Style and Beauty

What I’m Buying For Fall

Just say no to 70s-inspired midi-skirts. We know these mid-calf skirts make us look frumpy. Instead, buy yourself a chic, knee-length pencil skirt in the best new fabric in years. Ponte is a thick, shape-holding knit that won’t sag. Best skirt buy: Ann Taylor ponte pencil skirt with leather trim ($88, anntaylor.com) It’s an ideal knee length, and the leather trimmed vertical welt pockets and back zipper have a subtle minimalist edge.

anne taylor slim skirt

anne taylor slim skirt

Don’t even think about 70s-inspired flares. Bells work only if worn with extreme heels, super-high platforms or towering wedges to balance the width. We’re not getting sucked into that again. Instead, go for black ponte slim trousers ($98, anntaylor.com).The fit makes everyone look slimmer even without Spanx,and they work with all your usual shoes.

anne taylor slim trousers

anne taylor slim trousers

Despite the big deal being made over wide-leg pants by fashionistas, dresses continue to be the real trend. We love their ease and versatility. Unfortunately, 99% are sleeveless (so we need a cardigan) and the ones that do have sleeves are way too short or expensive. There are some great ones (some in that fabulous ponte!) with all the right stuff. One of the best is White House Black Market’s colorblock ponte dress ($158, whitehouseblackmarket.com). It’s got elbow length sleeves and a flattering high scoop neck.

Body-Skimming Dress

Body-Skimming Dress

J. Crew presented their Fall 2011 preview last week, and finally they are getting back to a classic preppy look. No more crazy layering, and no more random sequins and ruffles. But what I really love from the preview was the  structured bags. I’m not a hobo carrying kind of gal. And I haven’t bought a purse from J.Crew that wasn’t silk for years. But I know that I will be buying at least two of the bags from the preview, maybe even buying them at full-price.

jcrew fall 2011

jcrew fall 2011

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