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6 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall 2011


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We’re already a few weeks into September, which means that fall is just around the corner — yay! The change of season also calls for a wardrobe update if you want to keep up with all that’s new this season. However, if learning about the multitude of hot fall trends makes your head spin and your wallet hurt, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve picked our top six trendy, budget-friendly and completely versatile Fall 2011 must-haves to help you stay stylish throughout fall and into winter. Whether you buy just one or all six of these items, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll look up-to-date without having to buy a whole new wardrobe.

Want to see our top picks for Fall 2011? Scroll on down:

1. A Cozy Pullover Sweater

Since it’s slowly but surely getting cooler outside, it will soon be time to break out some cozy cold-weather clothes, and this season, there’s no better choice for fall than a comfy pullover sweater. Wear one with some jeans for a cool and casual look or pair it with a skirt for a stylish vibe.

There are lots of options here when it comes to color, style and fit, so it should be easy to find a sweater that matches your personal aesthetic. Need some options to get the ball rolling? Check out our picks below:

Cozy pullover sweaters fall 2011 must-have
Product Info: Sparks Between Us Sweater- ModCloth, Fisherman Sweater- J. Crew, Collegiate Fox Sweater- Forever 21, Dolman Sweater- Nordstrom, Fair Isle Sweater- American Eagle Outfitters, Purple Sweater- H&M

2. Flared Jeans

As we mentioned in our denim guide, flares are this season’s most popular and versatile denim style. These jeans have a distinct ’70s vibe, but are also super easy to wear. Just style them as you would any other pair of jeans and you’ll be good to go!

If you want to update your denim collection this fall, check out these budget-friendly flared jeans:

Flared jeans fall 2011 must-have
Product Info: Revolt Stretch Flares- Alloy, Hipster Flare- American Eagle Outfitters, Skinny Flares- PacSun, Mini Flare Jeans- Old Navy, Dark Blue Flares- Forever 21

3. A Collar Necklace

If you buy one new piece of jewelry this season, make it a collar necklace. Just like the name suggests, these bold necklaces give the illusion of an ornate collar and are available in tons of unique styles. Since all kinds of collars are going to be super-trendy this season, this is an easy (and totally detachable!) way to try this trend.

These statement necklaces are the perfect way to dress up a basic tee or to add some edge to your favorite LBD. Sound like your kind of jewelry? Here are some of our favorites:

Collar necklaces fall 2011 must-have
Product Info: Pearl Section Necklace- Topshop, Pleated Leather Necklace- ASOS, Silver Necklace- Forever 21, Life’s Real Riches Necklace- ModCloth, Crocodile Print Collar- Topshop, Wood Necklace- JCPenney

4. Over-the-Knee Socks

These tall stockings will help transition your favorite summer dresses, shorts, skirts and rompers into fall. They’ll also give you some extra coverage and keep your legs toasty when it starts to get chilly. We think these socks look chic with flats, oxfords and heels, but we especially love the way over-the-knee socks look when paired with tall boots.

Not sure how to style over-the-knee socks? Check out Jessica’s “Ask CF” article on over-the-knee socks for fall-appropriate outfit ideas, then sneak a peek at a few of our favorite pairs below:

over-the-knee socks fall 2011
Product Info: Gray Ribbed Socks- Madewell, Lace Top Socks- Urban Outfitters, Contrast Socks- Forever 21, Rust Over-the-Knee Socks- ASOS, Buffalo Plaid Socks- Woolrich, A Leg Up Socks in Blueberry- ModCloth

5. Anything Polka-Dotted

Polka dots seem like they are a perpetually popular seasonal print (say that five times fast!), and this fall is no exception. This pretty print is both whimsical and feminine — it definitely makes a fun statement! As with other trends, if you aren’t ready to full-on rock this print, try a polka dotted accessory for a more subtle look.

Ready to add some of this cheerful print to your wardrobe? Here are just a few of the great polka dot pieces we found:

Polka dots fall 2011 must-have
Product Info: Made to Measure Tee- Anthropologie, Polka Dot Knit Top- Forever 21, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Dress- ModCloth, Dotted Sheer Tights- Nordstrom, Crinkle Scarf- Monsoon, Polka Dot Skirt- Forever 21

6. A Midi Skirt

While maxi skirts ruled throughout the summer, demure and ladylike midi skirts are going to be popular for fall. While these skirts have an interesting and even somewhat tumultuous past, we’re pretty excited that midi skirts are trendy again. Wear them with flats and a pretty blouse for a dainty and feminine outfit or with an oversized sweater and wedged booties for a more juxtaposed look.

There are midi skirts available in pretty much every color, pattern and material out there, but check out our top picks:

Midi skirts fall 2011 must-have
Product Info: Stay Classy Skirt- ModCloth, Tulle Skirt- Zara, Ochre Pleated Midi- Dorothy Perkins, Heart Print Midi Skirt- ASOS, Jersey Full Midi Skirt- ASOS

What do you think?

