Brighten Your Cool Weekend Wear This Season

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Physician's Money Digest, November15 2004, Volume 11, Issue 21

Dressing for work can become as ritualized as brushing your teeth. Don't bring your work home with you this weekend. Hang the white coat and starched shirt out of sight and slip into an ensemble that says something about you. Whether you're heading to the mountains or running around town, comfort and style should go hand-in-hand. Stick with the classics, add a little kick, and you have a crisp, fun look. This season's fashion forecast calls for tweeds and bright plaids, tailored blazers, comfy drawstring slacks, and of course your standard cashmere. Whether it's a timeless cable knit sweater paired with jeans or a sporty hooded sweatshirt peeking out of a tweedy blazer, weekends are the time to mix it up and find what works for you. Soft cotton tees and corduroys can make every weekend feel like a getaway. Think of an old Volvo as your muse—classic, comfortable, and easily chic.

1. Do your jeans justice and pair them with a button down—what could be easier?

On her: Theory cashmere crewneck ($230), Theory collared cotton shirt ($195), and J.Crew bootcut jeans ($78).

On him: Paul Smith collared ultra-soft cotton shirt ($215) and Paper Denim & Cloth button-fly jeans ($176).

2. Layer your look and create outfits that take you from Main Street shopping to dinner and a movie.

On him: Neiman Marcus cashmere rollneck ($345), Ralph Lauren shirt, and Paper Denim & Cloth drawstring corduroys ($146).

On her: Vince houndstooth wool blazer ($325), Vince zipper cashmere hoodie ($220), Theory cotton tee ($45), and Theory cropped corduroy pants ($195).

3. You spend all week at the office; spend your weekends being playful. Turn your creative flair up a notch and make an appearance at a few holiday parties.

On her: Cole Haan belted coat ($395), stylist's own ribbed turtleneck, Burberry wool houndstooth scarf ($250), and Theory wool A-line skirt ($240).

On him: Neiman Marcus argyle cashmere blend v-neck ($165), J.Crew polo tee ($30), and Zegna Sport drawstring, velvety soft cotton pants ($145).

4. Layered, worn alone, or enhanced with a bright scarf, nothing says easy, carefree style like a beautifully knit sweater. Forget your football sweatshirt this Saturday and pull on something cozy and cool.

Left: Ralph Lauren tartan plaid cashmere rollneck ($565) and button-down cotton shirt ($80).

Center: Theory velvet blazer ($370), stylist's own collared cotton shirt, J.Crew cotton crewneck ($68), and wool scarf by Paul Smith ($175).

Right: Burberry argyle wool crewneck ($235).