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Ask BB: How to Wear a One-Shoulder Ruffle Dress

Rashida Jones, Kate Hudson, and Rachel Bilson reveal three stylish ways to wear a one-shoulder ruffle dress.

I just bought a one-shoulder, ruffled, little black dress because I absolutely fell in love with it. [How can I] dress it up to make it look fresh and fun for a 20 year old? —RD

Three words: Bracelet, clutch, pumps. A bold cuff bracelet or bangle is all the jewelry you really need. Skip a necklace, which will just compete with the one-shoulder neckline for attention. Carry a clutch and avoid the awkward dilemma of placing a purse strap across the ruffle or your bare shoulder. And rock some ladylike, closed-toe pumps which will balance the look and give it a polished finish. Here are some sample accessories to help you get started:

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Dear readers: How would you style a one-shoulder LBD?

Today at Gilt: Rafe Handbags, Ali Ro, and Kwiat Jewelry

Today's sales at Gilt include "playful yet posh" Rafe handbags, whose celebrity fans include Jessica Alba, Carolyn Murphy and Eva Longoria. If it's diamonds you seek, check out the Kwiat jewelry sale. Cute and colorful clothes? Ali Ro has some gorgeous pieces. Ongoing sales include Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve line, Chloe, Anthony Nak and a women's sunglasses sale. Use this link to join the sale:

Spring's Best Trench Coats and Jackets

Spring's Best Jackets on a Budget

Burberry took some liberties with their iconic trench on the Spring 2009 runways, featuring the classic coat in things like dip-dye fades and floral brocades. Off the runway, you can find an affordable beige trench or go for something a bit more bold—a bright color or even a bold print. Personally, I'm looking for a timeless trench because believe it or not, I've never owned one and I want to get it right—right cut, right fit, right price! Until then, I'll be wearing my H&M anorak from last season. I'm also considering buying the Merona Paddington Coat, which I've tried on in navy in stores. It's not as fitted as the product photo, but it definitely looks much more expensive than $34.99. Here are my favorite jackets and coats from the around the web, let me know what jackets you're wearing (or wanting) in the comments.

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Tulle Puff Sleeve Trench, Was $110 Now $66
Attention Belted Trench at, $59.99
Ruche Funnel Neck Trench, $54.99

Win Cool Stuff: Gucci-Inspired Hobo from Mimi Boutique

And the winner is... #28 Nicole Michelle, who writes "I love the Emmie Satchel in Fuschia." Congratulations Nicole!!

Special thanks to Mimi Boutique for making this giveaway possible and a great big thank you to everyone who entered.

Win a Gucci-inspired hobo bag

Please note: This contest is now closed, check back Monday for the winner.

Having a case of the Mondays? Maybe this will cheer you up: Courtesy Mimi Boutique, a fabulous place to shop for affordable accessories, you could win the head-turning handbag you see above! Inspired by Gucci's Babouska Bag, Mimi Boutique's 'Myah Jacquard Hobo' features a combination of studs, fringe and faux-leather trim that make a stunning, boho-chic statement.

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