Three Fall Fashion Trends for Us

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  • By Lois Joy Johnson

    For many women, fall fashion shopping is really a form of therapy. It soothes, inspires, and de-stresses us better than any Rx, shrink or chocolate. And since all the stuff we hated about shopping--the parking, running store to store, finding our size, finding a sales person to find the size, getting undressed and redressed--has gone away thanks to the Internet, all is bliss. Now we browse online and gleefully click items into a virtual shopping bag. No need to even buy anything to get the fix. The only tricky part is editing down all that stuff to the couple of items that honestly suit your body, lifestyle, preferences and wallet. Three low-cost trends (all under $230) make sense to me.

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  • Consider Booties First If these do the trick, you may not need new clothes. Last year's sky high clunky platforms and motorcycle looks have evolved into low stacked heel Western boots cropped at the ankle to slip easily under slim jeans and elegantly buckled lady booties to wear with dresses and skirts instead of pumps. Try Sam Edelman Booties- Lisle Low Heel ($160, bloomingdales.com) or...
  • Plenty by Tracy Reese Booties - Rosa High Heel ($185, bloomingdales.com) freshen dresses and work clothes.
  • Buy a Belt and Reshape Your Wardrobe Peplums and cinched waist jackets have returned to runways but a skinny belt fakes the look on blouses, dresses and jackets you already own. Ann Taylor's Haircalf Skinny Belt ($44, anntaylor.com) restyles you in seconds.
  • Get a Color-of-the-Season Dress Little drips and dabs of a new hue don't have the impact of a major piece in a trendy color. Since jersey dresses are now the all-seasons, all-purpose solution for modern life, get a new one or two in the go-to shades of bright red and blue( with sleeves so you don't ever need a cardigan. Try this dress: MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Waist Dress ($134, bloomingdales.com) Or...
  • Trina Turk Jersey Dress- Lipstick Faux Wrap ($ 228, bloomingdales.com) And skip the pricey leather pants and skirts, jumpsuits and shorts, pantsuits and lace...been there done that!

    About the Author

    Lois Joy Johnson, author of "The Makeup Wakeup," is ThirdAge's Beauty and Fashion Director. Her forthcoming book is "The Wardrobe Makeup."

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