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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, kohls.com) way up to Prada’s appliquéed high-heeled pumps ($950 at shop. nordstrom.com), 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, landsend.com; Tommy Hilfiger outfit, right, at select Macy’s, macys.com. Princess Vera Wang shoes at Kohl’s; kohls.com.