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    >>> this morning on "bobbi's style buzz" hot autumn accents. "today" style fashion contributor bobbie, good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> i've picked one up.

    >> yes the cape.

    >> i have to be honest i was going to avoid it because i thought all looked like i should pitch a tent in the backyard and stand there. how do you make it not tent like?

    >> there are so many different tapes. a tailored one like yours is helpful because you keep it sleek with the shoulders lean and something underneath that's belted. it shows off your shape. you're both wearing capes from new york and company and tamika has the shirt cape on it. it's over an everyday outfit just like the jacket and the belt anchoring her at the waist.

    >> the rouching. sorry, i didn't mean to poke you.

    >> you want details based on the body type . if you turn an it's really flattering, not a big tent . and i love on judy if you see something in a more casual cape, tends to look like a blanket but i am guilty of wearing a blanket like i told you.

    >> she, literally a blanket but that's another segment for another time.

    >> squjudy had a great cape. the trick, belt one side. that creates shape but lets you just let it lean off the shoulder and also won't fall off. if you want to take that cape off i can show you when people see these in a store they're not a scarf. they actually are sort of like a blanket with a notch in them.

    >> could you model, if you had a really big scarf?

    >> you could do it with what i'm going to show you next, a snoog. what i like about this kind of cape is that you want to make sure anything with a pattern doesn't hit you at the widest part of your body. it's really great when it's lower, she has fantastic legs but keeps it lean and underneath make sure you keep your silhouette fitted.

    >> lean legs or tamika has a little leg showing.

    >> penciled leggings, skinny jeans and this is good to go. this is dkny cape dress.

    >> that's awesome.

    >> it's inspired by dkny.

    >> introduce us to the snood.

    >> this is something women in factories wouy ies would wear over thei r hair. they can be worn eight different ways. american apparel shows you on their website all of the ways. you can double it in a necklace or make it like a regular scarf, a hood, you could shimmy it down. you could belt it. and you want to get super creative make it like a dress. they sell over 40 colors for under $30, there are a bunch of styles and essentially you can look for eternity scarves or circle scarves.

    >> the next trend is sweater tights great for warmth. why do you like these?

    >> so many girls want to know how to transition their summer dresses. you into ed to add something that looks cozy, warmth and practical. i love hue, they have sophisticated not just teenager patterns but sophisticate patterns. and this is just a little sparkle or openness for the office and not too much of a wild pattern.

    >> about a minute left we have hiker booties. who would thought those two trends would go together.

    >> jennifer aniston and we also have julianne moore wearing these out and about in cool ways. it's a modern update. just like in the summer you look for your wedge, this is a comfortable way to wear this. all of these from piper line. if you want a flat you could go for a loafer.

    >> we have the lovely models here.

    >> barbara, in the courdes, you can wear this on the weekend, if you want to match the color to your pant leg, and on nancy you can wear this to work. this is a dreg, you can wear to the office, especially when it gets cooler and wear the heeled hiker boot, gives it more

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updated 10/7/2011 8:16:50 AM ET 2011-10-07T12:16:50

This can be a tricky time of year to get dressed as we break free from our simple summer favorites and transition into a season filled with new trends and layers.

TODAY Style Editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas helps you add some fresh extras that are as fashionable as they are functional.

Chic and casual capes
Fall is my favorite season for style since there are dozens of ways to express yourself: from hats and handbags right down to your hosiery and boots.

When it comes to pulling it all together, a cape can be your new best friend. Not only are they very en vogue at the moment with every cut and color imaginable, they also make a practical addition to your wardrobe, topping off a variety of looks for both day or night. I urge you to try them if you fear an unflattering fit. Although they can appear tent-like, many are angled to help lengthen your frame.

Because capes will add a little volume — I prefer to think "flow" — to your upper half, keep it fit and sleek on the bottom. Tailored shift dresses, pencil skirts, slim-cut jeans or leggings tucked into boots will help elongate.

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When it comes to color, keeping it monochromatic underneath is a safe bet. But it's not always necessary. 

And experiment with belting your cape. For example, try leaving the back free to hang by only cinching in the front panels. Or perhaps tuck only one side, letting the other be free. Watch my segment to see how this works.

This instant update can help you show off your shape without feeling too constricted. Lastly, neutral or classic capes can be worn like light jacket over most ensembles — don’t think of it as a one-time wear.
(Printed Blanket Cape $19, hm.com for stores; Bright Tartan Cape $44, Asos.com; Fringe Cape $80, Zara.com; The Black Cape or Shirred Cape $90, NYandCompany.com.)

New knits
Circle scarves, infinity scarves, snoods, scoods, hoods — whatever you call them, these versatile accents are one of fall's best buys.

