Top These!

By Carol Tisch January 1, 2010

1 Double Take  Only your furrier will know for sure,  but this faux mink bolero with tapered silhouette and shawl collar looks real enough to keep everyone else guessing. Made from synthetic fibers, it’s versatile enough to go from sweet to sexy. White House Black Market, 317 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 399-5033.

2 Do the Twist Elegant and classic, this smoke ring ($875) by Sherry Cassin is called The Twist, a drapey layered look for casual or evening wear in a gossamer mix of Rex Rabbit and wool crocheted together. The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-3991.

3 Climate Control A close-to-the-body cropped shrug ($124) by Canadian designer Frank Lyman takes the chill out of Gulf Coast evenings with flair. Made from 100 percent polyester, this copy cat is cut just like the real thing. B.W. Francis, Inc., 311 Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 484-1000.  

4 Fully Vested Saks is brimming with fun furs, from Adrienne Landau’s cheery little neck loops ($175) to a best-selling leopard vest ($475) that’s so chic, lightweight and sexy you’ll want to wear it indoors and out. Saks Fifth Avenue, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300.

5 Furry Fashionista? Then head over to L’Atelier France, where owner France Engels designs her own trendsetting cover-ups from faux fur pullover capes ($600) to shaggy Mongolian lamb wrap scarves you tie over the hips or shoulders ($650).  L’Atelier F, 538 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 539-6096.

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