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Look, we’re all grown-ups here. We stopped buying into passing fads years ago—mostly when we realized how easy it was to simply pepper in a few carefully selected trends each season. So you’ve got your go-to black slacks, white button-downs, all the essentials. Now it’s time to add the cherries on top.

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A Printed Blouse You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend

Whether it’s tucked into a pencil skirt or laying loose over skinny jeans, this statement piece works for almost any dress code. Just make sure the fit is relaxed and the fabric is flowy (think silk or rayon) so that it doesn’t come across as too “done up.”

Get the look: H&M blouse ($18), H&M jeans ($20)

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A Button-Front Skirt That Screams “Fall”

Before the weather turns frigid (you know, when we’re forced to wrap up like mummies), do everything you can to avoid wearing pants. Button-front skirts have that magical ability to make any outfit look stylish without putting in too much effort. The perfect recipe: an oversize sweater, a button-front skirt and a pair of tall boots.

Get the look: Free People skirt ($198); Acne Studios sweater ($340)

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A Varsity Jacket to Give Your Moto a Break

Elastic cuffs, silky fabric and embroidery on the back (optional)—that’s the look to keep in mind this season. Your trusty leather jacket is still perfectly fine to sport, but this fun alternative will spark some new outfit ideas. Go minimalist with an all-black ensemble underneath or maximalist with a band T-shirt and printed skirt.

Get the look: ASOS jacket ($73); Nasty Gal T-shirt ($58); J.Crew skirt ($110)

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Velvet Booties to Shake Up Any Outfit

The dream of the ’90s is alive…in 2016. Velvet will be huge in all accessories this season, but if you’d like to really nail the trend, spring for soft booties to complement pretty much any of your otherwise go-to ensembles.

Get the look: Topshop booties ($125); Boden turtleneck ($39); Gap jeans ($80)

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A Fitted Turtleneck to Layer Under Everything

Over the past couple of years you’ve seen this look everywhere. And news flash: Turtlenecks are sticking around for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t committed yet, bite the bullet this fall and wear one under everything from tank dresses to crisp button-downs.

Get the look: Vince turtleneck ($135); BCBG dress ($279)

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Wide-Leg Pants That Make a Statement

Cropped at the ankle or skimming the floor, these billowing numbers are perfect for in-between weather. For warm days, stick to strappy heels and a light jacket, and when it’s a bit chillier, swap those out for ankle boots and a chunky sweater.

Get the look: Apiece Apart pants ($395); BB Dakota jacket ($95); Kenneth Cole heels ($130)

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Straight-Leg Jeans That Feel Vintage

Don’t worry: Your skinnies aren’t going anywhere. But if you’re investing in some new denim, make sure it’s a pair of on-trend straight-leg jeans (preferably of the button-fly variety). They’ll add an instant cool factor to any T-shirt-and-jacket combo.

Get the look: Levi’s jeans (from $40); Sincerely Jules tee ($49); Topshop jacket ($100)


A Lariat That's Extra Trendy

OK, this might not be a piece you need this fall, but it’s certainly one we hope you want. Chokers have come back in a big way, and the lariat is the most sophisticated version of them. Essentially, you wrap a thin piece of black leather around your neck a few times, pair it with an open neckline and let the compliments pour in.

Get the look: Vanessa Mooney necklace ($42); Reformation dress ($278)

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A Metallic Skirt That's in Rotation Well Before the Holidays

Who says December gets all the fun? Look out for glimmering fabrics to take over your favorite midi lengths, and let them literally shine by wearing them opposite cozy sweaters and dark booties.

Get the look: New Look skirt ($33); Everlane sweater ($78); Swedish Hasbeens boots ($299)

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