R29 Tells All: How To Master 15 Fall Trends

You’ve mastered the minidress, you’re a wizard of the white tee, and you’re a certified jean genius. Clearly, you’ve got the basics down. But for those of you who are yearning to evolve your fall style, who are suffocating in a sea of striped tees and skinny jeans, get ready — we’ve got something pretty major to show you.
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Introducing Trend Tracker — your A-to-Z guide to fall style. We rounded up our most stylin’ R29 editors, and got the scoop on their 15 favorite fall trends, and then styled up four perfect outfits to help you rock each one to perfection, from day to night. Want to wear thigh-high boots to work or patchwork denim on a date? Yeah, we’ve got that covered.
If you’re doing the math, that means there’s over 75 glorious pages of pure fall fashion inspiration coming your way — name another October issue that can beat that! Click on for the next-level style savvy you’ve been waiting for.
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Tone down a gleaming gold skirt with a businesslike blouse and nerdy-girl specs, and your co-workers will never guess you’re taking that skirt straight to karaoke come quittin’ time. Zara Metallic Leather Skirt, $139, available at Zara; Mango Bead Detail Sweater, $56, available at John Lewis; Uniqlo Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse, $49.90, available at Uniqlo; 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Bunty' Chelsea Boot, $655, available at Far Fetch; Warby Parker Winston, $95, available at Warby Parker.
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A shot of silvery shine keeps a head-to-toe floral print looking chic — and avoids all connotations of grandma’s sofa. Add a sparkling brogue and earrings that light up a room. Trust us, all eyes will be on you. Paul & Joe Ladiva Metallic Jacquard Top, $580, available at Net-A-Porter; Paul & Joe Patis Metallic Jacquard Straight-Leg Pants, $670, available at Net-A-Porter; Nina Originals 'Etta' Oxford, $87.47, available at Nordstrom; Noir Jewelry Clear Crystal Earrings, $165, available at Noir Jewelry; Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch, $944, available at Charlotte Olympia.
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The chunky-knit, neon sweater goes great with metallic trousers. Add a sturdy, cobalt walking shoe and a light-catching bag, and boom — you’re the best thing brunching. Tibi Waffle Knit Turtleneck, $285, available at Tibi; Jenni Kayne Metallic Print Straight Trouser, $595, available at Far Fetch; Alexis Bittar Lace Tassel Pendant Necklace, $225, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Tory Burch Large Envelope Clutch, $350, available at Tory Burch; Kurt Geiger Lexie, $135, available at Kurt Geiger.
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A confetti-print shift dress, toughened up with black leather and under-the-sea neon accessories make for a seriously next-level night out. TopShop Jacquard Tea Dress, $120, available at TopShop; Sophia Webster Turquoise Leather Sandal, $775, available at Sophia Webster; ASOS Mix It Necklace, $27, available at ASOS; H&M Imitation Leather Biker Jacket, $24.95, available at H&M; Kotur Morley Reflective Iridescent Lizard-Effect Clutch, $560, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Blooms strut straight into the boardroom on Tory Burch’s slim-fit suit. In fall-perfect, royal-purple velvet, you have to admit: Florals have come a long way since grandma’s wallpaper. Tory Burch Dayton Jacket, $550, available at Tory Burch; Tory Burch Dayton Pants, $395, available at Tory Burch; DVF Beauty Pointed Toe Slingback Heel, $325, available at DVF; Mulberry Bayswater Briefcase, $1,500, available at Mulberry; Zara Blouse With Embroidered Collar, $49.90, available at Zara.
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Ready to light up the night? This floor-sweeping gown has drama to spare — and the galaxy of intricately embroidered stars pretty much makes you queen of the night. Ricky Designs Scallop Beadwork Clutch, $48, available at Lori's; Lulu Frost Sunburst Stud, $120, available at Lulu Frost; Mara Hoffman Black Embroidered Gown, $560, available at Bona Drag; DV Dolce Vita Coral High Heel Booties, $129, available at Bloomingdale's; Acne Black Cropped Leather Biker Jacket, $1,450, available at My Wardrobe.
