Style Watch

How to style a dress

Adding creative layers and accessories, local fashionistas transform a favorite frock into a whole new outfit.

From left, Tanja Tatelman, Andreza Andrade, and Amy Qadri.

Tina Sutton

From left, Tanja Tatelman, Andreza Andrade, and Amy Qadri.



> With her pixie haircut and street chic layers, Tatelman looks more Hollywood ingenue than suburban mother of two. “I have a thing for lace,” she confesses, like this cropped black cutwork top (Joie from Bloomingdale’s) with romantic, face-framing neckline.


> But it’s how Tatelman layers the top that sets her outfit apart, giving a classy sophistication to the playful recolored animal-print peasant dress by Rebecca Taylor (from Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off 5th outlet).

> Adding an enviable touch of hip luxury is the Balenciaga leather and silver wristband (from Barneys), a gift from Tatelman’s husband. After one last look in the mirror, she was inspired to apply navy blue nail polish — in the car!

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Favorite StoresCusp, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue



> Though you’d never know it, under the blouse Andrade wears an Easter egg-yellow sleeveless dress by Calvin Klein (from Lord & Taylor). As the restaurant manager at the Four Seasons Hotel, she makes a point of varying her wardrobe combinations.


> “I don’t like anything dull,” says the Brazilian transplant, whose cheery, multicolored plaid blouse (from Lord & Taylor) has a surprise lacy, sheer back. The structured belt (by Anne Klein) hides the top’s folded hem.

> Always on her feet, Andrade favors Wolford support hose — “these are the ones Beyonce wears!” — and platform heels (Elie Tahari from Nordstrom), which give her height without leg strain.

Favorite Stores Intermix, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor


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> Shoppers at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop could easily mistake this sales associate for a Parisian art student. (Qadri does study art history at Salem State.) A fan of crochet-work, she layers a lace-trimmed T-shirt under her quirky summer dress (from Urban Outfitters). “I loved that it looks like two pieces.”

> “I’m a hat person and wear a different one every day,” says Qadri, whose off-kilter beret (from the museum shop), ballet flats (by Steve Madden), and oversized tortoiseshell glasses (from are decidedly French gamine.

> At their traditional Muslim wedding, Qadri’s husband gave her the key (to his heart?) necklace.

Favorite StoresModern Millie vintage/consignment shop in Salem, Salmagundi in JP for hats, Anthropologie

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