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.

Love my Leopard Shoes

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I just love how a fabulous pair of shoes can take a simple pairing of khakis and a cardigan and make it an outfit.

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I paired my khaki ankle pants with a white tee, blue cardigan, gold necklace (borrowed from my sister) with my Cole Haan leopard print heels.

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We thought about going to see the Dark Knight Rises tonight, but ended up getting a refund on our tickets when we decided that we didn’t feel like waiting in line for over 3 hours to get decent seats.

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Tee – Target, Cardigan – Target, Ankle pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Cole Haan

Leopard and Cream

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More leopard yesterday! I love scarves for their ability to take a simple outfit like jeans and a sweater to the next level. I love scarves even more when they’re animal print (the only thing better would be skulls from McQueen)!

These Rock and Republic jeans were actually a Costco purchase, before they were bought out by Kohl’s, but likely while the deal was in process.

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Sweater – Nordstrom BP, Tank top – Nordstrom, Jeans – Rock and Republic from Costco, Heels – Vince Camuto ‘Kira’ Pump, Scarf – Nordstrom BP

Grey, White, and Gold

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Warmer weather is (slowly) coming to Seattle, and there are some great sales right now. I picked up two pairs of these sateen cropped pants from Banana Republic in tan and grey, for 30% off, and then an additional 30% off the sale price.

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Since we went golfing after work on Friday, pairing the grey pair with a simple white top was perfect. I was able to wear leopard flats and a statement necklace to work, and then take off the necklace and put on my golf shoes for golfing.

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Top – Splendid from Nordstrom, Cropped Pants – Banana Republic, Flats – Target, Necklace – Purchased in Japan

Black and Blue

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On Thursday morning we had another rainy Seattle day, and I just couldn’t get the lighting right. Despite all of the shadows in my pictures, I liked my simple outfit. A black top is a great way to tone down bold, colored jeans for the office. I paired cobalt blue skinnies with a black sweater, chandelier earrings, and leopard print heels.

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Top – James Perse from Nordstrom, Colored Jeans – AE Outfitters (here), Pumps – Cole Haan, Earrings – Kendra Scott Trista (here)

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