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When temps drop, leaves start to fall, and brisk fall weather turns to take the stage, we wait with bated breath to raid the Hearth and Hand section of Target and place our first PSL order of the season. Autumn is the time we reimagine everything: from the paint on our front doors, to our current hair color, to the china on our Thanksgiving tables (it’s never too early to start planning!) And while with every turn of the season we find ourselves pinning daring new outfit combinations to add to our dream fall wardrobe, oftentimes we find ourselves leaning on the classics when it’s all said and done. Southerners are creatures of habit, after all, and we know that once you find that item that works for you—you buy it in every color.

Autumn after autumn, we lean on outfit combinations that are tried and true, comfortable, flattering, and work for almost any occasion while still lending an air of put-togetherness. Perhaps your go-to combo consists of a neutral turtleneck, suede skirt and over-the-knee boots. Or maybe you’re most comfortable in an oversized flannel, comfortable jeans and worn-in leather boots. For me, however, it’s an oversized sweater, black leather booties, and faux leather leggings made by none other than the brand renowned for flattering female tushes all over the great USA: Spanx.

One try-on session and you’ll see why women are purchasing these leggings in every color and style available. Their high-quality fabric looks so chic and sleek, you’d never know they’re faux (which also scores major ethical style points with us, by the way), while the signature Spanx technology lends the perfect amount of—well, squeezing it all in—to put it plainly. The edgy style of these leggings adds instant style points to everything from errand running to pumpkin picking to drinks with the gals. Pre-fall is the time to snag yourself a pair (or three…) before peak autumn hits and they fly off the shelves once again. Ringing in at under $100, we think these are the perfect small splurge to kick off your fall season on a very stylish note. But don't take it from us—take it from the 1,700 raving reviews on Nordstrom

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What’s your signature style item for fall? Drop us a note in the comments!