Some Like It Hot

This season the watchword in fashion is curvy. Skirts are longer and tight to the body; dresses are slinky. Even the menswear suiting is sleek, unadorned and surprisingly sexy. Actress Carla Gugino, who has lent her sultry presence to such tv shows as Californication and Entourage, slips into five looks you’ll love.

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The Pencil Skirt

The season’s “it” style is body conscious and below the knee. Look for fabrics with oomph (tweed, brocade) and pair with another fall trend: sheer, feminine blouses.


Donna Karan New York silk blouse, $1,495, and alpaca, mohair and wool blend skirt, $1,095; Wolford nylon blend fishnet tights, $45;

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The Seductive Dress

Animal prints are never extinct, but what’s new is a design that’s subtle, not screeching. Pair with fishnets and T-straps and wear for day (topped with a blazer) or night.


Blumarine stretch wool blend dress, $1,315; select Neiman Marcus stores, 888-888-4757. chantelle polyblend bra, $105; bottega veneta lace and patent leather shoes, $690;


Wolford nylon blend fishnet tights, $45; OPI nail lacquer in Honk If You Love OPI, $9; for salons.

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The Sexy Suiting

This dress is inspired by menswear tailoring, but when crossed with überfeminine elements (the slit, the neckline), it oozes appeal.


Zac Posen wool crepe dress, $1,790; Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757. Van Cleef & Arpels 18k white gold, diamond, onyx and white mother-of-pearl necklace, price on request; 877-826-2533. Wolford nylon blend fishnet tights, $45;

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The New Look of Texture

All the rage: the luxe detailing of paillettes. For best effect, combine the embellishment with a simple silhouette (like that of this sheath) and a monochromatic color scheme.


Prada organza paillettes dress, price on request; for stores. Susie Fox 18k gold, emerald, black diamond and jade earrings, price on request; London Jewelers, 516-627-7475. Deville fine jewelry 18k white gold, diamond, blue sapphire and carved-crystal rock -bangle, price on request; TEMPTU AIR pod highlighter in champagne, $35; sephora​.com.

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The Nude Bodysuit

This one-piece creates a smooth underlayer for both bottoms (pants, skirts) and tops (blouse, cardi).

Note: Fur is back in fashion. Whether it’s real or faux, wear a little (collar, cuffs) or a lot.


Doo.ri ponte and leather bodysuit, $925; Michael Kors knitted fox jacket, price on request; 866-709-5677. Casadei leather with patent trim pumps, $740; for similar styles. Wolford nylon blend fishnet tights, $46;


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Mathew Kristall

First Published August 5, 2011

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