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The cowpoke's closet

Anyone with a passion for rhinestones and rodeo gear, tapestry and 10-gallon hats simply can't miss the new book, "How the West Was Worn," by Holly George-Warren and Michelle Freedman (Harry N. Abrams, $45).

Published in collaboration with an exhibit of the same name now open through Jan. 21 at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, "How the West Was Worn" celebrates the various style of dress worn by ranch hands, traders, singing cowboys, country music stars, urban cowboys and others -- as well as the impact Western style has had on movies and fashion.

Outrageous is only one way to describe some of the most glitzy costumes photographed in this book. Levi's, they're not.

Happy trails.


Matter of proportion

Here's a rule to remember when putting together an outfit: Only your top piece or your bottom piece should be loose and baggy, never both together, write image consultants Emily Cho and Neila Fisher in "Instant Style" (HarperStyle, $12).

The exception: A sweat suit.


Make a statement

After months of keeping clothes casual, some women like to dress things up for fall -- and a single brooch or pin is a good way to do it.

Especially if you already own a great-looking suit or two.

Shown here: a black jacket layered over a matching sheath and punctuated with a dynamic pin -- a silver-tone leaf cluster adorned with Swarovski crystals.

This look is from Ann Taylor, but antique pins are another way to go.


Look for the pink ribbon

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and several cosmetics companies are donating part of their profits from various products (many identified by the cause's pink-ribbon symbol) to fund breast cancer research.

Here's just a sampling (there are plenty more), noted by the Baltimore Sun:

Clinique has a berry-colored rectangular bag with a raspberry lipstick and a folding mirror inside for $7.50; $3 will be donated.

Estee Lauder offers a Pink Ribbon compact ($40), a Pink Ribbon Body Crystal packaged with "rosebud" lipstick in its own carrying case ($20), a Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss ($15) and a Pink Ribbon Pin -- designed to look like a mini version of the compact ($15). All net proceeds will be donated.

Origins will donate $1 from every sale of its new A Perfect World moisturizer ($30).

Prescriptives donates $1 from every sale of its Orchid Paints Liquid Lipcolor ($20).


"Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring."
Carmel Snow, legendary fashion editor, Harper's Bazaar