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Cool cover-ups: Best blazers and cardigans for fall

As things start to cool down, fall 2012’s cover-ups are heating up. It’s a classic look that always reoccurs in the fall, but with a huge selection of styles to pick from this season, which are the best? We’ve laid them out for you with this helpful guide to keeping warm while looking hot.

Victoria Justice wearing patterned blazer

Printed blazers

Forget the old-fashioned black blazer. It’s time to spice up the boardroom with gorgeous prints that stand out. From stripes to quirky asymmetrical prints, printed blazers don’t necessarily have to be “loud.” Instead, they’re a statement piece when mixed with a solid dress, matching tights and fun fall booties.

The grandma cardigan

It might not sound appealing, but long, thick, solid-colored cardigans will be the must-have fall cover-up this year. The sex appeal comes from the rest of your outfit. The dichotomy between sexy printed tights, a long, sheer tunic and a thick knit cardigan is a fashion-forward look that can carry your outfit from day to night in casual style.

The boyfriend blazer

A carry-over from last year’s fall trends, the boyfriend blazer is a modern take on menswear-inspired women’s fashions. But don’t just go grab one from your guy’s closet. This trend is about feminizing the look, swapping structured shoulder pads for loose shoulders. Glam up the look with bright skinny jeans and a sheer top in a funky tribal print.

Patterned knits

Skip the boring solid cardigans with patterned knits this fall. Stripes, polka dots and more are all popping up on cardigans this season. Mixed with other prints, these cardigans become a playful way to clash your wardrobe while still being fashionable. Tuck one into your favorite pair of slacks or wear it open with a solid colored tunic and tights. The possibilities are endless, but one thing is for sure — this fall won’t be lacking in color or patterns.

Small details

Have a solid blazer or cardigan at home? You can try this trend on your own by altering your boring versions of these items with lovely lace, rhinestone, patches or other quirky details that will make your outerwear utterly unique. For many of these trends, you don’t even need sewing skills. Simply head to your local craft store to find the iron-on patches or clasp-on rhinestones that look most like “you.” Be your very own designer!

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