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In case you haven’t noticed, vintage-inspired satchels are having a serious moment this season. Reminiscent of classic menswear totes and briefcases, these iconic vintage silhouettes suddenly seem so fresh and modern and pair easily with a variety of looks. Fossil has designed a collection of perfect heritage bags with its Vintage Revival collection. Crafted from hand-burnished heirloom leather, the collection pays homage to timeless design with impeccable detailing that only improves with age.

Each of the Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags are made with rich leather that has a stunning variegated finish that is burnished, stitched and finished by hand. The luxury high quality leather is virtually unseen elsewhere at this price point (bags range from $128 to $298). Fossil has updated the collection for fall with exotic crocodile-embossed leather, giraffe-printed hair calf and rich colors like butterscotch, rust, pecan and spruce green.

Vintage-inspired satchels are not only timeless and very much on-trend right now, they’re also versatile, easily moving from work to weekend to after hours. We’ve put together a daytime and nighttime look below to show just how adaptable the style is.

 
 

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Q. While I know every trend I like is not for me, I am enamored with ankle boots paired with skirts (particularly pencil skirts) for work. I am 5 feet 3 inches tall and curvy, and my legs are of course short. Can I pull off this look? Also, should I look at boots that hit right at the ankle or those that come a bit higher?

A. The most flattering way for a petite curvy woman to wear ankle boots with a pencil skirt is to look for ankle boots (or booties) that dip down in the front, showing off more of your leg. Avoid any booties that come above the ankle bone. Look for slim heels, rather than chunky heels, to offer a more flattering look for your legs. Also, it’s best to pair them with skirts that hit above your knees, or right at the top of your knees, to help elongate (and visually slim) your legs. Here are some booties worth trying:

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Q. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I will be attending a lunch wedding on October 27 at 12:30 pm. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of the year. For example today it will by 86 degrees and Sunday, it will be 68 degrees. I am struggling as to what is acceptable attire for this wedding. It is formal, but given it is in the middle of the day I am guessing the dress will be much less formal. I am thinking a sheath dress with pumps will be appropriate, could you please give me some ideas?

A. If the wedding is formal, a cocktail dress is appropriate, even for a day wedding. A sheath dress might be a bit underdressed. I suggest opting for a sleeveless cocktail dress and bare legs which should be comfortable whether it’s 68 or 86 degrees. You can always bring a little wrap or a lightweight tuxedo jacket to layer over the dress if it’s extra chilly.

Here are a few dresses that would be great for a fall wedding.

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Q. I loved your spring list of hot colors, can you tell me what colors are big for fall?

A. Though I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever colors you prefer and any that look good on you regardless of trends, there’s no denying that there are several standout colors and color combination this season. Typically for fall, rich autumnal and jewel tones are hot, and this season is no exception. Two of the standouts are oxblood (a deep burgundy) and hunter green, but jade and sapphire blue are also trending.

A surprising color for fall is white (or winter white, if you prefer to call it that), a “color” that will continue to be big for spring 2013. Black combinations are also big: black & blue, black & gold, and black & white.


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Oxblood at DKNY, Hunter Green at Zac Posen, Winter White at Reed Krakoff, Black & White at Alexander Wang, Black & Gold at Dolce & Gabbana, Black & Blue at Milly. Images: style.com

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