Sharpen Your Pencil

By Mary Marino, Flashionista.com

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The general wisdom for a fashion trend is, if you wore it the first time, you’re too old to wear it again.

While that’s true for miniskirts, short shorts (nee ‘hot pants’), and 6 inch platforms, the current obsession for updated classics reminiscent of the 1960s, seems almost ageless.

The influence comes from the hugely popular Mad Men. Fashion has become maddicted.

Successfully adopting the modern version means embracing polished separates and avoiding schmaltzy suits and matching hats.

We picked one look we particularly like for Fall 2010. It centers on a basic pencil skirt. But if skirts just aren’t’ your thing, don’t worry, all of the following choices work just as well with a perfectly fitted pair of pants.

Lay the Foundation

Just in case you have something to hide, ShapeFx makes a hold-you-in pencil skirt with strategic seaming that shapes and minimizes. Even Oprah loves it.

Pencil Skirt $39 – $44, available in 3 lengths:
Petite 23?
Regular 25?
Tall 27?
Also in Women’s sizes.

Hide Inches in This Tank!

Layering pieces are wardrobe staples. This one isn’t just an ordinary tank.

A secret minnimizing panel shapes and slims from bust to hips. Drop a size instantly.

Yummie Tummie Tank  $62.00 – $68.00

Grrrrr!!!

This season skin print will be everywhere. It’s a little touch of the exotic that almost everyone understands.

Leopard, zebra, and snake will show up on shoes, bags, scarves, and clothing. We say: own as much as you want, but wear only one skin print item at a time or risk looking like a cliche.

Neiman Marcus Linen Leopard-Print Shirt $157

Cardigans are Collectible!

This season’s cardigan has some real substance. A little length and a lot of style go a long way to make a pencil skirt, or almost anything else you wear them with, look super.

Left: Lutz & Patmos $148,

Right: Rebecca Taylor $350

White is Right.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. A white shirt is to the wardrobe what salt is to the kitchen; a staple that enhances everything it’s paired with.

Go for cotton with about 2% stretch for the crispest look.

Chico’s Ejay Shirt $69

Does a girl ever need a reason for a new jewel? Gigi Cuff $330, Medusa Necklace $68. Or new shoes? The new neutral is definitely nude. It’s as basic as black and just as versatile. Nine West $80, Jimmy Choo $495

A Grown-up Handbag

Even though we staunchly ignored them, they took years to go away. We’re talking about those over-embellished, overweight, over-the-top handbags that weighed more than a refrigerator before we even put our wallet in them. Now it’s all about updated classic bags, thanks to Betty and her style sisters on Mad Men.


Left: Dooney & Burke $295

Right: Valextra $2250

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