Coat check

Chilly mornings remind us just how versatile and essential a short coat can be. Hemmed above the knee – or higher – these are long enough to keep you warm but short enough to make it easy to slide in and out of the car.
This season you’ll find belted trenches and A-lines, classic walkers and pea coats – as well as capes and car coats in a nice range of colors.
One tip: A collarless coat lets you show off a pretty necklace or scarf, writes Ellen Miller, fashion and beauty director for Better Homes and Gardens.

Happy feet

Patterned shoes keep popping up – and not just in seasonal plaids and animal prints. From Princess Vera Wang’s black flats with silver stars (about $50 at Kohl’s, way up to Prada’s appliquéed high-heeled pumps ($950 at shop., these are shoes that can really make an outfit.

Shirt tales

Blouses never really go out of style for women, but they’re coming on strong for fall – especially silky man-styled shirts.
Here are some tips for choosing one, from In Style magazine:
• Fit: Make sure the fabric doesn’t pull. When in doubt, buy one size up.
• Pattern: While solid white or black shirts are timeless, prints and colors look most modern.
• Fabric: Don’t wear a silk shirt with silk bottoms. (“It looks like the pajama trend gone wrong,” In Style writes.) Instead, tuck one into something sleek, such as skinny jeans.

And finally …

“Everyday makeup should even out your skin tone, conceal any unsightlies, and subtly enhance your features. In other words, it should just make you look like a slightly more polished, more flawless version of yourself.”
– Lauren Conrad, TV personality/designer, in Lauren Conrad Beauty” (HarperCollins, $21.99.)
Getting warm: Women’s Luxe wool car coat in burnt orange, left, is from Lands’ End,; Tommy Hilfiger outfit, right, at select Macy’s, Princess Vera Wang shoes at Kohl’s;