Magenta Blazer

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Goodbye Drab Neutrals—Hello Magenta!
Black edging strengthens the silhouette of this lightweight bouclé jacket.

Jacket, $69; . Flower pin,, $75;

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Missoni Sweater

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Good News! Affordable New Lines From Major Fashion Designers
Want to know the difference between the quality of Missoni knits at high-end boutiques and the quality of the Missonis now available at Target? Me, too! These pieces look just as amazing (and I don't use that word loosely) as their pricey counterparts.


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4 other designer lines you can actually afford
Color Blocking

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Trend Alert: Color-Blocking 101
Mixing chunks of bold colors is a terrific concept, but last spring too many women were walking around looking like giant Legos. This fall embrace the trend without looking silly by getting the color-block effect from a single item, instead of doing the mix-and-match on your own.

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Not sure the look is for you? Start small—you'll keep more money in your color-blocked wallet. $85;

This color-blocked shoe gives classic camel a whole new vibe. $30;

Add a black cashmere sweater to this tricolor skirt, and you're good to go. $275; for stores

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Love That! French Classics with an American Twist
A bold red belt marries a polka-dot dress and chiffon-edged blazer.

Dress, $43; Blazer, LC Lauren Conrad, $70; Belt, Lodis, $58;

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Rockport and Anyi Lu

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Take It In Stride
Sexy, classic, feminine, sure—but comfortable? Yup. Believe it or not, you can actually get away with wearing these heels all day.

Rockport's raisin suede platforms incorporate Adidas technology to cushion your feet.

Anyi Lu's pumps, with removable strap, were designed with fit in mind as much as fashion.

Suede pumps, $140;, Pumps with removable strap, $425, Bloomingdale's, NYC; 212-705-2000

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Look What We Found!
Get in step this season—with shoes inspired by men's slippers.

From left to right:
Leopard print is unexpected with a crisp silhouette and solid heel. Steven by Steve Madden, $120;

Direct attention downward, with detailed embroidery and leather trim. $425;

A masculine style takes a feminine step with a playful pink and gray print. $395;

Metallic silver slippers instantly glam up jeans and a T-shirt. $385;

Bordeaux velvet looks rich—not heavy—in a petite cut and soft shape. $168;
Dries Van Noten

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From the Runway to the O Way: Crazy for Collage
Patchwork adds a blast of color, pattern, and texture to everything in your closet. This is not an invitation to drape your grandmother's quilt around your shoulders and call it a day. It's a chance to be whimsical in a sophisticated way.

An ultrachic Rachel Roy patchwork dress you can wear anywhere
Turquoise Pants

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Yes You Can...Wear Colored Pants!
Wearing tone on tone is no different from head-to-toe black: You're creating a line with a single palette—in this case, dusty teal.

Keep the color quiet. You don't want to be mistaken for a Cirque du Soleil acrobat.

When in doubt, go for a nude shoe.

Pants, Diane von Furstenberg, $298;

4 more rules for pulling off bright trousers

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Double Take
Look at the dress on this page. A polished little number that seems made for metallic flats and an uptown hat and bag, right? Right...

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But That's Only Half the Story
The skirt actually zips off to reveal a cool downtown dress; pair it with sparkly jewels and heels, and you're a whole new you.


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Weekend Warrior
Saturday and Sunday aren't code for schlumpadinka. Here are five ways to stay comfy without sacrificing shine.

1. A varsity sweater has the polish of a blazer, but it's far more relaxed.
2. Upgrade your tee to a chambray shirt.
3. Saddlebags outclass messenger bags but still leave your hands free.
4. A skinny riding pant offers more structure than leggings.
5. A compromise between stilettos and flip-flops: the stacked-heel boot.

Blazer, Autumn Cashmere, $395 at Skirt, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; 610-520-0222; Shirt, $178, 7forall; Bag, Dooney & Bourke, $350;; Pants, J Brand, $227, Saks Fifth Avenue; 877-612-7257; Boots, Stuart Weitzman, $695; 212-750-2555

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Jackets With a Twist
The Look: Contrasting Sleeves
Want to see a great trick? Just slip on a jacket with contrasting sleeves. It draws the eye to your middle and carves out a curvy hourglass. This particular piece works wonders with winter white—but also rocks jeans.

Suno, $1,450;

5 more new takes on fall jackets

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This Time It's Personal
Here's a double-button, double-vented, fully lined jacket from Franklin + Gower that sits right at the hip, plus a nicely tailored skirt to match. But there's more: You get to choose the fabric and trim finishes yourself. Now that's well-suited!

Jacket, was $460, now $391; skirt, was $110, now $94; use code OPRAH2;
Proenza Schouler runway

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From the Runway to the O Way: Pocahontas Redux
When I saw this season's neo-Navajo looks, it was love at first sight. This nod to Native American style is fresh and folkloric without being costumey. Just steer clear of pigtails and feathers; nobody's looking to remake Dances with Wolves.

A Navajo tote that's perfect for weekends