12 for Fall 2012-My Must-Have List

It’s that time of year again! The first day of fall is tomorrow, which means gorgeous fall colors, warm knits, and boots. Back to school vibes always inspire shopping, even though it has been quite a while since I last had a first day of school! In celebration, I decided to put together a list of my 12 for 2012 fall collection.

1. Colored and printed skinnies

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The bright denim of spring and summer has transitioned into darker colors. Jewel tones, mustard, grey, there are so many great options here. Maroon (also a huge color trend) and purple are definitely my favorites, and I picked up a pair of these Mossimo Skinny Premium Denim skinnies that I found at target in both two colors. At under $30/pair, no reason not to get both!

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You can also try skinny cords, a great option for fall. I just picked these AG stretch corduroy skinnies up in grey.

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Just like colored, printed denim is still going strong. I found these adorable snakeskin skinnies at Target. The perfect way to try out the trend without a big investment. More options with brocade (two trends in one!) here and floral skinnies here and here.

2. Boots

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I have a love-hate relationship with boots. I absolutely adore them, but due to my “athletic” calves (they’re 16″), I’ve always struggled to find a pair that will fit. I’ve finally been able to slowly build up a great collection, but it is always incredible frustrating when I see cute boots that I’ll never be able to wear.

This season I finally decided to invest in the Stuart Weitzman ’50 50′ boot. Because of the stretchy back panels, they mold perfectly over my calves, and the leather feels like butter.

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I also picked up my first Frye boots this season. I was so excited to find out that they make the Veronica slouch in the wide calf version (here is the regular). Incredibly comfortable, fits my calves, and is perfect with both skirts and with jeans/leggings.

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3. Scarves

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I adore scarves (in Seattle I even wear them year-round), and just like boots, they just feel like fall. I have quite a substantial collection, but when I see a fabulous scarf it’s just hard to resist making an addition. Simple bright colors like this Love Quotes one from Shopbop (I ended up getting a darker pink color which is no longer available) helps bring sunshine into dreary gray fall days.

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A fun, printed scarf is the perfect touch for a simple outfit of jeans and a white tee. I love this map of the world scarf from Nordstrom that I just picked up.

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4. Cardigans and blazers

Cardigans and blazers are perfect fall layering pieces. Inspired by Amy, I picked up a mustard version of my favorite Target cardigan.

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For blazers, go for a classic knit like this cute black one from Target, or play more with patterns with this floral blazer from Nordstrom BP. Nordstrom BP is definitely one of my favorite places to shop for blazers, they’re reasonable priced and so cute!

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5. Patterned tights

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Just like patterned pants, patterned and colored tights are still right on trend. You can go crazy with patterns or colors, or do a slightly more muted version like these

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or these

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6. Military-inspired pieces

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Once again, military-inspired style is a big fall trend. One of my girlfriends just introduced me to need supply.com, and I found this fabulous Lorimer jacket.

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I also adore this Topshop camo jacket from Nordstrom. The faux fur lining is removable, so it will be a perfect transition piece.

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7. Leather

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Leather is absolutely huge this fall. Luckily there are tons of options (both real and faux) in tops, skirts, and leggings. Pencil skirts in leather or with leather panels/accents. If you don’t want to splurge for the “real deal,” leather accents or faux leather are perfect substitutes. I love my new skirt (unfortunately unavailable), but there are similar options here and here.

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Or, you can try leather leggings, like these or these. The proper styling with leather pieces is key, but they can easily be toned down (especially for non-conservative offices).

8. Lace

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Gotta love lace. Lace is definitely a classic, and yet it is more on trend than ever this fall. It pairs perfectly with your military inspired pieces or leather tops or bottoms.

I paired this Sanctuary skirt with my boots and a tank here, and it is perfect to dress up or down:

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This skirt from Target is a fabulous deal (under $8 on sale!)

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You can also try a lace top like this (super flattering on!), this, or this.

9. Peplum

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I recently started experimenting with peplum. It will stay strong through the fall, and is surprisingly flattering on a variety of body types. Peplum is a short overskirt that’s attached to a jacket, top, skirt, or dress. The great peplum benefit is the defined waist.

Asos is currently my favorite “peplum source,” but there are tons of options out there. I recently picked up this top in black

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and this top in cream

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10. Menswear-inspired shoes

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Smoking slippers, loafers, and moccasins are all fun ways to try out the menswear trend. I’m totally loving menswear-inspired flats with a girlie twist like these pink studded flats

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or these snakeskin print moccasins

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11. Animal print

Animal print is a classic (just make sure to only wear one piece per outfit), and leopard is definitely my animal of choice. I love my leopard print heels, flats, and scarf (similar here, here, and here), and this season I also picked up a leopard print skinny belt (similar here).

