Dana Buchman's Style Secrets
The all-American designer—whose new line for Kohl's delivers cheerful color and jazzy patterns—is the embodiment of everyday chic. Here, a few of her favorite things.

"An easy, body-skimming shape makes this dress a staple, and the graphic—in my beloved safari colors—is bold, rich, and abstract."

Dana Buchman, $90,
Gold necklace
"Occasionally my husband gives me a piece of real jewelry; last year it was this fantastic, unusual necklace. The decorative round clasp is meant to be seen."

$1,280, for stores
Zebra heels
Animal prints are happy and evoke our connection with nature. Even the hangtags of my new collection have a zebra pattern."

Dana Buchman, $70,
"Look at the world through rose-colored glasses! These are so well priced, you could buy a pair and a spare [they come in four colors]."

Dana Buchman, $36,
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
"Absalom, Absalom! blows me away—my Southern upbringing makes the Mississippi setting particularly resonant, but Faulkner's themes are universal: love, shame, family, longing, race."

Yellow bag
"This purse is for someone who carries a lot but doesn't want the bag to carry her."

Dana Buchman, $80,
"The tote is indestructible, classic, and big enough to hold my favorite magazines, like The Sun (a literary-political monthly)."

Louis Vuitton, $1,710,; The Sun, $36 per year,
Metallic loafers
"They feel like slippers," says Buchman of these luxury Belgian loafers, so called because they were originally made in that country. "I'm embarrassed by how many pairs I have: metallic, velvet, gray flannel…"

Belgian Shoes, $325, 212-755-7372
Pink tunic
"Tunics are packable, versatile, timeless—I take them on weekends to the beach or to France's Loire Valley, where my husband and I go on our annual bicycling trip."

Dana Buchman, $36,
Safari jacket
"This coat is young and hip—and I adore the surprise of the wild printed lining."

Dana Buchman, $116,