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September 10, 2014

After 5: The Ladies’ Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List

Once the days get shorter and the weather starts to cool down, our after 5 activities become more about indoor activities –candlelit restaurants, cozy bars, hanging out with friends and family around the fireplace. And there are work functions and cocktail parties, too. Let’s make sure you have the essentials ready in your closet to enjoy yourself. Here are our top picks.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for "Casual: The Ladies’ Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List". Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Tadashi Shoji - Jersey Gown
Jersey Gown
Tadashi Shoji
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1. The After 5 Dress: We always like having a versatile go-to dress in our arsenal for those last-minute business or charity functions that we have no time to prep for. This Tadashi Shoji is timeless, yet of the moment, in it’s modern draping and wrap styling, with a twist at the waist. It’s fully lined and in a jersey fabric, so it’s slimming and needs very little maintenance. What we like best is that it can be worn formally or to a cocktail function because of the versatile material and ¾ sleeve. If you want something more contemporary, we love replacing a dress with a jumpsuit. Rory Beca’s version is silk, so it certainly dresses up, and has the same flattering surplice styling.
http://www.shopbop.com/camara-double-blouse-theory/vp/v=1/1503059667.htm Theory - Camara Surplice Sleeveless Silk Blouse
Theory - Camara Surplice Sleeveless Silk Blouse
2. The After 5 Blouse: This is an absolutely beautiful shade of pink/purple that is a great pop of color this fall (Radiant Orchid is actually the Pantone color of the year)– and will work year round. No detail is left behind on this beautiful Theory blouse. The silhouette just skims the body perfectly, but is not too fitted. There is a stitch at the bust to keep the surplice neckline firmly in place, and the delicate layers of fabric cleverly conceal the zipper up the back. The style easily pairs with a jacket, too. If you love the color, but like to cover your arms, Theory also made a gorgeously drapey blouse. (This color is going fast. If Shopbop is out of your size, try Bergdorf Goodman.)
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/JACKETSANDOUTERWEAR/blazers/PRDOVR~B1554/B1554.jsp Madewell - Duskfall Stretch Blazer
Madewell - Duskfall Stretch Blazer
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Madewell - Duskfall Stretch Blazer
Duskfall Stretch Blazer
Madewell
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3. The After 5 Blazer: Let’s start off by saying, we couldn’t believe the price on this tuxedo-style blazer. The quality is far greater than the price, in a nice weight. The cut is a little longer and lean, but has stretch to it, so it’s comfortable. The blend of menswear inspiration, with the feminine tailoring is the perfect way to wear a blazer for an evening out to dinner or drinks. Pair it with cropped trousers, leather leggings, or skinny jeans (yes, black ones look great). It even looks great with boyfriend jeans and pointy-toe pumps. Wear a simple cami and fun necklace.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/NIC-ZOE-Perfect-Ponte-Slim-Pants/prod171800198/p.prod Nic + Zoe - Perfect Ponte Slim Pants
Nic + Zoe - Perfect Ponte Slim Pants
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Nic + Zoe - Perfect Ponte Slim Pants
Perfect Ponte Slim Pants
Nic + Zoe
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4. The After 5 Pants: A pair of ponte pants will get you through drinks and dinner in style – and comfort – every time. The versatile fabric really lends itself to pair with anything from a silk blouse or button-down shirt to a cashmere sweater or a great blazer and knit shirt. Tunics are always beautiful with the slimmer versions, too.We look for ponte that is thicker, so it’s slimming and smoothing, and the stretch hugs the body to give your outfit a more “night out” feel. (Plus, you can eat in them – they’ll just stretch right along with you.) These from Nic+Zoe will fit everyone in their large range of sizes and easy pull-on styling. NYDJ also does an easy fitting trouser style, if you are more comfortable with a straight leg.  And if you’re looking for a more contemporary take? Go with these amazing ones from Vince. Leather trim around the pockets give them a sexy edge, and the front slant pockets keep the silhouette slim. They all look incredible with your sexiest shoes.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306618676&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446719913 Nanette Lepore - Lace Asymmetrical Skirt
Nanette Lepore - Lace Asymmetrical Skirt
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Nanette Lepore - Lace Asymmetrical Skirt
Lace Asymmetrical Skirt
Nanette Lepore
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5. The After 5 Skirt: This season, there’s a lot of asymmetry in hemlines. Deep burgundy’s are also big. Nanette Lepore has interpreted the two in the most amazing lace skirt, perfect for a night out from dinner to a cocktail party. The easier contemporary fit looks wonderful on everyone, and the asymmetrical lines of the hem makes this an easy style for all heights – it doesn’t need to hit in the same part of the leg as it does on the model. Wear this with a simple black silk sleeveless blouse for a dressier look, or a slouchy sweater and ankle booties to keep it more casual. It’s just so striking. If you want a more relaxed fit, Eileen Fisher has done a similar silhouette in a timeless black jersey.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-ballerina-cardigan-sweater/3791767?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=diane_von_furstenberg_'ballerina'_cardigan_sweater:470424 Diane von Fustenberg - Ballerina Wrap-Style Cardigan
Diane von Fustenberg - Ballerina Wrap-Style Cardigan
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Diane von Fustenberg - Ballerina Wrap-Style Cardigan
Ballerina Wrap-Style Cardigan
Diane von Fustenberg
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6. The After 5 Sweater: DVF sure knows how to make us feel like ladies…in this case, more like delicate ballerinas. The wool/nylon fabric is the perfect weight to provide structure – the self-tie is wider, so it’s very slimming at the waist, and doesn’t fold over or twist as some thinner fabric ties can do. Sweaters can often feel conservative or casual, and this one does neither. Wear it over a dress or with pants or a skirt. To keep it slinky, a simple cami underneath will do. But it also looks great over a sleek button down. This is one of those styles that you can’t find every year – but one that you always find you end up wearing every year, so get it while you have the chance. If you are looking for some color, the poppy red is beautiful.


