Build your dream fall wardrobe

As casual summer turns into opulent fall, our wallets will be feeling the pressure. Trading in flip-flops for boots and tank tops for sweaters comes at no small cost, and the fall of 2012 will be an especially dressed-up season thanks to fancy fashion icons like Kate Middleton. But is it possible to have a wardrobe worthy of royalty on the budget of a commoner? It is if you cut corners in the right places. Test your savvy shopping skills and see if you can build your dream fall wardrobe with $1,000 to spend.
BY NINA RUGGIERO AND SAM GUZIK.

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BootiesThis season, the ankles are where the action is when it comes to footwear.
Stuart Weitzman pony hair ankle boots

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Stuart Weitzman Right pony hair ankle boots, $650; at stuartweitzman.com.

Simply Vera by Vera Wang ankle boots

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Simply Vera by Vera Wang ankle boots, $67.99; at kohls.com.

 

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Fur Whether it's real or faux, fur toppers are all about glamour (and a little bit about warmth).
Joie Andoni rabbit fur vest, $798; at bloomingdales.com

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Joie Andoni rabbit fur vest, $798; at bloomingdales.com

Mongolian faux fur vest, $29.99; at alloy.com

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Mongolian faux fur vest, $29.99; at alloy.com.

 

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Lace Delicate and feminine, no lady's closet is complete without a touch of lace
L'Agence lace blouse, $390; at nordstrom.com

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L'Agence lace blouse, $390; at nordstrom.com

 Flutter lace top, $15.80; at forever21.com

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Flutter lace top, $15.80; at forever21.com

 

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Leather It's sexy and sleek with just the right amount of edge. Leather is the ultimate must-have fall material.
Michael by Michael Kors leather motorcycle jacket, $395; at macys.com

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Michael by Michael Kors leather motorcycle jacket, $395; at macys.com

Jack by BB Dakota Fernando faux leather jacket, $65; at zappos.com

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Jack by BB Dakota Fernando faux leather jacket, $65; at zappos.com

 

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Jewel tones Forget looking like a million bucks...this season you want to look like a million rubies. Or sapphires. Or emeralds. You get the picture.
 Kate Spade Vanessa dress, $458; at katespade.com

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Kate Spade Vanessa dress, $458; at katespade.com

 Burgundy dress with beaded collar, $49.95; at select H&M stores

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Burgundy dress with beaded collar, $49.95; at select H&M stores

 

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SequinsSequins More "Great Gatsby" and less "Jersey Shore," refined sequin embellishments are making fall's stand-out clothing and accessories shine.
BE & D Catherine sequin shoulder bag, $558.60; at shopbop.com

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BE & D Catherine sequin shoulder bag, $558.60; at shopbop.com

HeartAce sequin clutch, $50; at etsy.com

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HeartAce sequin clutch, $50; at etsy.com

 

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