Universoul fashions

Universoul fashions
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Get simply gorgeous with the one-step glamour of the dress, solo or elegantly layered with a beautiful bolero. Most flattering for all: an empire-waist dress with a plunging neckline. It’s the perfect balancing act for rounder hips or a full bottom.

Jersey dress by Camilla & Marc for Elizabeth Charles, $395. Sequin bolero by Lafayette 148, $498. Tuxedo jacket by Tracy Reese, $387. Belt, worn as a necklace, by Liz Claiborne Accessories. Studs by Swarovski. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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Fall is full of knockout knits. Keep them new by playing with proportions, like a voluminous top with a slimmer bottom or a snug cashmere turtleneck with a full skirt.

Wool�cashmere cowl-neck sweater by Autumn Cashmere, $285, layered with a wool�cashmere wrap sweater by Yansi Fugel, $209. Cotton pants by H&M, $30. Leather-and-silver belt by Suzi Roher. Charm belt by Liz Claiborne Accessories. Hoops by Agatha. Suede boots by Karine Arabian. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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Menswear influences are still the chic and sleek way to go, from leather caps to the classic trench to pinstripe trousers.

Wool-blend trench coat by Linda Richards Luxury, $595. Silk-blend turtleneck by Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $90. Wool-blend tuxedo pants by Catch A Fire, $286. Hat by Helen Kaminski. Studs by Swarovski. Bracelet by Banana Republic. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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The lean and mean skinny pants have returned and are best worn with fuller tops like a soft, flowing blouse or a chunky sweater.

Chiffon blouse by Tracy Reese, $170. Sequin jacket by True Meaning, $227. Wool pants by Lover for Elizabeth Charles, $375. Hosiery by Anne Klein NY. Pumps by Ferragamo. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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A captivating capelet is especially nice when paired with a slim skirt or pants. Wool capelet by Mint, $368. Skirt by Jenne Maag, $275. Watch by Anne Klein. Hosiery by Wolford. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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Gauchos are back, and this time around they’re fabulous with a close-fitted top and sexy, sensible shoes.

Velvet jacket by Beth Bowley, $340. Blouse by Milly, $284. Gauchos by White House|Black Market, $78. Hoops by Agatha. Hosiery by Anne Klein NY. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti Design. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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Swing into the season, day or night, in a dazzling coat that’s rich in color, detail and texture. It’s sure to light up simple everyday silhouettes.

Silk-jacquard swing coat by Fibers Barbara Lesser, $251. Knit dress by Ports 1961, $475. Earrings and cuff by Links of London. Pearl necklaces by Agatha. Brooches by Moo Roo. Hosiery by Wolford. Velvet shoes by Claudia Ciuti. For details, see Where to Buy in the August issue of ESSENCE.

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