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The 7 Hottest Trends for Fall 2011

New Trend: Line Blocking

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Last season was all about color block. The selections were endless, as ladies loved mixing their favorite solid colors together for an explosive effect. This season we're taking it one step further, mixing solid lines with colored shapes.

Your simple swap: Rather than just solid colors, have fun picking pieces with lines to create adventurous direction in your style.

New Trend: Luxe in a Tux

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They're not just for men anymore. Some of the most fashionable females are breaking out of the gowns and skirts and into the sexy, slim fits of tuxedo pants and suits.

Your simple swap: This is an easy trend to try, just swap out your dress for a tailored tuxedo pant and pair with a glitzy sequin blouse or satin button up. You're guaranteed to make a statement with such a stylish choice.

New Trend: Swingin' 60's

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It's a mod world after all, and here's where every girl can bring back her groovy side with saturated shades of color or tunics paired with pants.

Your simple swap: If you don't own anything 60's, try changing up your everyday hairstyle and top your outfit with a fun retro-inspired hairdo.

New Trend: Polka Dots

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You're spot on if you party it up with polka dots. Polka dot prints are making a huge sweep onto the runways and taking a tip from spring trends to mix it up.

Your simple swap: Nix the nautical stripes and replace them with polka dots. Pick patterns of any color or size and allow them to mix for a striking effect.

New Trend: Dark and Stormy

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You don't need a thunderstorm to pull out your doom and gloom glam. This fall is all about embracing that darker side with velvety rouge lips and rich browns, blues, and blacks in your wardrobe.

Your simple swap: Switch out your lighter shades for a meld of rich, dark tones. And mix, don't match.

New Trend: Plaid and Proper

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Ah, another nod to my favorite fashion icon, Alexander McQueen. Plaid is rushing its way to the runways and this fall, it's back in major style.

Your simple swap: Integrate plaid from any of your current pieces into your wardrobe, from a pocket square to a pencil skirt. Bring your Scottish terrier if you dare.

New Trend: Fur-ocious Fashion

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Get in touch with your animalistic side this fall. Fur is heating up the scene this season with countless designers scrambling to make the most inexpensive, fun furs for women.

Your simple swap: Change up your outerwear to integrate anything with a little fur, from a simple trim to full on fur vests.

Jeannie Mai is the host of the Style Network's makeover show How Do I Look? and a correspondent for NBC's upcoming series Fashion Star. Mai recently teamed up with Yoplait Light to show women how simple swaps—from fashion to food—can really make a difference over time. Get more of her top tips and tricks at


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