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Anatomy of an Outfit: Katie Cassidy’s Tasteful Nudes

At first glance, the drapey, cream-colored little dress that Katie Cassidy is sporting on the set of Gossip Girl seems a bit over the top for a daytime look, even by the show's "more is more" standards. Luckily, the light color keeps things feeling floaty, and a choker-length strand of pearls adds a healthy dose of innocence. Still, our favorite part of the look is a piece that we've probably all thrown on at some point to add some boho appeal to a basic tee and jeans combo — an oversize fringe scarf. Somehow this easygoing scrap of fabric tones everything down and adds dimension to Katie's sexy shift. Who knew a simple scarf could be such a sartorial game changer? We're currently digging through our wardrobes to find our long-lost favorites, but in the meantime, we've got a few affordable alternatives to recreate Katie's look!

Go (nearly) nude like Katie:

1: Start with a wisp of creamy fabric, draped and fashioned into a breezy dress. Catania Jersey Dress, $71; 2: A matching tote in a sturdy shape keeps things from becoming too formal. Franco Sarto Chelsea II Tote, $63.79; 3: Pearls will likely never go out of style, but before investing in a strand, try these inexpensive ones on for size. Express Graduated Pearl Necklace, $22.50; 4: The interesting cutouts and wedge heel inject just the right amount of sex appeal into your look. Kelsi Dagger Karina Bootie, $129; 5: Drape this floaty scarf over your shoulders and remove later on for the easiest day to night style transition ever. DVF Linen Gauze Scarf, $82.50.

09.5.2010 / 05:28 AM EDT by Emmalie Vance
Related: Gossip Girl, Fashion, Katie Cassidy

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