Chic classics are where it’s at for Fall 2011. This autumn is all about polished, preppy pieces with a twist. The loafer is back, but a nude color and sky high heels bring new life to this traditional shoe. A shift dress is another chic classic, made-over with a mini dress length. A perfect-fitting coat is a must-have in a tailored fit and sleek, modern cut. To keep things really fresh, mix these classics with edgy accessories: a chunky cuff, a statement ring, a surprising nail color, and a mod mini bag.
1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Long Coat with Detachable Scarf ($1100)
The Coat. Rich camel-colored wool is cut and tailored into the perfect fit. Finished with a detachable scarf, this coat can be worn all buttoned up or tossed casually over the shoulder (special internal straps keep it from slipping!).
2. Essie Nail Polish in Da Bush ($8)
The Perfect Polish. Red and pink are classics, but green is what’s new in nails. This light green Essie shade is inspired by the deep African bush. Bring on your wild side!
3. Pour La Victoire Larkin Penny Loafer Pumps ($274)
The Loafer. Not your father’s penny loafers, these pumps take a classic and up-end it. These penny loafers are set on platforms and sky-high heels…sophisticated sass.
4. Luv Aj Crystal Chunk Knucklebuster Ring ($175)
The Statement Ring. Polished from head-to-toe? You’re halfway there. Throw on a statement ring to shake things up. Knuckle rings are sure-fire statement pieces, and great conversation starters, too.
5. Tibi Short Sleeve Shift Dress ($297)
The Shift Dress. Layer it up or wear it alone. A shift dress is this season’s building block piece. I like the high hem line and simple, straight-forward lines of this charcoal grey Tibi dress.
6. Dannijo Billy Cuff ($370)
The Chunky Cuff. Like the statement ring, the chunky cuff is a great way to mix trend and tradition. This antiqued brass cuff features knotted snake chains. Add it to any look and make it your statement piece!
7. Jerome Dreyfuss Twee Mini Messenger Bag ($636)
The Mini Bag. Back to school never looked so good. This messenger looks great in or out of the classroom, but is sure to be the envy of the student body. Plenty of pockets keep you organized, while oxidized silver hardware and an embossed logo bring the bling.