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Keep the cross-stitched top loose and easy (like a tunic you haggled over in a dusty flea market), and pair it with destroyed denim for a boho look that’s less “Paris Hilton in a prairie skirt” and more “Jane Birkin in Ibiza.” Gap Leather Ballet Flats, $39.95, available at Gap; American Eagle Boy Jean, $29.99, available at American Eagle; Toast Cross Stitch Blouse, $196, available at Toast; Vivienne Westwood 'Winter Tartan' Bag, $659, available at Far Fetch; Miu Miu sunglasses, $370, available at Macy's.
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Neon embroidery elevates a basic, black jumpsuit to a whole new level of cool. And speaking of “elevate” — get ready to tower over the night-out crowds in gold-flecked sandals worthy of Gatsby. Mawi Perspex Spikes Glitter Clutch, $780, available at Opening Ceremony; Forever 21 Layered Spiked Necklace, $6.80, available at Forever 21 stores; Alice By Temperley Gisel Embroidered Crepe Jumpsuit, $530, available at Net-A-Porter; Loeffler Randall Dahlia Platform Sandal, $450, available at Loeffler Randall; Joseph Limited Fleet Front Flap Vest, $695, available at Marissa Collections.
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Keep a flared mini’s flirty side under wraps at the office with a chunky-knit pullover and demure, English-rose blouse that’ll look fab on its own come happy hour. Equipment Peacoat Country Side Floral Print Signature, $268, available at Equipment; Helmut Lang Leather Knee Boot, $795, available at Helmut Lang; Wallis Silver Crystal And Drop Necklace, $12, available at Wallis; Organic By John Patrick Rib Pullover, $340, available at La Garçonne; Red Valentino Flare Pleated Skirt, $309.38, available at ASOS.
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Fall’s the perfect time to play with rich — well, autumnal hues. Think royal purple, emerald green, and intense oxblood — sounds a lot more fun than basic black, right? Christopher Kane Floral-print silk-organza skirt $1,290, available at Net-A-Porter; La Corza by Sabo Designs Golden Tasmania Ring, $25, available at Wolf & Badger; BCBGMAXAZRIA Crocodile-Embossed Envelope Clutch, $88, available at Neiman Marcus; Mango Beaded Mohair Wool-Blend Sweater, $79.99, available at Mango; Tibi Mia Heel, $395, available at Tibi.
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Give those skinnies a break, already! Make a cute printed mini the centerpiece of your weekend look instead — we promise, even a daringly short length feels totally doable (and adorable) with your favorite slouchy parka and chambray shirt. Nicholas Knit Leopard Circle Skirt, $250, available at InterMix; H&M Parka, $49.95, available at H&M; Lulu Frost Cosmos Necklace, $395, available at Lulu Frost; Uniqlo Chambray Shirt, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; Zara Flat Chelsea Boot, $99, available at Zara.
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The fluted miniskirt really shines after dark. Make the most of this coquettish shape with a crop top, cutout shoes, and drop earrings. Don’t worry — a slick, tailored blazer keeps the hot-stuff factor just this side of subtle. TopShop Aztec Boucle Full Skirt, $80, available at TopShop; Cherry Cherry Heather Black Cut Out Crop Top, $31, available at Cherry Cherry; Saint Laurent Iconic Le Smoking Spencer Jacket, $2,690, available at Saint Laurent; Shoe Mint Romy, $100, available at Shoe Mint; Alexis Bittar Sodalite and White Quartz Doublet Chandelier Earrings, $155, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Thigh-high boots are a tricky proposition in the office. Keep the gam bonanza to a minimum by pairing them with a mid-length kilt, so just the tiniest peek of leg shows when you walk. It’s a downright demure look that even your cubicle-mate (you know, the one with all the cat calendars) will like. Max Mara Cap Toe Over The Knee Boots, $995, available at Bloomingdale's; Blanca Monros Gomez Tiny Sapphire Stud, $195, available at Steven Alan; TopShop Check Chiffon Midi Kilt, $96, available at TopShop; Mango Cropped Knit Sweater, $56, available at John Lewis; Karen Millen Leather Waist Belt, $70, available at Karen Millen.
