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We all know a great accessory can take an outfit to the next level. But even better, it can breathe new life into last year’s wardrobe, refreshing your look for a relatively small investment. What’s more, accessories offer you a safe space for pushing the parameters of your personal style. Translation: It’s easy to be brave with a pair of boots!
Yahoo’s contributing editor Chassie Post brings you the Top Nine trends for autumn, offering you myriad picks. She’s got you covered from (literally) toe to head. Getting dressed is fun again!
Trend No. 1: Snake-print boots
Believe it or not, bold snake print is actually very versatile. It works like a neutral—as long as you can muster the confidence to treat it like one. On boots it can go with everything from a cute A-line corduroy skirt to a little black dress. If the super-trendy knee-high height isn’t your thing, you’ll see plenty of options this season for smaller hits of snake print—booties, bags, and belts galore.
These statement-making boots are an Instagram fave right now!
Shop it: Schutz Women’s Maryana, $290, amazon.com
The Steve Madden mid-priced option comes in four different tones—all super-wearable.
Shop it: Kinga Snake Boots, $134, stevemadden.com
At a hard-to-believe price, this sexy pair is low-risk.
Shop it: Fainosmny Women Boots Knee High Boots, $35, amazon.com
Trend No. 2: Exciting Booties
Booties are not going away. If you’re drawn by the call of the wild, look out for booties in leopard, zebra, and (you guessed it) snake print. Also hot? Western booties and super-chunk combat boots. Seriously, something for everyone.
The low profile and tiny block heel make this pair super-sophisticated.
It doesn’t matter what else you’re wearing when you sport a pair of booties like these. You are a style maven in jeans and a tee.
Shop it: Franco Sarto Women's Nest Ankle Zebra Boot, $115, amazon.com
Fan of animal print but want something even bolder? Combine color with pattern. Yum.
Howdy. You from ’round these parts? Channel your urban cowgirl with these western booties. With a low heel, they’re easy to walk in, but they’re as sexy as a pair of heels.
Shop it: White Studded Western Bootie, $122 and up, amazon.com
A metallic finish infuses any outfit with a dose of glam giddy-up-and-go.
Shop it: Sam Edelman Women’s Winona Western Boot, $112 and up, amazon.com
With a higher-than-expected stacked heel, these otherwise classic Western booties are subtle, sophisticated, and sexy.
Shop it: Aerosoles Women's Lincoln Square Ankle Boot, $80, amazon.com
At the other end of the spectrum, nineties grunge is rearing its lug-soled head this fall, with edgy, exaggerated combat boots. With this trend, the chunkier the better! And you get a little height, to boot!
Shop it: Jeffrey Campbell Women's Czech Combat Boots, $160, amazon.com
If a hiking boot, a combat boot, and a cute raincoat had a baby, it might look like this adorable cuff bootie from Allegra K. Comfort and style and practicality in one pair, with a pop of delicious red—irresistible.
Shop it: Allegra K Women's Lug Sole Combat Block Heel Ankle Boots, $38, amazon.com
All of the above, with the safety and sophistication of black. Picture this pair with textured tights—a delicious, tactile fall-fashion dream.
Trend no. 3: Statement mini bags
The small bag trend just gets bigger and bigger. Look out for tiny versions of your favorite top-handle bags in on-trend gold and neon.
This lil baby will take your daytime outfit into anything the evening has to offer.
Shop it: ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Mini Top Handle Gold Glitter, $108, amazon.com
Like something Carrie Bradshaw would have stopped traffic with, this feathery delight wants to make its way to your closet now so that when you’re struggling to find something to zhush your New Year’s Eve outfit, it can save the day.
Shop it: L'vow Women' Ostrich Feather Evening Clutch Bridesmaid Handbag Shoulder Bag Party Purse, $49, amazon.com
Trend no. 4: Lush hair accessories
Not only do these add instant glamour and drama, but they save you from bad hair days. Ps., they beg to be bought in bundles for holiday gifts. Whether you’re drawn to satin, velvet, animal print, or pearls, there’s something here for your hair.
