Five must-have pieces in your closet this fall

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:49 pm | Updated: 3:02 pm, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

1. Midi-skirt: In the early 2000s, it was the miniskirt. Last year, it was the maxi-skirt. Unlike the national government, the fashion industry can actually find a happy medium. Thus, the midi-skirt is just right for this season. “Whether it be a full or pencil skirt, the midi-length is the new hemline to rock,” said Lauren Ledford, Auburn University’s president of the Apparel Merchandising Design Association. “It’s feminine without being too revealing or too modest.” The key is to try mixing the classic silhouette with new textures to add some modern edge.

 
2. Motorcycle jacket: “Always a staple in your closet, the motorcycle jacket truly never goes out of style,” Ledford said. Now that the seasons are finally changing, and October actually feels like October, wearing a jacket is no longer just for fashion purposes; it’s a necessity. Although this trend has been around since the days of greasers and malt shops, it hasn’t lost any of its cool factor. Try it over a bright silk dress or zipped up with a skirt.
 
3. Leather: If there’s going to be a place to splurge when choosing a new go-to item, it’s on leather. Since it’s a piece that keeps hitting the catwalks, it’s wise to invest in quality leather. The best part is that it looks better as it ages. “Leather is more versatile than someone would think,” Ledford said. “Try it in fun silhouettes like a peplum top or a chic pencil skirt, a good leather item is one that any person should have.”
 
4. Winter white: The rule of “no white after Labor Day” is old news. “Always chic, winter white items have a crisp feeling and look great with just about anything you want to pair it with,” Ledford said. That’s not to say to wear those seersucker or linen pants in the dead of winter. Instead, try thicker fabrics and textures to add warmth.
 
5. Plaid: Anyone who experienced the ‘90s can appreciate this trend. Unleash the inner Gwen Stefani or Cher Horowitz by reaching for some plaid. Plaid isn’t anything new, but “try to branch out from the normal flannel plaid shirt,” Ledford said. A plaid skirt or coat is just the right mixture of the grunge and prim-and-proper influences.  

 

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