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Wale Watching

Prep course: Whether you're hitting the books or heading to brunch,this season's old-school blazers are sure to strike a cord.

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Maybe it's the crisp autumn air. But we're feeling downright collegiate -- circa 1973 -- and craving a Love Story-chic corduroy blazer. Our highest marks go to these cozy, casual throw-ons (which won't throw off your budget).

Juicy Couture's McIntosh-red corduroy jacket is comfy and roomy, but still form-fitting ($176 at Scoop stores) -- and it does wonders to spruce up jeans and a T-shirt. DKNY's off-white version ($198 at DKNY) is a striking way to lighten up an all-black ensemble. For a pulled-together professional look, try Ann Taylor Loft's chocolate blazer ($79 at Loft stores) or Banana Republic's fine-waled jackets ($98 at Banana Republic stores), which come in a range of warm autumn colors. Tired of the jean jacket you wore all last year? You'll feel much groovier in a fringed corduroy one by Guess? ($88 at Bloomingdale's).

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