Fall 2013 Must-Haves

Oh, what's up, Fall? The best season has finally arrived, y'all. Football season is in full swing, the pumpkin spice lattes are a-flowin' and everyone seems to have a little extra pep in their step. Who doesn't love this time of year? 

With cooler temps on the rise, our wardrobe essentials are changing and its time to make a few additions to our closet. I love dressing this time of year because it's just cool enough for a great bomber jacket, but you don't have to worry TOO much about functionality because temps are comfortable. I've compiled a short list of some of my personal fall must-haves for a great wardrobe this season.

1) A buttery, slim-fitted bomber/motorcycle jacket.
Leather jackets have come a long way and these days there are endless options for both the high-end and frugal fashionistas. From faux leather styles that won't break the bank to designer deals to invest in - a leather jacket is a staple this season. It can be worn over the shoulders with a simple white tee and a mini or you can layer it up with a flannel button down and your favorite jeans! Pick your poison, my friends. It's the ultimate staple item. Here are a few great options.

Love this silhouette for a steal. Invest & splurge here.

2) A simple, slouchy white tee.
This item goes no where and is a year-round, all season must-have. A great white tee is an essential. A white tee is an easy go-to when we feel like we have absolutely nothing to wear (um, hello, daily for me). They can be layered under a great jacket or worn by themselves with any and every bottom imaginable! Getcha self one. You need it. It's a cure-all. And the good news is that you can find a great one at a low cost at your local Target, Old Navy or Forever 21!
 (PS: How many hyphenated words can I fit in one little paragraph??...annoying.)

3) A sparkly statement.
I can't say enough how big of a life changer a chunky sparkler can be. My favorite way to glam up a vintage tee or simple cotton dress. Don't be afraid, girlfriends! A little frosting never hurt nobody! My favorite place to score a glam one?
Bauble Bar all the way, baby. Browse their stunning collection here. They have it all and SO many options. I'm obsessed!

4) Mirrored Sunnies.
It's a new/old take on the classic aviator and Ray-ban makes a great pair. Love the cool look the mirrored lenses create! Sunglasses are a gal's best friend. Especially when she decides that make up is a no-go. Or maybe she stayed out 'til 4 AM and needs to hide. Either way, they're a Fall essential in the accessory department.

5) A great fitting pair of black leather (or leather-accented) skinnies.
I've always said that if there's a place to spend a liiiiittle more money and it be 100% worth it, it's in the pants department. A more expensive pair is usually well made and the fit is much more flattering and thought out. It's easy to grab a cheap-o pair, but many times you'll find the seams warping after one wash and color fading and pockets ripping and then you're back where you started. Faux leather pants or even jeans that have a silk dye in them to give them a leather look are a great investment and totally worth your buck. H&M and Zara are two places that I typically snatch up a pair or two each season, but if you're looking for the real deal, invest in a solid pair of J BRAND. They're the winner in the jeans department and while their prices range from $150-$1,000 (yikes!) you're guaranteed to find a flattering, slimming, comfy pair that will last you years to come!

6) A chunky, brown ankle boot.
Rag & Bone is the king/queen/prince/creator/master of the brown suede ankle boot and they never fail. However, not all of us want to spend $400+ on a pair of shoes, no matter how amazing they are, so there are places everywhere that have amazing options. A brown suede ankle boot is the perfect addition to take your favorite mini skirt or pair of shorts from summer to fall with. Just pair them with a chunky knit sweater and you're good to go! Or throw them on with a flowy dress or a great pair of skinny denim. They're kind of the bomb diggity.
Check these pairs out:

Target // Dolce Vita // Rag & Bone // Steve Madden

7) A colored tote.
A great way to be trendy this season AND incorporate a pop of color into your look is to wear it in your accessories. Namely, your bag. A bold kelly green or burgundy bag provides a bright pop and Fall touch to any look this season. Places like TJMaxx have great options for those looking for festive pieces to sport through the season. I love the way a bright purse looks up against a neutral or black ensemble!

8) A chunky knit scarf.
Scarves are the ultimate accessory for me. When I'm unsure of a look or need just a little pick-me-up to throw over a basic tee and jeans, knit scarves always save the day. They look great over a cute dress and leggings or a denim top and some skinnies. My go-to look? A messy high bun with a scarf wrapped around my neck, a white tee, leather jacket and chunky bootie or sneaker. Easy breezy, y'all.

 River Island, Target, Nordstrom & ASOS all have fantastic options for any price point!

Now treat yourself to some of these Fall essentials, girlfriend. You deserve it!

Fall 2013 Must-Haves

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