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Fabulous Fall Fashion Basics

Cold temperatures?  Check.  Shorter days?  Check.  Leaves changing colors or snow (depending upon where you live)? Check.  You know what  this means?  FALL FASHION WEATHER!  It’s time to bust out the sweaters and the boots and the layers!  Fall is pretty much my favorite time of year for fashion and style.  I find it to be the most creative and the most functional time of year because it’s a time of transition—which means you really never know exactly what you need to wear.  Temperature can fluctuate dramatically within any given day or week.  In order to be comfortable you have to dress flexibly and this lends to some great and cute options. These are my top four  trends  for all shapes and sizes to keep you functionally warm and fabulously fashionable for fall 2013.  These are not all of the fall fashion trends.  These are just some basics that transcend size and body shape to bring some sass and class to your fall fashion.

Bold, Statement Coats

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You need a coat to keep you warm as the mercury drops, but this year you want to stay warm while standing out.  This fall it’s all about bold: bold color, pattern, fabric.  Choose one or two bold elements to stay on point and remain classic—and wearable for seasons to come.

Boots

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With fall weather always unpredictable you need to have to find the right footwear.  Boots are always a good fall choice and this fall the trends give us a range of options: shooties, riding-style boots, and over-the-knee boots.  Three different types accommodate a variety of calf sizes (always a major complaint about boots) while being virtually interchangeable: all three types go great paired with leggings, skinny jeans, and dresses.  Pick a nice neutral color in regular leather or suede to get the most mileage.

Patterns and Print

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Making a statement isn’t just for your coat this fall.  Prints and patterns are hot this year, especially colorful geometrics and animal prints.  Even smaller, more simple prints are popping up on basic sweaters.  Prints are where it’s at this fall  They make for great cardigans (bonus points to incorporate pattern into the “old man” style sweaters popping up in stores) but also work for accessories which brings me to my favorite fall trend…

Scarves

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Image Credit: Zoomingo.com

Infinity, silk, pattern, solid, long, mid-length…scarves are everywhere and for every type of outfit.  There are even websites devoted to the various and creative ways one can wear a scarf.  Scarves are the best way to update your fall wardrobe while being budget-minded.  For simple fashion forward motion, try on an infinity (or loop) style scarf in cheetah print.

These four fashion trends this fall are simply the foundation pieces for great cold weather looks.  Try incorporating them with some of your die-hard favorites and some other great trend items (such as dressy sweatshirts) to create unique, cozy looks!

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