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raqel4000410025_p3_1-1_347x683.jpgIf you looked up the phrase “effortlessly cool” in the dictionary, you would probably find a picture of designer Raquel Allegra’s deconstructed tees next to it. 

The California-based designer uses a unique shredding technique to give basic tees an elegant upgrade, and she has quickly developed a cult following. One of the most interesting aspects of the line is that Allegra uses oversized vintage shirts recycled from the Los Angeles County Prison System, transforming them into ethereal pieces that have garnered the attention of celebrities and fashion editors alike. We immediately spotted this eye-catching tie dye tee ($310) as a must-have. The oversized top has a split v-neck and a draped gauze front panel, easily channeling the downtown chic vibe so many fashionistas strive for. 

Shop the collection online at Shopbop
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Sometimes, a simply accessory is all you need to complete your look. This sterling silver bracelet with a purple ribbon is one of those pieces. Wear it while you’re dressed down or dressed up, it still adds a touch of elegance to your look.

Batiz Sterling Silver Bracelet, $25 at etsy.com.etsypurplebraceletthumb.jpg

We’ve loved 80%20 shoes forever, so we were clearly excited when we found out that the brand had launched its own web shop at the end of last month. Previously we had to scour the internet for sites with limited selections, but now we can shop the entire line conveniently at 8020nyc.com

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80%20 is a footwear brand with a simple philosophy: we tend to wear our favorite 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. So true, right? Based on this philosophy, designer Ce Ce Chin creates shoes that will fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your aspirations. The spring 2011 collection was inspired by “surfers in the city” and includes baja fabrics, relaxed-wash canvas, tie dye leather, and braided boho straps. Perfection!8020webshopthumb.jpg

Calico is an amazing gem of a store located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and online at shopcalico.com. Owner Elissa Paquette handpicks a truly covetable selection of vintage finds, including everything from glamourous evening wear to safari-chic pieces and officewear separates. The best part? Everything is ridiculously affordable - almost all items are under $50! Here are some of our picks from the vintage selection:

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The transition from spring to summer can be difficult for your wardrobe - it’s still chilly, but too warm and sunny for your winter pieces. Solve this problem with Matiko’s Yumi Wedge Booties in Taupe Suede ($176 at moxsie.com). These must-have shoes are great for transitioning between the two seasons because they show some skin with sexy cut outs but stay in line with winter trends with a closed toe and lace-ups. With our without tights, these booties are sure to add some style cred to your outfit.

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