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Ask A Chicago Stylist: Putting Together Your Best Fall Look

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Many people love fall for its cooler weather, colorful leaves and hot drinks and meals. However, fashion lovers crave autumn because some of the hottest trends seen on the runways can finally be worn. Leather coats, chic scarves and stunning boots all seen in September issues of the top fashion magazines are finally ending up in shopping carts in stores and online. But what will some of the most stylish people in Chicago be wearing this year? How can you save money shopping for this fall's fashions? And what additions can you make to your wardrobe to make it stand out? Fashion expert Amanda Romano, manager at Trends Oak Park, has some tips to make sure that you start this season off in style. Get ready for a fashionable new season!

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Amanda Romano
Trends Oak Park
810 North Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 434-0801

Belts - Oversized sweaters are popular this time of year. To take yours up a notch, try adding a brightly colored skinny belt. Be on trend with two skinny belts overlapping. Make sure the colors or patterns are complementary with each other, for example: leopard and orange or turquoise and plum.

Chunky jewelry - A statement piece over a sweater is a great day-to-night look. If you're just a jeans and tee-shirt kind of gal, add some sparkle to your tee with a brightly colored necklace or layered bracelets.

Courtesy of Amanda Romano

Scarves - Scarves are a perfect staple to any ensemble. With all of the different ways to tie a scarf, you are sure to have many different looks with just one piece.

Layer - Layering is key for the fall season. With the weather constantly changing, it's nice to know you can always remove a layer or two if it gets warmer in the afternoon. Build on basics. A tank you wore in the summer can easily be used in the fall under a sweater, jacket or with a scarf.

Bright Bags - Not ready to invest in a whole fall wardrobe? A bright bag always adds an extra pep to your step. Popular colors this season are blue and purple. These colored bags also transition well into the warmer months.

Boots - Boots can go with everything. From knee-high to combat, you will see all styles on the shelves this fall. Pair with tights, leggings, over skinny jeans or even with a long skirt.

Sweaters - Not ready to put away your favorite summer dress? Throw a tight knit sweater over it to create a different look. Your dress transforms into a fall skirt within seconds. Add some accessories, a bright bag, combat boots and you are ready for the fall season in a few easy steps!

Bonus tip: For those fashionistas on a budget, try consignment! You would be surprised how many on-trend pieces you can find in consignment shops for a fraction of the original price.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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