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12. A fabulous tote

I love a great tote. They’re the perfect bag for fall (back to school!) especially in a rich jewel tone. I love my new Steven by Steven Madden purple tote

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With fall rainy weather, a stylish nylon tote can be the perfect option for commuting. I’m also obsessed with my new Lulu om tote, which works just as well for taking to work and going to the gym or a yoga class.

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Dressin’ it up style catch-up

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to blog, but luckily I’ve still been snapping a few outfit shots. Here’s a catch-up of my more work-related outfits.

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I love sheath dresses. They’re so versatile, and can easily be dressed up or down. I paired this simple black sheath with a leopard print scarf and black heels.

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Dress – Ann Taylor Loft, Scarf – Nordstrom BP, Shoes – Cole Haan

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I posted about my yellow bubble necklace here, and I decided to wear my black one to work with a blazer. Ankle pants, heels, and a blazer dress up a simple white tee.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Necklace – Ebay, White tee – Target, Ankle pants – J Crew, Heels – Cole Haan

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I love pink and was so upset when my hot pink J Crew skirt ripped, that I was lucky to find this option at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Can’t wait to pair it with black tights for fall!

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Top – Trouvé from Nordstrom, Skirt – Halogen from Nordstrom, Shoes – Cole Haan

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Bubble necklace take 2! This time I dressed up my chambray shirt with a black pencil skirt, heels, and my black bubble necklace.

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Chambray shirt – Old Navy, Necklace – Ebay, Skirt – Banana Republic, Heels – Cole Haan

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I was ridiculously sad about these shoes. I wore them for one day/night, and the soles started falling apart! Super surprising for Cole Haans! Luckily, they were purchased at Nordstrom, so I was able to return them.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, White tee – Target, Khaki ankle pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Cole Haan

Well, there you have it! 5 work outfits for catch-up!

Time for new clothes!

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My favorite thing about going shopping is wearing the new clothes!

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I paired my new blazer and lace top from the anniversary sale with AG skinny jeans (worn cuffed) and nude heels.

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With the details on the top, I kept the rest of my accessories simple.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Lace top – Nordstrom BP, Jeans – AG from Nordstrom, Heels – Vince Camuto Kira from Nordstrom

Purple and Black

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I’m definitely working to branch out color wise, but I do often fall back to my favorite color scheme, purple, black, and grey.

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I love tank tops and blazers for summer. When it’s warm outside, you can ditch the blazer, but the blazer makes a big difference in air conditioned offices.

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Adding a statement necklace is a great way to bring the outfit up a notch. I paired the outfit with a multi-strand faux-pearl necklace that I got in Japan.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Tank tops – Nordstrom BP, Jeans – Joe’s from Nordstrom, Heels – Cole Haan from Nordstrom, Necklace – Purchased in Japan

A Cropped Cotton Blazer

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We had a photo shoot at work for corporate headshots last Thursday, so I decided to get some new make-up and a new blazer. I didn’t get a chance to take pictures the day of the shoot, so here’s Friday’s outfit instead. I paired my new blazer with a white tee, statement necklace, my Banana Republic grey cropped pants, and black heels.

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I love cotton blazers for summer, because they help with indoor air-conditioning, but the lightweight fabric pairs much better with overall warmer temperatures. I also think that Nordstrom BP is starting to be my go-to point for great quality affordable blazers!

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The blazer fit has women’s sizing, I went with the medium (which is size 2-4), and it fits perfectly.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Tee – Stem from Nordstrom, Necklace – Nordstrom BP, Cropped Pants – Banana Republic, Heels – Cole Haan from Nordstrom

Robot and a Blazer

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I wore the tan color of my new cropped pants today, and paired them with my navy Zara blazer and a green top. Unfortunately my blisters were still bothering me a bit, so I switched out the heels for my Sperrys.

Blazer – Zara, Top – Nordstrom, Cropped pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Vince Camuto from Nordstrom

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Finally, I decided the outfit needed a little something, so I added my gold robot necklace.

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Imma Bee!

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Yellow is such a fabulous, happy  color, and when I saw that Marion from MarionBerryStyle had picked yellow for her trend of the month challenge, I was really excited.

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The key with wearing a bright color like yellow is to either play up the brights, and go full-force color-blocking, or tone it down with neutral colors (the latter is more professional).

I picked up this top (thanks to Amy of LowCarbHighStyle!), and paired it with my Minnie pants, a white blazer, a statement necklace, and black peep-toe pumps.

Top – Old Navy, Necklace – Banana Republic, Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Pants – J Crew, Heels – Cole Haan from Nordstrom

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