How to: Wear Bright Pants in Fall

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As the the days get shorter, dark and earthy colors tend to dominate fall fashion, but you can pretty easily incorporate brightly colored clothes and accessories to keep your autumn wardrobe upbeat and eye-catching.

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Don’t throw all your colored pants and skirts to the back of your closet just because summer is over. Tone them down with a leather belt in brown and a neutral colored cardigan. Toss on a pair of opaque black tights to transform brightly colored skirts into fall-ready apparel. Pull on a pair of patterned flats or lace-up booties, and your boldly colored pants and skirts become perfect to wear for fall.

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Stay tuned for more ways to incorporate bright colors and summery staples into your fall wardrobe!

Wearing
 Sweater: Target
 Blouse: H&M
 Pants: NY & Company
 Flats: Payless

Simply Cozy

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I took these photos on a teleworking day late last month. It was dreary and cool and while this yummy chicken noodle soup cooked away in the crock pot, I just wanted to cozy up inside with this sweater and scarf combo.

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Wearing
 Scarf & Sweater: Target
 Jeans: Old Navy
 Boots: Diba via DSW

Extending your Current Wardrobe: Layering a Dress

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This is a really old dress. Liiiike 10 years old. At least. The top is a little risque at this point in my life, but I really love the lace pattern, so I found a new way to wear it–layered under a sweater. I love to layer dresses and I do it pretty regularly, particularly when the weather cools down. Just think: you can wear a dress alone, under a sweater or over a button-down. Three outfits from one piece of clothing. Holla!

Come to think of it, I might cut this dress in half and just make it into a skirt. o_O

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Wearing
 Sweater: Target
 Belt: Forever21
 Dress: Can't remember--old!
 Heels: Payless

Business Casual Maxi Dress

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I really love maxi dresses. They’re like wearing pajamas, but better. They’re perfect for lots of occasions, but I struggle with wearing this particular dress to work. It’s pretty casual, so over the next few months I’m going to try remixing it with dressier pieces to make it business casual appropriate. Fortunately I work in an environment where “business casual” is sometimes more casual than business, but I still try to look dressy…ish. Without further ado, here’s my first attempt.

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Wearing 
Blouse: mine (from a friend)
Dress: Old Navy
Flats: New Balance for Nine West

Booties!

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I feel like I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect booties for-ev-errrrr. Well, my search finally came to a very satisfying end on Friday when I scooped these up at DSW.

Here are some of my favorite booties from around the web. What do you think? Do you see booties in your fashion future?

Booties
Volatile | BCBG Paris | Madden Girl

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Wearing
 Sunglasses: Rayban Wayfarer
 Top: Old Navy
 Belt: Forever21
 Skirt: Thrifted
 Wedges: BCBG via DSW

What to Wear: Casual Fall Wedding

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I am obsessed with this dress. It goes kind of perfectly with my new pashmina, which I am also obsessed with. I got this dress over the summer from Nordstrom Rack (FOR $20 DOLLARS!!!). I planned to wear it to a friend’s wedding, but it is a little more casual than that particular occasion called for.

However, this is definitely something I would wear to a casual fall wedding.

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Wearing
Scarf: Amazon.com
Jacket: NY & Co.
Belt: Forever21
Maxi Dress: Lush via Nordstrom Rack
Flats: Blowfish

Quintessential Business Casual

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This shift dress was one of the first pieces of clothing I purchased when I got my real job and had to transition from dressing like an undergrad student to dressing like an adult. This is by far one of the best purchases I ever made. The dress fits perfectly and the color is neutral so it works with lots of items from my wardrobe.

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Wearing
 Blazer & Belt: Target
 Dress: Kohls
 Flats: Payless

Leo-pardy

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You guys. This is my first ever pashmina. And I am obsessed. The print is so fun and it really does keep you warm when it’s cool outside. In fact, this morning, I totally snuggled up on metro with this baby.
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Wearing
 Scarf: Amazon.com
 Tee: Old Navy (old!)
 Belt: Heritage 1981
 Skirt: avital (gift via Overstock.com)
 Heels: Payless

Patchwork Faux Leather

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Thank you to this pin for giving me my outfit inspiration. You probably wouldn’t think patchwork pleather pants are necessarily business casual, but that’s what my blazer is for. In my book, blazers are a magical closet staple that turn basically any outfit work appropriate.

Seeing this outfit photographed, I don’t love the proportions (I wish my blazer was slightly more cropped and my blouse slightly longer), but I like the all-black with a couple pops of color, so that’s why I’m sharing it here.

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Wearing
Blazer: Forever21
Blouse: Target
Leggings: H&M
Pumps: Payless