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How to Wear Faux Fur
Q: I love the look of fur but don't believe in using the real thing. Can you recommend clothing and accessories that feel as warm and luxurious but don't harm any animals in the process of being made?

A: We're on the same page! While I appreciate that fur is a style statement, I'm always shocked by the glamorization of using real fur for fashion. Here at O, we're adamant about featuring only faux furs, which is why I went bonkers when I saw these gorgeous Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs pieces recently. They look as if they're made of fur-lined suede, but it's actually acrylic. The coat is beautifully cut, superwarm, and works with black and neutrals, and the chocolate brown doctor's bag adds a sumptuous touch to any outfit.

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Great Buy
When I saw this party dress, I was sure it was from a high-end designer: The fabric, cut, and details were all fantastic. I also knew Gayle King would love it (don't be surprised if the dress makes an appearance on CBS This Morning). Imagine my delight when I learned it was from Coldwater Creek. The company has revitalized its clothing and accessories (I love these chic necklaces!) while staying true to its mission of dressing women of all shapes and sizes.

Dress, $160, and necklaces, $130 and $70; coldwatercreek.com)

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Crazy for It
Just because leather is big this fall doesn't mean everyone wants to wear it head to toe. These options offer just a hit of the look, interspersing leather with fabric panels that make the pieces comfy and office-appropriate.

Top: W118 by Walter Baker, $178, walterbaker.com. Bottom: Sachin + Babi, $795, sachinandbabi.com.

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Trend Alert: High-Top Sneakers
I admit, I was not on board with this concept at first—it seemed a little young. But I've changed my mind because every time I see someone work the dressed-up sneaker—a warmer, more comfortable alternative to heels—it looks amazing. How to get it right? Wear styles in rich shades with sophisticated touches like python print, and pair them with dark, skinny jeans.

From top to bottom: Adidas Originals, $130, adidas.com. Yves Saint Laurent, $695, mygregorys.com. Rebecca Taylor, $295, rebeccataylor.com.

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