As far as we’re concerned, ankle booties are the most functional footwear of fall—warm and versatile enough to carry you through Sorel weather. And, there’s a fitting pair for nearly every setting. The office? Errands? Date night? Check, check, and check. Plus, any shoe that keeps your ankle secure and strapped in is a safe bet in our book. Ankle booties, we bow at your throne.
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It goes without saying that sweaters are the wardrobe workhorse of fall. To prevent rampant outfit repetition or a sky-high dry cleaning bill, we suggest adding a few new cozy pullovers into the mix—without breaking the bank. Here are 14 sweaters under $150 to hold you over until spring. (Psst: Most of them are actually under $100, but we couldn’t resist that cashmere DVF or Theyskens’ Theory.) Happy shopping!
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We understand the urge to toss on floppy knit beanies—Shoppist editor Emily has a bedazzled highlighter yellow one we all adore—but with all the whimsical prints and chunky knits that went down the runway, a well-shaped cap can be just the dose of structure your outfit needs to pull your look together. Resist the knit and opt for one of these eight wool and felt toppers. Plus, now that Goorin Bros. is open, it only takes a quick trip to Walnut Street to get bedecked. You’re welcome.
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Shearling is a material usually reserved for the insides of your favorite cold-weather clothes. But this time around, it’s popping up as the focal point of statement pieces (like the killer emerald coat pictured above) and on unexpected pieces like purses and heels. (How great are those gold chain accents?) A more subdued version of all-out fur, the texture can be paired with all your fall closet staples like wools and knits. And the best part? It makes classic pieces unbelievable cozy. You’ll never have an excuse to wear Uggs again. (Seriously, just throw them out.)
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Glorious 60-degree days are finally among us! Bless thee weather gods and goddesses! Build out your wardrobe for the season with leather accents—the unexpected autumnal neutral. Wear it traditionally with a leather jacket or pumps, or play with fall’s newest trends: laser cuts, merlot, and headgear. Just promise us you won’t wear it head-to-toe a la Rihanna.
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Okay, maybe “comeback” is a bit of a misnomer because pearls never really left, but this season’s new styles are so much better than the boring studs and strands of yesteryear. From ultra-modern minimalist collars to diamond-dotted ear cuffs, these aren’t your grandma’s pearls. (Unless your grandma loves Lanvin. In which case, yay granny!)
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Right now, I can’t get enough of boots. And not ankle-grazers, or even knee-highs. I’m talking boots that stretch over the knee and creep up your thigh. The idea of them sounds overtly sexy—black leather thigh-high boots!—something my mother would deign appropriate only for a “streetwalker.” But it’s precisely their full coverage that makes them so easy to wear. Throw them on with a long tunic and they’ll act almost like leggings; pair with them with a miniskirt to keep your look just sexy enough (in fact, some of our style experts say that boots allow you to wear minis into your forties and fifties!); or wear them with a midi skirt for warmth come winter. Thighs, all eyes on you.
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It’s after Labor Day and guess what? People—very stylish people at that—are still wearing white. Gasp! The stark non-color is the easiest way to get (or fake) a minimalist, modern style. One of my muses? The lovely Anh Mai, the stylist/blogger behind Mai Style Pages, who is almost always in some sort of snowy-white outfit. We recently chatted over coffee about our insane compulsion to purge, purge, purge our closets, all in pursuit of the perfect just-big-enough capsule wardrobe. My advice: Start with at least one of these (the customizable Stan Smiths would be my pick!), get rid of something in your closet that you never wear (perhaps that neon crop top you wore to Made In America, but will realistically never wear again?), and then relish in breaking the fashion rules.
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It seems like every e-shop is offering major discounts on summer sale goods. The sheer number of items makes easy to get overwhelmed—so we combed through the marked-down goods to find you the best clothing, shoes and accessories under $100. Consider these the hidden gems of the sale rack. Happy shopping!
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Being bombarded with news about just-released fall collections can be a tad annoying when it’s still 80 degrees out. Ease into the new season slowly — I suggest leaving the sweaters for next month and starting to sub in some of these closed-toe picks for your strappy sandals. Here, 11 comfy fall flats that you can snag right now, and wear through winter.
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