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Fashionable Fall Footwear

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The Heels

1. Walk tall (and wobblefree) on sturdy stacked heels. Vince Camuto Skylas boots,$229, vincecamuto.com

2. The lining is super-chic—and cozy too. Nine West Vintage America Collection Issy boots,$119,amazon.com

3. Pay homage to summer with fall-friendly clogs. Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret booties,$118,victoriassecret.com

4. Wear these Victorian-style boots over jeans or with a flirty dress. Guess Karsten suede and leather boots, $210,guess.com

5. Geometric cutouts add a new dimension. Mark + James Dannie leather booties, $345,zappos.com

The Flats 1. You’ll want to pull yourself up by the bootstraps of this sexy,over-the-knee pair.

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50 Best Fashion Tips of all Time (tips 41-50)

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41. Pair Loose With Tight Few mortals can pull off head-to-toe baggy. So team your billowing pieces with something body-conscious. (Hint: This is what leggings were made for.)

42. Jazz Up Your LBD Simpler shapes cry out for styling. Try dressy jackets or a slip-on shrug, colored shoes and bags, or tinted sheers plus booties.

43. Get Studs "Fake or real, big or small, they will go with any color, fabric, or style of cocktail dress and will never compete with other jewelry," says stylist Rob Zangardi, who works with Rachel McAdams.

44. Dress for First Class You want to be comfy, sure, but also chic enough to be tapped for an upgrade. A sharp blazer and scarf or a lightweight cashmere wrap is the unofficial uniform of jet-setters worldwide. To complete the outfit, just throw on jeans or leggings, then add flats, heels, or riding boots.

45. Check the Rise On trousers, the distance between the crotch and the waistband is critical to the fit. It's also not something that's easily altered, so make sure pants are neither too snug nor droopy in this area before you buy them.

46. Do a Cashmere Quality Test • The thicker the knit, the denser its gauge, which means there is more cashmere in it. • Gently stretch the body of the sweater to test if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won't. • While some great cashmere is milled in the U.S. and in China, a label that says "Made in Scotland" or "Made in Italy" often indicates a superior weave.

47. Create Your Own Lookbook Got compliments on your outfit today? Snap a photo of it with your phone. You'll have a quick reminder of what to wear the next time you're in a rush

48. Dress for Your Body, Not Your Age… Arms svelte enough for a sleeveless sheath? Legs toned enough for shorts? Show off what you've got—while you've still got it.

49. …But Watch Out for the Matronly Tipping Point The pleated silk skirt or little pastel jacket that looked so cute on you at 25 can start turning frumpy at 40.

50. Can You Say D'Orsay? This style pump will always slim down a thick ankle because the vamp is cut close to the toe box and the sides are cut away. Super-flattering.(picture above)

The 50 Best Fashion Tips of All Time (tips 31-40)

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31. Minimize Your Waist with a Thicker Waistband It will pull you in a bit (so long, spillover!) and also help even out your proportions.

32. Go Beyond the Blazer You should already have your go-to tailored jacket. But a wardrobe of less formal toppers will help you look pulled together even on casual days. Opt for a leather jacket with wool trousers, a jean version over a silk shirt, or—stylists' favorite!—an army jacket over just about anything.

33. Master Menswear Don a pantsuit a la Bianca Jagger and you'll immediately stand up straighter. Anna Johnson, author of Savvy Chic, says "a waistcoat, a crisp pin-striped shirt, or a really big watch or cravat telegraphs power." Don't forget to balance it out with lipstick and taller shoes.

34. Make Friends with a Good Tailor Nothing raises the quality of moderately priced clothes more than having them altered to suit your shape. Build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker who knows your body and your taste and you'll never look back.

35. Look for Twists on Classic Pieces The right tweak can turn a staple into a statement. Try tuxedo pants in a graphic print, a trench in silk, or the classic L.L. Bean tote in camouflage.

36. Don't Skimp On a T-Shirt Bra The right one will give you confidence and shape under those unforgiving tissue Ts.

37. Add an Element of Surprise Whether it's grosgrain with sequins, a motorcycle jacket over a formal gown, an oversize choker with an easy white T, or a vivid belt like Gisele Bundchen's, a touch of contrast makes good outfits great.

38. Recast Your Jewelry •Loop a chain through the clasp of a brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it's a necklace! •Wrap your chains or lariat around your wrist for a tough luxe bracelet. •Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe.

39. If You Have a Limited Budget, Spend It On Accessories "Cool shoes, interesting jewelry—those can really elevate your look," says stylist Isabel Dupré, who notes that a wardrobe of the right little extras lets you be more relaxed about the rest of your outfits.

40. Make Your Own Stylist Emergency Kit • Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping bodice • Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off whites, fast • Safety pins for allover damage control • Bra clip to control peekaboo straps • Lint brush or roller to run over your coat or woolens • Makeup sponge for removing deodorant stains

Ciara Looking Fab During Paris Fashion Week

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R&B star stepped out in high fashion as she went to check out the Paris Fashion Shows. These looks are just two of her hottest looks.