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Free People Easy Days Sweater

Free People Easy Days Sweater

Between office parties, mandatory family time, and gluttonous dinners that leave you disgusted with yourself, the last thing you need is more stress.  But between knowing you're bound to run into people you'd rather not see and the inevitable photo tags all over social media, trying to figure out an appropriate and stylish outfit for each occasion can create a bad mood before even walking out the door.  These Fall fashion trends will help you put together looks that you won't regret, even if you'd rather forget everything else (like that drunken office karaoke disaster).  

 

1: Layer Up

From tunics over dresses to coats over jackets, the runways were full of layers, layers, and more layers. But instead of doing the same old cardigan paired over a plain shirt, use the runway look for inspiration and try layering pieces in unexpected ways.  Take a cue from Tibi and pair a loose 3/4 pullover with long-sleeved turtleneck, or add a tailored jacket over your cardigan.  Color will really help you stand out (in a good way), so be sure to make use of the season's palette and incorporate browns, dark greens, and burnt oranges like Free People's Easy Days sweater.

 

2: Leather

Instead of just being used as an accent, leather is playing a much bigger role in this season's wardrobes with designers creating entire looks from the material.  While a leather dress may be too much for your office party, a single piece adds great contrast when paired with knits and can be edgy without being inappropriate.  Ditch that old jacket and try something new like Bebe's leather circle skirt.

Bebe Leather Circle Skirt

Bebe Leather Circle Skirt

 

4. Knee-High

If you're still holding on to those knee-high socks from back when you saw Clueless and just had to have Cher's signature style, the time to finally pull them back out from the back of the closet is here!  Knee-high's have worked their way back onto the runways and into the spotlight this season like in the LAMB Fall 2013 show.  They're super cute and cozy, but if you're afraid they're too much of a statement on their own, do like a lot of designer have and layer them over sheer tights for a more subtle effect.

Tibi Fall 2013

Tibi Fall 2013

 

 

3. Don't Be a Weanie, Wear a Beanie!

Hats are one of the cutest ways to complete a look, but they're also the most feared.  Even if you don't feel daring enough to wear a fedora, take advantage of the cooler weather and try wearing a knit beanie like the Urban Outfitter's Pointelle slouchy beanie.  Knit hats and beanies are an effortless way to add that laid back girl-next-door vibe and pair really well with the season's cool weather wardrobes (and hide any hair mishaps).

UO Pointelle Slouchy Beanie

UO Pointelle Slouchy Beanie

Lamb Fall 2013

Lamb Fall 2013

5.  Bootie Call

Michael Kors Arley Bootie
Michael Kors Arley Bootie

High heels look out of place in harsh weather, boots can be hard to pair with pants and -- let's face it --  those super comfy Uggs are just gross.  Ankle-high booties are the best of all worlds, looking weather-appropriate and stylish while still keeping you comfortably balanced (assuming you're sober).   Booties with metal accents like Michael Kors Arley look polished and add a little glam.