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Stylish Houstonian shows how to dress for fall when it's 100 degrees outside

Stylish woman shows how to dress for fall when it's 100 degrees out

Donae Chramosta
Donae Chramosta dressed cool for the Neiman Marcus Trend Report fashion show. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Donae and Rob Chramosta
Donae and Rob Chramosta dressed up for the Mission of Yahweh Gala earlier this year. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, The Women's Home, Aug. 2015, Donae Chramosta
Donae Chramosta was a celebrity model at a recent fundraiser for The Women's Home. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
68 Fashion Houston Night 1 November 2014 Little Black Dress designers Donae Cangelosi Chramosta
Doane Chramosta was a muse for the Little Black Dress Designer fashion show last year. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
12 0585 Donae Chramosta , left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015
Donae Chramosta, left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home Tea a few months ago. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Donae Chramosta
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Donae and Rob Chramosta
News, Shelby, The Women's Home, Aug. 2015, Donae Chramosta
68 Fashion Houston Night 1 November 2014 Little Black Dress designers Donae Cangelosi Chramosta
12 0585 Donae Chramosta , left, and Karina Barbieri at the Women's Home tea April 2015

The Neiman Marcus Trend Report cocktail party and fashion show presented a difficult task for Houston's fashion faithful: How do you dress to view a fall/winter collection when its 100-plus degrees outside?

Donae Chramosta, aka The Vintage Contessa, rose to the challenge by selecting pieces that are on trend, but lightweight and weather-appropriate. "I embraced the color block trend in my blouse," she said, referring to a multi-colored Trina Turk top she purchased at Tootsies, "and the fringe booties were a two-for-one," since they can be worn just about any season. She had found them at an estate collection from Chicago.

She paired the blouse with a kicky skort (a combination of skirt and short) from an Australian brand, The Fifth Label, at Baanou, and accessorized the outfit with an Hermès Kelly Extreme crocodile cuff, Cartier Ballon Bleu watch and two Cartier Love bracelets from Times Past, and an a vintage Chanel necklace from her The Vintage Contessa website.

"I normally wear a ladylike vintage-inspired style with a bit of whimsy," Chramosta said, when asked to describe her style. "For the Fall Trends event I was feeling more sassy and trendy than normal and decided to take a risk and show a little leg. I love to add texture to each outfit: either feathers, fur, sequins or tulle. My texture in this ensemble was in the fringe. "

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