LOOKS YOU NEED FOR 2008: "THE 8 GREATS"


No need to get divorced and dive into a new career to nail down a starter wife’s fabulous style. Add these eight great staples to your closet and you’ll be as effortlessly chic as Molly and friends, from morning carpools to after-dark cocktails.  

You gotta love ruffles—perhaps the most inoffensive fashion detail ever created. Not only do they nod to my childhood (isn’t a baby pink dress with tiered ruffles every five-year-old’s answer to the LBD?), they add volume where I need it and beautifully camouflage the areas I’d like to forget. This season, fashion’s softly gathered and layered details range from subtle to in-your-face, and exist on arms, wrists, décolletages, shoes, pants, as well as body-covering, torso-to-the-floor tiers. When worn correctly, ruffles can add an element of dressy elegance to an otherwise casual piece and/or gracefully draw the eye exactly where the wearer desires. 7 For All Mankind’s gray Ruffle Neck Top in Silk Charmeuse ($159), available at 7ForAllMankind.com. Balenciaga Purple Silk Ruffled Dress ($2,395), available at The Webster Boutique, Miami Beach.
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