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A '60s-sweetheart shift gets a welcome dose of tough, courtesy of Reed Krakoff’s stacked-sole boots. We think Alexa would approve. Dolce and Gabbana Crystal-Collar Jacquard Dress, $3,845, available at Net-A-Porter; Hansel From Basel Silk Thigh High Socks, $32, available at La Garçonne; Juicy Couture Tallulah Leather Mini G, $65, available at Juicy Couture; Reed Krakoff Leather Thigh High Boot, $1,395, available at Reed Krakoff.
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This one’s for advanced over-knee enthusiasts only: Tibi’s daringly high, stirrup leather leggings. Pair them with a short, swingy dress that makes the most of their height — it’s all about that flirty flash of thigh. Tibi Thea Thigh High Boot, $795, available at Tibi; Charlotte Russe Thigh High Pointelle Sock, $7.99, available at Charlotte Russe; Girl By Band Of Outsiders Butterfly Dress, $465, available at La Garçonne; Michael Stars Oh Darling Wide Brim Hat, $58, available at Piperlime; Old Navy Denim Jacket, $35, available at Old Navy.
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Over-the-knee boots, lace, and a leather mini — oh yeah, we’re going there. The elegantly dark palette and loose, scalloped-hem top keep the look from veering into Pretty Woman territory. Joie Elvira Top, $218, available Joie; Stuart Weitzman Highland Over The Knee Boots, $750, available at Jildor Shoes; Victoria's Secret Allover Lace Bandeau Bra, $24.50, available at Victoria's Secret; Shourouk Argento Patiala, $366.46, available at Shourouk Paris; Tibi Patchwork Leather Skirt, $595, available at Tibi.
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Work is the perfect place to play with boyish, suiting separates. A sleek blazer adds 9-to-5 polish to an untucked top and cropped pants, while a luxe tote and block-heel oxfords show ‘em you mean business. Stella McCartney Layer Collar Blazer, $1,965, available at Neiman Marcus; Chloe Lace-Up Oxfords, $895, available at Neiman Marcus; YSL Shocking Mascara, $30, available at Neiman Marcus; Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Tote Bag, $1995, available at Neiman Marcus; Marni Enamel & Multi-Stone Pin, $530, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Garçonne goes to dinner. We adore clean, cool separates with a chunky derby shoe, plus a crossbody bag in heart-racing cherry red. Très charmant. 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Sleeve Jacket, $995, available at Neiman Marcus; Stuart Weitzman Mixed-Leather Oxford, $380, available at Neiman Marcus; Kendra Scott Cuff Bracelet, $150, available at Neiman Marcus; David Yurman Cable Pearl Earrings, $575, available at Neiman Marcus; Kelsi Dagger Trim Crossbody Bag, $178, available at Neiman Marcus.
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This fall’s all about the boxy coat. Think something your granddad would have worn to ward off an autumn chill — only paired with a short-and-sweet, flippy skirt. It’s way cuter on you, of course. Giuseppe Zanotti Laceless Combat Boot, $1,296, available at Neiman Marcus; Stella McCartney Striped Trumpet Front Skirt, $1,045, available at Neiman Marcus; Estee Lauder Intense Kajal Eye, $22, available at Neiman Marcus; Claire Vivier Nubuck Messenger Bag, $363, available at Neiman Marcus; Pantherella Neat Socks, $35, available at Neiman Marcus.
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No need to ditch your sporty separates when the sun goes down! An unstructured pant looks so right in oxblood, fall’s richest signature color. Just make sure you add a straight-up sexy stiletto, so you don’t get mistaken for one of the boys. Edie Parker Lara Confetti Clutch Bag, $995, available at Neiman Marcus; Adam Lippes Track Pants, $650, available at Neiman Marcus; Tom Ford Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry, $45, available at Neiman Marcus; Oscar de la Renta Baroque Pendant Necklace, $655, available at Neiman Marcus; MARC by Marc Jacobs Mareika Floral-Print Pump, $368, available at Neiman Marcus.
