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November 13, 2008

Layer Cake

Baby it’s cold outside….well not exactly cold, but cooler weather has arrived and it’s time to indulge in one of fall’s hottest trends, layering. Whether it’s putting a belt over a coat, topping a cocktail dress with a long cashmere cardigan or adding a printed scarf to a billowing dress, it looks like more is more this season. If this concept is as overwhelming to you as it was to us, here’s our pared down version of the basic ingredients…

The Accessories
If you’re debating whether or not to throw on a scarf, slink on a chain or slip on a belt, this season, the answer is always yes! Flowy dresses, wool coats, chunky knits and even furs can be cinched by a wide, structured belt for maximum glam. For a staple style, try Michael Teperren’s version in chocolate brown leather from Lane Crawford (HK$3500). Scarves are all the rage this season and the perfect way to add a pop of colour and stylish flair to an outfit. Try pairing Missoni’s Pink Wave Scarf Wrap (£85, http://www.my-wardrobe.com) with jeans, a tank-top or a shrunken blazer. Chains are driving us in circles this fall by popping up everywhere from bags to shoes. We love the classic yet funky style of Kenneth Jay Lane’s Circle Link necklace (£104, http://www.my-wardrobe.com) to dress up turtlenecks, strapless dresses and simple tees.

The Dresses
Shimmer and shine in slinky dresses this winter. Our favourites are in brilliant shades of berry pink, ruby red and deep purple. Bring an edgy vibe to festive cocktails with Miu Miu’s Zip-Front Bustier Dress (£782, http://www.net-a-porter.com). For a deliciously pink option, Catherine Malandrino has a neon pink silk number, which won’t fail to turn heads and brighten up any room (HK$4100, Lane Crawford). Pair with a shiny black clutch and shoes to give the outfit a bold edge. Sparkle this holiday season in the See by Chloe Bronze Fill Sleeve Dress (£320, http://www.net-a-porter.com), which is flattering in all the right places. Wear it with black tights to keep your little tootsies warm!

The Pants
Pants for this season are an exercise in extremes with either second-skin skinnies or wider-than-wide legged styles. Add a touch of provocative fun to last year’s plain, with J Brand’s 10-inch Skinny Jeans with zippers at the ankle (US$181, http://www.shopbop.com). Legging lovers can now take their stretchy styles into the night with shiny and leather-like materials like So Low Latex Long Leggings (US$62, http://www.shopbop.com) that give an extra pop to eveningwear. Fans of flowing styles should indulge in Vanessa Bruno’s Super Wide Leg Pants, a rich satin twill in a creamy gold colour that is chic and shiny enough for any holiday party (US$688, http://www.shopbop.com).

The Boots
Ladies, start your engines, it’s time to take the new boots out for a test drive. This fall revealed a roaring line-up in exotic skins and a wide variety of heights. The most notable and controversial trend is the Shootie; part shoe, part boot, the Shootie has been making an appearance with everything from distressed jeans to leggings to evening dresses. Patricia Pepe makes a pretty ankle length style in black or gray (HK$4550) while Jimmy Choo does the most leg-flattering gladiator sandal we’ve seen in black with a gold zipper (HK$12,250, Lane Crawford). The over-the-knee boot has taken footwear to a new level of rocker-chic this season. Fendi makes a stunning pair in rich brown suede with silver detailing (£730, http://www.net-a-porter.com), while Pour La Victoire makes a more casual version in caramel leather ($465, http://www.shopbop.com).

The Outerwear
The best thing about winter is getting to indulge in big, cosy wrap-ups to keep warm. Whether you prefer tweed, fur, faux or just feathers to cover up, there is a stylish option for everyone this winter. Diane Von Furstenberg’s Hoxter Tweed Knit Cardigan with ruffle trim (£530, http://www.net-a-porter.com) can be worn alone over casual wear or dressed up with a belt for evening. Elizabeth and James Boudoir Shrug (US$585, http://www.shopbop.com) is the perfect luxe layer in brilliantly textured faux fur, you’ll look so decadent you’ll wish it was winter all the time! To add a splash of colour to the gray winter skies, go for Sara Berman’s stylishly chic Bell Sleeve Coat in Red (£390, http://www.my-wardrobe.com).

With all those layers, we’re sure you’ll look good enough to eat!



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