By now, you know better than to splurge on a whole new wardrobe just to keep up with the latest trends (you can let the younger generations make that mistake). But, as a new fashion season approaches, you might not be able to resist the power of some retail therapy.With that in mind, here are the top three trends you should indulge in this fall season. Not only will one piece from each category below instantly refresh your wardrobe, but youll be looking as stylish and in-the-know as the die-hard fashion lovers, no matter your budget.Camel Chunky Knit Sweater or Wrap Camel is flattering on practically every hair color and skin tone, which is probably why its such a big color for fall. Thirtysomethings may be reaching for the classic camel coat, but you can add the color to your wardrobe by combining it with another hot trend: chunky knit sweaters and wraps.Gap Ultrasoft V-neck Sweater in camel ($49.50, gap.com)Topshop Knitted Cocoon Shrug ($80, topshop.com) (Shown)Ralph Lauren Rugby Suede-Patch Shawl Cardigan ($128, rugby.com)Animal Print Accents Every designer is going crazy over animal prints because they add instant sex appeal and character to any look. Instead of wearing spots on your clothing that are loud and in-your-face, show a hint of your wild side with subtle accents like a belt, scarf, or handbag.
J. Crew Leopard Patent Belt ($39.50, jcrew.com0
Ann Taylor Classic Animal Print Scarf ($58, anntaylor.com)
Coach Mia Ocelot Print Tote ($278, macys.com) (Shown)
Booties are the it fall boot theyre more versatile than tall boots, and they happen to be equal parts cute and sophisticated. They come in 4-inch heel styles as well as flat styles, but a nice, low-heeled version would be your best bet. Pair them with your favorite slacks, skirt, or dress, and prepare yourself for many compliments.
Liz Claiborne Jilly Bootie ($49.95, dsw.com)
Vince Camuto Alexia Ankle Boot ($129, dillards.com) (Shown)
J. Crew Sutton Leather Midheal Booties ($245, jcrew.com)
Gwen McLean writes frequently on beauty and style.