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LIVING BY THE BOOK REQUIRES A TONY WARDROBE, REFINEMENT.

If she had lived in the '90s, Jane Austen could have been a Valley girl, hip to the fashion scene and, like, Miss Popularity.

She would have bought her clothes at the ``Clueless'' headquarters - Contempo Casual and Wet Seal stores - but, alas, the dark-haired, hazel-eyed little Sagittarian (cheerful, generous, restless) was born Dec. 16, 1775, in England. Where, as you probably know, absolutely nobody wore minidresses or hipsters.

If you wanted to run with Austen's crowd, here's what you'd need:

An Empire-waist dress with puff sleeves and showing lots of cleavage.

A glass-bead choker or Y-necklace, the type you've seen on ``Friends.''

Minimal makeup. Pinch your cheeks before you go through the door.

An upswept 'do with ringlets and accented with some fresh flowers.

Bonnets with the ribbons left untied.

Leather gloves and a tiny handbag.

A flirty little shawl to drop around your shoulders.

But good looks and cool clothes wouldn't be enough. To be considered way-cool, you'd need to be skilled at idle chatter as well as:

Embroidery and needlepoint.

Archery.

Ballroom dancing.

Calligraphy.

Musical instruments.

Turning artichokes into centerpieces.

Painting.

Keeping giant goldfish alive in small, shallow bowls.

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Photo: (1--Color) Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson dress the part in the big-screen adaptation of Jane Austen's ``Sense and Sensibility.''

(2--Color) Alicia Silverstone is a modern-day Emma in ``Clueless.''
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 25, 1996
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