Ann Demeulemeester Seamed Short Cardigan and Printed Dress: Reinventing the Classics

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Double take! With such a structured silhouette – it even has sharply formed shoulders – I thought this Ann Demeulemeester cardigan ($399 from $670) was a blazer at first glance. But it’s even better: the comfort of sweater disguised with the formality of a jacket. Cropped and fitted, with cozy long sleeves and a touch of sheer paneling to make this cotton cardigan exactly what you’ll want to slide into on chilly June nights.

Pair it with this sheath dress ($279 from $465), a wacky print toned down via black-and-white cotton, and you have polished comfort. Sure, the cut may be called conservative, but the dress is more Carrie than Charlotte. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Ann: no one attains the much-desired spirit of “edgy-chic” like her. Snap up these twisted basics fast – they’re on sale for frugal snob prices!

Pair with: Blue and black can be a winning combination. Just ask Jason Wu. His practical “Jean” tote bag, in royal blue leather, is the perfect handy topper for this colorless outfit. Jason Wu “Jean” Tote Bag, $1,495.

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