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live in style Lace up Stay sexy without showing too much skin thanks to a high neckline and a little bit of lace. Easy Elegance A little black dress offers big style and timeless appeal For a romantic evening on the town, you can't go wrong with these staples of a sultry ensemble: a flattering dress in a sleek hue, chic accessories and a touch of texture. When Mary Simon, a programs manager and owner of Community Care Resources, a treatment foster care agency in Middleton, suits up for a date with her hubby, she keeps it classic (and classy) in a vintage-inspired look that's just as alluring today. Lace cocktail dress by Teri Jon, $355, aqua earrings by Nashelle, $78; Terese Zache Designs, Hilldale, Madison; (608) 310-4100. Pearl and gold necklace by Malene Birger, $105; Bop, 222 W. Gorham St., Madison; (608) 255-2570. Wine Kid pumps by Nine West, $89; Macy's, Hilldale, Madison; (608) 232-2400. Hair and makeup by Brittany Sennhenn of Be Inspired Salon, 425 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison; (608) 271-2771. Versatile jewelry When a busy neckline is the focus, wear simple accessories in creative ways. A classic pearl necklace wrapped around the wrist makes a luxe, layered bracelet. Bag this: Your bag can make or break your outfit, so reach for some- thing elegant in a classic hue. Mini Love Knot bag by Rebecca Minkoff, $395; Bop, 222 W. Gorham St., Madison; (608) 255-2570. Step into color Red heels pack a daring punch. But tempered by a vin- tage sensibility, they feel flirty and fresh. 18 BRAVA Magazine February 2012 The right wrap: Slip on a satin scarf to stay warm without dressing down your look. $38; Suzen Sez, 2421 University Ave., Madison; (608) 238-1331. Attention-grabbing gams: When going simple on top, look to lacey tights to add a hint of sex appeal. By Hue, $18; Macy's, Hilldale, Madison; (608) 232-2400. » » » Photos by Shanna Wolf

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