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Five updated women's trends for fall and the freezing months beyond

Jeans

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Yes, we have to discuss this American fashion staple, because you need to know your options. Recently, a Bloomberg's Material World podcast concluded that skinny jeans, reigning supreme now for about 10 years, aren't going anywhere — much to the frustration of retailers who want to keep us buying. Now, I'm not suggesting that you throw out your skinnies entirely, but change is afoot. Wider pants are also making their way back into the mainstream, whether that be the boyfriend cut or the elongated bell-bottom, overalls, or my favorite, the culotte, which admittedly isn't prime winter gear. Also making a comeback in recent years are mom jeans (straight from the 1990s, like Levi's 501s), complete with the high waist and slightly baggy fit. This means we're no longer living in a time where you have to look like the rest of your friends, with the skinny jean tucked into a boot and paired with a scarf. Instead, find freedom in owning multiple styles and cuts of jeans. Vintage stores await!

Turtlenecks

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The turtleneck, a look that's faded in and out of fashion for nearly a century, is back with a vengeance, keeping your neck nice and toasty. These tight-fitting knit, cotton or wool tops especially look fly tucked into a higher-waisted jean or pencil skirt. Looking for even more warmth? Borrow your grandpa's cable-knit fisherman's sweater for a charming chunky effect.



Chunky-heeled Boots

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People in the Pacific Northwest will always have to own boots for the winter months. It snows here. The problem is deciding between functional and stylish. This season, style dictates that the sturdy-heeled, 1960s go-go boot is back — either rising up to mid-calf, or, for those more daring, over the knee. Looking for comfort? Go for the shortest heel you can find.



Velvet

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It's a luxurious fabric often associated with royalty. As metallics have had their day in the sun, it's time to pull out that musty velvet again and give it a 2016 update. This time around, the fabric is applied to tops, skirts, dresses and even boots, adding texture to your wardrobe.




Slip dresses

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What was once so hip in the 1990s is back in all its spaghetti-strapped glory. This long-cut dress often comes in a satin fabric (giving it that undergarment-type quality) but can also easily come in velvet or cotton. This is one of those looks that easily pairs with a turtleneck, or even your favorite band T-shirt and a pair of Converses. ♦

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