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7 Staples for Fall fashion


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By Jennifer Schreer

It’s that time of year again where girls everywhere tuck away their high-waisted denim shorts, leather sandals, and crop tops until next summer. But on the bright side, a fashion lover’s other favorite season is officially here! It’s time to whip out some of the essential staples for this fall.

 

1. Coat

The transition from summer to fall can be quite tricky, especially with the crazy weather here in Massachusetts. The day starts off with a chilly morning of around 40 degrees, the afternoon get slightly warmer and rises to around 65 degrees, and then back to cool air once the sun goes down. A great way to prepare for those brisk mornings and nights, and even the days for when it’s just plain-old cold, is to throw on a stylish coat. The classic grey or camel colored pea coat is always a safe option, but why not get a little daring this year? A flowing, baby-pink pea coat or an army green coat with quilted leather sleeves is a quick and easy way to modernize this classic.

 

2. Leather Pants

An intimidating leather pant may sound more like a staple for Cat Woman, but this modern trend can easily be paired with almost anything. A great pair of leather pants is an awesome alternative to simple black jeans. They can be dressed up or down and for a night out, try pairing them with a dressy blouse or peplum top, finished off with sky-high heels. Turn down the look during the day with a simple oversized sweater and a pair of flat loafers.

 

3. Chunky Knit

Nothing screams cold weather better than a great sweater, and even better, a chunky knit sweater. The overall comfort of this piece is what makes it a must-have staple for the fall season. It is a go-to for any autumn day and an excuse to dig through the closets of dads and grandmas everywhere. Nothing pairs better with a crisp fall morning than a pumpkin spice latte and grandpa’s worn out Ralph Lauren sweater.

 

4. Something Plaid

Plaid, plaid, plaid! The fall wardrobe is not finished without something plaid. It can be as simple as a flannel, plaid button-up, or even something a little more unique, like a plaid skirt. And yes, it is possible to rock a plaid skirt without resembling old-school Britney Spears. Plaid also doesn’t necessarily mean red and black. Tone it down with something less bold and more classic, like a black and white pattern, or yellows and greens. It’s one of those in-season staples that will scream fall in any given ensemble and is a great way to spice up a girl’s wardrobe. Whether it’s a sweater, skater skirt, pair of trousers, or classic blazer; any girl is good to go with a plaid pattern.

 

5. Riding Boots

Finish off that fall look with a killer pair of boots. For fall, all boots are a go, from moto boots and low booties, to combat boots or a high, over-the-knee style. Riding boots are an absolute classic, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a plain leather boot. A riding boot can be quilted all over, slouchy, have buckled detailing, or even be two-toned, and this classic essential can be worn with anything from dresses to jeans. A great pair will last you from fall straight into winter, and many autumns to follow.

 

6. Leather Jacket

Edge-up any look by putting on a leather jacket. This punk rock trend has come back with a bang and isn’t leaving any time soon. Rock a leather jacket as if it were any other jacket or coat for an effortless, chic look. Switch into a leather jacket for a grungy twist or a night on the town. This 90’s craze can also be great during the day, and is warm which is always a plus. Wear a leather jacket casually with a simple pair of jeans, boots, and a scarf, or throw it on over a sexy dress and head out with some friends.

 

7. Oxblood Nails

This is by far the easiest and quickest way to finish up a fall wardrobe. Once adorned with a leather jacket, chunky knit sweater and riding boots, decorate that fall look by swiping on some oxblood-colored nail polish. This in-season color gives off that deep and sultry vibe. Even better, it’s an amazing alternative to the more gothic black polish. Oxblood nails look great on all skin tones this time of year, when we unfortunately begin to loose that sun-kissed glow. Try Skyfall by OPI, Lacy Not Racy by Essie, or Chinatown by Nars.

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