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Chicago fall fashion: where to get trends locally

It's one thing to know all the fall fashion trends. We hunted them down at local shops.

 (Photograph: Amanya Maloba)
Photograph: Amanya Maloba Wool sweaters Rather than the preppy and polished looks of the past, muted wool sweaters paired with soft, long skirts dominate this season. The grunge/ countryside-chic look is easily recreatable with a neutral colored sweater that will still be functional once you tire of pairing it with the floral skirts.Humanoid mohair sweater, $378, at p.45
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Photo courtesy of Akira Menswear shoes The beauty of black and white menswear flats is that they will go with any outfit you want. A floral sundress, a tailored suit, print-on-print ensemble or basic jeans and T-shirt-anything. These patent leather options from Akira are perfect because they are easy to get into and the patent leather makes them a tad dressier than regular oxfords. Although Akira usually carries pretty campy shoes, these pair toe the line of funky/tasteful for those that air on the conservative side.Jeffrey Campbell oxfords, $139.99, at Akira.
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Photograph: David Sampson Plaid There are still a few ways to make the annual plaid trend fresh. A plaid dress is a fancier take on the ubiquitous button-up shirts. Pair the dress with a chunky necklace and some booties or belt the waist for more definition. This vintage wool option from Tusk is a great investment, as once it becomes winter, you can easily throw on a pair of skinny jeans or leather pants underneath. Vintage plaid dress, $70, at Tusk.
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Photograph: Amanya Maloba Camel coats With the look and feel of a teddy bear, textured coats make the childhood comfort toy fashionable. This trend functions the same as any other peacoat and the neutral color is multi-seasonal if you�re still feeling nostalgic come spring.La F�eMarabout�e coat, $299, at Florodora.
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Photograph: Amanya Maloba Leopard print By far the most fun of the trends, leopard coats are the easiest way to add flair with minimal effort. Instead of buying a neutral coat that mutes the outfit underneath, invest in a coat with a wild print that stands out even when the rest of our outfit isn�t visible. These options from US #1 are hybrids of warmth and style.Leopard coats, average $350, at US #1.
By Amanya Maloba |

The big trends of this fall are disappointing in the sense that there were no groundbreaking items or designs in this year’s crop of September issues. However, this also means that you probably already have a number of pieces in your closet that classify you as trendy—from wool sweaters to menswear shoes. However, if you’re looking to pick up the latest fashion as seen in magazines and in our Fall Fashion feature, we highlighted a few of the trends and where to get them free of shipping and handling.

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