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The Fall of the Wild: 10 Fashion Trends for Autumn Inspiration

"Fall looks luxe and sophisticated," says D.C. personal shopper Tara Luizzi. "It's got '50s and '60s glamour, with lace and longer skirts." Still, if you adopt every trend that tromped the runway, you'll be a fashion victim. Here are a few we love.

1) Fur Sure
Faux animal pelts, like Jack's mock-wildcat vest ($68, South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-807-4083 begin_of_the_skype_highlig, cozy up to jeans or "maybe go over something simple and beautiful, like a dress," says Luizzi.

2) A Case for Lace
Channel victorian belles in Modern Vintage's blouse . Heighten the romantic mood with a long necklace ($298, South Moon Under).

3) Glove Story
Elbow-length gloves ($75, Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW;) beloved of Hitchcock heroines and "Mad Men" gals, work well with another big fall trend: capes.

4) A World of Skirt
The last time hems touched (or went past) the knee, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy still swiveled among us. Recall her minimalist vibe by putting a long skirt ($185, Reiss, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-944-8565 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   with a slim sweater and tall boots.

5) Riding Tall
Equestrian boots trot a bit closet to the knee this fall, but stay flat, meaning pairs like these from Alberto Fermani ($695, Hu's Shoes, 3005 M St. NW;  boast swagger and comfort.

6) Hat Games
Don Draper doesn't have an exclusive on dapper hats. Chicks can adopt his cocky walk with his fave fedora ($40, Proper Topper) or boaters and trilbies.

7) Leather Channel
Last fall's biker jackets went looser and slouchier this year, as in this model from BB Dakota ($230, Wink), all the better to stick over some of the season's volume-centric tops and Cobain-redux plaid shirts ($98, South Moon Under).

8) Bag Ladylike
Smaller, slimmer purses play into the season's retro feel. Reiss' chained leather beauty ($325, Reiss) classes up jeans and a blazer or goes to work with flash. Bonus: The return to non-suitcase-sized totes takes a load off your shoulders and back.

9) Cargo Pants
Somewhere, Jennifer Aniston must be smiling, because her casual favorite, the cargo pant, has shuffled back into fashion. But the new pairs, like these by Sanctuary ($129, South Moon Under) come in sleeker cuts, the better to march under tuxedo jackets or knit tops.

10) Oxford Circus
Brogues, oxfords, tap shoes. Whatever you call menswear lace-ups ($248, Colehaan.com), "they're great for that time between sandals and boots," says Luizzi. Don them with pants or dare to rock them with ankle socks and a skirt.

Key fall fashion trends for the college student

September connotes different things for different people, but for most, it means the return to school and work and the end of playtime. However, at the same time, September is perhaps the biggest, most exciting month for fashion. There's New York Fashion Week and the biggest Vogue issue. September is simply the best time for fashion. And so, whether or not you could care less about fashion or what I have to say (after all, fashion isn't necessarily about following trends, but sometimes making your own), here is a list I have complied regarding some of the upcoming fall trends, for those who may be curious:

Socks: One popular look this upcoming fall is socks! Rejoice! Socks of all lengths (ankle, mid-calf, knee-high) look great when paired with shorts, skirts and dresses. Wear them with heels, wedges, boots or flats. Urban Outfitters (www.urbanoutfitters.com) has a pretty nice selection.

Leopard print: Again, even though neutrals may have taken the front seat this fall (and according to New York Fashion Week savants, spring too) there is still no reason to avoid having some fun with your outfits. There has been an emphasis on leopard prints this fall, because like red, they can also be worn with some outfits to add a sense of both sophistication, and flair.

Long skirts and dresses: Long skirts and dresses, like their shorter counterparts, can be dressed up or down. Plus, you won't receive as many hateful glances from your Amish friends. Just make sure that you don't buy ones that are too long--you don't want to be tripping everywhere.

Lace: Lace continues to look lovely this fall. Lace tops and shirts are definitely not just for fancy occasions. Pair a lace shirt with jean pants or shorts for a more casual look. American Apparel (www.americanapparel.net) has a variety of lace tops, that I would personally recommend.

Lace-up boots: As some people may have already noticed, a utilitarian look has been quite popular this fall. While wearing neutrals like brown and tan, or even fatigue green, are helpful in capturing this trend, lace-up boots both short and high, are another way to channel the look. While I am a personal fan of Dr. Martens (www.drmartens.com), a lot of other stores are carrying lace-up shoes as well.

Fall Fashion Trends: Fall Back in Love With Denim

Fashion & Style: Fall is right around the corner and it's the perfect time to build your denim wardrobe. After several seasons of skinny jeans and jeggings reigning supreme on the runway, flared jeans have made a comeback.

I am not just talking about your average boot-cut here, flares this fall are fierce! Look for an exaggerated bell, and here's the best news ladies, a wide leg balances out thighs and makes your silhouette long and lean. Paige's Bell Canyon jeans are perfection! Not feeling the retro vibe this autumn? Opt for the boyfriend jean in a cropped length, and preferable distressed. These look great with giant heels/booties, a feminine blousy top and fitted jacket. AG Adriano Goldschmied's Ex Boyfriend Crop Jeans are a must on my fall shopping list.

Denim is not just for jeans anymore. Denim jackets are back and super modern this time with a fitted cut and subtle embellishments. The details and wash on Current Elliot's snap jacket make it the perfect pick to throw on over any outfit — EXCEPT more denim. When rocking the jean jacket, make sure it is the only piece of denim you have on.

The chambray shirt is another great option. Lighter weight than denim, it's a perfect layering piece for the cooler months ahead. I love wearing mine with snug leather pants, layers of pearls and chains and booties. So edgy but feminine all at once! Elizabeth and James's pleated pocket version is super modern. Here again, make the shirt your denim focal point.

Does celebrity style and fashion trends influence what you buy?

I was reading about Emmy Fashion Hits and Misses at CBS.com earlier. I love checking out what the stars are wearing. I buy fashion magazines and check out the trends - yet, I think, I'm not "that" influenced by fads. (Though, there was that disaster moment in a dressing room recently where I thought trying on a pair of "skinny jeans" would be a good idea...)

Anyway, I was just a-wonderin', do you buy things based on trend? Do you have to have that cool new purse that Vogue is touting as the must have of the season? Do you shop by name brand or price?

I tend to go to stores that have sales + coupons. I randomly browse and pull items that might compliment my body type. If it fits, I can afford it and most importantly - I need it, then maybe - just maybe, I'll buy it.

Citi Trends Announces Retail Store Openings

Citi Trends, Inc. is pleased to announce the openings of 5 new retail stores.

-- Mobile, Alabama -- 1330 Springhill Avenue (Five Points Shopping Center at the intersection of Springhill Avenue and Ann Street).

-- San Bernardino, California -- 424 East Baseline Street (Stater Bros. Shopping Center at the intersection of Baseline Street and Waterman Avenue).

-- Metairie, Louisiana -- 6613 Airline Drive (US 61) (Airline Park Shopping Center at the intersection of Airline Drive (US 61) and Airline Park Drive).

-- Hickory, North Carolina -- 521 Highway 70 SW (Hickory Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 321).

-- Houston, Texas -- 10831 Jones Road (Steeplechase Shopping Center at the intersection of Jones Road and Farm-to-Market 1960).

Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, Citi Trends operates over 420 stores in 25 states. Citi Trends is a value-priced retailer, offering a great selection of urban brand and fashion apparel for the entire family in Juniors, Plus, Mens, Boys, Girls, Kids and Accessories. Citi Trends provides exceptional value, offering real brands at great prices that are generally 30% to 70% below specialty and department store prices.

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