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Theory plays with a new look

I wasn’t really a Theory girl until this month.

I work from home, which means I don’t need work clothes, and for the past couple of years, I’ve rarely needed professional-looking separates: I can usually get buy with skinny jeans and boots or a nice dress for 99% of my cool-weather, dressier occasions.

But now that I’m inching into my later 20s (my birthday is next Monday!) I’m starting to welcome a few more tailored pieces into my wardrobe. Back-to-school time is my favorite season for shopping and reinvention, and Theory’s mix-and-match separates have me drooling. The brand seems to have stepped up its creativity in styling and its youthfulness in marketing and design: just check their blog for constant inspiration this season.

Most pieces are still in the investment category for me, but last week I snagged a great pair of silk cocktail pants at a Neiman’s sale and am vowing to  one day stock up on their suiting separates, like the ones below.

Theory’s taken on a playful, buoyant tone that’s needed even in the professional sphere, without compromising its very serious commitment to quality. I’m a Theory girl.

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The September Issues: Which rags should you buy this year?

The September Issues — aka the fall fashion issues — are the biggest issues all year in fashion and beauty, in size and importance. Unless you’re scheduled for a round-trip to Tokyo, you probably don’t need them all, so which ones are best?

  • Marie Claire: It’s got Mary-Kate on the cover, and while her interviews are always a little obnoxious, her spread is great, and the overall coverage is so complete and well-edited, I actually bought this issue twice, after losing my first half-read copy at my boyfriend’s apartment.
  • Vogue: If the September Issue documentary didn’t convince you of all the work that goes into this bible, then maybe you’ll pick up Vogue because Halle Berry’s the first  second ever African-American woman to grace the magazine’s September cover.
  • Harper’s Bazaar: If you’re not into the Jennifer Aniston-as-Bahbrah thing, buy this one for the Ralph Lauren at-home feature.
  • Glamour: Again, you might want this one for what’s inside: Leighton Meester on beauty, Tommy Hilfiger on dressing classic, and Michael Kors on fall. In other words, advice from the people you really care about.
  • Vanity Fair: VF is actually quite awesome at fashion, and Lady Gaga’s their September girl. Plus, this one has the International Best Dressed List.

Any other gems I’ve missed?

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Frye’s Billy Shootie

Do you likey?

Or does it make you think of a pimp shoe? Still on the hunt for the perfect brown bootie for this fall.

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I ♥ Navy

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Last year, gray and plum tights were catching everyone’s eye, but this year I’m on the hunt for a navy pair.

I’m still going to hold on to my black, gray and chocolate tights, but I think navy will look good underneath cute minidresses in fall colors and patterns (like small flower prints and stars), and with flats, boots or even pumps. I found this pair at Old Navy for just $6.50, and I think they’re a perfect deal for adding a little surprise to an everyday outfit.

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Dior, revisited

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Check out New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham’s audio slideshow of his latest trip to Paris, On the Street: City of Sights. He notes that women all over the city (or at least the Tuileries) were wearing a reincarnation of Dior’s 1950s asymmetrical dresses, buttons and all.

I’ve always thought the New Look was a beautiful trend but best left to the 1950s. I do love, however, these sleek day dresses, perfect for work, parties and as Cunningham notes, bicycle riding, in 1950 and 2008.

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Last minute shopping treats

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You can thank me later: today only on Shopbop.com you can get a 20% discount on your total purchase (sale items not included) by entering in this special code: TREATS2008.

Eligible contemporary and Designer Boutique merchandise include Brian Reyes cashmere, Thakoon pants, Kiki de Montparnasse sets, and this lovely Temperley London Ruby Clutch.

Have fun!

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