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What to wear and how to wear it

Judy Gordon, “Today” style editor and creator of TheTrendReport.com, takes a look at what to wear and how to wear it.
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Can’t decide which fall trends to go for first? Here are the pieces and styles that will move you effortlessly from trend to fabulous trend. Are you ready? Judy Gordon, “Today” style editor and creator of TheTrendReport.com, takes a look at what to wear and how to wear it.

IT’S A MOD, MOD WORLD

SLIP INTO YOUR time capsule, set the dial on “Way Back,” and take a wild ride into the mod, mod world of retro ‘60s fashion. But for 2003, you’ll want to look modern, not like a Warhol wannabe born a few decades too late. Take a minimalist approach to the mod trend by slipping on a mini skirt or a sleek jumper — a super streamlined style that looks just as appealing forty-some-odd years later. Look for A-line shapes in two-tone combinations of black (or white) plus a bright. Nifty details like circle pockets or prominent bright zippers are a trend plus. Layer your jumper over a bright turtleneck - and don’t forget your opaque tights and groovy boots!

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

Skirts are one of the key statement makers for Fall 2003. No longer content to be the silent partner to a suit, this season’s skirts are full of style and personality. Get ready to channel your inner vixen, flirt and cheerleader! Snap up a pleated mini with leather buckles paired with a ribbed turtleneck or go for a solid-colored, wear everywhere version. Even the classic, slim, knee-length skirt gets a makeover. What’s in store? Sexy ’80s-inspired pencil skirts or flirtatious styles with a surprise finish in the form of ruffles or pleats at the hem. These “flippy” skirts and pencils styles are an instant update that work well with everything from ladylike jackets to day-into-evening suit separates.

Complete the feminine story with high heels or boots, gloves and a mock croc bag — very luxe!

WHO’S WEARING THE PANTS?

Pants play a pivotal role this fall —from men’s wear to leaner cuts to the new dark denim — the right choice makes all the difference. Chic trousers are a must for anyone who wishes to embrace the men’s wear trend. What’s key is a relaxed, easy elegance that can only come from a well-tailored pair of pants.

Luckily, the casualness of this look means you can add a pair or two to your wardrobe and mix them with everything you own. Best bets are a flat-front pair in a brown gab or tweed, plus a pleated pair in a black pinstripe or herringbone. Add a men’s wear jacket, then feminine touches like a bright silk blouse or a soft-colored corset. Other options include ’80s-inspired skinny pants or leggings but only those with goddess-given perfect proportions should go for the short jacket/skinny pant duo. Those of us with more earthly shapes will appreciate the cover of a longer jacket or sweater.

LADY, PLEASE!

This season, ladylike looks rule. Chanel-inspired jackets can be paired with matching skirts or dark denim jeans, along with loads of pearls. Suit jackets are shorter and more fitted, then mixed with feminine tops ranging from corsets and camis to silk blouses. Skirt lengths skim the knees, wide fishnets decorate the legs and high-heel pumps (round-toe, pointy or peeky-toed) give a polished look. Carrying a structured handbag or clutch is a must!

BIKER BABES

The biker or moto-cross look is a got to have it look for urban girls. Ultra hipsters can choose from cropped, short leather jackets in silver or black — paired with mini’s or skinny pants. The more subdued can opt for knee-length leather coats with biker details such as silver snaps. For those who just want a touch of the trend, satchel-type handbags with chains, buckles or grommets do the trick.

WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT

Over the knee boots vs. mid-calf boots (unless they are white mod boots)

Mini skirts vs. hot pants slimming

Higher waist pants vs. super low waist pants

Skinny pants vs. bootlegs

Dark denim vs. faded or dirty denim

Pumps or stilettos vs. wrap-up shoes

Tweed vs. chinoiserie

Structured purses or clutches vs. oversized, slouchy bags

WHAT YOU SAW TODAY

Model #1:

Menswear suit from express, yellow and orange stiletto pumps from dolce and

Gabbana, orange handbag from Dooney & Burke

Model #2:

Brown boucle suit, pink corset, brown pumps and pink suede bag by DKNY at

Lord & Taylor

Model #3:

Beige sweater set and skirt by DKNY at Lord & Taylor, over the knee boots

from Gucci

Model #4:

Black and white tweed jacket, dark jeans, pearls and yellow leather gloves

From Henri Bendel; jacket by Nanette Lapore.

Black patent pointy flats from Sigerson Morrison.

Model #5 and #6:

Black motocross leather coat and boots from Kenneth Cole, white duffle

Leather handbag from Caribbean Joe

Black turtleneck and ivory velvet jumper from Kenneth Cole, opaque tights

from Hanes, mod earrings from Lee Angel.

Katie’s suit: Max Mara

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and “Today” show style editor. She has been covering fashion for the past decade and is the former style editor of Indie Magazine. You can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights fashion trends in America. Check out the site for this week’s latest feature.