Fall Fashion Guide

Everyone who is anyone is advising you what to wear this fall. And while we wouldn’t dream of telling you how to dress, we’ve gathered up an at-a-glance guide to our favorite fall looks, more than a few of which are sure to inspire you.

Look One:  Femme Fatale

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Here’s what you’ll need: a high-waist pencil skirt, a ruffled blouse, red pumps and a zebra print bag. Oh, and attitude…lots of it.

Opt for a well-made skirt since this high-waist look will be a staple in your fall wardrobe; it’s ideal paired with everything from silk blouses for work to sparkling tank tops for night and classic red pumps, of course. If ruffles seem hard to wear, pick a style that is super simple such as BCBG’s delicate pima cotton ruffle tee ($68 at Nordstrom.com). 

Those who can take the attention should complement the look with a zebra bag, a big look for fall recently seen on Heidi Klum and Hilary Duff. At $3,300, Christian Dior’s Zebra Jazz Flap Bag isn’t intended for the faint of heart -- or wallet (available at NeimanMarcus.com). There are more affordable designer options available such as Dooney & Bourke’s Zebra Tote ($175 at Dooney.com). Or, simply head to Bagborroworsteal.com where you can register for a membership and pay a rental fee to borrow the season’s “it” bags for a week or a month, including zebra prints from Dooney, Betsey Johnson, Donald J Pliner and more.

Look Two: Purple Reign

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If fashion were high school, purple would be this year’s prom queen. It seems that every designer voted for this haute hue for fall.  Don’t sport a purple shirt, skirt and shoes! Do accent your look with purple accessories only, to avoid a quick fall from grace.

J’adore  Dior’s Gracefully Bracelet in violet jade cabochon and beads; a small luxury that won’t completely break the bank at $225 (Dior.com for retailers). Another favorite is Juicy Couture’s Smocked Velour Satchel in a shade called Social Circus (aka purple); also $225 at Nordstrom.com. Or, splurge on  Fendi’s FF Logo Cuff; $265 at Net-a-porter.com. We’ll opt for purple purses this season à la Jessica Alba who’s been spotted wearing her purple Chloe all over the west coast. Don’t have thousands to part with? Head to Baghaus.com and pick up the Nicole Lee Slouchy Chain Link Handbag in purple for a mere $62.

Look Three: Rock Star Chic

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This season’s version of Rock Star Chic is more Gwen Stefani than Pink, think sophisticated yet edgy. To get the look, you’ll have to be fully prepared to rock a pair of skinny jeans. Meaning, it’s time to hit the cardio and skip the simple carbs.  We’re enamored with a denim collection called Rich & Skinny -- if only it were so easy-- that has recently been spotted on Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce, Vanessa Minnillo and Jessica Biel. The “Super Skinny” is super straight and unforgiving while “Sleek” is equally hot but more wearable; both are $145 at richandskinnyjeans.com.

Pair these sleek denims with ombre pumps, such as “Josette” in Grass Degrade Patent from the Jessica Simpson Collection ($79 at Zappos.com), and an Edun Organic Tee ($85 at Nordstrom.com) and you’ve got a head to toe look that’s sure to command attention all season long.

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