Evening Fashion: 10 Must-Have Pieces

The cooler-than-thou alternative to a cocktail dress: a clever mash-up of everyday basics with new-glam stunners.

October 7, 2009 12:00 AM
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SATIN SHORTS

Shorts, $395, Marc Jacobs; top, $88, Armani Exchange; bra, $1075, Giorgio Armani; shoes, $995, Giuseppe Zanotti Design; clutch, $2995, Judith Leiber; earrings, price upon request, Martin Katz. On hair: Sunsilk Captivating Curls Scrunching Mousse.

CROPPED LACE LEGGINGS

Pants, $1850, Valentino; top, $145, Ralph Lauren Blue Label; shoes, $695, Christian Louboutin; clutch, $7.50, Forever 21; necklace, price upon request, H.Stern.

FAUX FUR COVER-UP

Hooded jacket, $89, DKNY Jeans Jrs.; top, $18, Champion; skirt, $950, 3.1 Phillip Lim; shoes, $299, L.A.M.B.; gold metallic ring, $38, Lydell NYC (available at Dillard's 1-800-345-5273).

HAREM PANTS

Pants, $2462, Lanvin; top, $36, American Apparel; shoes, $395, Tory Burch; earrings, necklace, and bracelet, price upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels. On lips: Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Ruby Pearl.

SEQUINED MINI

Dress, $149.90, Mango; jacket, $695, D&G; shoes, $1195, Christian Louboutin; bag, $1995, Judith Leiber; earrings, price upon request, Martin Katz; ring, price upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels.

THE NEW JUMPSUIT

Jumpsuit, price upon request, Stella McCartney; shoes, $795, Yves Saint Laurent; bracelet, $98, J.Crew.

RUFFLED SKIRT

Skirt, $78, Kensie; jacket, $1375, MaxMara; top, $355, Barbara Bui; shoes, $750, Dolce & Gabbana; tassel necklace, price upon request, Martin Katz; diamond necklace, price upon request, R.S. Durant by Max Farker; bracelet, $498, Crislu.

TULIP SKIRT

Skirt, $595, Alexander Wang; top, $14.50, Gap; shoes, $990, Gucci; clutch, $495, Anya Hindmarch; earrings and bracelet, price upon request, Martin Katz.

BEJEWELED CARDIGAN

Cardigan, $165, Ann Taylor; shorts, $49.50, Levi's; shoes, price upon request, Miu Miu; bag, $240, Felix Rey; bracelets, $937 & $1087, Tom Binns; belt, $32, Jessica Simpson Collection.

TUXEDO JACKET

Jacket, $925, D&G; dress, $100, Topshop; shoes, $3280, bag, $2595, Christian Louboutin; earrings, price upon request, Tiffany & Co.; bracelets, from wrist to forearm: $75, R.J. Graziano; $498, Crislu; $180, Kenneth Jay Lane; $95 & $75, R.J. Graziano; $150, Crislu; $85 & $125, R.J. Graziano.

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When worlds collide: Laid-back denim and knits hobnob with classy lace overlays and shine.
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Stick to a black, white, and gray color scheme with muted pops of color.

$365, Red Valentino; saks.com.
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Follow the either/or rule: Either lace on top or lace on bottom, never both.

$129, Bebe; bebe.com.
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Flats are strictly prohibited. Heels are required to elevate the look from day to night.

$99.95, Steve Madden; stevemadden.com for stores.
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Sequined shorts $395, Tory Burch; toryburch.com for stores.
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$44.50, Gap; gap.com.
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Play with textures: Wear costume jewels with nubby sweaters and sequined shorts.

$395, R.J. Graziano; (212) 685-1248.
$49, United Colors of Benetton; (800) 535-4491 for stores.
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$50, Carolee; carolee.com.
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$130, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com.
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$152, True Religion Brand Jeans; truereligion brandjeans.com.
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