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The 6 Pieces You Need for Fall’s Ladylike Look

August 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm , by

sue ladylikeHave you gotten your September issue yet? If so, you may have seen our fall fashion feature: Portrait of a Lady. Yes, that’s right. Amidst a sea of micro minis, stripper heels and skin-tight jeans, rises a crop of beautiful classics that will make you look nothing but sophisticated. Here’s the breakdown of exactly what you need for the look:

1. A high-waisted pencil skirt. We love the way this one from LL Bean Signature looks with a blazer and sweater.

2. A silk blouse. The one we shot from Jay Godfrey is a beauty in blush pink but you can find something similar right now at Loft for a sweet deal.

3. Something leopard. It wouldn’t hurt to invest in the shift dress from Talbots that we shot—it’ll be a classic in your closet for years to come.

4. A retro coat. The putty-colored topper from French Connection that we featured is on my wish list for the season.

5. Wide-leg wool trousers. Talbots strikes again (I told you they were hot!) with these gorgeous grey checked pants.

6. Modified cateye sunglasses. I know we haven’t seen these in decades but they’re back! We couldn’t resist the ones from Norma Kamali. They’re pricey but they’re gorg!

Then just add in some sleek turtlenecks, tight black pants and the blazer that you already have in your closet. And if you really want to push it, try a wool fedora, leather gloves and a croc bag and you’ve got your fall look. Happy Shopping!

(A few of the items mentioned aren’t available yet but they will be soon. Follow me on twitter at and I’ll let you know when they’re in.)

So, tell me…what are you buying for fall?