What to Shop for This Season

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

PURPLE & GREEN

THE LOOK: JEWEL TONES

Nothing is basic: Colors and fabrics are luxe. Try suede, velvet, satin, cashmere.

Color guide: If you wear a colorful dress, wear a neutral shoe (black, brown, gold or silver). With neutral clothes, add colorful shoes, scarf or bag.

Key piece: Vince's cable-knit cashmere poncho is chic, cozy and versatile. Wear it on weekends or out to dinner.

designer look

Gucci
Silk dress with velvet panels $3,865
(800-234-8224)

Plenty
Silk rhine-stone-brooch top $106
(select Nordstroms)

Gap
Wide wale corduroy peacoat $78
(www.gap.com)

Banana Republic
Printed jersey wrap dress $148 (bananarepublic.com)

DKNY
Lace-and-chiffon dress $425
(800-231-0884)

Tocca
Wool-blend pants $231
(D.M. Williams Ltd., 757-220-0457)

key piece

Vince
Cashmere cable-knit poncho $245
(877-551-SAKS)

Finishing Touches

Franco Sarto
Green velvet button boots $129
(www.francosarto.com)

Kenneth Cole New York
Purple suede Fold Play bag $195
(www.kennethcole.com)

Nine West
Green croc Karna sandals $69
(www.ninewest.com)

MICHAEL
Michael Kors
Purple suede O.C. flap bag $148
(Lord & Taylor; Burdine's)

Banana Republic
Kelly-green circle-print 22" scarf $28
(bananarepublic.com)

Sigerson Morrison
Purple velvet boots with buckle $795
(212-219-3893)

Banana Republic
Green leather buckle tote $138
(bananarepublic.com)

Delman
Lavender suede moccasins $245
(Lord & Taylor, 800-223-7440)

MASCULINE/FEMININE

THE LOOK: PINSTRIPES & LACE

Gender blenders: Camisoles under menswear suits; lace insets in trousers; ribbons on glen plaids.

What stands out: Bow details—a fabric belt with a bow instantly feminizes trousers; surprising combinations of textures; pearl or sequin accents—like those on the Perry Ellis cardigan.

Key piece: The dainty Beth Bowley lace top can be mixed with anything, anywhere.

key piece

Beth Bowley
Lace top $176 (Plaid, 202-675-6900)

How & Wen
Wool pin-striped Josephine skirt with lace pleat
$165 (Gito, 973-921-9797)

Perry Ellis Women's
Wool tweed skirt $188; printed-silk camisole $128; lamb's-wool sequined cardigan $178
(Bloomingdale's, 212-705-2000)

designer look

Rebecca Taylor
Stretch-wool pants with lace pockets $251
(212-966-0406)

Dolce & Gabbana
Jacket with lace vest and pants $3,850; striped cotton shirt $395
(212-249-4100)

Mint
Stretch-cotton Glen-plaid miniskirt $225
(Sandpiper, 770-433-2989)

Milly
Wool-blend cable shell $238, bow belt $75 (Sophea Parros, 626-304-3600); lace skirt $290 (select Neiman Marcus stores); puff-sleeve lace blouse $248
(Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855)

Finishing Touches

Celine
Black silk lace pumps $510 (866-600-4121)

Gerard Yosca
Vintage gold and faux-pearl necklace $205(212-302-4349)

Melanie Dizon
Silver evening bag with black satin ribbon $359
(Emphatic at Fred Segal, 310-394-1208)

Christian Dior
Malice D'Trick watch with black-and-white strap $795
(800-929-DIOR)

Cole Haan
Black suede Ashley sandals $175
(colehaan.com)

Coz
Silk beaded belt $108
(thebeesknees boutique.com)

BOLD TWEED

THE LOOK: TWEED...TWEAKED
The twist: Bold, blown-up plaids, unexpected accents, vivid colors. Novel silhouettes—like the strapless '50s-evoking A.B.S. dress—even carry tweed into evening.

Nontraditional touches: Mink and grosgrain trims, bags and shoes in notice-me fabrics, punchy flower pins.

Key piece: The ECI suit gives you the look at a bargain price. Wear the jacket with jeans, the skirt with a twinset or a bow-tie blouse.

key piece

Cynthia Steffe
Wool bouclé skirt with mink trim $285
(Neiman Marcus, 800-365-7989)

ECI
Wool bouclé tweed jacket $110;
wool bouclé tweed skirt $89
(select Nordstroms, 888-282-6060)

designer look

Moschino
Jacket with flowers $1,530;
trumpet skirt $920
(select Neiman Marcus stores)

Bébé
Silk acrylic blend frayed-edge jacket $159
(bebe.com)

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz
Strapless dress with attached belt $215
(A.B.S., 516-625-5900)

D&G
Wool bouclé tweed coat $1,210
(Bergdorf Goodman,800-558-1855)

Finishing Touches

GUESS? Handbags
Pink wool Audrey bag with croc vinyl trim $85
(guess.com)

Casadei
Tweed pumps $400
(select Saks Fifth Avenue stores)

Gap
Small tweed flower $5.50;
large gray herringbone flower $9.50;
large black-plaid flower $9.50
(www.gap.com)

S. Edelman
Chocolate multi-woven-fabric Brigette flats $79
(Nordstrom, 888-262-6060)

Chanel
Classic tweed handbag $1,545
(select Chanel boutiques)

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