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How to make the rough-and-tumble patchwork shirt feel office-appropriate? Easy — just add a boyfriend blazer and a pencil skirt and voilà. Suits are sort of magical like that. Steven Alan Boyfriend Blazer, $485, available at Steven Alan; Alexis Bittar Lace Lariat Necklace, $195, available at ShopBop; Rebecca Taylor Leather Pencil Skirt, $595, available at Rebecca Taylor; Topshop Denim Patch Shirt, $96, available at TopShop; Nine West Gamin, $79, available at Nine West.
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Forget last fall’s varsity jacket: The new place to show your school spirit is on a distressed-denim skirt. A moto jacket and silver spikes complete a date-night look that’s just the right amount of dangerous. Zara Patched Denim Skirt, $79.90, available at Zara; BCBG Spike Covered Headband, $26.60, available at BCBG; H&M Faux leather Jacket, $49.95, available at H&M; Lanvin Metallic Oxford, $1,150, available at Neiman Marcus; Anthropologie Pindot Chambray Shirt, $40, available at Anthropologie.
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How good is this Elvis-inspired denim jacket with the broken-heart applique on the sleeve? So good, we’re throwing it over our best Angela Chase floral frock and oxblood booties and rocking it all fall long.  Tory Burch Parkan Backpack, $495, available at Tory Burch; Leith Snake Coil ear Cuff, $20, available at Nordstrom; Opening Ceremony Elvis Vintage Jean Jacket, $290, available at Opening Ceremony; ASOS Aston Ankle Boot, $84.38, available at ASOS; Dorothy Perkins Floral Dress, $44, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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Phillip Lim’s skinny cargo jean proves patches can be sleek — and that a slinky, silk top and gold nailhead-studded pumps don’t hurt, either. 3.1 Phillip Lim Skinny Cargo Jeans, $350, available at La Garçonne; Nicholas Kirkwood Pump, $1,043, available at Nicholas Kirkwood; Topshop Chandelier Earrings, $30, available at TopShop; Tibi Silk Cut Out Top, $235, available at Tibi; Mango Double Keeper Skinny Belt, $19.99, available at Mango.
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Utilitarian meets ultra-modern in Stella McCartney’s navy wool jumpsuit. Paired with a no-nonsense tote and understated-luxe watch, it’s power-dressing, redefined. Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Minimalist Blazer, $466.68, available at Far Fetch; Nina Originals Etta Oxford, $87.47, available at Nordstrom; Stella McCartney Wool Jumpsuit, $1,685, available at My Theresa; Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote, $295, available at Rebecca Minkoff; Lucky Brand Silver Collar Necklace, $55, available at Lucky Brand; Fossil Stella Resin Watch, $95, available at Fossil.
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Be a one-piece wonder in this deep V-neck, boxy-fit jumpsuit. A hands-free, crossbody bag and walkable heels keep you ready for wherever the night takes you. Quick Silver QSW Crusher Sleeveless Top, $59.20, available at Quick Silver; Jasmin Shokrian Absconder Jumpsuit, $690, available at La Garçonne; Nasty Gal Trina Crossbody Bag, $168, available at Nasty Gal; Kelsi Dagger Blanca Heel, $124, available at Urban Outfitters; Marni Belt, $250, available at Marni.
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A white shirt, tartan jumpsuit, and sneakers take us back to our school-uniform days — only this time around, the fabric’s not scratchy, and the world is our playground. Uniqlo Long Sleeve Shirt, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; Steven Alan Plaid Jumpsuit, $450, available at Steven Alan; Forever 21 Flat Top Ring Set, $5.80, available at Forever 21; Superga Cotu Classic, $65, available at Superga; Zara Rucksack with Zips, $79.90, available at Zara.
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The onesie turns very, very grown-up in smartly tailored, wool crepe with cherry-red accents and glittering, sky-high heels. DVF Flirty Lip Clutch, $365, available at DVF; Zara Jacquard Coat, $119, available at Zara; Valentino Rose Detailed Jumpsuit, $2,980, available at Net-A-Porter; Loeffler Randall Platform Sandals, $450, available at Loeffler Randall; Whistles Square Ring, $33, available at Whistles; DANNIJO Lenny Hair Clip, $270, available at DANNIJO.
