Best Bets: Charmed Life

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Photo: Courtesy of Steven Alan

Rushing from work to a party can leave little time for outfit changes and primping, but a good dress is the best way to simplify the process. Secrets of Charm, a line of feminine, fifties-inspired pieces, has designed a line of perfect day-to-night dresses for Steven Alan. The Lila dress, a sweet silk mini with cap sleeves and a smocked waist, comes in two playful prints, as well as a solid navy blue. Easily dressed up with heels and some jewelry, the dress features two large pockets at the hip, ideal for stashing lipstick and some cash. The label, named for a book about poise and etiquette, does, indeed, hold the secrets to charming style.

Secrets of Charm for SA Lila Dress, $250 at Steven Alan, 103 Franklin St., nr. Church St.; 212-343-0692 or at stevenalan.com.