Invest in a perfectly tailored minimalist piece—you won’t regret it. Think cap-sleeve sheaths in sophisticated solids or unfussy blazers (with or without buttons) in neutral tones.
A siren red manicure makes a statement like no other. Both YSL’s Sublime Red and Dolce & Gabbana’s Fire are sexy and classic, and will give your Monday-Friday look a blast of chic.
You’ve done those dark gray nails all year—so for your next manicure, try gold. The glam shade feels just right at this time of year. (Try Mash by Nars.)
We know—it’s hard to get excited about buying rain boots. But now there are cute ones with chain details (like Burberry’s) and patterns (like Gucci’s).
Step away from the tweezers—strong brows are back. Fill in with a pencil slightly darker than your natural color, and set hairs in place with a brow groomer (Lancôme and Bobbi Brown make good ones).
Trousers are loosening up this season, so look for more relaxed, flowy fits. Pair them with something lean and tucked in like a shrunken button-down. (And don’t forget a heel.)
Black eyeliner is a classic, but makeup artists say dark purple is surprisingly flattering for everyone. Clinque makes a gorgeous one (Starry Plum) that will freshen up any look.
Inside every stylish woman’s wardrobe is a black cashmere turtleneck. You can play it classic or edgy, and it makes everyone look slimmer. (Tory Burch, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection)
You only need one item to get this season’s smoky eye—a creamy black pencil with an angled sponge. (Estee Lauder and Dior make good ones.) Draw a line, smudge it and you’re good to go.
Take a risk this fall with bold berry lips. (Two shades we love are NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga or Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Port.) They’re lush and sultry, but not over the top.
The most glamorous creature at the cocktail party will be the one wearing feathers. In black, they’re extra chic and not too much.
Our new favorite boot? A knee-length one in soft suede (think brown, tan or grey) that’s totally unadorned. Find one with a little slouch for the right effect.
Almost every designer made a tough-chic leather jacket for fall. Consider a snug-fitting biker style—it’s a knockout over a cocktail dress.
A great pair of biker boots will get you through the winter. Try them with tights, an ultra-feminine dress and a belted cardi.
Gold was big on the runways this season, but one shot is really all you need. We suggest a pair of gleaming gold shoes. Heel or flat? Up to you.
Wearing all black is a no-brainer, but you can’t hide forever. Try a blouse or skirt in one of fall’s gorgeous jewel tones, like ruby, emerald or sapphire.
A leopard-print handbag will instantly update your daily wardrobe. It’s on-trend now, classic enough for later. Look for a ladylike one with some structure.
What to wear with your Mad Men-esque flaired dress (Nanette Lepore, BCBG Max Azria)? A structured bag, a tailored jacket and, by all means, heels.
Shopping for a puffer jacket? Make sure your pick is as flattering as possible: It should hit at the top of your hips or have a cinched waist.
If there’s one must-have shoe this fall, it’s is a high-heeled ankle bootie. Pair yours with a pencil skirt or slim trousers and your wardrobe will thank you.
Romantic lace pumps are a gorgeous evening choice this season. If they feel too delicate for you, look for one with a platform.
Feminine, 70s-inspired bow-tied blouses are back. Pair them with crisp pencil skirts or skinny jeans and you’ll be right on trend.
Your classic denim jacket still works in winter. Throw it over a cashmere pullover or a frilly dress for an extra layer of cool.
Need one new clothing item to get you through the holidays? Try a gold sequined tank under a blazer or on its own.