5 Cool Ways to Upgrade Your Look This Fall

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We've been too focused on caftans and Birkenstocks this summer to realize that it's actually going to be cold soon. But, with September less than a week away, it's time to get our acts together and begin the daunting task of dressing for fall.

Every year, there's a tendency to get the usual stuff — boots! layers! knits! — but, the change in season doesn't have to keep you in a rut. While you're stocking up, you might as well upgrade your look in little ways. Do you have a tendency to rely on heels too much? There's a cool mod boot for you. Don't like wearing tight, fussy dresses? There's a comfortable one that you can wear with sneakers, no problem. Taking cues from street style, we devised outfits to inspire a new, polished look for fall. Click through our slideshow for five ways to get in gear.

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