recently told Vogue UK that she's "obsessed" with Swinton and would love to dress her, Pomellato jewelry chose Swinton as the face of its ad campaign and Haider Ackermann -- one of Swinton's favorite designers -- was quoted by WWD saying, "What I like about [Swinton] is that when she's doing something, she stands behind it without worrying whether people like it or not."

Swinton has also ventured into the fragrance world. Last year she launched her scent Like This, a collaboration with French fragrance house Etat Libre d’Orange.

Swinton, who can next be seen in the thriller "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (January 2012),  showed off her sense of style recently when she attended the 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York. She chose a dark color palette, which made a stark but beautiful contrast to her luminous skin, piercing blue eyes and golden hair. Her sheer black blouse, slacks and long metallic checkered coat were all by Haider Ackermann, a designer to whom Swinton frequently turns when dressing for events.

The most striking element in Swinton's ensemble was her coat. Combining a checkered pattern and metallic shine makes for a festive holiday look. For a similar checkered coat that sparkles, try the BKE Metallic plaid coat for $71.96 from Buckle.com. To get Swinton's look wear the coat open and either ditch the buttons or swap out for new, smaller ones. Or, for even more shine, get the sequined coat from Zara for $169.

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Swinton's sheer blouse and classic trousers are great basics for any occasion. For a similar blouse get the DKNYC solid washed chiffon ruffle blouse for $34.99 at 6pm.com, or, for something with a little more character, try the Asos shirt with sheer and solid paneling from Asos.com for $43.63. Zara makes a great pair of basic tailored trousers for $49, or get the black horn button tailored trousers for $90 from Topshop.com.

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Strap on a pair of solid colored heels or flats and you're ready for your holiday close-up.

Happy shopping.

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-- Jenn Harris

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Photo: Actress Tilda Swinton attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Nov. 28 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Middle photo, from left: BKE Metallic plaid coat, $71.96/ Buckle.com; Sequined coat, $169/ Zara.

Bottom photo, from left: DKNYC solid washed chiffon ruffle blouse, $34.99/ 6pm.com; Asos shirt with sheer and solid paneling, $43.63/ Asos.com; Tailored trousers, $49/ Zara; Black horn button tailored trousers, $90/ Topshop.com.

Frugal Fashion: 'Martha Marcy' star Elizabeth Olsen in Chanel

Elizabeth OlsenEarlier this year, actress Elizabeth Olsen was asked about her interest in fashion in an interview with Elle Girl. It was a valid question for the 22-year-old, who happens to be the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, designers of the clothing lines the Row and Elizabeth and James. The actress said she had no interest in working in fashion like her older sisters, but did give a little insight into her style evolution.

"I used to be strictly Annie Hall in high school,"  Olsen said. "I would wear the hat and suspenders and all the button-up shirts and masculine pants."

Olsen has come a long way from dressing up like Annie Hall, evolving into a fashion-wise, elegant movie star. She appears alongside Hugh Dancy in the new film "Martha Marcy May Marlene,"  which opened last week.

Olsen attended a premiere for the film during the 55th BFI London Film Festival in a baby pink sequin boat-neck blouse and tiered tulle and lace skirt, both from the Chanel spring 2011 couture collection. She finished the pink ensemble with shiny, pointy-toed champagne heels by Christian Louboutin. Her pairing of the sequin and tulle textures was sophisticated and playful. 

With holiday parties approaching, you'll need to start thinking about your winter party wardrobe. Olsen's look may make for fun gala or premiere attire, but her mixed textures can be the perfect inspiration when planning your holiday looks.

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For a sequin top that sparkles, try the sequin tee from Topshop.com for $90, sequined knit top from Forever21.com for $19.80 or the one shoulder asymmetric sequinned top from Zara.com for $69.90. Or you can try a fun pattern with the  Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse for $78 from Dillards.com or Tiffany top from Alloy.com for $36.90.

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For a textured skirt similar to Olsen's, try the long maxi lace skirt for $24.99 from Needsupply.com,  Asos midi skirt in check for $71.88 from Asos.com or the Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt for $89.85, also from Asos.com. For a shorter version, get the Christin Michaels Florence skirt for $40 from Zappos.com.

