Retail Therapy November 2013

This year’s bootie is not a bootie. Clockwise from top: Pedro Garcia’s Rowan, $590, is a sporty take on kicks that is straight from the perforated leather often used to make supercar interiors. Burberry’s combat boot, Manners, $850, is ready to fight for the right to party, hard. Rachel Roy brings us Bette, $195, a souped-up loafer-tailored shoe. And Jimmy Choo delivers Ballad, $1,195, for everyday elegance.

The fingerless look is part and parcel of the nail polish craze and it’s working manicurists overtime. For a rebel yell slip on Michael Kors studded shorties, $98, or shiny leather hand warmers, $85, and flash that fire engine red polish. Lauren Ralph Lauren takes the trend mainstream with black and white tartan in cashmere and leather, $40, and easy-to-wear camel driving gloves in wool, $38—either will complement a preppy French mani.

Our favorite brands are giving fall’s go-to accessory a twist. Clockwise: Burberry has been experimenting with white and this Colour Check square scarf is its opus: A winter white beauty embellished with the label’s iconic red and black pattern, $295. Marc by Marc Jacobs made a big splash in neckwear this season with bold patterns and his epic muted colors, $198, to lend any look an urban twist. Robert Graham has been making a foray into ladies’ attire and this scarf embodies the style and whimsy the designer is known for, $78.

Winter is coming, which means your wardrobe will be taking a turn for the dark and bulky. Balance the look with a bag that is everything the clothes aren’t: Sleek, architectural and bright. Clutches are practical, lightweight and limit baggage to the necessities. New this season are patterns and materials that recall the nature of warmer weather in fun colors and neutrals. Clockwise from top: Steven by Steve Madden Steven box clutch, $88; Pour la Victoire Clemence calf hair minaudiere, $195; Expressions NYC metal honeycomb clutch, $50; Vince Camuto emerald Mira, $158; French Connection VIP Party wood minaudiere, $168.