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Kelly Bensimon takes inspiration from Schiaparelli and Prada

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Exhibition at the Met. (Getty) Credit: "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Exhibition at the Met. (Getty)

With Memorial Day approaching, what to wear this summer is on everyone's mind.

My inspiration comes from the new exhibit from the Met's Costume Institute: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," about Italian design icons Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.

I was in love with the show and its styles - from mixing masculine and feminine, to layering, to unusual textures - and it made me think about what everyone needs this summer to be chic.

A la Prada, a long or tea length skirt is a must-buy. By showing off less skin, let those boys' imaginations go wild at the beach or at the bar. Channel Schiaparelli by choosing a shrunken sweater - I love Ralph Lauren's.

Schiaparelli also loved the charm of a pretty woman in a dress, but gave the look an edge.

I say, this summer choose a gorgeous floral dress, but wear it with Keds or ballet flats instead of a heel.

And, last but not least, when in doubt, play with patterns like Prada, who's known for mixing prints.


Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyBensimon or visit kellykillorenbensimon.com 

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