Build the ul­ti­mate f/ w ‘ 16 wardrobe with just three key pur­chases

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Be­fore you go spend­ing $$$, take Roopal Pa­tel’s ad­vice and make sure you’ve got the ba­sics in place. The se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of fash­ion di­rec­tion at Saks Fifth Av­enue rec­om­mends build­ing on those essen­tial items—“The per­fect white shirt, the LBD [lit­tle black dress], the clas­sic pump or heel, the per­fect jeans, an easy blazer, a time­less hand­bag, a piece of state­ment jew­ellery and a great lip­stick”—and then lay­er­ing nov­elty pieces on top. Al­ready all over that? Here are the so-on­trend items she sug­gests in­vest­ing in this au­tumn. L.g.

1. Vel­vet Aquaz­zura vel­vet flats ($910, at Saks Fifth Av­enue,

3. Em­broi­dered Bag Alexan­der McQueen em­broi­dered clutch ($4,680, at Saks Fifth Av­enue, n

2. Mil­i­tary- in­spired jacket Burberry Pror­sum twill jacket ($3,375, at Saks Fifth Av­enue,

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