There's a lot to do to prepare for the holiday season, but at least sartorially, you'll be ready.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

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Photos, from top: Elizabeth Olsen attends the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on Oct. 21 in London. Credit: Tim Whitby /Getty Images For the BFI.

Blouses, from left: Sequin tee, $90 / Topshop.com; Sequined knit top, $19.80 / Forever21.com; asymmetric sequinned top, $69.90 / Zara.com; Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse, $78 / Dillards.com; Tiffany top, $36.90 / Alloy.com.  

Skirts, from left: Long maxi lace skirt, $24.99 / Needsupply.com; Asos midi skirt in check, $71.88 / Asos.com; Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt, $89.95 / Asos.com; Christin Michaels Florence skirt, $40 / Zappos.com.

Frugal Fashion: Jessica Alba at the Clinton Foundation Gala

Jessica AlbaUsher may have stolen the show with his wardrobe malfunction at the recent Clinton Foundation Gala, but Jessica Alba made a sartorial impression as well.

The actress, who gave birth to her second child a little more than two months ago, attended the event  at the Hollywood Palladium on the arm of her husband Cash Warren (and can be heard next in the animated film "Escape from Planet Earth," which is scheduled for release in 2012). She looked trim and dainty in a pleated blue suede skirt, sheer blouse and black tights. She accessorized with a fuzzy black clutch and deep purple heels. The blue and purple created a soft, warm color palette and the blouse gave the outfit a sense of whimsy.

Alba's skirt is a great length for any number of occasions such as a cocktail party -- or even a regular workday. For a similar style, get the curved hem pleated skirt from Topshop.com for $70 or the grosgrain waist pleated skirt from Thelimited.com for $14.99. For a style that's a tad shorter, get the panel skirt from Zara.com for $49.95.

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A sheer blouse like Alba's can be a go-to item for something as simple as a flea market shopping trip or a fancier dinner party, just remember appropriate under-garments. To get Alba's look try the  aqua three-quarter sleeve pintuck top for $78 from Bloomingdales.com, Lumiani madeline blouse for $59 from Zappos.com and embroidered mesh crop top from Freepeople.com for $88.

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Alba's frayed clutch adds a striking textural contrast to her soft ensemble. For something similar try the feather clutch bag from Asos.com for $43.65 or the opa faux fur bag from Chicos.com for $69 or the faux fur clutch bag from Topshop.com for $70.

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Any pair of blue or black pumps would have worked with Alba's outfit but her purple heels were a slightly offbeat, playful choice. For a similar pair, try the Michael Antonio Adeline shoe with a loafer design from Zappos.com for $49.50 or the Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump for $39.95 from DSW.com.

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Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

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Photos, from top: Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the Clinton Foundation Gala in Honor of "A Decade of Difference" at the Hollywood Palladium. Credit: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press.

Skirts, from left: Curved hem pleated skirt, $70 / Topshop.com; grosgrain waist pleated skirt, $14.99 / Thelimited.com; panel skirt, $49.95 / Zara.com.

Blouses, from left: Aqua three-quarter sleeve pintuck top, $78 / Bloomingdales.com; Lumiani madeline blouse, $59 / Zappos.com; embroidered mesh crop top, $88 / Freepeople.com.

Bags, from left: Feather clutch bag, $43.65 / Asos.com; opa faux fur bag, $69 / Chicos.com; faux fur clutch bag, $70 / Topshop.com.

Shoes, from left: Michael Antonio Adeline shoe, $49.50 / Zappos.com; Mix No. 6 Octavia wedge pump, $39.95 / DSW.com.

Zara.com launches online shopping in the U.S.

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Online browsers who happened to be on Zara.com on Wednesday might have noticed something a little different. You can still find the clothing retailer's classic clean-cut blazers, shift dresses and cropped trousers, but sneak a peek at the upper-right-hand corner of the site and you'll see a tiny, much-anticipated surprise: a pint-sized shopping bag icon. The Spanish brand, known for its modern styles at moderate prices, launched online shopping in the U.S. on Wednesday.

Before Wednesday, online shopping at Zara.com was exclusively offered to 17 European countries.

With my credit card in hand, I visited Zara.com to look for two fall staples: a pair of boots and a versatile sweater. I easily located two affordable finds in the TRF high heel ankle boot with turn down lapel in brown, for $69.90, and the V-neck jersey sweater for $59.90. The boots will be great with a long dress and I'm excited to wear the comfy sweater with jeans and rain boots (weather permitting) or riding pants and heels for a night out.

