Get Back to Basics with Megan Swansen Separates

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If your leather-trimmed top goes with your skinny jeans, then what goes with your beaded sweater?

Megan Swansen simplifies the game of separates.

The designer — whose namesake line is in its second season — strips it down to staples. While some skip off to New York for manufacturing, Swansen crafts her collection close to home (that forest green wool comes straight from Allentown). She also has a hand in each piece, making leather buttons from scratch and dyeing T-shirt fabric.

On workdays, trot out the jacket shrunk to elfin proportions; spend the weekend in the slim sweatshirt with quilted sleeves. The high-waist skirt flares with a satisfying schoolgirl-meets-ice skater kick.

All easy enough to work into the equation.

Available at meganswansen.com, $42-$112.

Photos: Courtesy of Megan Swansen