STYLED: New and Available

Norma Light

Okay – talk about summer light — on the wallet, as well as the heat. Norma Kamali’s summer ’09 line for Walmart has arrived in the big W and it’s a total winner. First of all, everything’s under $20.00 (this is not a typo!) and who wouldn’t want a chic, versatile summer piece for that? Best of all, Norma’s stayed on top of the quality control, design details, and her rep assured me, the real thing will look every bit as great as the samples.

The details: The capsule collection’s best bets are both basic and very individual looking, and you’ll want them all for different reasons. A snakeskin print stretch

Norma Kamali for Walmart snake print skirt

Norma Kamali for Walmart snake print skirt

pencil skirt is one of the most stylish finds I’ve seen this season. Wear it with a black tee or jacket for work, or a silver tank or top and silver sandals to a party. On Saturday — a denim jacket will do.

Next, take a look at two terrific dresses: The charming scoop neck henley tee dress

Norma Kamali for Walmart scoop neck dress

Norma Kamali for Walmart scoop neck dress

(right) that’s really super in every color, and the pretty poly jersey short sleeve peasant dress that looks ultra-cool and comfortable. The peasant version in black will take you out to dinner, with the right jewelry and sandals, or around the neighborhood on errands. The scoop in white looks right at the beach, and in taupe-y gray, it says work with a comfortable”T”.

Last, a marvelous cotton full short skirt in a black on black palm tree print is a

Norma Kamali for Walmart palm print skirt

Norma Kamali for Walmart palm print skirt

whimsical summer addition that shows you really know how to have fun. It’s a charming dressed up look with a tank, and a chic, feminine and different work look with the black safari shirt.

I picked out four pieces I’d love to own, but almost every item in here carries its style weight in spades. And, for a change – you can love a lot …and still afford the vacation you want to wear them on! See them all.

Prints Charming

I’m a stripes and solids girl myself, but every now and then, I’m captivated by an outstanding and unusual print, and I’ve just got to get it. This absolutely terrific abstract large floral in beige and yellow from J.Crew will add a sophisticated touch of individuality to anyone’s wardrobe. It’s just $98.00 and you can wear it with a straight slim skirt or skinny pants for work, a pair of white shorts for the weekend and even do something offbeat like pairing it with a metallic gold skirt for a party. It’s cool and chic in a big designer kind of way, no?

Working Cool

A sleeper hit for summer’s working crowd is the sleeveless vest jacket. It’s like the power suit with air conditioning! (That’s modernizing the stylish-again ’80’s.) It seems everyone’s got a version, including Banana Republic’s sleek and professional one at $149.99.

Banana Republic's sleeveless vest jacket

Banana Republic's sleeveless vest jacket

Club Monaco’s long white or navy linen vest jacket that’ll wrap neatly with a great belt over a straight skirt or trousers. You can layer it over a tank, or, if you’re not arm-confident, over a short sleeved tee or blouse. Needless to say, it’s versatile enough to live over jeans or shorts for downtime. $119.00 Other terrific vest jackets are at http://www.banana republic.com in their Monogram collection and by Kenneth Cole.

Shipley Shape

It’s rare when a capsule designer collection hits a larger retailer that’s so spot

Shipley and Halmos for Uniqlo drawstringwaist dress

Shipley and Halmos for Uniqlo drawstring waist dress

on in terms of great wearable pieces in updated but not too trendy shapes that’ll take you into summer with ease and versatility. But that’s what happened when the Shipley and Halmos for Uniqlo collection hit the store here in NY. I was amazed by their dresses and shorts in particular. Here, a $39.50 black or gray shiny cotton drawstring waist dress can be one step chic, or give instant style over capri leggings, shorts or pants. Talk about summer made simple!

Summer Sweat-er

Sweaters and summer don’t usually get said in the same breath, unless, of

course, you are one of the millions of women who work in an office so cold you have to dig out your winter woolies to keep warm. Then you sweat when youBanana Republic short-sleeved cardigan step outside. Solve this with a great short sleeved cardigan from Banana Republic that comes in a kaleidoscope of colors. It can almost take the place of a jacket for work with a slim skirt or trousers. At $39.99. in a color that pops, you can add a lot of style. Gap also carries one.

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