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Save Steal Splurge: The Digital Print Dress

Summer’s about light-as-air fabrics and airy, easy dresses. But when you need to turn up the volume and grab some attention, forget about summer stripes and go for a bold print. This season, the digital print reigns supreme. We spotted it at the usual suspects, such as Clover Canyon, but other designers have added the computerized colors to their repertoire, such as Missoni. Wear these with your favorite sexy heels for a night out, or throw on a white blazer if you need something that’ll go from desk to dinner without a stop at your closet in between. The perfect print can carve your curves, whittle your waist and best of all, make a big statement with minimal effort.

Eschew that eyelet lace dress just once and you’ll see, things are better on the bright side.

Save: Flying Tomato Scuba Print Dress ($89)

Steal: Clover Canyon Neoprene Fluroscent Rose Dress ($317)

Splurge: M Missoni Digital Batik Jacquard Dress ($695)

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Cheap Thrills: Michelle Dalton Tyree’s Mini Moto Skirt

Quilted Faux-Leather Mini

Even Southern Californians have to succumb to the changing seasons eventually, and that means stashing away flowy pants and light-as-air joggers for next spring (they’ll be back, you can be sure of that). But if you want to keep that downtown cool without completely covering up, try something with just a little bit of edge. The Banana Republic Quilted Faux-Leather Skirt ($89.50) gives an instant update to all of your basics and thanks to its rich quilting and luxe feel, it’ll also elevate them to a whole different level.

“I feel that this year’s faux leather skirt is the new faux leather legging,” says Michelle Dalton Tyree, Fashion Trends Daily Editor-in-Chief.

“We love this one because you can see Marissa Webb’s youthful energy in it. It’s her first full collection for Banana Republic and it’s chic and it works on a range of women. Caution though: do not do this with crazy pirate boots. Keep it classy.”

Booties are just fine, so feel free to step into fall with a little bit of downtown cool. Paired with a blazer, the skirt’s great for work and play alike. And for those out there who turn their noses up at faux leather, we’ll let you baby your clothes and take them to specialty cleaners while we raise a glass (without fear of splashing or spilling) to the new season.

Available at Banana Republic.