There are two very important things you need to know about yesterday’s Golden Heart Awards dinner in New York City: 1.) It was held by God’s Love We Deliver (a charity that provides meals to people homebound by illness) to honor its biggest patrons and best volunteers, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and beauty guru Aerin Lauder. 2.) The guest list included some of the most stylish ladies in the world, dressed not in intimating avant-garde silhouettes, crazy prints or giant ball gowns, but in some of the most approachable outfits I’ve seen on the red carpet in a long time.
Rather than you-can-only-wear-this-once looks, the ensembles were make up of solid investment pieces (like pencil skirts and tan sweaters) that can be mixed and matched in other ways—except, perhaps, for Giovanna Battaglia’s dress, although her peplum-waisted LBD was basic enough to wear on several occasions. I’ve included five of my favorite looks from last night in the slideshow above. All are perfect fall outfits to buy and wear right now, whether it’s to a black tie dinner or drinks with friends.