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Shirt: Forever 21 Skirt: Forever 21 Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Shoes: Lulu’s

I know I have complained about the falling temperatures but, by the same token, I have been preparing for them. I have stashed away my whites, bikinis, and sandals to make room for sweaters, leggings, and boots. So what’s a girl to do when it’s a balmy 85 degrees in October? Pair her new favorite flannel with a leather mini and some open-toed pumps.

Straight from the Moschino Fall 2013 Runway, plaid is back in a big way. I’m talking Madonna at the Met Gala punk-plaid. Sure she looked slightly crazy, but she was right on trend. I opted out of the chain and mesh adornments in favor of leather, for a look that is a bit more wearable.

As I spotlighted in a recent Friday Five, tartan or plaid has been all over the streets or New York, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks. But calling plaid a trend is like calling leopard or leather a trend; they’re staples that take a different form each season. Last fall we loved gingham, but this fall it’s all about bringing out your inner Scotsman.

While I picked this plaid top up at a Forever 21,  it’s typically difficult for me to find a slouchy enough button down in the women’s department. Don’t rule out perusing the men’s section; the masculine patterns and longer lengths are right on trend.

This faux leather skirt is also from Forever 21.  I would recommend going up a size in this so that the mesh panel isn’t showing off your tush. I’m planning on pairing this skirt with tights as it gets chillier outside for some extra coverage.

I’m also debuting my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag. As one of those girls who carries her whole life in her purse (calling all thieves!!), this is the perfect medium size bag without looking too bulky.

These shoes are another Lulu’s steal… Only $22! And you get $5 off if you sign up for their emails. I’m already eyeing this pair in red. It’s a tough deal to turn down!

So put an early nineties spin on the lumberjack look and break out your plaid for fall!

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Shirt: Forever 21 Pants: American Eagle Shoes: Lulu’s Bag: Aldo

Trends change so quickly that it is difficult to keep up without deep pockets or a sugar daddy (…totally kidding). This season’s “it bag” or “it shoes” may be out of style by next season. And as a 25-year-old with a dog and car payments, I can’t invest in every pretty thing I see (even if it is as pretty as this season’s new it bag, the Kate Spade Beau Bag).

There are great deals to be had online, but I struggle in this department. Case in point, my Steve Madden wedges. When they arrived after ordering them from Macys.com, I received one 8.5 and one 6. Someone explain to me how that happens?! And don’t get me started on ordering clothes… they always wind up HUGE! Since when does a medium mean XXL? Luckily, Lulu’s and Aldo always seem to have that quality piece at an affordable price (and the right size).

Like the shoes above for example. They’re reminiscent of the Valentino “Rockstud” pump but for only $42 from Lulus.com! Plus you get $5 off if you sign up for Lulu’s emails. If you’re looking for the real thing, Valentino just released the “Rockstud” in leopard print…. swoon!

And if you’re looking for a structured winged bag similar to the ever-popular Céline, try this one from Aldo. Use coupon code SIGNUP19912 to get %10 off your order. Some other good options are here, here, and here.

I would say invest in the classics: a nice watch, some tailored jeans, a comfortable pair of black pumps, and that elusive perfect white T. Then take advantage of fashion’s trickle-down effect to score the latest trends at an affordable price. Happy shopping!

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