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A Walker Baker peplum top dresses up Abbeline’s pencil skirt.

Mix in new pieces to update look

Hazel’s sleeveless knit sweater cozies up to Rag & Bone jeans tucked into Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.

Remember when getting ready for fall signaled a whole new wardrobe (grunge-rocker flannels and pleated jeans back in 1993, harem pants plus Tory Burch tunics for 2007)? Yeah, we really don’t, either. In recent years, street-style creativity and old-time thriftiness have dominated fashion. So now, a cool-weather update means taking classics from your closet – a little black dress, your fave skinny jeans, a simple white top – then amping them up with autumn trends: metallics, colorful leathers, printed pants.

“It’s about mixing in what you’ve got – say a new peplum top with a classic pencil skirt,” says Julie Egermayer, owner of the Washington boutique Violet. “If you buy just a few key pieces – a sequined jacket, a bright bag – you’ll update everything.”

Shop this way, and you’ll look refreshed, not like a fashion victim circa 2012.

Peplum top and pencil skirt. A curve-highlighting Walker Baker peplum top ($88, SouthMoonUnder.com) dresses up Abbeline’s pencil skirt ($64, South Moon Under).

Black blazer and print pants. Printed skinnies by Mother ($295 Piperlime.com) punch up Aqua’s blazer ($98, Bloomingdale’s), Fun2 Fun’s top ($39, Violet) and Badgley Mischka’s peep toe heels ($245, Piperlime.com).

Metallic pants and white top. Metallic 7 for All Mankind jeans ($198, Piperlime.com) go glam with a Tibi tech knit top ($265, Tibi.com), collar necklace, Suzanna Dai earrings and Bettye Muller leopard-print shoes ($495, SimplySoles.com).

Chunky sweater and skinny jeans. Hazel sleeveless knit sweater ($88, South Moon Under) cozies up to Rag & Bone jeans ($187, Bloomingdale’s), Marc by Marc Jacobs boots ($500, Piperlime.com), bangles and Suzanna Dai earrings.

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