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eileen fisher tipster: nicole

Eileen Fisher's casually chic merchandiser is an expert at taking key pieces, adding cool accessories and creating very personal style.

Having grown up with a super-hip mom (and grandma), Nicole loves style—as long as it's simple. Each season she makes sure she has the basics: slim and straight pants, short and long skirts. Then she layers on key pieces, cool scarves and jewelry, borrowing liberally from her mom's closet when she goes home to the West Coast.

Can't live without:

"Offbeat fashion and style inspiration from my Google blog feed. In the morning, I spend more time on my iPad than I do getting dressed."

Shape strategy:

"I'm crazy about boxy tops—as long as I have slim pants. I mix long underpinnings with cropped sweaters, and when I want shape on top, I button up a jacket. I like my jackets to look shrunken, so sometimes I buy a petite."

Lives in:

Linen jersey sleeveless tanks. "I buy all sorts of sizes so I can have a shaped look or a boxy, oversized look. I love the weight, the texture and the drape."

THE TIP: I'm always looking for the perfect linen shirt. This one has great rumpled texture and a simple mandarin collar. I wear it under cardigans and let the hemline peek out. Did I mention the linen is organic?

Mandarin Collar
Linen Shirt, $198
Skinny Ankle Jeans, $178
Tassel-Trim Square
Silk Scarf, $98

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THE TIP: I think of this skirt as an accessory. This shimmering linen skirt dresses up everything, even a simple linen top. Love the faux-wrap styling.

Ballet-Neck Three-Quarter-
Sleeve Top, $168
Knee-Length Faux-Wrap
Skirt, $248

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THE TIP: This beautifully textured tunic is my must-have. Skip the jewelry, skip the accessories. Throw it on and you're out the door. It's great with jeans or silk ankle pants. Instant style.

V-Neck Short-Sleeve
Boxy Tunic, $228
Ankle Pant in Silk
Georgette Crepe, $228

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Scoop-Neck
Raglan-Sleeve Top, $158
Long Organic Cotton
Tank, $58
Walking Shorts, $198

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THE TIP: I'm loving boxy tops in lightweight fabrics that melt on the body. They're sexy without saying 'look at me.' All you need is a great skinny pant. Washable stretch crepe is a great choice. It's sophisticated—and you can do yoga in it.

Scoop-Neck Dolman
Short-Sleeve Tunic, $148
Crepe Ankle Pants, $168
Shibori Silk Scarf, $168

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