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Clutches don’t have to be traditional, evening-style envelopes. At the office, a top-handle tote in tumbled leather is the easiest way to keep your necessities (read: three different KIND bars) fashionably close at hand. Etienne Aiger Small Box Satchel, $550, available at Etienne Aiger; Equipment Star Print Shirt, $248, available at Equipment; Sole Society Addy Flat, $59.95, available at Sole Society; Joie Mirabella Dress, $328, available at Joie; H&M Quilted Sleeve Coat, $59.95, available at H&M.
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A leopard-print pencil skirt and pointed heel is very Bardot-goes-to-dinner. It’s times like these that you need a chicly structured, black tote to help keep a lid on all that sex-kitten sass. Alexander Wang Racheteer Satchel, $1,075, available at Alexander Wang; Jimmy Choo Alias, $650, available at Jimmy Choo; James Lakeland Leopard Skirt, $164.77, available at House of Fraser; All Saints Scratch Sweat, $348, available at All Saints; Rebecca Minkoff Hexagon Hanging Earrings, $96, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Channel your born-to-be-wild side in these slick moto leggings and bike-tough booties. Now, hop on that Harley, and see where the weekend takes you. Coach Legacy Crossbody, $258, available at Coach; J.Crew Chelsea Boots, $268, available at J.Crew; Steven Alan Bernard Cardigan, $298, available at Steven Alan; Zara Checked Floral Dress, $79.90, available at Zara; Han Cholo Arrow Bangle, $65, available at Swell.
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Florals on black, badass, ankle-strap sandals, and a silver-studded, colorblock clutch: This is pure, autumnal night-out perfection. rag & bone Pilot Clutch, $595, available at rag & bone; Topshop Dark Floral Midi Skirt, $72, available at Topshop; Topshop Dark Floral Midi Top, $44, available at Topshop; Tinley Road Chain Necklace, $48, available at Piperlime; Tibi Riley Heel, $495, available at Tibi.
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A sleek blazer, structured tote, and prim white heels? The last word in 9-to-5 chic. An excuse to wear sweats to work? Utterly priceless. Helmut Lang Contrast Trouser, $1,535, available at Far Fetch; Mango Check Wrap Blouse, $49.99, available at Mango; John Lewis Cotton Blazer, $78.44, available at John Lewis; Nine West Genial, $79, available at Nine West; Sole Society Faye Leather Shopper, $149.95, available at Sole Society.
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Sweatpants aren’t exactly synonymous with seduction — except when they’re cool black leather and worn with an on-trend boxy top and shoes that shine. You might just make your date work up a sweat. Milly Clutch, $375, available at Bloomingdale's; American Eagle Denim Vest, $49.95, available at American Eagle; Reiss Eleana Printed Top, $210, available at Reiss; ASOS Hometown Heeled Sandal, $67.50, available at ASOS; 3.1 Phillip Lim Tapered Leather Pants, $1,350, available at Net-A-Porter.
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We don’t really recommend you take this look for a jog at a track near you — but these slouch-tastic sweats, sweater, and sneaks will take you just about everywhere else on your weekend itinerary. Ganni Cordovan Leather Trouser, $426.24, available at My Wardrobe; Zara Cowl Neck Sweater, $79.90, available at Zara; Nike Flynit Lunar1 Sneaker, $160, available at Nike; See by Chloe Daisie Bag, $595, available at Madewell; Venessa Arizaga Red Elephant Bracelet, $155, available at Opening Ceremony.
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A crop top, emerald clutch, and towering, cut-out heels ensure no one will confuse these sweats with the Netflix-marathon variety. Schutz Biatris, $270, available at Schutz; Pamela Love Malachite Choker, $552, available at Bonadrag; Zara Faux Leather Top, $35.90, available at Zara; Miller and Jeeves Mini Suede Clutch, $90.50, available at Boticca; rag & bone Jogging Leather Pant, $660, available at InterMix.
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Muted colors and ladylike accessories keep your animal magnetism roaring — without raising an eyebrow in HR. Marni Beaded Collar V-Necklace, $740, available at Neiman Marcus; Manolo Blahnik Point-Toe Metallic Pump, $595, available at Neiman Marcus; Cole Haan Crosby Leather Shopper, $233, available at Neiman Marcus; Neiman Marcus 1" Patent Leather Belt, $95, available at Neiman Marcus; Burberry London Animal-Print Silk Blouse, $595, available at Neiman Marcus.
