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Get a jump start on fall shopping

Kelly Bensimon, carrying a Bally tote

Kelly Bensimon, carrying a Bally tote Credit: Kelly Killoren Bensimon, carrying a Bally tote. (Patrick McMullan)

In order to look like a European, you have to shop like a European. And that means picking key items that will be smoking hot from September all the way until next March.

My advice is to get a uniform or a vision of an icon in your head, and stick with it every day — have fun with fashion and don’t be afraid.

This fall, a few of my favorite things are biker- and moll-inspired. As I was walking up Madison Avenue, I started to dream about what I want. Here’s my list: a cape coat, a black dress, thigh-high boots, chic bracelets, a statement ring, silk jogging pants, an awesome Bally tote (I love the “Dana”) and a fun biker hat.

I’m handbag obsessed, so I also really love the Hermes reversible tote. It’s understated, yet has two sides, so you can change it up from day to night.
I’m also obsessed with the line of bags mommy-to-be Margherita Missoni created for Missoni.

Another accessory I love is the Chloe enamel bracelet. It’s the sweet and charming moment while you are walking to work in your cape coat.

Speaking of amazing jewelry, Katy Rodriguez has a line with bold stones to pair with the satin jogger trouser by Vince.

And for those shoe lovers, I’m dying over the two-toned yellow-and-black Jimmy Choo pumps. They make a statement, since we’ll be wearing all black this fall.
And if you are an H&M enthusiast like I am, get your closet ready for thigh-high boots and a leather cap. Nice girls are sweet, but bad girls go everywhere at H&M.

Phillip Lim’s thigh-high boots are also making me crazy. They modernize the black dress and make leather leggings hot.

And for skirt lengths, go knee- length. Add a tight motorcycle jacket and you are ready for anything.

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