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August 18, 2013

The boot barrier and other tales

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-- — 1. Shoes.

This fall, all you need in terms of shoes is a pair of equestrian boots and some snazzy ballet flats. The

riding boots have been making a come back every

season since the early ‘90's when Princess Diana rocked them. They are timeless and will probably be the most important thing in your wardrobe. Ballet flats have been a fashion staple since Audrey Hepburn wore them in Funny Face in 1957.

You can wear them to work, on the weekend and they literally go with everything. So there you go, two pairs of shoes to take you through the entire fall.

2. The tuxedo blazer.

A fitted blazer is a must have this fall and not just because it looks awesome, but because its diversity makes it the most budget friendly piece of this list. You can wear it to work with slacks, wear it over a spring dress to fall it down, and even wear it with a cotton tee and jeans. If you can only buy one tuxedo blazer, always go for black.

I ordered mine earlier this year from Forever21.com for just $19.80. A fitted blazer doesn't have to be designer or cost you $90. Honestly, no one is going to be able to tell. Find one that falls right on your shoulders (the shoulder seam should be where your shoulder socket meets your arm), has small shoulder structure and slims you. I wear my tuxedo blazer at least once a week. It's a great piece that will continue to last you past this fall.

3. Cat Eyes.

A big accessory this fall is cat eye sunglasses. If you plan on splurging for Ray Bans, you're going to spend about $200, but I have found that the best and most budget friendly sunglasses come from Target and can be purchased for as little as $10. Target partners with a lot of different designers, especially with their accessories and clothes, so often times you are getting designer quality style for a third of the price.

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