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A bronze-goddess dress and tiger-striped tote make for a subtly sexy take on animal prints. Trust us, your prey won’t know what hit them. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel, $995, available at Neiman Marcus; Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow Blush, $26, available at Neiman Marcus; Rachel Zoe Tassel Pendant Necklace, $350, available at Neiman Marcus; Elizabeth and James Aly Patent Loafer, $29, available at Neiman Marcus; Lanvin Full-Skirt Dress, $3,940, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Ditch the leopard-print cocktail dress, and opt for a slouchy-cool zip-up instead. Add a colorblocked, crossbody bag and shoes made for walking. Your new, wear-all-weekend favorite? Spotted. Twine Headband Headphones, $200, available at Neiman Marcus; Vince Calf Hair Slip-On Sneaker, $295, available at Neiman Marcus; Pamela Love Silver Chevron Reveal Ring, $16, available at Neiman Marcus; Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic Shoulder Bag, $1,775, available at Neiman Marcus; Equipment Abbot Leopard-Print Jacket, $298, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Talk about fierce: Leopard print bold splashes of jungle red? This look is perfect for stalking the streets ‘til dawn. Stephen Dweck Popcorn Cluster Earrings, $395, available at Neiman Marcus; Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch, $995, available at Neiman Marcus; Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer, $18, available at Neiman Marcus; Jimmy Choo Lang Strappy Sandal, $850, available at Neiman Marcus; St. John Collection Animal Colorblock Dress, $536, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Study in contrasts: Adding a structured belt, slick heels, and tailored blazer lets you totally fudge the fact that you wore the rest of this outfit all weekend. Tory Burch Greer Patent Belt, $250, available at Tory Burch; H&M Loose Fit Pants, $24.95, available at H&M; Comptoir des Cotonniers Printed T-Shirt, $80, available at Comptoir des Cotonniers; Reiss Sienna Blazer, $425, available at Reiss; Joe's Jeans Laney, $134.99, available at Heels.
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A little bling — courtesy of this waist belt’s bold crystal beading — adds some much-needed sweetness and sparkle to your favorite, tough-as-nails biker jacket. American Apparel Women's Dancing Shoes, $95, available at American Apparel; BCBG Stone Wreath Belt, $58, available at BCBG; Suno Embroidered Skirt, $450, available at La Garçonne; Altuzarra Sleeveless Shirt, $415, available at MatchesFashion.com; Dorothy Perkins Black Quilt Detail, $89, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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A floral dress and ankle boot on the weekend is a little standard, we admit. But the slick cropped trench, veiled beanie, and chain belt, we can assure you, are the kind of cutting-edge cool that no one will see coming. Free People Onyx Armour Belt, $98, available at Free People; Bernstock Speirs Pale Blue Beanie, $132, available at Liberty London; Band of Outsiders Aline Dress, $495, available at Les Nouvelles; Acne Studios Pistol Boots, $570, available at SSense; Vince Camuto Ashley Trench, $49.99, available at ShoeBox.
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Go ahead, embellish the story: An elegantly beaded fabric belt is the perfect way to set off the waistline of your favorite night-out frock. Rebecca Minkoff Wallet of Chain, $225, available at Rebecca Minkoff; Accessorize Flower Power Waist Belt, $37, available at Accessorize; Lover Sara Lace Dress, $850, available Net-A-Porter; Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps, $595, available at Barneys; New Look Gold Chandelier Earrings, $11, available at New Look.
