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Our favorite looks from designers with ready-to-wear styles

Runway fashion tends to be more museum-worthy than closet-ready. The most avant-garde designs are impossible to wear in normal life (even if you could afford them), but some labels are decidedly wearable, even straight off the runway.

Here are three designers whose work can move from high-fashion presentation to 8 a.m. office meeting with complete ease.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

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Diane von Furstenberg, or DVF for short, made a name for herself on the creation of the ultra-wearable wrap dress (which turns 40 this year). Her clothing is consistently versatile and, although not as affordable as your Banana Republic shifts, not impossibly expensive by top designer standards. One can easily imagine wearing DVF to a corporate office or on a steamy date night.

Diane von Furstenberg dresses and swears

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  • Romantic dress
    The Alicia Printed Chiffon Dress is a soft, romantic option. A sweet rose print and red/pink color palette make it a perfect choice for a candlelit dinner or a trip to the ballet (, $448).
  • Work-ready sweater
    A color blocked wool sweater in black, ivory and red would be stylishly corporate with a pair of pressed trousers and slick pumps (, $298).
  • Bold print
    Allow the black-and-white pattern on the Amelia Two-Silk Combo Pleated Wrap Dress to take center stage by keeping accessories simple (, $485).

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia

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Alice + Olivia, the label designed by Stacey Bendet, delivers lust-worthy clothing season after season, from stunning cocktail gowns (a particular specialty) to blouses and sweaters with quirky motifs that could walk right off the runway and onto a city street. Love edgy, feminine designs with surprising details? Alice + Olivia is the label for you.

Three Alice + Olivia dresses

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  • Ballerina blouse
    A breezy button-down is a great professional staple, but if you already have a million solid versions, a cheeky print (like the ballerinas on the Willa Placket Top) is the perfect upgrade (, $253).
  • Checkered daytime dress
    A drop-waist silhouette adds interest to the otherwise basic black-and-white checkered Selma dress. Over-the-knee boots make this a great weekend brunch outfit or casual work ensemble (, $348).
  • Beaded gown
    Step away from that basic LBD! For your next cocktail occasion, opt for this embellished lace stunner instead. The unconventional silhouette features a high neck, cap sleeves and a flared skirt with a sexy back cutout that flashes some skin. Tres chic (, $1,897).

3.1 Philip Lim

Philip Lim

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3.1 Philip Lim designer Philip Lim loves a good minimalist aesthetic, but he’s also not afraid of pattern, color and embellishment. Although his wares tend to be pricier than most of us can afford to shell out for a stylish work wardrobe, there’s no doubt that his dresses and blouses would fit right in at a board meeting.

Phillip Lim pants and sweaters

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  • Silk trousers
    Tapered silk trousers are a wonderful alternative to the separates you’ve been wearing forever — fun, but professional as can be (, $375).
  • Layered shirtdress
    A crisp shirtdress is an easy essential that belongs in every woman’s wardrobe. 3.1 Philip Lim’s version is made from layered silk twill and makes a sharp style statement (, $550).
  • Oversized sweater
    The right knit makes the outfit. This oversized grey sweater has fabulous bell sleeves and would look fantastic paired with colored trousers (, $595).

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