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Fall Guide: Fall fashion do's and don'ts 

During my own quest to find the perfect fall look in neighborhood boutiques, one that is essential to every woman's wardrobe this fall season, I was quickly convinced that white is at the top of the list of must-haves. Believe me, gone are your grandmother's days when wearing white after Labor Day was a fashion faux pas, and stores like Petal Boutique can second the motion (check out the pictured ensemble). Whether it's an outerwear piece, blouse or even pants, for this season, white never looked better. And, of course, denim never goes out of style, but now the '70s-inspired, wide-leg jeans are making a "far out" comeback.

September is the month of all things fashion. With hundreds of glossy pages in a single fashion magazine sporting lists of trends, wardrobe essentials and Editor's Picks — it can be daunting. So if after you've buried yourself in the pages of Elle, In Style and Harper's Bazaar and you're still unsure about what to wear this season, don't fret. I'm here to make it easier for you by giving you a list of do's and don'ts for fall fashion — brought to you by some of the Q.C.'s most notable style experts.

Jammie Dean, owner, Petal Boutique

DO wear your wide-leg jeans with cute blouses that tuck into the jean; like a blouse that ties into a bow at the neck.

DON'T wear every trend possible at one time. Try some trends out and leave others. Animal print isn't made for everyone.

Kristin Jackson, Public relations manager, Neiman Marcus SouthPark

DO return to ladylike dressing — think Mad Men. It's all about sophisticated glamour this season. With that said, another definite do is the handheld handbag — this is the ultimate accessory in your polished, modern look.

DON'T combine all the trends at once. Pick a few things that speak to your style and work those. If you need an instruction manual for an outfit, it just isn't worth it!

Jackie Rodney, owner, Lotus Boutique

DO mix menswear pieces into your look. Nothing is more sophisticated than a well-tailored blazer or suit.

DON'T be afraid to pick your favorite fall color (right now, mine is jade) and do it up big, head to toe.

SuSu Bear, founder/owner of

DO find a way to wear some fur this fall. Faux, real, or really faux ... A fur vest, collar or coat can be had for under $100.

DON'T pack away your skinny jeans. Yes, flares and wide-legs are hot to trot this fall, but skinnies are here to stay. Tucked into your boots or with flats, nothing works that look like a skinny jean.

Amy Pickard, owner, REVOLVE Men's Consignment Store

DO wear dresses with boots. This is an easy way to dress up for a night out or dress down for work. For the guys, do choose tailored clothing. It gives more dimension to your look.

DON'T try to transition to fall by pulling out your summery, bright-colored dresses. Make sure you are doing fall colors and darker washed denim for the fall. Guys, don't wear bulky, ill-fitting clothing. Layering is always a good look, but the key is to make sure you are not adding bulky items

We also found a few experts who are not only heavily into the fashion scene, but had some tips for beauty and hair as well. Here's what they had to say:

Joey Hewell, owner of J Studio; fashion editor at Seen Uptown Magazine: ON HAIR

DO the "perfect cut." Ask your stylist to create a slightly asymmetrical "lob" (long bob). Be sure your stylist adds texture to the ends — this look is supposed to be blunt but modern, keeping the ends piecey and adds instant wow.

DON'T walk out of the salon with one side of the hair more than 1 inch longer than the other. Keep the asymmetry minimal — you are not going for the "Salt n Pepa" bob! (Refer to "Push It," circa 1987.)

Amelia Keith, editor, ON BEAUTY

DO red lips. This is perfect for a 1960s' look. It's all about being beautiful yet classy.

DON'T wax your eyebrows for the pencil thin look. Natural brows are in.

Stanley Owing, founder Impact Color Cosmetics: ON BEAUTY

DO wear brown eye shadow. This season, when it comes to beauty, it's a throwback to the '90s with a modern take.

DON'T go for gem tones. That's so last season. It's fall ... think warm, sultry tones.

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