Fashion rules for the winter season

LOS ANGELES Jane Monreal sat down with Jane Loddo to talk about some of this season's fashion rules.

Rule number one: Tuxedos are not just for a black-tie affair

"It's in one button, and it's a longer length, so it's definitely an updated look," Loddo said. "We've teamed it with the Marciano satin pant, and we love the super stretch satin, because it's comfortable and it's a great fit."

Over a metallic animal-print camisole, this look easily goes from day to night.

Rule number two: Build your wardrobe basics

"The skirt is enjoying a major resurgence. There are so many ways to wear a skirt this season. You can make it long or lean or full and flared," Loddo said.

A black and white ensemble from Badgley Mischa's secondary line is a good example of a daytime look.

Rule number three: Dress it up in black, or otherwise

"It's in navy blue with black trim," Loddo said. "What we saw on the runway is a lot of ruching, a lot of ruffles, a lot of pleating to give it a feminine look."

With something like a cocktail dress by Donna Ricco, keep the jewelry to a minimum.

Rule number four: Add color

"They're great, because they're on trend to wear with everyday looks for fall of the earth tone and natural looks. We have the pendant chocolate pearl and matching earrings," Loddo said.

Colored tights also add another layer to your ensemble.

"It actually becomes a really great accessory piece," Loddo said. "A bare leg tends to work better for the evening looks, but for the fall looks, the opaque leg really does work well."

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