Essentially a large tube or ring of fabric, you can double wrap the piece around your neck, stretch it over your shoulders for a shrug effect or even pull it up over your head on a cold — or bad hair — day. Also be on the lookout for fun, generously cut "snoods," like those from American Apparel.

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You can create tops, skirts, ponchos, dresses and more all by simply belting, tucking or tying the garment in place.
(Circle Scarves $28 to $40, AmericanApparel.com; Eternity Scarf $29, UrbanOutfitters.com; Zig Zag Snood $32, TopShop.com.)

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Another fall favorite? Sweater tights. We've heard about textured tights before such as lace and fishnets, but now these inexpensive accessories are performing double-duty. While there are many quirky and colorful styles in stores, you can also find classic herringbone and argyle prints and sophisticated shades that will look smart and sleek without adding bulk.
(Argyle & Nordic Fairisle Tights $20, Hue.com; Knit, Cable, Rib, & Space Dye Tights $22 CapezioNewYork.com.)

Heeled hiker booties and beyond
Don't let the phrase "hiker booties" throw you off track! Just like we crave comfy wedges come spring, this season's most stylish shoes are wearable, walkable and chic.

From lace-up booties to brogues and brightly colored loafers, menswear inspired designs are a great investment. Not only are they comfortable because they offer a bit more support, but they’re a great way to dress down or add a little edge to some of your more feminine pieces.

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A recent celeb favorite, "heeled hikers" can actually look office-appropriate and polished when paired with tights and a dress or skirt, and for weekends, they're perfect paired with cozy corduroy pants or jeans and a sweater.

For fans of flats, you can update your flip flops or ballet flats to a loafer or oxford — two masculine styles which feel particularly fresh when worn with the season's trendy tie-neck blouses and soft, painterly prints.
(Blowfish, DV by Dolce Vita, Lucky Brand, Nine West, Mia booties $69 to $159, Piperlime.com; Nu Day Loafers $29 to 69, Aerosoles.com; Alltop Bootie $70, CallItSpring.com.)

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Photos: 5 fall trends you'll wear into the spring

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  1. 5 fall trends you'll wear into the spring

    By Bobbie Thomas

    Although most of us have yet to wear new favorites for this fall, the Spring 2012 shows just wrapped up here at New York Fashion week. And while Heidi Klum’s catch phrase “One minute you are in, and the next you are out!” may come to mind, there’s a glam silver lining. I’ve taken note of the looks we’ll be seeing again in the new year, so you can invest wisely now:

    Be bold
    The colorblocking trend that's all over stores this year continues to be a statement-maker for spring, with bold stripes and vibrant color on the runways at BCBG Max Azria, Tommy Hilfiger and others. The punchy pinks, bright corals, and neon-like yellows that turned up the volume on the runways could easily be worn this winter with black, browns, and caramel. Then come next year, lighten them up with white and beige.

    Neon Lace Mini, $82.33, Asos.com (AP, asos) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Go long

    Midi-length skirts, dresses and airy maxis flowed down the runways of Derek Lam, DKNY, Jason Wu and many more with hemlines of every kind – asymmetrical, scoop, handkerchief and slits have all been seen at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. So the longer lengths you’ve seen all summer and in stores this fall will be wise investments. Keep warm by pairing these ladylike styles with boots and textured tights and keep cool come spring by pairing with wedges or a simple flat.

    Box Pleated Hi Low, $58, Needsupply.com (Getty Images/Need Supply Co.) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Love leather

    Forget the clunky coats of decades past – recent runways have shown sleek leather dresses and cute, cropped jackets. A slim pencil skirt in black or rust leather is also great buy; it can complement a soft sweater or tie neck blouse for the office and can be worn with a dainty tee or top for a fresh, seasonless style.

    Leather Front Tee, $100, Topshop.com (Getty Images/TOPSHOP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prints and patterns

    The fall runways were full of mixed motifs. Navajo met geometric, animal print paired up with stripes, graphics even met with polka dots. The clash of designs were seen again, and lots of digital prints were shown. Designers such as Prabal Gurung, Cynthia Rowley, and Alexander Wang paraded "look-at-me"-printed prints down the catwalk. Consider what’s already in your closet or pick up some bold pieces, so you can start experimenting now to perfect your favorite combos.

    Snakeskin Print Blazer, $79.99, Zara.com (Getty Images/ZARA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Tribal motifs

    Tribal motifs popped up on fall runways and again in the Spring 2012 collections. The earthy ethnic looks are a great year round way to mix in a bit of bohemian chic. For just a hint, pick up a statement necklace or handbag, pair with black for a little edge, or go for head-to-toe with a dress.

    Flutter Sleeve Printed Chiffon Trim Handkerchief Hem, $34.99, Macys.com (Getty Images/Macy's) Back to slideshow navigation
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