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Unpredictable weather and killer fall fashion are two indisputable facts of autumn in Chicago. Sadly, these two facts of nature don’t play so well together. Here, seven bag essentials that will keep you looking your best and prepared for the worst.

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A Bold Lipstick

The five-day week is back with a vengeance, bringing with it the return of networking events, after-work drinks and all those other functions that go dormant during summer. Transition from the office to the evening with a long-lasting, matte lip color. We love the Sephora Collection’s Mulberry Luster.

Sephora ($16)

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No-Sweat Water Bottle

Repeat after us: Hydration is key. Counter all those Pumpkin Spice Lattes with an always-on-hand water bottle. You can fill up this reusable, no-sweat bottle throughout the day for drinks that stay hot or cold for 24 hours.

Swell ($35)

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Stain Eraser

It’s a perfect fall morning until you spill steamed milk and coffee all over your blouse... A handy, and portable, stain remover is always good to have on hand.

Walgreens ($3.79)



Before the snow, there is rain. Lots of it. Your new wool sweater does not deserve to get waterlogged, so be prepared for a sudden downpour with some sturdy (and cute) gear. We love this skull-handled black beauty from ASOS.

ASOS ($33)


A Cardigan

It?s wise to keep a sweater on hand should the temperature take a dip. Drape this oxblood (color of the moment) boyfriend cardigan over a crisp, white button-up for a look that's as autumnal as Charlie Brown looking sad next to a pumpkin.

Ann Taylor Loft ($50)


A Moisturizer with SPF

UV doesn’t discriminate between clear or gray skies, so it’s of the utmost importance to be prepared. Fight the wind and the free radicals in one fell swoop with this super-hydrating SPF 47 moisturizer from Josie Maran.

Argan Daily Moisturizer ($32)


A Portable Phone Charger

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of Snapping while at 6 percent battery, but we still prefer not to find ourselves stranded up the creek without our Uber app. Save yourself from the horror of trying to navigate the city without GoogleMaps and invest in a portable phone charger. Stick it in your purse like the disaster preparedness expert that you are.

Mophie (starting at $60)

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