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"Oh my gosh, I love your [insert fabulous fashion item here]. Where'd you get it?" 

This age-old question is commonly known as the ultimate ice-breaker between strangers because it can instantly boost moods and raise confidence levels. 

As a fashion editor, I find myself posing this Q to friends and strangers on a daily basis (I consider it important research necessary for my job, as it's led to me discover tons of new brands). Follow along as I share some of the best shopping tips, styling advice and general fashion know-how I've learned from real women. First up? A layering professional with a seriously infectious smile.

alyssa wearing a romper and flowy topper
Nathan Klok

If I see a stylish woman carrying balloons, I'm even more inclined to stop and chat with her. Especially if that woman is grinning from ear to ear, like Alyssa. Her spot-on summer fashion advice is all about adding the perfect third piece that won't overwhelm you, even as the temperatures continue to climb.

"Robes and flowy jackets are my favorite pieces of my summer wardrobe because they add a delicate layer to outfits but are also a great pop of color. They're so easy to dress up, dress down or even wear as cover-ups for the beach! They can super easily change the vibe of an outfit," she explains.

Oh, and as for the balloons? They're the most joyful accessories we've seen this season (or, well, ever). 

Here's how to replicate Alyssa's look:

Earrings: Premier Designs (similar from Kendra Scott $75)
Jacket: Target (similar from Democracy $68)
Romper: Banana Republic (similar from Tommy Hilfiger $200)
Belt: Target (similar from Universal Thread $19)
Heels: Gianni Bernini $90

Total: approximately $452


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