Inspired by her parents and their successful sportswear brand, fashion designer Jill Stuart sold a small collection of leather chokers and fringed handbags to Bloomingdale’s when she was only 15 years old. In 1993 she launched her eponymous women’s clothing label; within a few years, her exquisite designs began appearing in Hollywood films, including the cult classic <i>Clueless</i>. These days Stuart’s brand includes everything from cosmetics, perfume and other beauty products to eyeglasses. Despite all these projects, her clothing line remains as fresh and focused as ever — defined by romantic color palettes and distinctive prints. Blush-colored evening gowns, satiny shorts and shirts, tailored blouses and blazers, and many other designs are classically feminine but not too prim. And of course, they match beautifully with Stuart’s elegant velvet pumps, stacked sandals, and other fancy footwear.
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“Being overdressed is very chic to me,” says Gilt City assistant editor Janell Hickman, who regularly turns to the 50s and 60s for inspiration. That era’s elegant, ladylike charm is back this season, thanks to accessories like ankle-strap pumps, offering instant polish. “I look for the right heel height—something in the middle that is sexy, but not scary,” she says, “and wear them with something that showcases that strap.” A midi skirt or a pair of cropped cigarette pants will do the trick. Get inspired by Janell’s personal style, then shop the sale for a perfect pair of ankle straps of your own.