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> Fair Isle fashion

Fans of Fair Isle will not be disappointed this season. Contemporary versions of the festive pattern find their way from sweaters and vests to tunics, slippers, socks, leggings, handbags and more.

Fair Isle patterns are a natural for knitwear accessories such as hats, mittens and scarves, and they add a seasonal touch to the home -- from the bedroom to the den.

For example, at Macy's, the Martha Stewart collection includes a Fair Isle knit throw ($120) and matching decorative pillow ($50) in a very Martha color called Barn Door Red, mixed with cream.

> Fashion tip

The right hangers in your closet can keep clothes looking new, ShopSmart magazine reminds us in its October issue.

"Padded hangers are ideal for delicate items such as silk tops and lingerie. Wood or plastic styles prevent stretching and puckering. Get the right size; standard sizes might be too small for a jacket or coat."

Another tip: Try using a pencil eraser to remove minor scuffs from leather shoes, handbags and garments, the magazine suggests.

> Prim is in

Blame it on the economy, or call it the Kate Middleton effect. Traditionally, when times are tough, hemlines fall and necklines rise, as they did in the collections of trend-setting designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs.

Coincidentally, the new duchess, who has quickly become a style icon, favors a covered-up look. In deference to this more demure silhouette, fall's fashion vocabulary is filled with blouses with bows, Peter Pan collars, midi-length skirts, lace and vintage jewelry -- including cameos.

-- Washington Post

> And finally

"Parties are to be enjoyed! Remember the mantra: Keep calm and carry on."

Lisa Vanderpump, cast member of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and author of "Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant and Affordable Entertaining" (Running Press, $27).