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Boots & Bags: Which Ones You Need for Fall & Winter

When the weather turns chilly in Chicago, we’re always sad to see summer go, but fabulous fall fashion always helps to soften the blow a bit.

Boots 1The cozy sweaters, the gorgeous coats, the fierce boots… it’s all so good, it almost makes us grateful to live in a cold weather climate.

Of course we love strappy summer sandals and light, floral handbags but come fall, we can’t wait to pull out the sumptuous leather boots and rich, jewel-toned purses.  Boots and bags are some of the very best things in life, so before the leaves start changing, get caught up on the new accessory trends you’ll want to try.



1.  The Lug Sole Boot

As a harkening back to the 90s when chunky Doc Martens were all the rage, one trend this fall is the lug sole boot.  It may strike many as a work or hiking boot, but rest assured that it’s perfectly on trend for city streets.  Many designers have even featured the look in a very 90s platform style as well.


2.  The Faux Fur TouchBoots 2

Add an element of lux coziness to your wardrobe this year with boots that feature a fur element. For the daring, go full-on fur with a pair like these bold Chloé wedges.  If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, opt for just a touch of fur at the boot shaft opening.


3.  The Embellished Boot

Many recent runway showings have featured attention-grabbing shoes with sparkly and shiny embellishments.  Pair them with a more streamlined and simple outfit that puts the spotlight on your fabulous footwear.


4.  The Velvet Boot

Nothing says cold weather wardrobe like a velvet.  And this year, boots get in on the act with soft styles that just beg to be touched.Bags 1





1.  The Handle Bag

For this season’s bags, it’s hip to be square.  Many designers have released very structured, boxy bags that feature handles instead of straps.  There’s a sort of vintage prep school look to the style, which is perfect for the back-to-school season.


2.  The Easy Carry-All

On the opposite end of the spectrum, another big runway trend was the oversized carry-all bag – totes, satchels and shoppers that are soft, collapsible and can quite easily Bags 2accommodate everything you need when you’re on the go.


3.  The Chunky Chain

We’ve long seen metal chain straps on cute clutch purses, but this fall you can expect to see thick and chunky chains on larger handbags as well.  Stand out with styles that feature chains made of modern materials like lucite and plastic for a unique and cool look.


4.  The Fringe Benefit

Get ready to go hippy-hippy chic this season with a wide variety of handbags that feature fringe.  Fully embrace the trend with an all-over fringe style or try a more understated option with just a bit of fringe on the front.

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