Five Key Items to Buy Now

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Chunky Knits, TSE Wool-alpaca sweater
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Five Key Items to Buy Now

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Print Dresses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Print Dresses, Graham & Spencer Silk
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WHY NOW The dress returns—and advances beyond the simple sheath, the pretty floral or the formal plaid to more art-inspired territory. With a looser, less constricting fit and a flirty wink to bohemia, the print dress transitions nicely from this season to a chillier one, when you'll layer it with a structured jacket or a chunky cardigan.

Silk dress, Graham amp Spencer, $388; visit

revolveclothing.com.

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Print Dresses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Print Dresses, Theory Cotton Clary
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Cotton dress, Theory, $335; at Theory, visit theory.com.

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Print Dresses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Print Dresses, Castle Starr Silk satin
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Silk satin dress, Castle Starr, $396; visit revolveclothing.com.

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Tailored Jackets

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Tailored jackets, Araks Wool-linen twill jacket
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WHY NOW After seasons of reconfiguring, menswear-inspired jackets re-emerge in all their classic versatility. Cut longer, with pronounced lapels and shoulders, single- or double-breasted, they flatter skirts and trousers and add urbanity to the kind of dresses shown on the previous page. Listen: That's your work wardrobe uttering a sigh of relief.

Wool-linen twill jacket, Araks, $1,200; call 212-982-5652.

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Tailored Jackets

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Tailored jackets, Ralph Lauren Blue Label Wool jacket
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Wool jacket, Ralph Lauren Blue Label, $598; at select Ralph Lauren stores, visit ralphlauren.com or call 888-475-7674.

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06 of 15

Tailored Jackets

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Tailored jackets, Yaya Aflalo Wool blend jacket
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Wool blend jacket, Yaya Aflalo, $425; call 310-317-9975.

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07 of 15

Ruffled Blouses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Ruffled Blouses, Badgley Mischka Platinum Sportswear Silk ruffle top
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WHY NOW Too girlie? Actually, try very showgirlie. This season's ruffles are gloriously off-center or beautifully multilayered. The more overtly baroque the top, the edgier your pants should be: Veer toward drop-waist, multipleated, leather or pegged bottoms. And then, of course, there are always jeans. Skirts can work too, but we prefer the streamlined look of pants.

Silk ruffle top, Badgley Mischka Platinum Sportswear, $348; visit

neimanmarcus.com.

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Ruffled Blouses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Ruffled Blouses, Diane von FurstenbergSilk satin blouse
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Silk satin blouse, Diane von Furstenberg, $285; visit dvf.com.

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09 of 15

Ruffled Blouses

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Ruffled Blouses, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Silk top
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Silk top, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, $288; at Saks Fifth Avenue, call 877-551-7257.

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Fuller Skirts

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Fuller Skirts, Walter Silk skirt

WHY NOW Enjoy the great strides awaiting you in these stylish beauties—and not just because of their volume. Innovative tucking and pleating, plus rich fabrics and vibrant patterns contribute as well. Most are flatteringly cut to fall at mid-knee. Jazz them up for evening with a boiled wool jacket—or settle them down with a placketed blouse and cardigan for day.

Silk skirt, Walter, $228; call 978-287-1469.

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Fuller Skirts

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Fuller Skirts, E.Y. Wada Silk charmeuse skirt
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Silk charmeuse skirt, E.Y. Wada, $340; visit honeyintherough.com.

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Fuller Skirts

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Fuller Skirts, Corey Lynn Calter Poly-cotton skirt
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Poly-cotton skirt, Corey Lynn Calter, $174; call 406-993-2779.

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Chunky Knits

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Chunky Knits, Nicole Miller Collection wool sweater
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WHY NOW Obviously it's not a season for understatement: Here's another example of going to desirable extremes. These pieces, often handknitted, have far more impact than a V or a turtleneck (you might want to wear a light layer underneath in case it gets toasty indoors). And don't discount them for evening:They can certainly make a mark at night.

Wool sweater, Nicole Miller Collection, $440; visit

nicolemiller.com.

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Chunky Knits

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Chunky Knits, Lutz & Patmos Merino wool and viscose
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Merino wool sweater, Lutz & Patmos, $425; visit lutzandpatmos.com for stores.

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Chunky Knits

5 Key Items to Buy Now, Chunky Knits, TSE Wool-alpaca sweater
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Wool-alpaca sweater, TSE , $750; call 212-925-2520.

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