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Don’t Sweat It – Your Ultimate Fall Shopping Cheat Sheet Is Here

No time to look for the season's hottest trends? We round up exactly 10 things you need to stay ahead of the style game this fall.

Feel that chill in the air? The smell of rain, pumpkin and a hint of toffee nut latte? Sweater weather is officially here and we cannot be happier. As the holiday spirit starts to hit your bones, the mood to indulge in a little retail therapy involuntarily comes along with it. Unfortunately, there are still a couple of weeks more to the actual holiday season. By the time it actually gets here, it might be too late for you to engage in any quality, treat-yo-self shopping. Curse you, pre-holiday crunch time!

If you’ve been glued to the desk for weeks and you predict being in the same sitch until Christmas rolls around, do not panic. We repeat – DO. NOT. PANIC. From velvet to satin, we round up exactly 10 kinds of things you need to stay ahead of the style game. Let it be your fall shopping cheat sheet, your condensed guide to everything you need to get when you hit those racks. We even threw in some of our top picks that you can add to your cart right now without having to leave the desk.


The season’s biggest and most undeniably trend. Whether in the form of a blazer, jumpsuit or slip dress, velvet is exactly the thing you need to take you from the office to the party without breaking a sweat. (Fendi jumpsuit, Vanessa Seward double-breasted blazer, Mango contrast robe – shop them here, here and here)


Buckles aren’t just kept for belts anymore. We’re seeing them on pants, chokers, arm cuffs and shoes. (Alexander McQueen buckled trousers, Exhibit buckle shirt dress, Saint Laurent velvet belt with oversized buckle – shop them herehere and here)


Bored of all the slips and mini cocktail dresses? Elevate your go-to party wear with a matchy-matchy suit. Thanks to Balenciaga, anything checked is a good bet. While velvet and satin suits make a statement, nothing beats a classic, well-tailored black-on-black suit. (Mango printed blazer and cropped trousers, Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket and tapered trousers – shop them here, here, here and here)


Looking like a crazy cat lady obsessed with anything that has the word “cat” in it has never been more appropriate. Go maximal with cat-eye sunglasses this season, or use them to add that pop of quirky detail to minimal ensembles. (Ellery acetate sunglasses, Gucci crystal embellished glasses and Illesteva tortoiseshell sunglasses –  shop them here, here and here)


If they look like they could poke someone’s eye out, you’re on the right track. The more lethal-looking they are – and we’re not just talking about the height or width of the heel – the better. We love them in the season’s patent and velvet. (Prada buckle ankle boots, Balenciaga patent boots, Haider Ackermann crushed velvet ankle boots – shop them here, here and here)


Chilly weather also means plenty of lazy days ahead. On these days, let a sweater and a pair of cut-off jeans be your uniform. (Madewell cropped mid-rise jeans, Current/Elliot vintage wash straight high-rise jeans, Mother cropped high-rise jeans – shop them here, here and here)


The shine of velvet not your thing? There’s always satin. We know you probably already have a worn-to-death satin slip lying around. Expand your satin repertoire to include belted blazers – those that look a little like PJs – suits and buttonless shirts. (Chloe silk-satin jacket, Exhibit satin bell-sleeve blouse, Ellery grosgrain-trimmed silk satin midi – shop them here, here and here)


Move over bomber jackets – the military is coming. A less sporty, more luxe cousin of the bomber, military jackets have that ability to add polish to anything, whether its a pair of denims or a satin slip. Can you ever have a bad military jacket moment? (Saint Laurent cropped blazer, Burberry wool-blend twill blazer, Marc Jacobs faille-trimmed velvet blazer – shop them here, here and here


Surprise! Why we gotta stick to clothes, right? If you’re looking for that last sign before you hop on the burgundy eye bandwagon, this is it. THIS IS IT. Check out how Jane Richardson, international lead stylist at NARS, created the look for Exhibit’s Fall/Winter 2016 runway show here.  (Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Candeur Et Experience, Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette – shop them here and here)


Kiss your bell-bottom trousers goodbye – it was fun while it lasted. The season sees a streamlining of the pant leg back to the good ol’ straight cut. To keep the dramatic factor, opt for lengths that hit the floor just right. (Exhibit trousers in black and white – shop them here and here)


Photo: Sandra Semburg/Vogue France

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