It is ankle boot season at last

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Summer is my favorite season in many ways and I’m always sad to see it go, but fashion-wise, fall is the best time by far. I’m always pleased when it’s time to switch from sandals and clogs to boots, and am therefore delighted that New York—after an unseasonably hot September—is finally getting cool enough to do just that. Here are 12 pairs I like, starting with this chic ecru pair from Everlane.

This looks very Isabel Marant, but in fact is Madewell.

My favorite boots these days come from Officine Creative, and I’m nuts for this pair, because the shape is so good and the height is substantial but still walkable.

I am so excited that No 6 has made their clog boots with serious treads on the soles so you can wear them in inclement weather without slipping all over the place.

A nice stiletto heel that isn’t too perilously high.

I like the combination of pointy toe and clunky heel here.

And I like the very eensy, walkable heel here.

My most stylish friend wears her Rachel Comey Mars booties endlessly.

These ring in just under $100, but look like they cost a lot more.

Just a really show-stopping hue.

These offer a nice amount of height without too much pain.

You could traipse all over town in these.

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This faux fur muffler is just the adorableness.

A good solid coat with nice, simple lines.

A striped shirt I am very tempted to add to my menagerie of striped shirts.

This denim chore jacket is perfect for kicking around on weekends.

And I’d wear this velvet cami under a blazer on a date.

I’m feeling plaid outerwear

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Maybe it’s because fall still puts me into a Seventeen magazine back-to-school issue state of mind, but I can’t get the idea of a plaid coat or jacket out of my mind. There’s something so resolutely autumnal about such an item; you can almost hear the crunching of leaves underfoot just looking at these. And they’re more versatile than at first they might appear: you can wear them with all solids, which would be the safest option, or have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with whatever you put on underneath.

I wish the fur trim here was faux, but I still like this a lot: it’s nicely classic, with a fun twist.

Red and black plaid is a longtime favorite of mine (a passion that was born the year of college I wore nothing but that color combination) and this is so excellently nubby.

I think this cape is just the chicness.

The tuxedo vibe here appeals.

The print here is so subdued you could wear it with just about anything.

And yet I like the loudness of this option too.

A truly great plaid, and I love the collar on this jacket.

Who doesn’t need a Barbour rain poncho?

I’m also a big fan of windowpane check, and the one here is pretty great.

You can’t beat this classic buffalo plaid.

Here’s something similar, but a little cheaper.

I think I may really need this.

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