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Dress: Anthropologie; Heels: Zara; Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: H&M; Earrings: Nordstrom.

A good shift dress is a must-have for any fashionista’s closet. I fell in love with this one from Anthropologie because of it’s versatility; it’s the ultimate desk-to-dinner dress. The look I put together here was for a date night with Brendan in San Francisco so I dressed up the shift with a statement necklace and some racy red heels. For a daytime or work look I would pair this dress with a fitted blazer and pointed-toe flats. For anyone trying to live on a budget (which is mmm EVERYONE in San Francisco, damn you rental rates), it’s important to invest in pieces that can be worn in several different situations. My suggestions: go with classic, flattering shapes and materials that will stand the test of time. Another tip? Take good care of the clothes you want to last. Yes, this is a simple tip but it goes a long way. Always hang clothes up after wear, take as much as you can to dry-cleaning and air-dry almost all materials other than cotton. What are your favorite, most versatile pieces in your closet? I’m always looking for good recommendations!

-jess



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