Outfit of the Week: The Downtown Authoress

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Every wardrobe needs one complete, go-to look. Each week we invent a new one (and tell you exactly how to get it). Click on the image for a more detailed view.

With its inky plum Rorschach-blot print, Mary Katrantzou's floaty silk shirtdress paints the picture of a belles lettres kind of gal — she's a poet at heart and perhaps a writer by trade, she feels the world (and thinks of new ones) through the ink cylinder of her pen. For a day beating around the city, she'd add classic lace up military boots with nubbly wool stockings that demurely graze the hemline. Reiss's hunter-green handbag provides the perfect place for stashing poetic essentials like pen, paper, and Tarte's cheek stain for a flushed glow.

Madewell Over the Knee Ribbed 1937 Socks, $20 at Madewell

Reiss Metal Bar Shoulder Bag, $390 at Reiss

Jeffrey Campbell Mid Shaft Boot Black Leather, $225 at Jildor

Mary Katrantzou Dewar Long Sleeve Blouse Dress, $1490 at Totokaelo

H&M Green Alpaca Wool Coat, $129 at H&M, 558 Broadway, New York; (212) 343-2722

Tarte Cheek Stain in Tickled, $30 at Sephora

Liberty Peacock Feather Notebooks, Set of 3, $15 at Paper Source

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Extra Fine Nib, $26 at Jet Pens