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Fall / Winter Fashion Must Haves

Although, I have been in denial, fall is here and winter approaches. The cold weather does mean wearing more clothes which means more opportunity to make a statement with your style. Here are 5 things I am obsessed with the Fall/Winter season. 1. Tailored Preppy American classics are back but with modern tailoring which I love.  And I especially love the clothing from Penguin this season.

2. Blazers & Ties Try dressing up more whether you have to or not...Add a skinny tie to an long-sleeve oxford and a herringbone blazer with dark blue jeans...For a more layered and warmer look add a cardigan or sweater.

3. Work Boots I am obsessed in general with boots but my favorite style this season is military and work boots in dark colors - black, charcoal, or brown.   Specifically, I am digging Corcoran Jump Boots...pretty easy to find on Amazon or even Ebay for a pre-owned pair.

4. The Vest Vests are an easy way to dress up  just about anything.  I especially love a vest with a henley or oxford shirt.

5. Black and Tan Not sure why but this winter - I am all about mixing blacks/grays with camel/tan colors.  I plan to pull out my Camel coat this winter and wear a black oxford, pants, and boots...and you should try it to.

IMAGE CREDITS: 1. The Fashionisto, 2. J Crew, 3. The Blaque Book, 4. Macys, 5. Eclectic Jewelry and Fashion

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Classic Red Wings: I Need These

Men's Boots - Men's Casual ... Dreading the chillier weather, my outlook for fall wasn't that positive.  And then I stopped in to J. Crew and saw these Red Wing boots.  Red Wing Shoes, provider of American work boots since 1905, has recreated the classic Irish Setter boot - circa 1952 exclusively for  J.Crew.  I spotted them this weekend and have visited them twice since and that is not like me.  There are two problems: 1. I don't need them (which hasn't stopped me before) and 2. They are $325 - yikes.  I am hoping that their wonderfulness evades Bostonians so that I can purchase them on sale.   Although J.Crew sells this vintage version which I love, a similar pair is on the Red Wing site at a suggested retail price of $223.  And while you can not order them online directly through Red Wing, I am on the hunt for a local store that carries the cheaper version.

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I like the way J.Crew is showing the boots in their catalog with jeans, a striped cardigan and field jacket.   Last season, I was all about refined, dressy boots, this season, I am into the rugged look.  And these Red Wings are classics which will always be in style.   So I  recommend you grab a pair, but only if you are not a size 10.