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Fashion saves the day

If you’ve ever stood in front of your closet and thought, “If only I had … ,” read on. Whether you need a bra that banishes back fat, a vintage-looking bag or shoes that put the chic in rain gear, Susan Swimmer at More Magazine offers these solutions that will save the day.

Problem: You want an evening bag but you don’t want to look like a granny.

Solution: Something with vintage-looking cool

Gone are the days of carrying a prim, sparkly evening bag. A better idea: A Deco-inspired pouch that will put the cool factor in your cocktail wear and also look super chic with jeans and heels on a less formal (more margarita) Saturday night such as the ZAC Zac Posen Clutch ($350; Bloomingdales.com)

Problem: You want an extra layer to ward off a chill, but you don’t want bulk.

Solution: A lightweight vest

It’s anyone’s guess as to what weather fall will bring. Use Barbour’s Cavalry Quilted Vest ($179, Nordstrom.com). It’s lightweight and fits under coats or over shirts and sweaters, depending on your needs.

Problem: You need to look presentable when it’s pouring outside.

Solution: Water-friendly flats or pumps

Much as we like a rain boot, big ol’ Wellies are not the perfect match for all of life’s occasions. Meet the grownup version of a jelly, Furla’s PVC Aurora pumps ($178; Furla.com): dressy enough to pair with skirts and suits, comfortable enough to wear all day.

Problem: Back fat, amplified by your bra

Solution: Back-smoothing bra

If you, like us, have shopped in vain for a bra that offers ample support without also accentuating back fat, look no further. More’s editors tried Vanity Fair’s nylon and spandex bra ($34; Kohls.com and JCPenney.com) with every top imaginable-from sheer T-shirts to ribbed knits-and the results were stunning: a smooth, lump- and bump-free back.

– Holley Simmons, Washington Post

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