MOVE’s guide to fall fashion

We've scoped out the best spots downtown to update your wardrobe for the season.


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Columbia may not exactly be a fashion capital, but if you’re looking to add some trendy fall pieces to your wardrobe, downtown is just the place to do it. Charming boutiques line the streets just off campus, so keep reading to find one that suits your style.

Britches Clothing 130 S. Ninth Street If you’re in the market for an affordable dress or trendy accessories, Britches is just for you.

Look for teal if you want to add some brightness to your fall wardrobe. Details like the studded collar and cutout back spice up the classic silhouette.

Shirtdress: Do & Be, $40

Dark hues of red got major love on the fall runways. This perfect fall color looks great in a sweater, and tan detailing on the shoulders is an unexpected twist.

Sweater: Honey Punch, $30

If you’re not daring enough to try out the color-blocking trend with your clothes, take a first step by adding it to your accessories.

Bag : Rimen & Co, $50

Breeze 908 E. Broadway By far the biggest boutique in downtown, Breeze will have you covered if you’re looking for a party dress or casual clothes for the day.

The lace we saw last fall is sticking around for another season. To try this trend without looking overly sweet, look for items that mix lace with other fabrics.

Dress: Mystic, $65

We all loved flowing chiffon this summer, and it looks like it will be here to stay for fall, just in new darker shades. For a low-key approach to contrasting colors, look for dark detailing on light shirts.

Shirt: Dandelion White, $34

To find the perfect summer-to-fall transition pieces, try patterned skirts that look equally good with bare legs or tights.

Skirt: Better B., $19

Elly’s Couture 914 E. Broadway Stop by Elly’s for new sweaters and bright accessories. If you’re sick of the bookstore clothing selection, also consider checking out the selection of MU appliqué jeans and lace tanks.

Everyone needs a few cozy sweaters for fall, and this green woolen number will look effortless paired with jeans and boots. The high-low cut also makes it a good choice if you’re a fan of leggings.

Sweater: PaulnKC, $50

Military cuts are back for what seems like the umpteenth season. Try this charcoal jacket for a stylish way to combat those chilly fall evenings.

Jacket: Staccato, $61

Burnt orange may not seem like a neutral, but on a bag it will match just about everything in your fall wardrobe.

Bag: Melie Bianco, $124

Swank Boutique, 913 E. Broadway: Try Swank if you’re in the mood to splurge. The boutique carries cute finds from pricier brands like 7 for All Mankind and French Connection.

Opt for a cozy woolen skirt to remind you it’s fall. The neutral color scheme and subtle plaid make it pair easily with just about anything in your wardrobe.

Skirt: Free People, $98

If you’re sweater isn’t quite cutting it on a chilly day, throw a simple black blazer over it. This version of the staple piece has a modern cut but is classic enough to stay in your wardrobe for years to come.

Blazer: Tulle, $60

Temperatures may be dropping, but tanks are still essential layering pieces. The two tones in this piece perfectly mix muted fall colors with brighter hues.

Tank: Patterson J. Kincaid, $131

Envy 814 E. Broadway For fashionable finds on a budget, head to Envy. Its selection is noticeably cheaper than stores like Urban Outfitters but doesn’t sacrifice any of the style.

Studs and Peter Pan collars were two of fashion week’s biggest trends, and they look great when paired together. This sweater perfectly mixes edgy detailing with a feminine cut.

Sweater: Monteau Los Angeles, $20

For those of you who are bored with basic black, bright blazers also look great for fall. Try them paired with jeans or thrown over a neutral-colored dress.

Blazer: C’est Toi, $23

Fall’s not really a time to set sail, but that’s no reason to abandon nautical-inspired looks. This sweater’s loose cut and bold stripes make it the perfect mix of cozy and stylish.

Sweater: Pretty Good, $27

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