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Stop wasting money! Here are the only 12 items that any fall wardrobe needs

Trends may come and go, but these twelve staples will withstand the test of time. Consider this your essential fall wardrobe guide!Sleek (and slimming) blazer A blazer shows you mean business, but it shouldn’t be restricted to the boardroom. Wear it off-duty with denim or a dress to instantly transform any look from frumpy to chic. (Gap Classic Pique Blazer, $88 at gap.com)Tailored pants Thin
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Trends may come and go, but these twelve staples will withstand the test of time. Consider this your essential fall wardrobe guide!

Sleek (and slimming) blazer 

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A blazer shows you mean business, but it shouldn’t be restricted to the boardroom. Wear it off-duty with denim or a dress to instantly transform any look from frumpy to chic. (Gap Classic Pique Blazer, $88 at gap.com)

Tailored pants 

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Think outside the stuffy suit box and show the guys just how well you wear the pants. Get creative with proportions and pair your smart trousers with the striped tees, leather jackets and crisp blouses already stocking your closet. (Zara cropped trousers, $59.90, zara.com)

Polished flats

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Step up your style game — and save your soles at the same time — with a pair of polished flats. Opt for a basic ballerina or a more modern pointed toe, and march straight into work without ever giving your high heels a second thought. (Seychelles 'Well Known' flat, $95, revolveclothing.com)

Fur accent 

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Every cool outfit could use a touch of texture. Layer a furry vest over a leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, or a simple tee shirt to infuse novelty and warmth into your look. (H&M faux fur vest, $39.95, hm.com)

Sophisticated dress 

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Whether you’re rushing out the door or just want to make a good impression, every woman needs a fail-safe dress. For a true one-piece wonder, choose a refined silhouette in a neutral hue — it’s the fastest way to look perfectly polished with minimal effort. (Topshop shift dress, $76, topshop.com)

Structured bag 

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Ladylike and classy, a structured bag can carry you through season after season. This item is truly trend-proof, so look for minimal hardware and a color you love to ensure maximum versatility. (Zara bowling bag, $69.90, zara.com)

Signature jacket 

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From a sporty bomber or an edgy biker jacket like this one, to a prim bouclé piece or a blanket-style cape, choose a topper that suits your style personality — and then wear it with everything you own. (Joe Fresh zip moto jacket, $99, joefresh.com

Luxe knit 

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Warm and cozy, a slightly oversized sweater always looks great with jeans — but don’t underestimate its pairing potential. Try this lush layer with trousers or a pencil skirt for a dressed-up alternative that feels both easy and elegant. (H&M cashmere sweater, $69.95, hm.com)

Classic watch 

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A sleek and simple timepiece adds instant sophistication to any look. Whether you’re on the clock or taking some time for yourself, a watch is the perfect punctuation point for every outfit. (Nixon 'Kensington' leather watch, $125, shopbop.com)

Off-duty boot 

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While they perfectly epitomize fall weekend style, boots have become a year-round favorite, worn not just with sweaters and jeans, but also with dresses, skirts and even denim shorts. Opt for something in leather or suede with a comfortable heel height to get the most bang for your buck. (Sole Society 'Natasha' boot, $79.95, solesociety.com)

Silk blouse 

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In soft silk, a basic blouse becomes one of the most flattering and feminine pieces in your closet. Look for an interesting pattern, pussy bow style or detailed collar to put a personal spin on this work-wardrobe staple. (Joe Fresh python print silk shirt, $59, joefresh.com)

Statement coat 

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As the saying goes, you only get once chance to make a great first impression. Here to help: A statement coat. Since it’s often the first thing people see, a bold hue or contrast trim will help ensure your entire ensemble pops. (Mango wool-blend coat, $170, mango.com)