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Studio to Street: Victoria Jaiani

The Joffrey dancer doesn't think of herself as fashionable, but she loves to shop. “I can always come up with a reason. I'll say to my husband, 'That was a really good show—let's go shopping!' Or, 'That didn't go well—let's go shopping.' " Luckily, her husband, fellow Joffrey dancer Temur Suluashvili, is actually the bigger fashion hound. The couple usually ends up at Zara because, Jaiani says, the store's daring looks fit her philosophy: She sees each ensemble as an experiment. “I want to have fun with what I'm wearing. Clothes are more about your attitude than the pieces you buy."

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The Details—Studio

Sweater: "I used to wear this out, but it's so big, chunky and comfortable, it's the perfect warm-up sweater."
Woven shawl: "My husband knit this. It's totally multi-purpose. If my back hurts, it's around my waist. Or it could be a skirt. Or a scarf during the cold Chicago winter."
Cutoff garbage-bag shorts: "I used to always borrow these from my friend Allison Walsh. When she left The Joffrey for BalletX, she gave them to me. I love hand-me-downs. Old things have more character."

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The Details—Street

Scarf from Zara: "An outfit's not complete until I throw something around my neck."
Boots from Nordstrom: "I love high-heeled boots. I feel like they support the ankle—and they dress up anything."
Pants from Zara: "I love taking little risks, like bright peach pants."

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