September 19, 2011 12:00 PM

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FALL’S TOP TRENDS

From platforms to plaid, nine ways to rev up your wardrobe this season. Plus easy, foolproof tips from celebrity stylists that will help you dress like a star

BLAKE LIVELY in a Tibi dress.

ONE BOLD PIECE PACKS A PUNCH

Bright Colors

Shades are vivid and saturated. Pair them with neutrals to make your wardrobe pop

VINCE CAMUTO

Ankle pants, $79; vincecamuto.com

LOVE ADAM

Camp sleeve shirt with tie, $99.90; hsn.com

LIPSTICK RED IS RIGHT NOW

T&C FOOTWEAR

Green-of-the-crop heels, $57.99; modcloth.com

CLEOBELLA

Cantina cross-body bag, $166; endless.com

More Bright Colors

ELLISON

Botany-professor cape, $69.99; modcloth.com

VICTOR FOR VICTOR ALFARO

Merino wool turtleneck, $72; bonton.com

LALUCCA

Pom Pom cross-body/clutch, $195; lalucca.com

MISSONI FOR TARGET

Ballet flats in purple multi, $29.99; target.com

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET

Floppy hat, $58; whbm.com

LOFT

Patent skinny belt, $24.50; loft.com

RACHEL BILSON in an Erdem blouse and pants.

WEAR PRINTS WITH COLOR

RACHEL BILSON‘S STYLIST NICOLE CHAVEZ SHARES HER TIPS

Test the trend

Start off with accessories. A bag or shoe is perfect for adding a burst of color. An orange bag is great because it acts as a neutral and goes with everything.

Keep it modern

Don’t get too colorful! Wear a bold pant with a neutral top or add a great patterned shirt that coordinates with the color of the pants, as we did with Rachel (right).

Classic Denim

Straight and trouser-cut jeans are figure-flattering, and the darker washes can easily work from day to night

SARAH JESSICA PARKER in Rag & Bone jeans.

COLORED JEANS LOOK FRESH

CHARLIZE THERON in Current/Elliott jeans.

DRESS UP YOUR DENIM!

JOE’S JEANS

Cigarette straight and narrow jeans, $184; joesjeans.com

Straight

LEVI’S BOLD CURVE ID

Classic straight jeans, $78; levi.com

YMI

Front-pocket trouser jeans, $42.99; ymijeans.com

Trouser

AMERICAN RAG

Trouser jeans in Malibu wash, $54; Macy’s stores nationwide

CHARLIZE THERON‘S STYLIST LESLIE FREMAR SHARES HER TIPS!

Do more with denim

Jeans paired with a blouse, sweater and heels are office-ready. And dark blue or black trouser jeans worn with a black fitted blazer are a fresh take on an evening tux.

Denim don’ts

Avoid wearing denim with holes. Unless you’re washing the car, they usually don’t work. And make sure the fit is right. Oversize or skintight jeans rarely look good on grown-ups.

SUITS

Lean silhouettes add sex appeal. Balance with bold accessories

ANN TAYLOR

Country check jacket, $198, and skirt, $118; anntaylor.com

EVAN RACHEL WOOD in a Dolce & Gabbana suit and blouse.

ADD A SOFT BLOUSE

BY (MICHAEL) MICHAEL KORS

Crepe popover tunic, $89.50; 866-709-KORS

GAP

Slim cropped pants, $35; gap.com

LELA ROSE FOR PAYLESS

Fulton tassle shootie, $54.99; payless.com

METALLICS LIFT THE LOOK

SR SQUARED BY SANDRA ROBERTS

Mixed media mini bag, $65; endless.com

GAP

Classic two-button blazer, $73.50; gap.com

LAUREN BY RALPH LAUREN

Long-sleeve work shirt, $89.50; select Macy’s stores

JESSICA SIMPSON

Studded satchel, $98; jessicasimpsoncollection.com

DANIBLACK

“Dillian” lace-up, $195; zappos.com

EVAN RACHEL WOOD‘S STYLIST SAMANTHA MCMILLEN SHARES HER TIPS

Keep it ladylike

Suits should be well cut and shaped to the body. With a menswear look, try a blouse with a ruffle or lace to soften the style. If a suit looks hard and mannish, it’s too much.

Experiment with accessories

Menswear elements are everywhere-especially on bags and shoes. You won’t look like a man as long as you can see the shape of a woman’s body.

