Fall’s 10 Best

With the last breezy tunic tucked away, you’re officially ready to make room for some new wardrobe cravings (oversized knits, here we come). Take a peek at the top ten items we’ve singled out for fall.

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1. The New Ankle Booties

You’ve experimented with short, fringed bangs and even tried the fringed vest (thankfully, that phase didn’t last long). But how about a little fringe on your boots? Introducing fall’s standout style: Chelsea roper boots. Fun, funky and even better because the kilt is removable. You know, in case you change your mind.

Get the look: Freda Salvador ($595)

Photo: Tory Burch

2. Sponsored: The Standout Timepiece

Hey, it’s OK to wear a little color post-Labor Day. We’re thinking along the lines of this poppy orange watch. The trick is to wear it over your long-sleeved knit. We promise you won’t need to fish for any compliments.

Get the look: Tory Burch ($395)

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3. The Instagram-Ready Coat

Let’s hold off on the Michelin Man puffer for as long as possible, shall we? Instead, combat fall’s chill with an expertly draped cape. This style is particularly useful because it allows you to layer without totally masking your adorable outfit underneath.

Get the look: Joie ($598)

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4. The Faux-Layered Sweater

Make fall layering look easy with this two-for-one deal: a lamb’s-wool sweater finished with a shirting fabric hem. It gives the appearance of stellar mix-and-match skills with practically zero effort.

Get the look: J.Crew ($98)

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5. The unexpected Suit Pants

More than a one-season wonder, tailored culottes are a quality transition piece. Wear them now as a dress alternative by pairing them with a boxy top and killer heels. Then later, topped them with a cozy sweater and classic brogues.

Get the look: DKNY ($225)

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6. The Top-Handle Bag

Slouchy totes are great and all, but Alexander Wang’s ladylike bag for Balenciaga is what genius looks like. Can’t swing the price tag? Look for a similar style with minimal hardware and in a rich, wine-soaked hue.

Get the look: Karen Walker ($605)

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7. The Denim Skirt

We know--you’re kicking yourself for tossing your 1994 version. Luckily today’s denim pencil skirts are even better (read: no more awkward bunching). Pair yours with heels or over-the-knee boots.

Get the look: Current/Elliott ($194)

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8. The Most Flattering Gray

The easiest way to welcome autumn? A polish change. Retire your favorite summer nude and brush on a fall gray. We love this shade by RGB that's rooted in purple undertones so it won’t wash you out.

Get the look: RGB ($18)

Photo: Tory Burch

9. Sponsored: The feminine watch

You’re all about multitasking, so why should your wardrobe be any different? This season, invest in a feminine watch that doubles as an eye-catching bracelet. It gives a whole new meaning to utilitarian.

Get the look: Tory Burch ($595)

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10. The Slip Dress

Don’t be fooled by the name--this doesn’t mean wearing your nightie in public. A slip dress is an easygoing frock that’s the perfect base for layering (hence why we love it for fall). And hey, remember those roper booties? They’d look great with this.

Get the look: Topshop ($125)