Jennifer Curland, 26

Sales and marketing director, Bon Breads Baking Co.

What she’s wearing now: Missoni dress, J.Crew belt, Balenciaga handbag, Diane Von Furstenberg shoes, Roberto Coin pendant, Banana Republic necklace and Cartier watch.

Style icons: Blake Lively, Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Richie.

A versatile wardrobe is what guides Curland through the somewhat perilous mission of dressing appropriately in a desert climate. “I would say travel and business have influenced the way I look at clothes and my everyday appearance,” she says. “I love color, patterns and layers. There’s nothing more satisfying than buying a dress in the summer and being able to wear it in the winter with leggings and with a cardigan or blazer.”

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