No need to buy complete, head-to-toe ensembles to look like you have a fashion clue. Any one of these 10 easy pieces will make you look instantly updated.
Nothing says "now" better than sleek, dark-dye jeans with slim legs. Balanced with volume on top (a tunic works great), these jeans make your legs look miles long.
Yummy knits are hot for fall, so top your career or casual looks with a mid-thigh-length sweater coat for a softer look. Or pair a duster-length sweater coat with a jersey dress for a cozy change.
Purple hues look great on just about everyone -- from sweet lilac to deep plum -- so indulge in at least one purple item this fall for a pop of fresh color.
Maybe the least expensive update to your wardrobe this season is a pair of opaque tights. The best ones are in black, worn with black shoes, with everything from paisley silk dresses to miniskirts. But you can also experiment with bright colors or footless versions for a legging look.
Forget towering heels: flat -- slouchy or sleek -- boots take center stage as the must-have footwear for fall. Tuck your skinny jeans into a pair for an instantly casual chic look.
Shift the focus to your waist with a wide belt, worn higher and tighter than in previous seasons (no slouchy, hip-hugging styles, please).
Heavy embellishment may be out, but bold hardware -- especially chains -- add just the right touch of tough to oversized bags.
Put away the frills and pastels: black is back and bigger than ever. You can wear head-to-toe black, just remember to mix up fabrics to keep it interesting (wear a chunky knit sweater with black jeans, pair a silky black blouse with black wool pants, etc.)
Get the perfect autumn pout with a splash of red lipstick. After seasons of nude lips, the color looks amazing (not to mention how white your teeth look with it).
In contrast to fall's complicated layers (shirt, vest, menswear blazer, etc.) you need the relief of one-piece dressing for daytime. Jersey dresses look sensual in earth tones and prints range from graphic to menswear. Pair with black tights and short booties or pumps for an instant update (and a great way to keep your gams toasty in chilly weather).