Plaid

Forget the schoolyard! This season’s must-have plaids are perfect for the office or a date night

PAIR YOUR PLAID WITH SEXY HEELS

L.L. BEAN SIGNATURE

Wool pencil skirt, $129; llbeansignature.com

KIM KARDASHIAN in a Parker dress.

RACHEL ZOE FOR QVC

Luxe hunting jacket, $120; qvc.com

AGB

Sleeveless belted dress, $100; bonton.com

GREAT FOR CURVY GIRLS!

L.L. BEAN SIGNATURE

Downeaster wool sports bag, $95; llbeansignature.com

RED PLAID IS CLASSIC YET MODERN

EMMY ROSSUM in a Smythe blazer.

EMMY ROSSUM’S STYLIST ILARIAU URBINATI SHARES HER TIPS

Keep it modern

Plaid is easy to pull off in small doses. A solid top in navy or camel with a plaid skirt is chic. Red plaid is universally flattering. When in doubt, choose a cropped jacket or plaid shirt.

What to avoid

Details like western-style pockets or stitching make plaid appear hokey and less modern. Also, never wear a plaid top with plaid pants unless you’re a model doing a fashion shoot.

Leather

Look for pieces, real or faux, with accents like pleating or zippers. Pair with solid colors or soft prints

LEATHER IS FRESH WITH JEANS

PADMA LAKSHMI in an updated bomber jacket.

MAGGY LONDON

Sheath with zippers, $148; nordstrom.com

ZARA

Sheepskin leather jacket, $249; zara.com

M BY MARC BOUWER

Faux-leather vest, $82.50; qvc.com

MANGO

Faux-leather pleated shorts, $139.90; mango.com

BLACK LEATHER IS SLEEK

KATE MOSS in Balmain leather pants.

ASHLEY GREENE in a Ferragamo look.

ASHLEY GREENE’S STYLIST CHRISTINA EHRLICH SHARES HER TIPS

Wear one piece at a time

No need to wear head-to-toe leather. Pair a leather skirt or pants with a feminine blouse or structured blazer, or a leather jacket with skinny jeans.

Streamline your look

Avoid bulky, oversize pieces. You can never go wrong with a classic leather jacket. The best ones mold to your body. Lighter-weight leather is the most comfortable.

CLAVA

“Carina” mini zip bag, $90; clava.com

PATRICIA NASH

“Barcelona” saddlebag, $198; macys.com

MATT & NAT

“Clint” polyurethane bag, $145; mattandnat.com

MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO.

Cross-body bag, $24.99; target.com

Satchels & Cross-body Bags

For space and style, there are two ways to go: a smart satchel or a practical cross-body bag

ADD A POP OF COLOR !

ZOE SALDANA with a Longchamp “Balzane” bag

RACHEL RACHEL ROY

Color-block python satchel, $99; rachelroy.com

VINCE CAMUTO

“Charlotte” suede satchel, $199; vincecamuto.com

JUST FABULOUS

Philharmonic bag, $39.95; justfab.com

MELIE BIANCO

Full course-load bag, $84.99; modcloth.com

ZOE SALDANA’S STYLIST PETRA FLANNERY SHARES HER TIPS

Quality is everything

Look at the clasp and zipper and try to fasten and unfasten to make sure you can open with ease. Check for durability, which is key for everyday bags. With messenger bags, make sure the strap is adjustable so it’s not too long or short.

EMMA STONE in Brian Atwood pumps.

HAVE FUN WITH PRINTS

BRIGHTS MAKE A LOOK POP!

Kitten Heels & Platform Pumps

Smart styles range from neutrals to animal prints to vivid color

DKNY

Leopard heel, $198; dkny.com

CRAFT & BARROW

Dawn plaid heel, $54.99; kohls.com

ZARA

Court heel with cap toe, $79.90; zara.com

VICTOR by VICTOR ALFARO

Patent pump, $79; bonton.com

RACHEL RACHEL ROY

Chrissto embellished pump, $120; rachelroy.com

MOSSIMO

Microsuede pump, $24.99; target.com

PAIR DENIM WITH KITTENS!

REESE WITHERSPOON in Christian Louboutin heels.

EMMA STONE’S STYLIST PETRA FLANNERY SHARES HER TIPS

Platforms add drama

Platform pumps add height and elongate your legs without causing discomfort. Bright colors, leopard prints and embellishments are new.

Kitten heels are comfy

Kitten heels look best paired with pants. Choose a color block pair for an unexpected twist. Opaque hosiery looks great with textured styles.

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