Everything but whips

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It’s about that time. I know how ready I am for leather jackets, fur vests, and wide leg jeans all paired with that perfect scarf. I know fur and leather may seem a big tricky — I’m trying to simplify some of these trends so they may seem a little less medieval and a bit more wearable.

Easy ways to do fur: vest. It is so easy (not to mention chic) to throw on a white long sleeve tee with a fur vest and those new wide leg pants. Finish of the look with some wedge booties and chunky jewelry and you’re good to go. If you have long hair, pull it up in a top knot to let the vest take center stage for the day. Change the wedges to heels and add a smokey night to make this easy for night wear as well.

Okay, leather. Personally I’m all about this trend for fall. The awesome rocker jackets with skinners and boots. The leather leggings/jeans with flats and big chunky sweaters. The perfect feminine dress matched with the harshness of a leather jacket. The mixing of materials here really can be stunning. Fits of leather jackets can also add to the mixing and play on materials and looks. Wear a chunkier, more square fit jacket to bring masculinity to a pretty dress or mini skirt. Pull out that vintage fitted jacket to pair with those wide leg jeans to balance the fittedness and flow of your outfit. You don’t ever want to be too fitted/risque or too frumpy.

You can (almost) always be risk-free with flat leather boots. As always, leather boots with tucked in skinnies will be on point in this fall’s fashion. To amp up the look, try over the knee boots (they can still be flat) with a flowy high waisted skirt and blazer or leggings and your favorite big, chunky sweater. To bring in more of the edgy side of leather, pair the outfit with a studded leather Rebecca Minkoff bag or replace the boots with those incredible studded Sam Edelman heels. Pairing feminine and masculine touches can add a whole other aspect to your outfit.

Wide leg jeans may seem a bit retro, but I mean honestly if you haven’t tried them on, you have to. Wide leg pants paired with some sky high heels can give you the appearance of super model length legs without the height genes. As always, pair with a dolman sweater or tee for a trendy day look or a cute top and clutch for a more sophisticated night look. Even as I am writing this, I am wearing Level 99 wide leg jeans paired with a black RVCA tee and DVF sky high wedges. Perfect for day time and at work. Add jewelry for some girly sparkle.

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