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Take the intimidation out of shopping for fall. With tips from Georgia Benjou, professional stylist and fashion editor for 5280 magazine, and Tracy Bozarth, fashion director/stylist with Ace Stylist, you can figure out how to make sure everything in your wardrobe effortlessly coordinates. All of your fall outfits will be fashion forward and effortlessly chic.

Georgia Benjou

Tracy Bozarth

When fall rolls around, it can be hard to figure out what to wear. Days often start out chilly and end with bright sunshine. While layering is necessary, especially here in Colorado, it can be tricky to pull off. Learn how to build your fall wardrobe and always have pieces available to build stylish outfits that are comfortable and functional as well.

Stock up on Staples

There are a few necessities that you need to build your fall wardrobe. Benjou recommends adding a chic jacket to your wardrobe. “A leather motorcycle jacket is essential for throwing over anything from a T-shirt to an evening gown.” While every fall brings variations on the classic leather jacket, a nice moto-jacket is a timeless and versatile piece that you can wear for several years. Bozarth advises adding some classic and versatile pieces. “A beautiful cashmere sweater is something that can be worn multiple ways. The perfect fitting pair of jeans is also great for any season. It is important to find a style and a fabric that fits the body.”

Learn the Techniques of Layering

Snow storms tend to pop up out of nowhere this time of year and the temperature can fluctuate during the day. Layering is a fashionable way to prepare for weather variations. However, you want to do it carefully so you don’t unintentionally add bulk. Bozarth recommends, “Keep all of the proportions in check. It is not flattering on most women to wear a wide silhouette top to bottom. Try a look with leather (faux leather) leggings, tunic length top and a trim-cut jacket with boots or try a wide-leg menswear-inspired trouser with a smart, slim blouse with heels. The base layers should be made of finer fabrics that help to reduce bulk as well.”

Always Have a Go-To Pair Of Boots

When the leaves start changing color, the boots come out of hiding. Benjou offers advice on boots for this season. “Boots are always a fall must-have, whether you’re looking for over-the-knee or ankle versions. I think the stacked heel looks fresh right now, regardless of the boot length.” Boots are great because they can be worn with leggings, skinny jeans, skinny corduroys and skirts of varying lengths. Choose a neutral pair that works with a variety of color palettes and you can wear them all the time.

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Transform Your Outfit with Accessories

Accessories are an easy, and relatively inexpensive, way to spice up your outfit. “Handbags are great investment pieces that can go from season to season. When looking for the perfect bag, it’s best to buy into shapes and fabrics that are timeless,” advises Bozarth. Benjou recommends these pieces as well. “I rely steadily on bangles – any size, and preferably in gold, brass or silver – vintage, oversized cocktail rings and a statement necklace. Scarves in a variety of sizes and fabrics are perfect for updating any outfit.”

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Choose Pieces that are Timeless

It’s fun to play around with trends but choosing pieces that are timeless is a great way to ensure that you always have the components of a great outfit. Dark wash denim, classic handbags, elegant coats and simple jewelry are always in style. Benjou offers the following tip for any season. “It can be tough trying to work out runway ideas like new proportions or color mixes, so if you’re heading to the office or a business event and aren’t sure if an outfit looks right, opt for a well-accessorized LBD.” If you want to mix it up, Bozarth tells you how to be trendy and stay on the best-dressed lists. “Focusing attention on colors or fabrics allows women to bring in their wardrobe trends that fit their aesthetic as opposed to trying to fit themselves into particular trends.”

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