Five Fashion Must-Haves You Need This Fall

Though no woman today expects to refresh her whole closet for fall, few of us want to just sit out the season either. More scoured the market for the high-impact essentials (at various price levels) that will make your favorite golden-oldie staples look new.

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Splurge: The Trapeze Bag

The winged shape and minimal, matte hardware are what make it look fresh. Choose deep hue (like hunter, cobalt or this burgundy).

 

Z Spoke Zac Posen leather bag, $475; bloomingdales.com.

 

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Steal: The Trapeze Bag

Get the chic trapeze shape, plus the convenience of a shoulder strap.

 

The Limited faux-leather satchel, $80; thelimited.com.

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Splurge: The Cocoon Coat

It’s more stylish than a parka, less fussy than a long coat. Look for soft, rounded shoulders and a wide midsection that tapers at the knee. This number has an the off-the-runway cool factor: scuba-diver (neoprene) pocket and neckline, plus chunky zippers.

 

Joe Fresh tweed coat, $199; 212-366-0960.

 

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Steal: The Cocoon Shape

Get the same of-the-moment shape at a price that won't thin out your wallet.

 

H&M tweed coat, $129; hm.com for stores.

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Wear It With...

...the practical glove. How to deal with three-quarter sleeves? An opera-length will bridge the divide.

 

Elie Tahari leather gloves, $198; elietahari.com.

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...a fitted, knit turtleneck.

 

Ann Taylor viscose blend turtleneck, $58; anntaylor.com.

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...a classic pencil skirt.

 

Old Navy cotton and spandex skirt, $20; oldnavy.com.

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Splurge: The Peplum Top

It’s obviously feminine—but surprisingly versatile. Worn with a black pencil skirt? Office appropriate. Paired with jeans? Saturday-night special! Here, the asymmetrical hem is chic, but it’s the fabric that won us over: the knit is as comfortable as a T-shirt.

 

Elie Tahari wool top, $248; elietahari.com.
 

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Steal: The Peplum Top

This budget-friendly top is the same idea, but sleeveless.

 

Topshop polyester top, $60; topshop.com

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Wear It With...

...a modern necklace. The peplum is sweet—so add some edge with a choker in mixed metals.

 

R.J. Graziano metal and stone necklaces, $75 to $95; 212-685-3737. 

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...a shrunken blazer.

 

Club Monaco wool blend jacket, $259; clubmonaco.com.

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...dark-rinse jeans.

 

Old Navy denim jeans, $30; oldnavy.com.

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Splurge: The Most Versatile Dress

The right shape is a column. Wear as a dress (with tights) or as a tunic over pants (belted or not).

 

DKNY silk dress, $335; dillards.com.

 

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Steal: The Most Versatile Dress

Keep the florals and swap for a shirtdress—all while staying within your budget.

 

Boden polyester and viscose dress, $198; bodenusa.com.
 

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...the right accessory. A necklace could fight with the print, so instead opt for a statement bracelet.

 

Vince Camuto metal bracelet, $99; vincecamuto.com.
 

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...classic pumps.

 

H&M leather pumps, $70; hm.com for stores.
 

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...slim slacks. They turn a dress into a tunic.

 

Loft jacquard pants, $80; loft.com

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Splurge: The Metal-Accented Shoe

The hardware offers a surprising, chic boost, and we’re seeing it on everything from flats to heels to boots. The big decision? Choosing the style that suits you. Tip: try a new texture. What’s hot? Pony hair, suede, velvet and tweed, in saturated hues. Wear with opaque tights.

 

Sigerson Morrison suede flats, $450; sigerson​morrison​.com.

 

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Steal: The Metal-Accented Shoe

Try a slipper style with a gold accent to work the trend at a nicer price.

 

DV by Dolce Vita suede flats, $79; dolcevita.com

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View from the Runway

Birth of a trend: from the Yves Saint Laurent spring 2012 show.

Other Styles We Love

The lace-up heel.

 

Rachel Roy cow hair booties, $295; rachelroy.com.

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Other Styles We Love

The low-heeled loafer.

 

Rachel Roy velvet slippers, $250; rachelroy.com.

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Other Styles We Love

The biker-esque boot.

 

Daniblack suede and calfskin boots, $225; Plum Bottom, 717-651-1600.

 

Menswear is back! Patti Hansen shows us who really wears the pants this season.

 

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First Published Mon, 2012-08-06 12:20

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