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The Essentials

August 19, 2007

FALL may traditionally call for bulk and layers, but this season, the look is tight, tailored and tucked in. Ladies, it may be time to get a girdle. Pants are high-waisted and, mostly, skinny (look for more wide legs and bell-bottoms come spring). Gray is the major trend for guys, in everything from casual denim to slim wool suits. Here are the key pieces:

For him

Slim camel coat: The quickest way to fall's sophisticated silhouette is slipping on a classic topcoat. Rag and Bone's tank coat has a touch of the rugged, with a brown suede collar ($693 at

Jolt of color: Neutral tones are big this fall, but be sure to break them up. This deep teal V-neck sweater is from Charles Tyrwhitt ($295 at

Gray denim: Gray is the new blue -- and the new black, khaki and everything else. Just be sure it's an even-toned gray, not a faded black. Citizen of Humanity McQueen slim leg jeans in a shade called London fog ($207 at Ron Herman). The classic boot, from Hogan ($475 at [888] 604-6426).


For her

Romantic blouse and high-waist pant: Look for a soft top to balance tailored pieces. This wispy version by DKNY has a nice, flouncy bow ($195 at DKNY). OK, these trousers are a little extreme. But the high waist is key, whether the leg is slim or wide. Corset-style jeans from Miss Sixty ($199 at Miss Sixty).

The lace-up: Whether they're Victorian, menswear inspired or even punk, lace-ups are the shoe of the season. The black leather pair, above, from Banana Republic is priced right ($138).


Styled by Melissa Magsaysay Los Angeles Times

Hair and makeup Annie Ing Celestine

Models: Victor Ross and Lena Bedoyan L.A. Models

Fashion assistant Ronit Nabi

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