Five Fall Fashion Essentials

We pretty much annihilated the high temperature record in Fargo on Sunday — 97 degrees! A miracle! — so my summer clothes got one last hurrah.

But this week, it’s back to reality. And it looks like fall is here to stay. And that means it’s time to get serious about my fall and winter shopping.

Here’s what I’ll be buying this season. My friends/fellow online shopping addicts/enablers over at provided the images. (Just so you know, I’m an affiliate for the site, which means that I earn a bit if you check out Shopbop from Prairie Style File. I like to partner with businesses I like, and this is one of them.)

1. A floaty boho dress
Nothing bridges the gap between summer and fall like a dreamy dress. Wear it alone during warmer weather or soften the sweetness with tights, boots and a leather jacket for an edgier cool weather look.

I’m a sucker for color, texture and pattern, so boho styles like these from Free People are an absolute weakness of mine. I have a closet full of dresses already and I’m totally going to add more. I can’t help it. It’s an addiction.

2. Opaque black tights
Well made, über-opaque black tights are a fall and winter wardrobe staple in my book. Buy quality and they’ll last for years.

3. Cute, functional boots
I live in North Dakota, so  I live in black ankle booties and knee-high riding boots all winter long. But sometimes (tailgating, winter strolls, ice fishing) you need to step it up and go with a truly functional boot.

These options for Sorel are adorable and will actually keep your feet warm and dry.

4. Flared jeans
The 70s influence continues through fall and winter and I’m thrilled about it. I love skinny jeans as much as the next girl, but gigantic flares will always have my heart — the bigger, the better.

5. Cozy layers
Below zero temperatures are a regular thing where I live, so warm winter coats and vests are a necessity, not just a fashion statement. I love a quilted vest layered over a patterned henley top with jeans for a casual fall outing.

Everybody wants to stay warm when the temperatures really drop, but nobody wants to look like a blimp. These Canada Goose coats are incredibly warm (and water-resistent and down-filled) but they don’t add bulk.  It’s always best to keep things streamlined.

What are your fall fashion essentials? What are the wardrobe staples you keep coming back to year after year?

Happy shopping.

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