How are you planning to update your wardrobe for fall? What do you think of these items? Which is your favorite? Do you already own any of them? Remember to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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38 Responses to “6 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall 2011”

  1. 1
    September 11th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Love the big, cozy pullover sweaters!! >:)

  2. 2
    September 11th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Just a heads up- the same brown polka-dotted dress is $8 cheaper at shopruche. :) I’ve been so tempted to pick it up!

  3. 3
    September 11th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I love the AE fair isle sweater…just not in the sand color they’re showing online. And that’s definitely too expensive for my tastes. But maybe I can find a cheaper one!

  4. 4
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’m loving how affordable all these trends look like they can be. Except for maybe the necklaces, I bet I could put together all of these looks from my favorite thrift stores :) And I don’t really like the necklaces anyways, but then again I’m not a big jewelry person. I’ll probably be trying the rest of these, though! I already have a midi-length dress that I adore :)

  5. 5
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I totally agree with Samantha. That sweater from American Eagle is adorable! Fifty dollars is a pretty large price tage. Maybe fifteen hahaha. So happy to see that I one of everything. Yay!!

  6. 6
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I was totally eyeing that fox pullover at forever21! But even the small was too big. It’s a pity because it is SO soft and cute in person.

  7. 7
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m loving the big cozy sweaters, collar necklaces and over the knee socks. :) I’ll be passing up the other trends though!

  8. 8
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I love that cute little fox sweater and Fair Isle Sweater from AE. I saw the sweater at AE and it was really soft and comfy, but I couldn’t just drop my money into one sweater. I don’t think I will be going with flared jeans because I don’t like the extra space around my shins and because they have a tendency to get extremely wet in the rain. I’m also not sure about collar necklaces because I like my chain necklaces with little charms and nice, simple pearls. I’ll definitely get the socks because I recently fell from longboarding and have a healing wound I don’t want to scar from sun exposure. Also, I want to try a polka dot shirt with a midi skirt. Too daring?

  9. 9
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Love the midi skirts and sweaters :).

  10. 10
    September 11th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    oh I love everything, especially flared jeans and cozy sweater!

  11. 11
    September 11th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Midi skirts are a godsend. I adore the 50s look though, so I believe my affection for them stems from that.

  12. 12
    September 11th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love it! :) My favorites would be the collar necklace, pullover sweater and the midi skirt! =) Time to shop…..!

  13. 13
    September 11th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    love it! i love the look of a long sweater with leggings/skinnies/jeggings and some awesome boots. :)

  14. 14
    September 11th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Great post, Ashley! I loved the pieces you featured.

  15. 15
    September 11th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I absolutely love pullover sweaters and I have some right from last winter.. they last me a long time.. also I love flared jeans. I already have one in my closet, so I am happy I wear them.

  16. 16
    September 12th, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I love the jumpers! Could you do a post about winter coats and boots? :) Please!!

  17. 17
    September 12th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Loved this article. Love the styles presented. Thank you for existing CF!

  18. 18
    September 12th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I never know what shoes to wear with flared jeans. Could you guys make a post about that? But I’m glad to know chunky sweaters are back.

  19. 19
    September 12th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I love all of these! My only issue is with flared jeans. I love them, but I’m too short. I can’t find ones short enough, and hemming them gets rid of the flare!

  20. 20
    September 12th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    The AE Hipster Flares are AMAZING! I have the dark indigo wash, and they make my butt look amazing, and the seam down the front elongates the legs. Plus, I think they are still under $30. As for the sweater, I think it’s super cute. It might be on sale soon. I know all of the plaids are on sale.

  21. 21
    September 14th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    love midi skirts!

  22. 22
    September 17th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    i lve the pullover n the polka-dotted iteeeems <3
    wanna have them all
    the shocks are equally nice too.

  23. 23
    September 19th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The fisherman sweater with flare jeans, topped with either wedges or heels would look amazing and so chic during the fall!

  24. 24
    September 28th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hello! Some people are stealing your york and claiming it their own.

  25. 25
    October 2nd, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I LOVE the over the knee socks and polka dots!!

    awesome post.

  26. 26
    October 3rd, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I just love those knee high socks….2cute

  27. 27
    October 20th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Pullover sweaters and tall stockings are ok I guess, but everything else reminds me of my grandmother :P Sorry! But that ‘s just my personal opinion…
    Very fashionable stuff though….!

  28. 28
    November 15th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    soooo glad longer skirts are in fashion now. i am a christian and modesty is important for me, but I REALLY like to be in-fashion as well. so the fact that i can be trendy and modest makes my life!!!! and not to mention they’re really really cute!!!

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