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All-black everything always works in the office. Between those bookish Oliver Peoples specs and means-business bag, trust us — they’ll have to triple-take before they realize you’re channeling Alison Mosshart. Eddie Borgo Extra-Large Cone Bracelet, $750, available at Neiman Marcus; Oliver Peoples Parsons Fashion Glasses, $340, available at Neiman Marcus; Oscar de la Renta Blairclo Cat-Face Loafer, $865, available at Neiman Marcus; Alexander Wang Pelican Satchel Bag, $995, available at Neiman Marcus; 3.1 Phillip Lim Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket, $1,695, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Who says black and blue don’t go together? A bolt of blue adds some exuberance to an all-black ensemble in leather and lace — our favorite naughty-nice combo. Pamela Love Five-Spike Stud Earrings, $275, available at Neiman Marcus; Giorgio Armani Suede Slingback Pump, $570, available at Neiman Marcus; Yves Saint Laurent Beaute La Laque No17 Bleu Cobalt, $25, available at Neiman Marcus; Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag, $950, available at Neiman Marcus; Akris Hilton Studded Moto Jacket, $5,950, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Channel your Born To Be Wild side in these slick moto leggings and bike-tough booties. Now hop on that Harley and see where the weekend takes you. Dogeared Gold Lightning Earrings, $40, available at Neiman Marcus; Milly Riley Leather Backpack, $350, available at Neiman Marcus; Ray-Ban Wayfarer Classic, $150, available at Neiman Marcus; Chloe Studded Suede Bootie, $1245, available at Neiman Marcus; Stella McCartney Kestrel Intarsia Sweater, $930, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Take a Gatsby-worthy, drop-waist frock straight into 2013 with tough, studded booties, a matte grape lip, and accessories with plenty of glitz. Flapper bob totally optional. Kacey K Mini Diamond Stud Earrings, $695, available at Neiman Marcus; Laurence Dacade Pete Studded Ankle Boot, $1,150, available at Neiman Marcus; VBH Studded Crossbody Bag, $1,750, available at Neiman Marcus; NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in La Paz, $26, available at Neiman Marcus; Belstaff Campden Embellished Dress, $2,895, available at Neiman Marcus.
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A suit shot through with a bolt of blue? Yep — a bold color is the easiest way to inject a little feminine appeal into a tailored look. And that’s to say nothing of that adorable beaded collar. Tibi Anson Blazer, $495, available at Tibi; Tibi Anson Ankle Pants, $285, available at Tibi; Zara Leather Pointed Moccasin, $129, available at Zara; Karen Millen Sequin Collar, $125, available at Karen Millen; Saint Laurent Print Cotton T-Shirt, $353, available at My Theresa.
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If tartan suits give you Clueless flashbacks — as if! — this fall’s version is all edge, with zippers and contrast panels lending a distinctly circa-’77 punk feel. Glossy, black-patent, gold-tipped heels keep the look suitably dangerous. McQ Alexander McQueen Tartan Wool Blazer, $1,120, available at Net-A-Porter; McQ Alexander McQueen Zipped Hem Wool Skirt, $605, available at Net-A-Porter; Equipment Elliot, $298, available at Equipment; Pim + Larkin Cabochon Necklace, $38, available at Piperlime; Vince Camuto Callea, $110, available at Macy's.
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Suits don’t have to be all blazers and sensible trousers, you know. Try a sweater and skirt with matching motifs, and layer a button-down underneath for a tongue-in-cheek take on the so-serious suit. Carven Jumper, $400.13, available at My Wardrobe; Carven Lace Skirt, $690.24, available at My Wardrobe; Uniqlo Oxford Stripe Shirt, $12.90, available at Uniqlo; Converse High Top Sneakers, $50, available at Piperlime; Rachel Zoe Charlie Medium Tote, $331, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Digital florals are such a cool motif on a suit. Just add heels and a necklace with some gleam, and you’re ready to light up the night. Topshop Flower Skinny Trouser, $84, available at Topshop; Topshop Print Cropped Jacket, $110, available at Topshop; Tory Burch Metallic Ginny Sandals, $227.50, available at Tory Burch; Stella McCartney Camille Cami, $140, available at Journelle; DANNIJO Mallory Necklace, $550, available at ShopBop.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
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Teen-spirit tartans at work? It’s totally HR-approved when those plaids come in a prim, peplum shape, and are worn with an Angela Chase-worthy black floral skirt. ASOS Hostage Heeled Sandals, $70.88, available at ASOS; Sea Ny Peplum Plaid Shirt, $375.38, available at My Wardrobe; Miu Miu Crepe de Chine Skirt, $835, available at Net-A-Porter; INC Tara Leather Tote, $110.99, available at Macy's; Nicole Crawford Gold Rose Studs, $112, available at Boticca.
