5 Key Pieces for Fall

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5 Key Pieces for Fall

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Bright Coat

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WHY WE LOVE IT
This is normally where you lean toward neutral, right? Yet, as the only garment this season where colors pop with a fruity vivacity, the belted coat is fall's wardrobe punchup, eye-catching without extravagance.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Don't put up any competition. Black, navy, or beige underneath is how to best highlight these coats. Work that belt-keep it tied. It creates a V shape between the wide lapels that's a stunning face-framer wherever you go.

Photos: left, Alberta Ferretti ; right, Versace

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Esprit

Five Key Pieces For Fall - Bright Coat - Esprit
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Wool coat, $190; visit esprit.com for stores.

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Andrew Marc

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Wool coat, $278; visit andrewmarc.com for stores.

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Galliano

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Wool coat, $2,200; visit dillards.com for stores.

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Escada

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Wool coat, $1,990; call 877-206-4135.

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Cardigan

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WHY WE LOVE IT
If comfort is the ultimate luxury, what could be more better than a slip-it over/under-everything, fresh-from-the-moors-byway-of-prep-school-inspired knit.

HOW TO WEAR IT
A partially-buttoned sweater combined with equally soft pieces can look effortlessly casual. But don't overdo the layers. Not only does casual suddenly look forced but you're likely to start peeling off pieces in most overheated interiors.

Photos: left, Etro; right, Trovota

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Steven Alan

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Wool cardigan, $248; call 212-343-0692.

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Autumn Cashmere

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Cashmere cardigan, $385; call 212-875-2575.

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Moschino

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Wool-nylon cardigan, $425; call 212-243-8600.

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Cardigan

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Wool-lycra cardigan, $275; visit cardigannewyork.com for stores.

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Diane von Furstenburg

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Merino wool cardigan, $285; call 646-486-4800.

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Erin Kleinberg

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Lyocell-wool cardigan, $310; visit barneys.com for stores.

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Day Dress

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WHY WE LOVE IT
Have enough to think about lately? Make it easy on yourself every morning-just zip and go. The clean-lined simplicity of these shifts might just trump yoga as a stress reducer.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Though most are sleeveless, there are cap and long-sleeved versions available to make the trend age-and-work appropriate for everyone. Add a few bangles or dangling earrings, dark hose, lip-gloss. Done.

Photos: left, Bottega Veneta; right, Jason Wu

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Ports 1961

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Wool dress, $795; call 917-475-1022.

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Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress Collection

Five Key Pieces For Fall - Day Dress - Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress Collection
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Heathered Ponte dress, $144; visit bloomingdales.com for stores.

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Calvin Klein

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Rayon-nylon dress, $128; visit dillards.com for stores.

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Shoshanna

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Acrylic-polyester dress, $319; visit neimanmarcus.com for stores.

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White Shirt

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WHY WE LOVE IT
As romantic as the day dress is simple, these Edwardian flourishes will make you leave your Oxford cloth button-downs sulking in the closet. If you hadn't noticed, it's all about the collar.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Most are in comfortable cotton, so they're not as constricting as they appear. Don't hide their striking details with a jacket or make them compete with a busy bottom. And all that white means the opportunity is ripe for dramatic makeup.

Photos: left, Oscar de La Renta; right, D&G

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Ann Taylor

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Cotton blouse, $45; visit annaylorloft.com for stores.

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Anne Fontaine

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Cotton blouse, $250; call 866-237-4478 for stores.

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Lafayette 148

5 Key Pieces For Fall - White Shirt - Lafayette 148
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Cotton-lycra blouse, $298; call 877-324-5148.

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Just Cavalli

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Cotton blouse, $370; call 212-888-4333.

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A Leather Jacket

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WHY WE LOVE IT
It's as if designers have revved themselves up to outdo authentic motorcycle jackets, with zippers everywhere and a silhouette that's as bodyhugging as a leotard. Bring 'em on!

HOW TO WEAR IT
The runways featured them with everything from leggings to gowns. The reality is that a T-shirt or tank is foolproof under one, but in some, the armholes are cut high, so you may want to simply toss it over that drapey cocktail dress like a stole.

Photos: left, Gucci; right, Hermes

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Guess

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Leather, $298; visit guess.com for stores.

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Isabel Lu

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Leather, $495; visit isabellu.com for stores.

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Zadig & Voltaire

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Lambskin, $1,105; visit zadig-et-voltaire.com.

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DKNY Jeans

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Leather, $248; visit macys.com for stores.

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Mackage

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Leather, $580; call 212-823-9821.

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