Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
Worldwide Head, Literary Department, William Morris Endeavor
Representing such authors as Alice Munro, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jeannette Walls, the chief of the world's largest literary agency ushers more than 100 books a year onto the best-seller lists.

Adam Says: "A sequined peacoat is such a modern way of dressing: Day meets evening, plain meets fancy."

"These pants are made from synthetic silk, which is less prone to wrinkle. They won't live at the dry cleaner's."

Jennifer Says: For Walsh—who spends her days making deals for big-name writers and her free time hanging with her three children—shopping means plowing through department stores in a "practical, almost forensic" manner, grabbing up easy-wearing basics that go with everything. A splurge like this silk crepe cowl-neck shirt will look as good with her favorite jeans as with a pair of fall's trendier pleated trousers, especially when layered with an embellished peacoat and finished with strappy sandals. Walsh understands the value of a little glitz: For her 40th birthday she bought herself "a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that I earned and will pass on to my daughter."

Deal that Got Away
"The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all-time favorites. A few years ago, I met the author and said, 'Oh my God, I love your book so much.' She said, 'Really? Because I sent you a query letter and you rejected it.' That was devastating, but obviously she did just fine without me."

Cowl-neck shirt, Donna Karan New York; $895. Pleated trousers, Club Monaco; $129. Embellished peacoat, Tommy Hilfiger; $698. Sandals, Dolce & Gabbana. Rings, Martin Katz, Wendy Mink Jewelry.

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