Fashion for Grownups: 7 Things Worth Paying Full Price for

8 GREAT PIECESthat won’t go on sale
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I LOVE BUYING on sale, and thanks to the sagging economy the last year has been an excellent hunting season. On one recent expedition, I went into a store and spied a pair of gorgeous Christian Louboutin platform pumps. As I stood gazing at their beauty (and their price tag, $695), a saleswoman approached and said, “They’re a classic, and they’ll never go on sale.” Really? Never? I was skeptical, but she got backup from Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, who’s been tracking merchandise for 30 years. He has no doubt that certain items will hold their price—and that they’re actually worth it. Christian Louboutin pump, $695 at Saks, 212-753-4000
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The "New" Coat

This year’s coat mixes materials (note the attached knitted sleeves, right), and has modern accents like un-usual collars and cinched waists. The good ones will go quickly and won’t be reordered. Brunello Cucinelli belted cashmere salt-pepper coat, $3,460, at Bleeker Street store, 212-627-9202
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Timeless classics that will always be chic (such as a Cartier tank watch). Items in demand right now “Stores are stocking fewer pieces,” Down-ing says. “So there will be less to choose from.” Black lace dress with lace insert, $602.20,
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The Best Trends

"This year’s jacket," says Colleen Sherin, fashion market director for Saks Fifth Avenue, "has strong shoulders and a nipped waist." Pieces crafted perfectly to fit and flatter your body Sherin’s closing advice: Invest in quality, not quan-tity. BCBG jacket, $382, at for stores
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Nancy Gonzalez Python Bag

Python top-handle lady bag, $2,665, please call 212-644-8401
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Milly Leather Pant

Leather Anastasia skinny pant, $695, at
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Sequin Necklace

Acrylic and glass beaded brooch necklace, $298, at Henri Bendel, 800-423-6335
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black Velvet de Luxe tights, $42, at
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First Published Mon, 2009-07-27 15:23

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