I really love this look. This pic doesn't do it justice. Check out http://mythandritualclothing.com/2008fall/07.html to see the different textures & fabrics in these pieces. I love the blending of wool and silk trim in blue and gray below. The New Blue
…is a deep, bright navy, flattering on a whole spectrum of skin tones. Textural contrast is built right in to the easy-fitting wool smock top and skirt, both with silk trim (Myth and Ritual, $224 and $264). Pile on extra gloss with square-toed patent leather flats (Dolce & Gabbana). "I'm really into pieces," Paula says, explaining that when you mix and match, "you can make a dollar out of a dime and a nickel." Earrings, Tiffany & Co. Bracelet, Cartier.
…bloom in...the fall? Here's proof absolute that floral prints aren't just for spring—and that shine can work anytime: A slim pencil skirt with cloudy purple blossoms instantly becomes autumn-friendly when it's warmed up with a camel cashmere crewneck (Michael Kors, $995 and $795). Although this sweater isn't traditional—it's got an exposed zipper in back—you can do the texture-mixing thing with any old solid-color knit. A bow-shaped clutch (Valentino) and discreet gold jewelry (brooch, Rosello S.A.; bangles, Cartier) keep the gleam going. Belt and shoes, Michael Kors.
A Tweed Dress
…(Liz Claiborne, $139) is the perfect work staple—very trendy at this leg-flattering, knee-skimming length. The shine here comes entirely from accessories: diamond studs (Tiffany & Co.), a silver leather belt crawling with gold-plated alligators (Terry Stack), and glossy red heels (Dolce & Gabbana). "You don't have to spend a lot to get something special," says Paula, whose secret weapon is tailoring—the right fit makes an inexpensive piece look terrific. (She also "reinvents" dated clothes with alterations.)
Looking at some of these prices aren't you so glad you can sew!!!!