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From Ed’s Guest Blogger: Two Must-Have Pieces, Three Chic Looks

By Ariana Levy

While searching for full-time jobs in the mag or fashion industries, many post-grads are finding themselves forced to accept internships for months before landing an entry-level position, neither of which pay the bills, or student loans for that matter.

With fashion trends changing faster than Kylie Jenner’s hair color, it can be difficult to maintain a chic wardrobe on a limited budget. For all you whippersnappers, I’ve styled three looks (casual, work, and party) using two pieces I consider the most versatile staples: a camel coat and a tube skirt.

A camel coat is as necessary an object as a good pair of jeans or black leather jacket, and tube skirts are a slightly more relaxed answer to the basic pencil skirt. The stretch makes it sporty enough to pair with sneakers, but classy enough to wear to the office. Win, win.

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Casual Cool

For the weekend, I love keeping it causal with neutral basics. Opting for solids guarantees multiple wears per piece and a foolproof look for when you’re on the go. My favorite thing to do right now is to top the outfit off with a beanie (topped with a pom, of course).

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Work Chic

My philosophy when it comes to business attire: The fewer pieces you introduce into the look, the fewer opportunities for a disasters a.k.a. a fashion faux pas. Stay with solids and focus on a cool accessory. Sleeveless turtlenecks elongate the form, and you can’t go wrong with a black pump and a classic addition like a great bag or timepiece.

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To take this look out, opt for a cropped top in a fun texture, such as velvet. I like to wear all black since it’s slimming and ALWAYS chic. Choose a statement necklace that creates contrast with your top and can even be reflected in your makeup. A flick of gold shimmery shadow over a smokey eye does the trick. For a good post-work pump, you are always safe with a small platform and a slightly rounder toe.

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Ariana Levy is an Assistant Designer for Jessica Howard. She is also the co-founder and 1/2 of the creative team behind the fashion and lifestyle blog: Twinseperable. She enjoys painting, reading, staying up to date on the latest fashion trends, and playing with her dog, Archibald. Follow her on Instagram at @style_etics for more fashion inspiration.

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