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Ditch The Uggs: Here Are 10 Fashion Statement Pieces That Will Keep You Cozy And Cool This Fall

September has come to an end, and you know what that means right? Apart from it being about time we wake up Billie Joe Armstrong, it means that October is here. And with that, the leaves are falling, the air is crisp and Pumpkin Spice is in the air: Fall has fallen upon us. As a self-proclaimed summer-hater (fight me), I live for this season. With the arrival of fall, we get the opportunity to actually, properly ‘dress’, and by that I mean, pull out your boots, sweaters, cardigans, and scarves from the back of the closet because it’s ‘autumnal dressing time’ baby, and we’re gonna need layers. 

With so many jaw-dropping pieces on the F/W 19 runways, we knew back in February that this was going to be a big season for fashion. Yes, we all love a cozy sweater, but working an entire outfit around one standalone piece just doesn’t cut it. The weather can be unpredictable so take advantage of it, it’s the perfect time to rock a fancy trench-coat or a pair of waterproof boots (just not the rubber ones pls). Use this time of year to explore new silhouettes so you won’t grow tired of wearing the same thing each day —ahem, skinny jeans and chunky knits. 

Follow through for the best fall fashion finds on a budget:

1. Knee-high boots 

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Knee-high boots might be the biggest trend of the season. Forget the chunky flat bootie that belongs in seasons past. This year they’re slick and they’re a little bit heeled, reminiscent of the nineties. For extra cool-points, invest in a light-colored pair in hues of white or cream, like the ones pictured above by Chinese Laundry. Just be sure to keep the equestrian style knee boots at bay.

2. Updated Turtleneck

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A turtleneck is the quintessential fall staple piece you just have to have. So how about you forget the chunky, oversized turtleneck and swap it out for a more minimalist and modern take? This Selva Negra top embodies more than one trend for the season; its slick and updated silhouette brings the classic high-neck top straight to 2019, it’s ribbed which is very 90s cool and it comes in soft pastel and citrus hues. The best part? Selva Negra is a brand founded by Latinx creatives Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, who celebrate their heritage through fashion, bringing awareness to young Latinx creatives showing them that owning a fashion brand is attainable. 

3. Suit Sets

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Ditch the antiquated notion that suits are only for corporate environments. Sure an outdated, traditional suit can take you through your 9-to-5, but nowadays there are plenty more options to choose from. This ASOS pinstriped number can be worn to work and to those after-hour drinks, it all depends on how you accessorize it. For fall, we say pick something oversized, Pachuco, but make it fashion.

4. Earthy-toned staple pieces

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This summer we experienced a bit of color overload. First millennial pink and then all the neons. Our wardrobes basically morphed into an acid-stained rainbow. For fall, how about you go for earth tones to match the season? Chocolate browns, sandy tans, and forest greens are the ‘it’ colors this month. And because ‘Día de Muertos’ is coming, we thought we’d show you something festive. If Raggedy Tiff’s custom ‘Calaca Velour Top’ doesn’t have “fall” written all over it, we don’t know what does. Wear your traditions with pride baby girl, and sport the ‘cempasúchil’ clad top this Day of The Dead as a tribute to those who are no longer with us. 

5. Satin Midi Skirts

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This style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, maybe they’re overused at this point, but aren’t they the most comfortable option in the skirt category? Long enough that you don’t have to worry if anything is showing. Loose enough that you can go crazy with your choice for lunch and dinner. And cool enough that you can wear it all the time —sorry not sorry. Pair it with those boots we were telling you about and maybe a fun hoodie to take away from the lady-like vibe. Here’s a nice and simple option by ASOS to keep you comfy and chic. 

6. Wide leg jeans 

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Hope you’re ready to throw it back to the 70s this fall because for Fall-Winter 2019 you’re going to have to let go of your skinny jeans. Wide leg pants are the chicest pants right now. Plus, they’re very flattering; nipping in at the waist and visually lengthening your body, they work like magic. This pair is from Nordstrom and we’re loving the earthy tone, remember how we already talked about that color palette?

7. Weather-proof Trench coat

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What’s cool about trench coats (and about this particular one) is that they are, most of the time, gender-neutral. Yes, some might be more cinched at the waist for the ladies, or heavier on the shoulders for the guys, but all in all, they’re pretty much a standard shape, they’re classic and they’re timeless. This one by COLLUSION is unisex, with its black contrast belt and relaxed fit, it’s perfect for anyone and will keep you safe from the elements.   

8. Go for Beanies Baby

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Beanies have so much more going on for them than just keeping your ears warm or hiding your bad hair day. For the past few season’s fashion has embraced the ‘streetwear’ style, which means that this year, you should switch out the basic ‘floppy hat’ for a more up-to-date look with a beanie. Make it extra cool by picking yours in a neon hue. And because we’re all about supporting Latinas, why not cop Viva La Bonita’s design for when you’re feeling Bonita AF.

9. Square necklines

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With colder days closing in on us, it’s time to give the off-the-shoulder trend a little break. But don’t worry, a new décolletage is in town. Welcome into your closet, the square neckline —which is flattering as hell. Infinitely less basic than the shoulder-baring option, the square neckline is flattering, elegant, and versatile. Consider layering over a turtleneck in winter or adding it into your weekend closet in the form of a ribbed bodysuit like this one pictured above, and pair it with jeans for a classic fail-proof OOTD. 

10. Eeny mini handbags

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As cellphones get bigger, handbags get smaller. While functionality clearly doesn’t define this trend, a high rank in cool-factor does. Carrying a mini bag enables mobility and feels liberating; less to carry, less to worry about. Live like a minimalist with this tiny Topshop bag in the animal print of the moment. You guessed it, cow print. 

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