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Jill Richards/The Arizona Republic

Hair and makeup by Mary Wright.

Michelle Woo
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Designers took the more-is-more approach, piling tweed coats over cardigans over blouses at Celine, strapless dresses over sweaters at Miu Miu and dresses over pants at Max Azria. It's the new modesty, a sharp turn from society's glorification of skin.

In Arizona, the cold-weather trend might seem excessive. (Really, who here needs long scarves over two cardigans, as shown at Herm�s?) But with the right pieces, it's easy to get the look without feeling like a bundled-up little kid who tips over as soon as she steps onto the snow.

Instead of seven sweaters, go easy with one sweater vest over a shirtdress. Instead of shorts over trousers, an exaggerated look at Chloe, try a trench coat over leggings.

Genevieve Yraola, senior fashion market editor at Shop, Etc., suggests sticking with coordinating colors and patterns.

"Keeping the look monochromatic creates a longer, leaner silhouette," she says. "If you're doing color, keep it on top, with restrained jewelry."

As October temperatures hover in the '80s, lightweight fabrics are key. To prevent a bag-lady effect, balance full silhouettes with narrow ones.

Here's how to get fall's layering look, both at work and at play.

On the model: Cable-knit sweater vest, $98 at Anthropologie, over a patterned wrap dress by Lapis, $88, skinny belt by Lulu, $10, peep-toe flats by Steve Madden, $89.95, teardrop earrings by Rachel, $14, all at Nordstrom, and bracelet by Adrienne Vittadini, $48 at Dillard's.

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