My clients are generally fans of Karen Kane merchandise for several excellent reasons: The clothes drape well because the fabric is substantial. The silhouettes are clean cut and interesting. The fit is roomy, yet tailored. The workmanship is great. The items are machine washable and the prices aren’t sky high. What’s not to love?

I’m giving Karen Kane dresses a special shout out today, boldly stating that when you see one – try it on. Chances are pretty good that it will fit and flatter. They are also available in plus sizes and their lengths are generous, which is good news for taller gals.

Karen Kane designs lean towards modern classic, but don’t let that stop you from trying on her stuff if you’re a more arty, trendy and spunky dresser. Remember it’s HOW you style an item that gives it a unique and unexpected flavour. Not only the item itself. I can’t stress this point enough.

The dresses pictured here are easy styles that can be worn on their own or layered with cropped jackets, coats and cardigans. I particularly like the longer length handkerchief style on the right.

Add the appropriate footwear to make these dresses YOU. For some that means adding rugged flat boots, for others it’s mixing it up with trendy booties, flat oxfords, ballet flats, mary janes, stacked sandals or classic pumps.

In fact, all of the footwear options below can work with each of the dresses. Every combination creates a different ensemble vibe and taps into a different fashion persona. Some combinations are dressy, and others more casual. Scrunch up the sleeves or add leggings. Honestly, the sky is the limit when it comes to styling a fairly simple dress.

Which of the 16 combinations floats your boat?

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