5 Austin Boutiques for Fall Shopping

This season, tightened budgets and saving are in. Good thing everyone knows that looking good doing the above life-affirming things is essential. Updating your wardrobe can be done simply and on the cheap with the integration of a few key pieces. With a new emphasis on defined shoulders and the continued fixation on a nipped-in waist, the new silhouette is slim. Add these musts to your closet for that fresh fall look.

Updated: November 04, 2009

Seasonal Staples


Buffalo Exchange

2904 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

PENCIL SKIRT: Ride the "Mad Men" wave with the most versatile wardrobe element a woman can have: a slim-fitting, to-the-knee or longer pencil skirt. In black, gray, or eggplant, this can be worn multiple times a week to the office, or in the evening when properly accessorized. Pair it with a t-shirt for casual outings, or let it be the backdrop for that ornate blouse. One in a bright color may get slightly less milage but is way fun to wear. Think of this as the second go-to item after your favorite jeans.


Mode

1601 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

MOTORCYCLE JACKET: Wrong moment to drag that bulky vintage Ramones-esque leather motorcycle jacket out of the closet. This sleeker update is cropped and very slim-fitting, with a slightly defined shoulder. Black is fine but this a good place to try a shade of gray, color, or one of the new metallics for night--and remember, mixing metals and not matching them is the only way not to look like a Florida granny.


Hem

908B W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703

JEANS: From legging-skinny to the baggier "boyfriend" cut, we are well aware that many men are fans of skinny jeans, but the wider-legged, loose-fitting jeans of this season are getting the "boyfriend" moniker. It is a universal law that a new pair of jeans is always a morale booster. Try out a new silhouette in a new wash.


Parts & Labour

1604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

STATEMENT NECKLACE: There is no better way to dress up a simple t-shirt and jeans (or pencil skirt) than with an elaborate necklace, as clothes will become the backdrop to the piece. The new shape is a lattice that covers almost the entire breast bone. One in a bold color stands out even more. A collection of colored stones will reflect off the face, so choose colors that are harmonious with your skin tones.


Goodie Two Shoes

1111 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

ANKLE BOOTS: While boots are a wardrobe staple with a function that goes year round, this year the short version with a thicker, stacked heel are the trend that will update a look. The word "chunky" should be saved for soup, but these new little boots come close in that they are phone book-sized. These are a good way to rough up a dainty dress or slim skirt.