{Style Expert} “My FOFall Fashion Finds”

We sent our FOF style experts on a fall shopping spree…okay, okay, we sent them on a fantasy shopping spree. They returned with their favorite finds of the season — a gamut of gorgeous garb that had us awe struck and, we’ll admit, in some cases a bit sticker-shocked. It’s fun to play pretend, but it’s even more fun to fill your fall wardrobe AND have $$ left over to buy those Beauty Bash tickets you’ve been coveting. That’s why we’ve included “swap and save” options for each collection.

Terry’s fall finds:
Camel coat by Malene Birger ($830)
Save: Camel double breasted coat from Dorothy Perkins ($110)

Hera silk shirt dress by Trina Turk ($318)
Save: Sondra print wrap dress by BCBG ($168)

Bette Davis bracelet by Erickson Beamon ($855)
Save: Crystal mosaic bracelet ($85) paired with snake chain bracelet ($58) from J.Crew

Nightingale Tote by Givenchy ($1,730)
Save: Rock the Bag leather tote by Juicy Couture ($225)

Terry Gibralter is the founder of Bespoke Custom Shopping Tours, carefully-crafted shopping “vacations” and a self-proclaimed, “fashion-obsessed” FOF.

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Wendy’s fall finds:
Havsis knit top by Diane Von Furstenberg ($365)
Save: Poncho sweater from H&M ($19.95)

Classic collar henley shirt by Eileen Fisher ($188)
Save: Breezy blouse from Old Navy ($29.94)

Long skirt by Pauw ($160)
Save: Pleated maxi skirt from Yesstyle ($55)

Low wedge leather boot by Loeffler Randall ($695)
Save: Intyce leather boots by Steve Madden ($149)

Wendy Foster is head stylist and owner of the Wendy Foster boutiques in Santa Barbara, California.

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Susan’s fall finds:
Layered sleeve dress by Rachel Roy ($398)
Save: Black 3/4 sleeve jersey dress by Majestic ($130)

Skinny trouser by Rag and Bone ($290)
Save: Hilary Trouser in Tropical Weight from Not Your Daughter’s Jeans ($120)

Messenger bag by Givenchy ($1,660)
Save: Brompton satchel from J.Crew ($278)

Faux croc leather underground jacket by Royal Underground ($395)
Save: Moc croc scuba jacket from Dress Barn ($49.99)

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

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Linda’s fall finds:
Slim leather pants by Daryl K ($895)
Save: Isaac leather legging by BB Dakota ($144)

Fur trim coat by Robert Rodriguez ($995)
*Robertrodriguez.com for stores
Save: Black tweed coat with faux fur from Collection Debenhams ($115)

Animal print pumps by Kate Spade ($350)
Save: Leopard print brushed suede shoes from Topshop ($100)

Klimpton chantilly lace shirt by THE ROW ($1,525)
Save: Storm lace belted blouse by Free People ($46.99)

Linda Cohen owns her own consulting business specializing in retail merchandising.

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Diana’s fall finds:
Wild winter short poncho by Emilio Pucci ($1,150)
Save: Kimono Sleeve Sweater by Spiegel ($46.99)

Knit leggings by Akris ($895)
Save: Cable Knitted Leggings from Topshop ($45)

Hat with feathers by Trilby ($495)
Save: Floppy bow hat from Bakers ($32)

Lace gold cuff by Aurelie Biderman ($1,370)
Save: Yellow Stainless Steel Floral Filigree Cuff ($23.99)

Diana Tenes is a stylist, makeup artist and the author of 90% Off Every Day: A Pocket Guide to Shopping Second Hand.

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  • Nannaof2

    LOVE!Terry Gibralter’s camel double breasted coat!! Gorgeous!

  • Complete Wardrobe Consultant

    Accessaries and outfit looks cool and nice. handbag is also great.

  • Diana Tenes

    The most expensive item on My bargain selection is 46.99!
    I did also have some Ebay finds for less, but these were not chosen for this story.
    Oh well maybe next time.
    Thrift and consignment shops, garage sales, swap meets, and flea markets are all great places to find lookalikes of your favorite styles.

  • Susan Hersh

    Hi VJ,
    I personally invest more money in clothing items that will be in my wardrobe for years. My philosophy is to spend more money upfront but save in the long run as I can brag that my leather jkts. stay w/ me for over 10 years on the average.

    The editors at FOF gave us a “fantasy” shopping spree, which meant that I didn’t necessarily have to have the money in the bank as all these picks could be on my list. The editors picked options that would be less money for the FOF community that is on a budget or chooses to spend their money on other areas of their lives. Just to clarify the “save” items were not my picks for this story, but I appreciate the determination in finding other less expensive choices for fall 2011.

    Happy Shopping!

    Susan

  • Catalina

    Is any of this useful? Prices are outrageous. Can anyone say, tanking, stagnant economy?

  • VJ

    Although some of the saves make sense I think Susan is way off the mark on the:
    Faux croc leather underground jacket by Royal Underground ($395)
    Save: Moc croc scuba jacket from Dress Barn ($49.99)

    Yes, the save jacket is lots cheaper but it doesn’t even begin to look like the other one. I would rather pay the $395 and get something really beautiful than spend $49.99 for a truly ugly (at least in my opinion) jacket.