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Splurge vs. Steal: 7 Fashion Travel Trends for Fall

No matter where you're traveling this fall, these trendy fashions will get you there in style.

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A fabric once associated with holiday party wear, velvet has been reclaimed by fall 2016 as a luxe alternative to heavy outwear/chunky knits. If you’re new to the trend, try out the textile with a pair of velvet boots (we love this $90 pair) or a chic velvet accessory (we're digging this choker). Or, if you’re ready to embrace the fabric in full force, channel glam rock with a long velvet dress and a pair of ankle boots--perfect for a night out in NYC.

Splurge: Ulla Johnson Paulina Velvet Dress

Steal: Zara Crossover Velvet Dress

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Mules are an on-trend way to transition into fall. Dress them up with a tailored skirt and blouse; for the weekend, sport them with a leather jacket and high-waisted jeans. Added bonus: their backless, slip-on quality makes mules perfect for navigating airport security!

Splurge: Jenni Kayne Oiled Leather Mule Slides

Steal: Nasty Gal Rowan Slip-On Flat

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Denim is a travel essential--and we never leave home without a pair (or two). Everyone has a favorite style and wash, but to get with the sartorial times, go for artfully undone, dual-tone denim. The jeans dominated the runway looks of Rag & Bone, Sonia Rykiel and Roberto Cavalli, adding major rock ‘n roll appeal sans rips, tears or sandblasting.

Splurge: Madewell B Slides

Steal: H&M Patchwork Jeans

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Forget skin-tight jeans and stilettos. This fall, it’s all about comfort and the item of clothing that best signifies this shift is the hoodie. Worn oversized and with sleeves that are ever-so-slightly too long, the sporty classic is the ideal companion for an overly air-conditioned flight.

Splurge: Theory Crepe Zip Hoodie

Steal: After Party by Nasty Gal

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Luckily for our wardrobe budget, the sneaker trend of spring 2016 shows no signs of slowing down. Clean, white tennis shoes are forever classic, but to put a seasonal spin on the staple, opt for distressed, lived-in pair. Complete the look by throwing on a t-shirt and slip dress.

Splurge: Golden Goose Super Star Distressed Sneakers

Steal: Comme des Garçons Low-Top Sneaker

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Slip Dress

Your mother wore a slip under a sheer dress or as lingerie. Now, the slinky staple has reemerged as streetwear’s pièce de résistance. Wear it under a crew neck t-shirt, or with an oversized coat and strappy sandals à la Rihanna.

Splurge: La Garçonne Portrait Slip Dress

Steal: Zara Short Strappy Slip

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Fashion is doing a major throwback—as in, all the way back to 1837, when Victorian fashions (think: voluminous sleeves, high-neck ruffled blouses and lace and chiffon galore) were popular. To bring the style into the 21st century, pair a period-inspired piece with items that are more streamlined and modern. Just imagine you with this look on the streets of Paris.

Splurge: Needle & Thread Lace Collar Shirt

Steal: H&M Blouse with Trumpet Sleeves

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