fashion must haves

Fashion Must Haves

The tan bodycon midi dress

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Few items have been as trendy as the midi body con dress.

I've never been a fan of trends, but I got this dress thinking I'll give it a try, and have included it in my list of fashion must haves for good.

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I love simple things, and the tan midi dress definitely fits in with the minimalism trend. I don't usually shop for bargain trendy dresses, so I was hesitant to buy this. But from forever21, I figured it is worth the twelve bucks even if I wear it only once.

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The Herve Leger dress is the original. I believe it was initially called the 'bandage dress.' I can see why they changed it. Balmain is another high-end fashion house that brought this dress into the lime light.

Other designers followed suit, and here are some mid-price fashion must haves:

Alice + Olivia dress in white James Perse tan bodycon Elliatt midi dress

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When thinking about fashion must haves, this dress has all the qualifications. It's simple, it's sexy, easy to copy from a high-end designer, and looks good with everything.

While it's important to wear what you like, if you're truly clueless about fashion, that is a good rule to follow. Keep it simple -- simple clothes look classic and expensive. Wear something that looks good on you -- that will make you look sexy even if it's not skin-tight. And finally, buy something that looks good with a majority of shoes and bags.

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I don't know if a sweater will be necessary for a while now that it's summer. But it's been cold in the evenings, so I love a soft Cashmere cardigan (especially when it's on sale like this). This Alice+Olivia bell sleeve sweater would be great for fall as well.

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A close second on the list of fashion must haves is the lace up sandal.

This is yet another item that's simple, sexy, classic, and goes with everything.

DVF sandals Rebecca Minkoff lace ups Valentino sandal (on sale) Aquazzura sandals (NOT wild things) Steven Valen lace up sandals

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Another favorite of mine is the mens' watch. There's something so cool about a woman wearing one of these. And the rose gold still makes it look very feminine.

Rolex Sky-dweller Men's Morphic watch Seiko rose gold watch Diesel leather strap DKNY women's watch

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Finally, I completed the look with some classic accessories:

Ralph Lauren shopper bag (similar here and here)

Bronze wing earrings Large wing earrings Tiffany's earrings Pave gold earrings

What are some of your fashion must haves?