The 7 Key Pieces 1. Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection silk blouse (available early December), $90, bananarepublic.com. 2. Joie cotton-blend brocade pants, $498, 855-830-5643. 3. C. Wonder cotton-blend cardigan, $98, cwonder.com. 4. Kate Spade New York lamé dress, $448, katespade.com for stores. 5. BB Dakota polyester top, $80, bbdakota.com for stores. 6. Ann Taylor velvet jacket, $169, 800-342-5266. 7. CH Carolina Herrera silk-and-cotton skirt with feathers, $500, 310-276-8900.
Party look: Velvet tuxedo jacket with brocade pants
Embellished cardigan and brocade pants
The Swingy Skirt A full cut is almost universally flattering, which means most anyone can give this skirt a twirl. What’s more, it’s surprisingly versatile. Try it with a blazer at the office (supposing you don’t work in a corporate setting). A tuxedo-type jacket is another option for work or a night out; just dress up or down with your top. For a laid-back daytime look, go with a sweater, opaque tights, and booties.