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October 2, 2013

Fall Fashion Essentials

As a teenager, I did my fair share of shopping at the mall. Roaming around with a $20 bill in hand and scouring the stores for budget-friendly buys was practically a weekly affair. I vividly recall browsing Charlotte Russe for their cropped jackets, floral blouses, and pinstriped trousers. Years later, as an adult, I still frequent their stores for flirty dresses, affordable footwear, and fun accessories. 

So it's with great enthusiasm that I present this collaboration with Charlotte Russe, in which I'll be showcasing my fall fashion essentials and giving style tips. 

Charlotte Russe leopard print sweater and burgundy skinny jeans, Sam & Libby for Target Paxton boots, Phillip Lim for Target black mini satchel

You know how much I worship print and color, right? Well no surprise here. There's a little of both in my layered look.

fall 2013 fashion trends at Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe leopard print sweater and burgundy skinny jeans, Phillip Lim for Target black mini satchel

My first fall essential comes down to the perfectly soft and cozy knit. I always lean towards prints and textures when it comes to sweaters, and this leopard print sweater checks all the trend boxes. 

Charlotte Russe button-back leopard print tunic sweater

It has an easy fit, enlarged animal print, and because it's lightweight, it's ideal for layering. The button-back design is a fun and unexpected twist. 

Style tip: when choosing fall knits, look for soft fabrics that wear well, and don't be afraid to size up for a carefree, relaxed fit. An oversized sweater with skinny jeans creates an effortless casual look. Do pick prints that make you happy. Don't be afraid to wear leopard print like a neutral!

Sam & Libby for Target Paxton boots

My second fall essential consists of brightly colored skinny denim. Jeans are wardrobe staples for my casual lifestyle, and I love to update my collection with new colors for fall. The burgundy pair I'm wearing is a chic alternative to black, indigo, or gray jeans, and the color pairs well with other jewel tones such as emerald and navy. Burgundy flatters most skin tones, and since I adore this color, I'm stocking up on it this season. 

Charlotte Russe leopard print sweater and burgundy skinny jeans, Phillip Lim for Target black mini satchel

Style tip: if you shy away from color, select darker shades and anchor your colored denim with neutral jackets and sweaters. If color is your cup of tea, then opt for a color blocked look by wearing with tops and a handbag in complementary hues. It's all about breaking away from boring blue jeans! Do try new colors for fall such as mustard, fuchsia, emerald green, deep purple, loden, or burgundy. Don't be afraid to have fun and make a colorful statement!

Charlotte Russe leopard print sweater and burgundy skinny jeans, Sam & Libby for Target Paxton boots, Phillip Lim for Target black mini satchel

H&M ear cuff, Forever 21 chambray shirt, leopard sweater (similar) and skinny jeans c/o Charlotte Russe, Phillip Lim for Target handbag (splurge version), and Sam & Libby for Target boots

What are your fall essentials? Watch this space for another collaboration with Charlotte Russe in which I'll be featuring my essential fall accessories. Hint - there may be studs and scarves involved!

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