Normally I'd consider a long formless duster incredibly boring, but check out Simplicity 2495:
I adore the blue cat-eye glasses that Blue is wearing -- so much so, in fact, that her whole look strikes me as cool. Shoes to match your glasses? A coordinating dress and long vest? Sign me up! (I guess this "styling" the Project Runway judges keep yammering on about is important.)
I bet she makes a mean martini and has a wicked sense of humor. She knows where to find cool beatnik coffee shops, works in the best bookstore in town -- and even though she can't carry a tune to save her life, she's fearless at karaoke bars. I think I want her as my new best friend.