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Chip on your shoulder

Despite the heat wave attacking our fair city, I'm beginning to crave some new pieces for fall. I blame it on all the September issues hitting newsstands. The trends this season come together to create what would essentially be my dream wardrobe -- leopard print, Breton stripes, über-high heels, rocker chic jewelry, and lots of leather. Suddenly, it seems, the fashion gods have smiled on my closet and everything I want to wear feels so right now. But given said heat wave, I'm not exactly ready to shop for that new faux fur vest. Enter Derek Lam's genius use of sequins.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for all things shiny, and his seemingly cavalier smattering of sparkle on the sleeves of this dress is perfection -- and, of course, a bit out of my price range. But H&M has come to my rescue.



Their super soft cotton knit ($35; for stores) marries my love for casual boyish pieces and girly sequins. I literally plan to wear it with everything: denim cutoffs for a chilly night out, navy cigarette pants for a polished work look, a leopard mini for a dose of serious fashion cred. Because really, what outfit doesn't look better with a little sparkle.



-- Katie Goldsmith


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