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I’ve never been a huge fan of Herve Leger — it’s one of those brands that has it’s own…personality, and that personality does not fit with mine.  I think of HL and I immediately envision Lilly Galichi (sp?) of Shahs of Sunset, who I am pretty sure is the brand’s poster child.

That said, I wore an adorable variation-on-the-bandage dress I found at a small boutique by our old condo in Lincoln Park.  It had the bandage effect (layers of fabric abutting on top of one another), but a fitted bodice and a fuller skirt.  I know the way I’m describing it sounds hideous, but it was precious, and I wore it with hot pink Louboutin bow-toe heels (fairly similar to this Kate Spade style — on sale now!) and these oversized pearl drops($40), which many folks have mistaken for Chanel!  At any rate, this has opened my eyes to the possibility of bandage-esque dresses that don’t make you look like you are a Russian wannabe socialite.  Torn by Ronny Kobo has a slew of these fitted-but-more-elegant takes on the bandage style, like this simple but chic style ($388) with these dramatic Lele Sadoughi drops ($145):

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I like this with the ultra-modern Alexander Wang Lovisa in pristine white (on sale for $245) with the ULTIMATE It-bag of the season, the Mark Cross Grace box bag ($2195, named after Grace Kelly!):Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.04.45 AM Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.04.41 AM

 

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Check out this bag in action on the chic-est of the chic:

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If the price tag of the Mark Cross style is too hefty, don’t fear.  Some more affordable styles: an of-the-moment ice blue ($70 — pastels are so fresh right now, especially in the form of accessories and outerwear; have seen SO many pastel pink cocoon coats..check out this Tibi or this affordable JOA find); this Sophie Hulme ($675 — die over the heavy hardware in her styles; available in other colors here); this colorblock variation ($100); or this creamy dream (also Sophie Hulme, $727):

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Into this get-up?  Check out this Torn by Ronny Kobo style, on sale for $118!!!  Would look fab with these Louboutins ($745).  Alternately, the Alexandra style is on sale here for $118 and here for $89, and would look stunning with some nude Rockstuds.

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