Fashion & Beauty

Perforated to Perfection: Hot Looks From Marc Jacobs, Charlotte Russe and More

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall's bounty of fashion is marked by an abundance of embellishments, from studs and grommets to zippers and sequins -- all trendy touches that point to designers' simultaneous resurrection of looks from the '70s, '80s and '90s. But sometimes the season's under-the-radar trends are the surprise hits: Take these perforated pieces, where the lure lies not in what's been added, but in what's been taken away.

-- Holly E. Thomas

Marc Jacobs's blush-hued blouse conveys an architectural feel with three-quarter-length sleeves and structured shoulders, but artfully punctured silk yields a finished product that's supple, not stiff. $895 at

For an understated approach, cinch one of fall's drapey cardigans or snug sheath dresses with a wide, neutral-hued belt with an old-fashioned perforated flourish. $9.99 at Charlotte Russe stores and

Small accessories get the hole-punch treatment, too. The top-grain leather Reverb wallet combines an ultra-flat design and op arty pattern for a funky take on the traditional back-pocket staple. $65 at

Men's shoe designers have long used touches of perforation to add panache, from spectators in the 1920s to today's office essential, the wingtip brogue. RJ Colt opts for a big-picture approach with this subtly patterned leather lace-up. $80 at

Charlotte Russe's budget-friendly faux suede boot packs a trendy punch, thanks to edgy straps, a slouchy silhouette and a cutout heel and toe. $44.99 at Charlotte Russe stores and

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