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Five of fall's top fashion trends

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Some fall trends can be office appropriate, including turtlenecks and circle skirts
  • Wearing a long leather skirt is an edgy way to replace a wool skirt
  • If you like wearing all-black, try rocking an all-camel outfit
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(InStyle) -- If your 9-to-5 style is starting to feel a little stale, read on! This fall, designers have dreamt up gorgeous trends that are also 100 percent office-appropriate.

Here are five ways to freshen up your work wardrobe:

Try a turtleneck instead of a button-down

Button-down shirts will always be a workplace basic, but why not test a soft, sleek turtleneck instead? Tommy Hilfiger paired his with a matching coat for a stylishly monochromatic look, while Keira Knightley proved that a black, belted, high-neck dress can be both sophisticated and a little bit sexy.

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Trade in your wool skirt for a leather version

Rich, buttery skins turn a simple silhouette into something extraordinary. Try a suede wrap with a close-fitted, cream-colored sweater, as seen on the runway at Michael Kors, or opt for a pencil skirt in a rich, shiny finish with a simple white blouse: As Kate Bosworth demonstrates, it's a perfectly professional look, with just the tiniest bit of edge.

Swap summery florals for fall-friendly animal prints

A leopard-spotted sheath is surprisingly versatile, taking you from desk-side to dinner date with only minimal adjustments. For work, add tights, a blazer and a couple of quirky accessories as seen at Emanuel Ungaro, then pare down the extras, à la Claire Danes, for cocktail hour.

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Like all-black? Try all-camel

This neutral hue, long a staple of classic coats, is coming into its own this season because it's almost universally flattering and extremely wearable. Instead of a basic black dress for a business meeting, try a long-sleeve camel version like Miranda Kerr's. Or choose a two-tone style, as seen at Chloé, for an extra dose of cool.

Add a circle skirt into the mix

This demure, 1950's-inspired, full-skirted silhouette is tailor-made for the office: It's stylish, ladylike, and commands respect, yet feels fresher this fall than another slim style. Layer a cardigan on top, as seen at Louis Vuitton, or wear it as-is like Gemma Arterton.

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