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The ABCs of Fall Shopping: The Trends and Brands to Shop Now

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Labor Day Weekend is officially behind us, which means it's time to pack up those swimsuits, flip your closet, and start shopping for fall. From boots to transitional jackets and everything in between, Racked has you covered with the ABCs of Fall Shopping. The list below begins with A (for Aritzia, of course) and wraps up with Z (for Zara), and spans the season's biggest brands, trends, and must-haves to look out for.

A is for Aritzia



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Canadian import Aritzia opened its first New York store in 2011 and has been a sleeper hit ever since thanks to its luxe basic lines Wilfred and Babaton and casual hangout clothes from TNA and Talula.

B is for Boots



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It wouldn't be a fall shopping list without boots. Some of this season's highlights: the Philip Lim Alexa, the Acne Star, and the Rag & Bone Wyatt—for when you can still stand bare toes.

C is for Carven



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Mod is having a moment, and one of the brands pushing it to the top of the most--wanted list is French favorite Carven. Beyond that, the latest collection is packed with sturdy coats with dramatic collars and sleeves, twill and poplin shirts, and girly crepe dresses.

D is for Deep Burgundy



Photo: Elie Saab

Trade in standard red for something darker, more dramatic, and much sexier. Designers like Elie Saab used it quite liberally for fall; Red Woman would be proud.

E is for Equipment Blouses



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When in doubt, go with a classic silk blouse. Equipment's been churning them out for years—the brand was founded in the mid-70s and was relaunched in 2010—and 2014 is no different.

F is for Flares


This summer's scandal was the proposed death of the skinny jean. Go ahead and take it with a grain of salt, but stocking up on wide leg flares just in case can't hurt.

G is for Greens



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Meet this season's new neutral: green. Hues range from pale grass to deep emerald, and are found covering jackets, skirts, pants, sweaters—you name it.

H is for Head-to-Toe Denim



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Reinvent the tired Canadian tuxedo with more sophisticated pairings of denim on denim. Try a chambray shirt with darker wash jeans, or a jean jacket with a deeper indigo.

I is for Intricate Prints



Photo: Kenzo

The statement print continues to replace the logo. Brands like Kenzo, on the other hand, continue to do both—sometimes on the very same sweatshirt.

J is for Jewelry



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Big, small, dainty, chunky: The best thing about jewelry is that it's totally seasonless. Stock up on new rings, bracelets, and earrings from designers like Blanca Monros Gomez, pictured above.

K is for Knits



Photo: Wool and the Gang

Because the only way to prepare for winter is with giant knits you can hibernate in, like this chunky Stevie sweater one from Wool and the Gang.

L is for Leather



Photo: Veda

Experiment beyond the classic moto jacket with leather skirts, pants, and tops. Veda's fall collection even includes a buttery spaghetti-strap LBD.

M is for Mansur Gavriel



Photo: Mansur Gavriel

Fashion's favorite bag isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The brand's bucket bags, totes, and backpacks sell out just as fast as they hit the internet and the country's top indie retailers. Stay tuned for a restock of classics and new colors in December.

N is for New Imports




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H&M's sister brand COS finally gets its first store in the U.S. this fall. Now you won't have to travel to Europe to snag the line's solid minimal staples reminiscent of luxe brands like Céline and Jil Sander.

O is for Overalls



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The trend that started months ago is here to stay for fall. Replace the ease of a summer dress with another one-piece that pairs with everything from tanks to chunky sweaters.

P is for Petite Handbags



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Ditch the bulky carryall for a pint-sized handbag that's meant to fit only the essentials, like the Loeffler Randall mini Rider bag.

Q is for Quilted Jackets



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It's never too early to start shopping for down, especially when a lightweight quilted jacket that you can wear for months and months is involved. Splurge on your winter coat, but for fall, pick one up for under $50 at H&M.

R is for Rag & Bone



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Even in the dead of summer, Rag & Bone always feels a bit fall. This autumn's collection is heavy on plaid and tartan patterns (like the two pictured above), basic black pants, cream-colored knits, and, of course, leather.

S is for Sandro



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The French girls you know (or the girls you know who studied abroad in Paris and won't shut up about it) love Sandro, and the brand seriously excels when it comes to fall dressing. Sweaters! Plaid! Velvet bomber jackets!

T is for Transitional Coats



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Buy now, wear now, and then wear later: Fall coverups can be debuted as early as September and carried straight through the winter if you know how to layer them up properly. Start with something like a robe coat or a boxy wool jacket that can be worn open when it's warm and buttoned up with a scarf when it gets chilly.

U is for Uniqlo x Helmut Lang



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Here's a collab to get excited about: Uniqlo is teaming up with Helmut Lang for a line of sweats. Yes, avoiding real pants when the weather gets cold is even more justifiable this year.

V is for Volume



Photo: Tibi

Culottes, full skirts, pants that may as well be skirts: Fall's below-the-waist separates are big and bold, like these bodied pieces from Tibi.

W is for Wang



Photo: Alexander Wang

The designer keeps churning out It bags, and fall 2014 is no exception. If you're not able to plunk down a few hundred for the main line, save your cash for his H&M collaboration, coming this November.

X is for X-Rated Lingerie



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You've got the outerwear covered—now it's time for the innerwear. No one does sexy bras and thongs quite like burlesque queen Dita Von Teese. Shop her NSFW collection on the Journelle site now.

Y is for Yigal Azrouël



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Womenswear designer Yigal Azrouël's fall line is sultry, sexy, and full of leather. But best of all, there are a whole lotta culottes. For something less dramatic, hit up the brand's sister line, Cut25.

Z is for Zara



Photo: Zara

The ultimate trend replicator, Zara takes what's on the runways and busts them out faster and cheaper. Highlights this season include sporty track pants, knee-length coats, and baggy knitwear.