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 Where to get the look

Bracelets: Loft, two sets of nine, $24.50 reduced to $5.99; set of 11, $14.50 reduced to $5.99, loft.com

Dress: Donna Morgan, $138, Macy's, macys.com

Shoes: Zara Basic, $49.90 reduced to $19.99, zara.com

Sweater: August Silk, $34.98, Macy's, macys.com, augustsilk.com

(Bill Hogan, Chicago Tribune)

•Thin jersey fabrics cling to your bits and bumps so consider shape wear underneath.

•No rhinestones; ethnic or earthy jewelry work best.

•Wovens in belt, bag and hat go with the casual theme.

More tips

Be cautious about a sun hat: A floppy straw hat can look a bit '60s summer-of-love. Try a cloche or head wrap for a bad hair day.

Remember lipstick and mascara to avoid looking like you just crawled out of bed.

Don't show off your underwear; no visible bra straps, please!

Keep it casual! Avoid office-y blazers or structured jackets as cover-ups. A simple cardigan is better.

Patterns are more forgiving of figure flaws. Skimpy T-shirt fabric will cling to your bumps but heavier jersey like this dress works wonders.

Choose one jewelry focal point like an armload of bangles or a statement necklace. Think ethnic and beads, not rhinestones.

Length is crucial. Show your shoes. If the dress drags on the ground, hem it or use a skinny woven or straw belt to blouse (and shorten) it. Holding your skirt off the floor so you won't trip is a big N-O.

Heels and platforms are too dressy for an informal maxi. Gladiators, ballet flats or wedges are ideal. And don't forget your pedi and polish.


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