TIMELESS AND TRENDY:  Club Monaco Ramona Italian Leather Shift Dress, $895; Heavy Opaque Tights, $30; Autumn Embossed Lizard Bootie, $395, clubmonaco.ca

TIMELESS AND TRENDY: Club Monaco Ramona Italian Leather Shift Dress, $895; Heavy Opaque Tights, $30; Autumn Embossed Lizard Bootie, $395, clubmonaco.ca

WEST COAST STYLE – Classic tunes

Much like an ensemble working in unison to produce a sweet melody, orchestrating a successful outfit can be just as creatively satisfying.

Classical music has the power to evoke deep emotion with a single note. A medley of instruments comes together to create a sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Much like an ensemble working in unison to produce a sweet melody, orchestrating a successful outfit can be just as creatively satisfying. This month, we’re meshing these two artistic outlets together to build a look that will strike just the right chord at a classical music concert.

If you’re heading out to one of the many venues to enjoy a night of Bach at the Pacific Baroque Festival (March 6-9) or if you’re lucky enough to have scored a pair of tickets to Nana Mouskouri (March 30, UVic), make sure you have your base notes covered.

Starting with a foundation layer is a must when it comes to clothes (and composition) and this short leather tunic dress paired with opaque tights and heeled booties (Club Monaco Ramona Italian Leather Shift Dress, $895; Heavy Opaque Tights, $30; Autumn Embossed Lizard Bootie, $395, clubmonaco.ca) fits the bill.

The shift silhouette is timeless, black is back (did it ever really go out?) and leather is a trend that comes around season after season. Yes, this dress is an investment piece but it’s one that’ll give you style dividends for years to come. Bonus: It’s a clean canvas for some serious statement jewelry.

J.Crew, headed up by creative director (and queen of geek chic) Jenna Lyons, is best known for its sporty separates but it’s also making a name for itself in the accessories department. Crystal-cut glass, colourful bolt beads and metallic fittings, this necklace (J.Crew Stone Burst Necklace, $196, j.crew.com) is a symphony of mixed materials and proof that the clothing company can do more than chambray shirts.

For the crescendo of this concert-approved outfit, we’ve found a cheery coral-coloured swing coat (Joe Fresh Long Coat in Coral, $39, joefresh.com) that’s perfect for those unpredictable March showers (for extra rain repellency, be sure to spray it with an all-weather protector).

Now that we’ve warmed up the wardrobe, this style sonata is ready to take centre stage.

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