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2011 Fall Must Haves

Department stores are starting to advertise their fall collections (woot woot – Rachel Zoe’s first line is available now @ Bloomingdales, Nordstrom & Saks) and post-summer sales will showcase some great basics to add to your wardrobe, so take a look below at some of the trends to keep in mind while you’re out shopping for fall.

Faux fur: Whether you can pull off the old school Hollywood glamour of a full coat or just want some trim on your gloves or jacket collar, faux fur is right on trend this season. Keep in mind that faux fur is fairly ubiquitous during cold weather, so a classic, well-made piece can be stored and used again. Please note that I am not in any way advocating the use of real fur, all recommendations below feature faux products.

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Collar Trench Coat - $200 @ Bloomingdale's

Faux-fur shrug - $40 @ GAP

Faux Fur Snood - $43 @ Asos..com

Dresses: Ladylike silhouettes dominated the Italian and French runways for Fall 2011 so pick up a printed silk or sheath dress and get in touch with your inner glamour girl. Whether you go with a cashmere sweater dress or floral printed jersey, you can make this trend work for you by finding flattering silhouettes and lengths for your body type.
 

Milly Sidney Three Quarter Sleeve Bow Dress - $365 @ Bloomingdale's

 

Silk print pleated dress - $150 @ Banana Republic

Tahari Button Waist Woven Sheath - $100 @ Nordstrom

Jackets & Coats: It’s all about the outerwear this fall so find yourself a gorgeous statement coat, double-breasted trench or military jacket to ward off the cooler temps. Everything from classic Burberry tan to deep blues and purples will be showing up in stores.  

Classic Mac - $100 @ Asos.com

 

All Hours Coat - @290 @ French Connection

 

Candy Shell Trench - $80 (sale) @ RachelRoy.com

 
Blouses: Traditional blouses will be everywhere this fall, so get into the mood with one of these beautiful creations. You can easily pair these gorgeous tops with jeans and a blazer on weekends or tucked into a pencil skirt for work. Want a fashionable way to spice up a boring black suit? Add a striking jewel toned blouse.  

DIANE von FURSTENBERG - $250 @ Bloomingdale's

Vince Camuto Studded Cuff Blouse - $100 @ Nordstrom

 

Banana Republic's Mad Men collection tie neck top - $90

 

Mary Janes & colored tights: The runways for fall showed countless variations of classic Mary Janes and thick, colorful tights (Valentino, Miu Miu & Louis Vuitton in Paris and Marni, Fendi & Prada in Milano). Whether you like sturdy stacked heels or dainy kitten heels, MJs are a great investment for this season.

 

GOSFORD Off White Mary Jane Heels - $120 @ TopShop

ASOS PEPPER Mary Jane Platform Court Shoe - $90

 

TAHARI Rakish Mary Jane Pumps - $98 @ Lord & Taylor

Express, Kate Spade and Victoria’s Secret all have great colored tights for reasonable prices.
 
Pocketbooks: And finally, to finish off your polished cold weather look, grab a structured handbag. Think of the great handbags that your grandmother carried or watch a Hitchcock movie for inspiration.
 

Banana Republic's Mad Men collection leopard print satchel - $250

Trouvé Vintage Inspired Faux Handbag - $120 @ Nordstrom

 

Color Block Flat Lock Bag - $35 @ Asos.com

So what’s still on my personal shopping list? Outerwear! 

Banana Republic's Man Men Collection bracelet sleeve jacket

 

Jewel tone BCBG petal-neck dresses

 
Happy hunting!
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