Park Avenue Patterns
"It requires no imagination to dress in head-to-toe designer," says Carolyne. "How you mix high and low is the fun part." In her ninth book, A Passion for Blue & White, she shows antique china alongside reproductions "made in Taiwan yesterday," and she doesn't hesitate to stack up an inexpensive link bracelet with an expensive cuff. Even better is a high-society look in which everything is low priced, starting with a sheath (AB Studio, $59) that suits Carolyne's pared-down style perfectly. And there's cash to spare for a patent leather belt (Hobo International, $48) and bright heels (Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret Catalog, $53), plus gold-tone jewelry (earrings, The Limited, $16.50; cuff, Kenneth Jay Lane, $45).