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I have a feeling that I must not be the only one shopping online at work. Numerous sizes for different items on the site have already sold out.

-- Jenn Harris

Twitter.com/Jenn_Harris_

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Photo, top: Screenshot of Zara.com. Credit: Zara.com. 

Photo, bottom from left: TRF high heel ankle boot with turn down lapel and V-neck jersey sweater. Credit: Zara.com

Good buy: Zara plaited shopper

Zara bag The look in handbags for fall is clean without a lot of hardware, which may be why I've become so attached to a vintage Coach flap bag with a turn-lock closure that I bought for $55 at a flea market in New York City this spring.

We have Celine's Phoebe Philo to thank for the trend, of course. She's been pushing luxe minimalism on the runway for several seasons now, training our eye to appreciate unfussy coats and totes. But not everyone has the cash for the Celine Boston tote, the current fashion world fave, which can cost $1,800-$2,500 depending on the skin and color combination.

This leather tote from Zara is a chic substitute. At just $149, it's sturdy and rich-looking, with plaited details on the handles, and a longer strap tucked inside in case you want to wear it over your shoulder. It's unlined but has a cloth interior pouch, to help keep things organized. It comes in red, black or luggage brown at Zara stores.

-- Booth Moore

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Photo: Zara plaited shoppe. Credit: Zara

Frugal Fashion: I don't know how Sarah Jessica Parker does it

Sjp2After "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Bradshaw both became fashion icons. Viewers tuned in every week to watch what the frenetic, shoe-obsessed Bradshaw would wear next and in the real world, the paparazzi snapped pictures of everything Parker had on, from a MET ball gown to jeans at the grocery store. The infamous Carrie Bradshaw may have been just a character, but the HBO show gave the actress who portrayed her ubiquitous style power. 

Parker, 46, has been on the cover of Vogue six times, including this month's issue in a Burberry Prorsum cable-knit trench coat. With her lithe frame she is the perfect model and her affinity for classic designs with a twist makes her wardrobe a sort of style bible for fashionistas at any age.

Parker, who can next be seen in the film "I Don't Know How She Does It," slated for a Sept. 16 opening, recently made an appearance at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" premiere in New York City with her husband Matthew Broderick and son James Wilkie. One who never shies away from taking risks with her clothing, Parker ditched the expected fancy premiere gown in favor of a languid, flowy silhouette. She looked resplendent in a patterned maxi dress, navy boyfriend blazer and gathered handbag.

Be ready for your own summer soiree in a long, colorful maxi like the Fire chiffon overlay maxi dress for $52 from Nordstrom, below at left, Willow & Clay print maxi dress, center, for $39.97 from Nordstrom Rack or the Aqua Racer back maxi dress from Bloomingdales.com for $88.

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Parker could have gone the traditional route and covered up with a small cardigan or shawl, but the boyfriend blazer makes a bold statement and is a nice contrast to the flowy dress. Get a similar look with the Asos boyfriend blazer, left, for $94.81, a the gold-buttoned blazer with turn-back cuffs, center, from Zara for $49.99 or a style with patch elbows from H&M for $39.95.

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Parker's gathered bag is a refreshing change from the classic party clutch. It's still small in size but a piece you can easily sling over your shoulder while dancing. Zara makes some similar looks with the gathered messenger bag, left, for $49.99 or a smaller version with a chain strap for $29.99.

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Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris
Twitter.com/Jenn_Harris_

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Top photo: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" on  July 11 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Dress photos from left: Fire chiffon overlay maxi dress. Credit: Nordstrom.com; Willow and Clay print maxi dress; Credit: Nordstromrack.com; Aqua racer back maxi dress. Credit: Bloomingdales.com

Blazer photos from left: Asos boyfriend blazer. Credit: Asos.com; Blazer with turn-back cuffs. Credit: Zara.com; Navy blazer. Credit: Hm.com

Bottom photos: Gathered messenger bag, left, and cube messenger bag. Credit: Zara.com

From the spring runway to Zara

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Raf Simons' spring collection for Jil Sander went off like a color bomb in the fashion world. It was the runway show of the season for sure, with acid brights upon acid brights, and blown-up floral patterned T-shirts tucked into ball skirts, the perfect mix of sporty and chic. The minute we saw it in Milan in September we knew it was something special, the rare collection that really has the power to reach the streets.

