Top of the Crops

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The short jacket is the cream of the crop this season, taking you anywhere from the red carpet to the shops. Sienna Miller gets her engagement ring tightened at Theo Fennell in an Alexander McQueen crop jacket. Audrey Tautou does gamine Audrey Hepburn style in Louis Vuitton. A little velvet goes a long way for both Lauren Bush and Teri Hatcher; the First Niece is neat in Tommy Hilfiger and the First Housewife is not looking so desperate in Giorgio Armani. However, be wary - you can look a bit silly, especially if you wear your jacket over a skirt or dress. DJ Harriet Scott looks like she's borrowed her jacket from a vertically challenged clown. Teen queen Mischa Barton looks uncomfortable and middle-aged in her fitted jacket and loose skirt combo. And she may have had a number one hit with 'Goodies' but frankly, Ciara's goods are far too much on display. Put some more clothes on, dear.

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