http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=35124606 Club Monaco - Carly Cape
Club Monaco - Carly Cape
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Carly Cape
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7. The After 5 Coat: Capes and blanket style coats can’t be overlooked this season, and we love this version from Club Monaco for a luxurious After 5 look. The black leather trim dresses up the classic camel color wool, so it can easily transition to a piece that you wear over a more formal dress in the cold weather. But we love wearing it with any stylish after 5 look – dark jeans, a sexy dress and boots, it’s so versatile. Capes can sometimes be more style than function, but not in this case. This one is lined and has a zipper and snap closure to keep you nice and cozy.
http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=96264&vid=1&pid=241445002 Clare V - Supreme Foldover Clutch
Clare V - Supreme Foldover Clutch
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Clare V - Supreme Foldover Clutch
Supreme Foldover Clutch
Clare V
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8. The After 5 Bag: A clutch is no longer just for formal wear. It is a great option for any evening out – casual to dressy. This soft, unstructured bag has grabbed our attention because it so effortlessly covers the whole spectrum. The croco print leather is actually a superbly chic dark grey that we simply adore. It is so fashionable without being flashy. You may already have a classic black clutch, so this is the perfect update. It will work with something dressy and black as easily as it will work with dark jeans and a silky blouse for dinner. If you are looking for a true black, this is a similar style that we like, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/pumpsandheels/PRDOVR~A9758/A9758.jsp J. Crew - Dulci Suede Kitten Heels
J. Crew - Dulci Suede Kitten Heels
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J. Crew - Dulci Suede Kitten Heels
Dulci Suede Kitten Heels
J. Crew
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9. The After 5 Shoe: A pointy toe suede or haircalf pair of pumps are a must this season. They pop anything on the more casual side, like dark or coated jeans (even cuffed boyfriend jeans) and look equally elegant with a dress. The textures and colors are what is key here. Black suede looks rich and colors - like blue or burgundy - really pop since these fabrics easily take color for a saturated look. The 2 ¼” kitten heel of this J. Crew suede pump is killer. It is so fresh – and perfect for any night, especially if you might be standing (your significant other will appreciate how comfortable you are, just as much as you do). Hurry, the amazing violet blue and fuchsia pink colors are going fast. Club Monaco, who also makes quality Italian shoes at great prices, has a gorgeous haircalf version with a bit of a higher heel.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306594856&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446725470 Diane von Furstenberg - Shimmering Star-Print Wool & Lurex Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg - Shimmering Star-Print Wool & Lurex Scarf
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Diane von Furstenberg - Shimmering Star-Print Wool & Lurex Scarf
Shimmering Star-Print Wool & Lurex Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg
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10. The After 5 Scarf: Whimsical graphic patterns are a big trend this season – cartoon words and designs are on everything from sweatshirts to handbags. DVF has such a sophisticated interpretation of this trend in the star print of this scarf. Not only are the shades of blue so flattering to almost every skin tone, the gauzy wool fabric (perfect for fall) has a bit of lurex in it, making it the perfect piece to jazz up any basic black outfit or coat. Click through the “shop it” button to learn how to tie this scarf, as shown.

 

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