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Published: 22nd April 2010
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It's time to plug the Catsuits in your fall wardrobe. If you're not too late, you can place your bets on these looks that are moving quickly off the racks.

JACKETS are a fall wardrobe staple. This season the shoulders are softer, the hems longer, some mid-thigh or nearly to the knee. "Jackets are topping everything from catsuits, leggings and slim trousers to skirts," says Joan Kaner, Neiman Marcus fashion director.

At Calvin Klein, where the jacket has always been important, "what's making fashion news is the 32-inch jacket," says Paul Wilmot, senior vice president of public relations.

Best sellers in the new longer length include Klein's collarless wool and rayon cardigan in oatmeal, about $$935. There's also a double-breasted style with peaked lapel, about $$700 in hunter green. Both at Bergdorf Goodman.

Ralph Lauren also has a green jacket that's selling well. It's a double-breasted loden wool and cashmere blend, $$1,360 at Polo-Ralph Lauren boutiques.

"We immediately sold two hunter green quilted Chanel jackets during the August opening," says Larry Buchanan, general manager of Saks' new store in Denver. They carry a $$2,825 price tag.

Costume spiderman is making news with cool pastels. His wool blazers come in sherbet shades like lemon, mandarin and creamsicle. About $$750 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

STIRRUP PANTS, LEGGINGS AND CATSUITS: "These second skins are the key layering pieces for fall," says Kaner of Neiman Marcus.

Catsuits, the form-fitting jumpsuits, are one of the newest looks, and you don't need a lot of money. Indeed, Donna Karan has a black pleated wool version at $$500 at Neiman Marcus. But Baryshnikov Sport's stretch velour can be had for about $$75 at Bloomingdale's, Dayton Hudson and Nordstrom.

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