Subtle and smooth, consider these vintage-style headbands a gateway drug into more adventurous hair embellishment.
Shop it: 12-Packs Satin Knot Headband for Women, $12 (was $17), amazon.com
Be a princess for a night, or scoop up these cute bands for the princess in your life.
Shop it: 3-Pieces Pearl Headbands, $8, amazon.com
Perfect stocking stuffers, but keep your favorites for yourself. We love the rectangular clips, used individually, like Cybill Shephard wore in The Last Picture Show.
Shop it: 12-Pcs Pearl Hair Clips, $9, amazon.com
Easy glamour, these work like jewelry for your hair.
Shop it: Textention Rhinestone Bobby Pins, $10, amazon.com
Tucked into an updo, these gems bring unexpected sparkle.
OMG, someone on your holiday list is dying for these.
Shop it: Set of 10 Sparkly Letter Hair Clips, $11, amazon.com
Why settle for a plain ponytail, when you can add a little color and softness?
Shop it: Set of 6 Scarf Scrunchies, $15, amazon.com
Speaking of softness, these lush scrunchies are so gentle on your hair, you’ll find yourself reaching for them all the time—when you’re about to exercise, cook, or just jump in the car for an errand, they somehow supply the perfect messy bun.
Shop it: Set of 12 Velvet Scrunchies, starting at $8, amazon.com
Trend No. 5: ’70s-inspired sunglasses
This fall, we are loving all the throwback love for our favorite decade. For stylish shades, oversized square shapes are making a serious—and super-fun—comeback. They look just as great on your eyes as they do in off-duty mode, resting on your head.
These convey endless amounts of cool without feeling over-the-top.
Shop it: CHRISSY TEIGEN X QUAY Women's Gold Dust Sunglasses, $55, amazon.com
For the bolder, there’s this pearl-embellished pair. Expect compliments.
Shop it: Betsey Johnson Oversized Sunglasses with Pearls, $18, amazon.com
Trend No. 6: Faux-fur scarves
For instant high impact glamour we present...the faux fur scarf! Look out for colored furs like navy and deep forest green.
In a deep rich tone, this wrap lights up your face the way a sparkly necklace would.
You can wear this one over a coat—it looks amazing—or as an indoor accessory on cool nights out.
Shop it: Dikoaina Extra Large Women's Faux Fur Collar, $20, amazon.com
Trend No. 7: Eye-catching belts
The runway was filled with spectacular belts this season. Cinch your look with one that feels right to you.
Like a rhinestone cowgirl, you will not go unnoticed with this around your waist. Yee-ha!
Shop it: Ladies Western Rhinestone Bling Cowgirl Leather Belt, starting at $16, amazon.com
Hello ’80s—we love you and we love your wide belts.
Shop it: Feluz Wide Belt, $14, amazon.com
Just the thing when you realize you’ve worn all black 4 days in a row.
Shop it: Chicing Velvet Leopard Wide Belt, $12, amazon.com
Trend No. 8: Fedoras
Nothing is getting more fashion buzz than the wide-brim fedora. It’s got an effortless ’70s vibe and looks good on literally everyone. Be brave. We promise you’ll feel instantly cool.
Ingrid Bergman called. She says you can keep her hat from Casablanca, but only for a little while.
Shop it: San Diego Hat Company Wide Flat Brim Fedora, $62, amazon.com
Trend No. 9: Spectacular earrings
The statement earring is alive and well this fall! The best news is that you can try out these trends for a pittance—our picks offer a lot or sparkle for the buck.
Put your hair up, apply your boldest lip color, slip on these wall-of-glam earrings, and go out. You look fabulous (we can tell from here).
Shop it: Sanvaree Statement Drop Earrings, $14, amazon.com
The ’80s-inspired embellished heart never gets old—especially in a new surprising palette and scale (these hearts are big and bold).
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