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The ‘90s weren’t all destroyed flannels — we loved our turtlenecks pretty hard, too. Bonus points for pulling the sleeves down over your hands à la Jordan Catalano, and for toughening up a slip dress with lug-soled stompers. Jimmy Choo Sweetie Mirror Lace Clutch, $975, available at Nordstrom; Zara Printed Dress, $79.90, available at Zara; Opening Ceremony Grunge Metallic Sneakers, $325, available at Opening Ceremony; girl. by Band of Outsiders Boxy Turtleneck, $295, available at La Garçonne; Accessorize Dagger Sparkle Stud, $19.50, available at Accessorize.
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It’s the first day of school, 1993, and what did you want to be wearing? Definitely this cool-kid crop-top, high-waisted jeans, and a luxe leather backpack that puts our Jansports to shame. Mango Studded Oxford Shoes, $149.99, available at Mango; Topshop Mint Acid Jeans, $70, available at Topshop; Wren Leopard Crop Turtleneck, $210, available at Bona Drag; Cole Haan Patent Skinny Belt, $48, available at Cole Haan; MCM Backpack, $675, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Remember that velvet babydoll dress you used to wear to the Superchunk shows? These days, it’s evolved to an Old Hollywood-level glam — so top it with your olive-drab jacket, just to prove you’d still mosh at the drop of a hat. Report Signature Allon, $104.99, available at Heels; Acne Studios Velvet Dress, $635, available at My Theresa; Figure Military Jacket, $2,000, available at Kirna Zabete; Lulu Townsend Minaudiere Clutch, $49.95, available at DSW; Betsey Johnson Topaz Coil Choker, $48, available at Betsey Johnson.
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Photo: Courtesy of Style.com.
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When paired with a no-nonsense pencil skirt and Kelly-green satchel, your weekend-favorite plaids are game to take on Monday and beyond. Equipment Signature in Plaid, $268, available at Equipment; All Saints Stagg Pencil Skirt, $115, available at All Saints; Armani Exchange Rhinestone Spike Necklace, $48, available at Armani Exchange; Banana Republic Bettina Satchel, $250, available at Banana Republic.
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Plaid, floral, and sheer, all in the same top? It should be a hot, trend-salad mess — but in the masterful hands of Phillip Lim (and paired with a ladylike, A-line jacquard skirt and pointy flat), it all works beautifully. 3.1 Phillip Lim Sheer Applique T-Shirt, $237.50, available at La Garçonne; Topshop Lilac Floral A-Line Skirt, $40, available at TopShop; Zara Pointed Toe Ballerina, $99.90, available at Zara; Hansel from Basel Sheer Triangle Socks, $19, available at La Garçonne; Alice Waese Wide Double Ring, $751.39, available at Far Fetch.
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Next to sheer plaids, oversized blanket checks are our favorite way to keep plaids fresh for fall. Add a breezy sweater and baseball cap, and it’s checkmate. Zimmermann Valiant Check Shirt, $365, available at Zimmermann; Zimmermann Valiant Check Short, $350, available at Zimmermann; Xhilaration Straw Baseball Hat, $12.99, available at Target; J.Crew Linen Sweater, $49.99, available at J.Crew; Quipd Pointer Metallic Flats, $29.95, available at Pac Sun; Swarovski Tonality Necklace, $220, available at Swaroski.
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Sure, you could go pretty — but we like taking this softly draped, sheer plaid in a full-on punk rock direction instead, with black leather cigarette pants and pointy Jimmy Choos that Debbie Harry would die for. Mango Plaid Wrap Blouse, $59.99, available at Mango; Acne Studios Cropped Leather Pants, $1,450, available at La Garçonne; AE Aerie Vintage Lace Inset Soft Bustier, $14.99, available at AE; Jennifer Behr Hair Clips, $280, available at Jennifer Behr; Jimmy Choo Anges Ombre Pumps, $695, available at Neiman Marcus.