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5 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall 2012


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Autumn has officially arrived, which means wardrobe updates are in order for the change of seasons. But with the dozens of hot fall trends out there, keeping up with every single one is pretty much impossible to do on the average college student’s budget.

If you want to bring your look up-to-date without breaking the bank, we’re here to help. We’ve narrowed it down to our top five favorite trendy, versatile and budget-friendly items for fall 2012. Whether you buy all five or just one of these items, you can rest assured that you’ll look current and on-trend this season.

Simply scroll on down to read more about five must-have items for fall as well as some of our fave picks in each category.

1. A Graphic Sweater

Make a bold and comfy statement this season with an on-trend graphic sweater. Pairing these sweaters with jeans and boots creates a cozy fall outfit, but we especially love how they look when layered over a collared top or dress (see #4).

We mentioned a few weeks ago that animal-adorned graphic sweaters are super-popular for fall, but if that’s not your style, look for ones with fun sayings or other unique graphics, like our picks below.

graphic sweaters fall 2012 must-have
Product Info: Owl Sweater- Lavish Alice, Skull Sweater- ModCloth, Tres Cool Sweater- ASOS, Pardon My French Sweater- Forever 21, Squirrel Sweater- ModCloth, Mickey Sweater- Urban Outfitters

2. Smoking Slippers

Give your fave ballet flats a rest this fall and pick up a pair of these must-have alternatives — smoking slippers. These menswear-inspired loafers are not only uber-comfortable, but can be worn with pretty much everything in your closet. And since they’re available in every color and print imaginable, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pair that doesn’t match your personal style.

smoking slippers fall 2012 must-have
Product Info: Dotted- Wet Seal, Plaid- DSW, Studded Leopard- Threadsence, Mustard Yellow- Kohl’s, Woven- Lulu’s, Camouflage  Gap, Blue- DSW, Snake Print- Urban Outfitters

3. Anything Oxblood

As we’re sure you know, all things oxblood are hot for fall, so be sure to pick up at least one new item in this hot hue. This moody shade looks fantastic when paired with black or gray, but if  you’re looking for something bolder, try pairing oxblood with orange or light pink to create a fashion-forward look. Or you could try the head-to-toe oxblood trend!

Don’t own any oxblood? Here are a few of our fave fall-appropriate pieces.

oxblood fall 2012 must-have
Product Info: Dress- Forever 21, Scarf- Topshop, Sweater- Uniqlo, Ankle Booties- Forever 21, Jeans- Wet Seal, Skirt-

4. A Statement Collar

Amp up your style cred by rocking a statement-making studded, sequined or beaded collar this season. A statement collared blouse or dress creates a glam, yet feminine vibe, but if you’re looking for something more versatile, try a detached collar. Just as the name suggests, these collars can be worn with anything and will breathe new life into your favorite sweaters, tees and dresses. Check out some budget-friendly options for both categories below.

statement collar fall 2012 must-have
Product Info: Pearl Collar- ASOS, Tweed Collar- Nordstrom, Studded Collar Top- Forever 21, Sequined Collar Dress- Tobi, Jeweled Collar Blouse- Charlotte Russe, Beaded Collar Cutout Top- Urban Outfitters, Detachable Spiked Collar- Topshop

5. Printed Pants

Last but not least, our final favorite item to update your look for fall is a fantastic pair of printed trousers. Whether you like leopard, polka dot or floral prints, you’re sure to find your perfect pair at almost any retailer. Wearing these trousers with a solid-colored top creates a chic look, but for a bolder outfit, pair them with a printed top or jacket to create a fashion-forward vibe.

printed pants fall 2012 must-have
Product Info: Floral Print- Forever 21, Brocade Print- J. Crew Factory Store, Animal Print- ASOS, Polka Dot- Mango, Ikat Print- Forever 21

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these items? Do you already own any of them? How will you be updating your look for fall? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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39 Responses to “5 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall 2012”

  1. 1
    October 7th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Awesome!!!!!!!! Thanks for the list!!!

  2. 2
    October 7th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    you are 100% right about everything!!

  3. 3
    October 7th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Fantastic! Pls can you do a piece on how to rock polka dot pants? Thanks

  4. 4
    October 7th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    having a love-hate relationship with the trousers.

  5. 5
    October 7th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I just need to work on number 4 and 5 and then I am all set!!

  6. 6
    October 7th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I would so get the slippers and the oxblood jeans

  7. 7
    October 7th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love polka dots! unfortunately I’ve never seen any polka dot pants in the stores

  8. 8
    October 7th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i love graphic sweaters and statement collars!

  9. 9
    October 7th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    All I need is some collars! And I’m glad to see someone mention oxblood with light pink- Its been my favorite oxblood combo so far!

  10. 10
    October 7th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I definitely want some slippers and a graphic sweater. Just looking for the right ones!

  11. 11
    October 7th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    This article seems sort of a rehash of what y’all have been posting the last two months. You’ve already covered Oxblood and smoking slippers et. all several times before now. I love this site, but maybe this article wasn’t your best.

  12. 12
    October 7th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Some of these are a little too ultra-trendy, you know? Like, I’d be open to the loafers and anything in that luscious shade of red, but I don’t think I could pull off the rest. It’s a good summary of this season, though.

  13. 13
    October 7th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I LOVE that Oxblood sweater but you found it on a site that we can’t even order offline from! :( and I have NEVER heard of that store before in my life! Oh, well.

  14. 14
    October 7th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    @Rebeccah Sorry about that! I’ve been to a Uniqlo store before, but had no idea online shopping isn’t offered in the States. Here are some similar sweaters from Forever 21, Topshop and Lord & Taylor.

  15. 15
    October 8th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I think no on the printed pants. Jeans maybe. But the regular pants look like grandma pants.

  16. 16
    October 8th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I can’t get enough smoking slippers! I have a cheetah print pair and a bright green pair from CL by Laundry. They are a flat to wear throughout the year!

  17. 17
    October 9th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    oh I’m in love with the oxblood trend.

  18. 18
    October 10th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I realize this was posted before the article of Cultural Appropriation & Stereotyping in Retail Fashion, but isn’t the Pardon My French shirt, in a way a type of stereotyping?

  19. 19
    October 10th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    @June- That’s a really interesting perspective. The sweater reminded me of this Kate Spade tee, so I thought it would actually appeal to all the Francophiles out there! However, I looked up the origins of “pardon my French” and it seems like the phrase did originally stem from negative connotations towards the people of France in the 19th century (and according to this site so did the phrase French kissing!). Definitely some food for thought.

  20. 20
    October 26th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Great list, Ashely! I especially love collars.

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