Fresh Look: Go boldly orange at H&M
You get a bonus with this installment of our Fresh Looks for 2011. Turns out, I was the model for the story! Here I am, sporting my chosen look.
It's true. Sometimes, the freshest looks happened 25 years ago.
This structural dress was $35 at H&M, the Swedish fashion staple that finally opened in Tampa's International Plaza this year. It eschews a more obvious flouncy skirt in favor of a dramatic tapered hemline. It appears to be sold out online, but check your local store.
That construction not only takes us back to the '80s, it leaves ample room for pockets. We love pockets! The result is feminine yet sharp, sexy, impenetrable to nonsense. It's Erica Kane crossed with Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner, with a sprinkling of Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl. It's covered enough for the office, yet take-charge enough for the wine bar after work.
We added some -gold geometric earrings to play up the sharp silhouette, and a simple gold bangle. The accessories together totaled less than $15.
While your attitude wanders back to the Falcon Crest Winery, your sensibility will stay modern. This piece comes from H&M's Conscious Collection, a line that attempts to be environmentally friendly. This dress is made from more than 50 percent recycled materials.
And as a bonus, orange is the shade of the moment. No, really. The color kings at Pantone have named "Tangerine Tango" the official hue of 2012.
Deal Diva Stephanie
Photos: Dirk Shadd, Times