And I've been waiting to see how it would trickle down. In the past couple of months, as spring clothes began to arrive in stores, I've noticed a few neon-colored T-shirts at J. Crew and H&M, and a few  punchy colors at Gap (not nearly enough though; Gap should have had this one in the bag). But Zara is the first retailer to really take on the trend.

If you visit your local Zara store this weekend, you might want to wear shades. The Spanish fast fashion giant has every element of the JIl Sander look covered, with pieces including a fuchsia anorak and tuxedo blazer, a tangerine orange floor-length skirt, button-down shirts and gladiator sandals in electric blue, T-shirts and scarves blooming with flowers -- all for less than $200.

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Of course, it should be noted that you can get an authentic piece of the Jil Sander collection for not much more -- just $295 for a floral T-shirt straight from the runway, or $395 for a pair of floral ballet flats, both at the brand's new e-shop.

-- Booth Moore

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Top photo: Models walk the runway displaying looks from Jil Sander during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times. Bottom photo: Zara follows the Jil Sander lead. Credit: Zara

Frugal Fashion: Liv Tyler at the Sundance Film Festival

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It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood and heavy snow descend on Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Prepare to see plenty of stars in puffy jackets, enormous sunglasses and, God forbid, furry Ugg boots (It should be noted that these oversized boots look like a Sasquatch has swallowed each of your feet whole and won’t let go but if you need to keep your toes from turning blue, they get the job done). Sure, the stars are battling frigid conditions but is that a reason to look less than chic?

Thankfully, Liv Tyler ignored the cold when she ditched the eskimo jacket look in favor of some lighter attire for the premiere of "The Ledge" at the Eccles Center Theatre. Tyler created the perfect balance of comfort and style in a dark gray coat, patterned tights and tall, black suede boots. I love the jacket because it's not your typical peacoat. The oversized lapels look dressy, create the illusion of a super blazer/coat hybrid and give the piece a distinct menswear vibe. The patterned leggings are just plain fun, and the suede boots are functional. The fact that they don't bring to mind a certain furry animal is a definite bonus.

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If you're tired of the classic peacoat styles, spruce up your winter wardrobe with one of these fun finds: The Adam by Adam Lippes coat on Yoox.com for $59, Globetrotting in Grey coat from ModCloth.com for $79, the Plush College coat from Zara for $59 or the coat with gathering on the side for $39, also from Zara.

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Draw some attention to your legs without leaving them bare in a pair of patterned leggings. You can find them at most stores for $20 or under but here are our picks for the top four under $10: Split pattern tights by Free People for $9.95, Fashion-forward patterned tights from Charlotte Russe for $7.50, Basketweave tights from Anthropologie for $9.95, and the Hue Bold lace tights from Lord and Taylor for $9.44.

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As someone who will willingly kill my feet all night for a divine pair of shoes, I'm always thrilled when I find a pair that looks great without the pain. These frugal finds should keep you warm and still turn some heads: Merona Kamiyah suede boots for $39.99 and the Mossimo Kailli Over the knee boots for $39.99. Victoria's Secret proves it can tackle more than just sexy lingerie with the Report Side-tie boot for $49.99.

Happy Shopping.

-- Jenn Harris

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

Photo top: Actress Liv Tyler attends "The Ledge" premiere at the Eccles Center Theatre during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Credit: George Pimentel / Getty Images.

Coat photo from left: The Adam by Adam Lippes coat. Credit: Yoox.com. Globetrotting in Grey coat. Credit: ModCloth.com. Plush College coat. Credit: Zara. Coat with gathering on the side. Credit: Zara.

Tights photo from left: Split-pattern tights. Credit: Free People. Fashion-forward patterned tights: Charlotte Russe. Basketweave tights. Credit: Anthropologie. Hue Bold lace tights. Credit: Lord and Taylor.

Boots photo from left: Merona Kamiyah boots. Credit: Target. Mossimo Kailli boots. Credit: Target. Report Side-tie boots. Credit: Victoria's Secret.


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