Prim and Proper

UPDATED 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/04/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

With the bare midriff, the visible thong and mile-high minis, no body part was left unseen. So now, the pendulum is swinging back to an era of modesty. "It's ladylike handbags, skirts that cover the knees, suits and pussycat bow blouses and dressy coats," says David Wolfe, creative director for the Doneger Group, which forecasts style trends. "We are making a dramatic swing from X-rated to uptight. Mothers and bosses will be happy."

the bag
NINE WEST
Burgundy Uptown Girl frame bag (800-999-1877)

the shoes
MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Green round-toed T-straps $360 (212-924-0026)

the blouse
ANNE KLEIN
Silk mitered-stripe necktie blouse $195 (select Saks Fifth Avenue stores)

the suit
ANN TAYLOR
Corduroy jacket $129; corduroy skirt $69; silk scarf $49; suede belt $36 (800-DIAL ANN)

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