57 / Cambridge
> When Bjorklund saw this Ralph Lauren for Kohl’s ruffled dress, she was instantly drawn to the regal purple plaid. There was just one problem. It was in the children’s department. She bought the girl’s size 16, planning to make it into a skirt, but found it actually fit her small frame.
> Layering can be tricky under a tight fit, so Bjorklund wisely chose a whisper-thin black silk shirt (from Banana Republic).
> “I have tights in every color imaginable,” says Bjorklund, who had no trouble finding a matching purple pair (from modcloth.com), worn with her “ancient” funky black boots.
JOO LEE KANG
30 / Allston
> Kang spotted this flirty plaid skirt (at American Apparel) and bought it on the spot. “It reminds me of one of my skirts from high school,” she says, smiling.
> An artist represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, Kang is known for precisely rendered drawings that belie her whimsical sense of personal style. She says the bright blue Hunter rain boots (from The Tannery) and pop-bead necklaces (from her mother and an aunt in Korea) “cheer up a lousy day.”
28 / Brookline
> If Swensson’s pleated plaid skirt has a retro feel, thank her mom, who kept the Pendleton classic for decades. “It was very long and looked too schoolmarmy, so I shortened it.”
> Clearly dressed for cold weather, Swensson bought her coat (from Barbour) for warmth. “I like that it looks like a hunting jacket, which is typically not my style, but thought it would be a cool juxtaposition with a more polished look.”
> Swensson works in pharmaceuticals, combining practicality and fashion in her rubber-soled suede high heels (from J.Crew), ribbed tights, cashmere scarf (from Saks), and capacious red tote (from Longchamp). “I like to mix textures, because it can elevate an otherwise boring outfit,” she says.