We're calling time: The Complete Jane Austen is off the aireven the reruns, sniff!so let's all quit swooning over empire waists and velvet pelisses, and remember how much appeal, and how few petticoats, modern-day garments have. A trip to the always-current Crossing Main (which also has locations in Marblehead and Wellesley) does it for us. Load up on snappily constructed jackets by Pink Tartan
which will set off that ethnic-inspired Plenty by Tracy Reese blouse
which will funk up those Genetic jeans. If frocks are required, there's Vera Wang's Lavender Label and a host of other modern gowns ideal for bewitching 21st-century Mr. Darcys.