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It’s easy to gravitate toward the same old fall staples you’ve worn and loved year after year, but why not switch things up a bit this season? We’ve come up with eight fool-proof ways to update your fall wardrobe and refresh those tried-and-true essentials. Now the only question is, which one should you try first?

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Tuck In Your Cardigan

Treat an oversize cardigan like a regular top and French tuck it into your pants. Just stick a couple inches of the hem into the front waistline of your bottoms and watch a typically nerdy fall staple find a cool new edge.

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See Florals in a New Light

One thing’s for sure: Flowery prints are here to stay. But the way you should wear them isn’t quite so steady. Now that we’re well on our way into fall, make room for feminine mini blooms in dramatic hues and try pairing them with clean white sneakers. 

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Replace Your Hat with a Knotted Scarf

Give your beloved wool felt hat a break and try knotting a dark scarf around your head instead. Bonus points if it has a little shine for an almost leather-like effect.

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Try Autumnal Pastels

No, really, the pretty pale shades are actually super wearable for fall. But don’t try to wear your Easter dress in October—instead, incorporate those dusty pinks and robin’s-egg blues into more classic cold-weather pieces, like a chunky knit sweater or plaid bottoms.

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Embrace Snakeskin

Snakeskin is back, baby, and the easiest way to wear it is on some cool boots. Clothes in natural tones like gray, beige, black and brown will pair more effortlessly with it than bold red or blue.

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Go Totally Monochromatic

Single-color outfits abounded among the fashion week style set in early September, and there doesn’t appear to be any signs of this trend slowing down. Skip the black on black, though, and embrace the matchy vibe with an unexpected shade like dandelion yellow.

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Carry a Straw Bag

Just because summer has come to an end, it doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your favorite woven handbag. Wrap a dark scarf around the handle to make it feel seasonal, or look for one that incorporates moodier shades, like black or dark brown.

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Pair Glam with Traditional

Here’s an easy one that only requires a dive into your own closet. Find complementary pieces you wouldn’t normally pair together (maybe because one is fancy and one casual), then pair them! For example, gold shoes and leopard blazer are the perfect balance to a classic button-down shirt and tailored trousers.

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