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5 Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves (and where to get them!)

When you think of New Mexico’s natural color palette you can’t help but think of autumn’s rich, deep hues, from the carmine-colored Chimayo chiles bundled in ristras lining the roadside to the marmalade-tinted sky framing the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is no better inspiration than Santa Fe to update your wardrobe for the coming months. We scoured the local retail scene and came up with our top five list of essentials from the city’s best shopping destinations.

Epice Uni Scarf (Spirit Clothing):

This luxe wool scarf comes from one of our favorite accessory brands, Paris-based Epice. Spirit has carried the line for years and it’s easy to see why. Available in three warm neutral shades and trimmed with fringe (a signature of the label) this scarf will keep you warm while elevating the chicness of your look. Neither function nor design is sacrificed with this closet staple, and you’ll find this is also true of the wide-range of contemporary, European duds Spirit stocks.

Spirit Clothing, 109 W San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Mieko Mintz Coat (Santa Fe Dry Goods):

You may need to save room in your bank account for this seasonal splurge but it’s well worth the price tag. Japanese born, New York-based designer Mieko Mintz works in the kantha tradition, which means each and every coat is cut from a throw, handcrafted in West Bengali. The result is a rich, reversible tapestry-style coat featuring an oversized shawl collar and colorful seams. The cotton is so soft to the touch and well insulated you’ll end up neglecting your duvet a time or two. The designer’s Japanese aesthetic is no stranger to Santa Fe Dry Goods. Fans of minimalism and modernist design will find it impossible to leave empty-handed.

Santa Fe Dry Goods, 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Vintage Liberty Cowgirl Boots (Double Take):

Labels from Yves Saint Laurent to Steve Madden continue to give their spin on this classic boot, but why settle for an imitation when you can score the real thing? Double Take Consignment is a Santa Fe institution, spanning 25,000 square feet and offering some of the best vintage turquoise jewelry and authentic Western garb in the country. You’ll flip over this turquoise and brown leather pair, featuring braided stitch trim and an embedded floral design. And who knew the statement shoes of the season could be so darn comfy?

Double Take, 320 Aztec, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Pat Flynn Gold Dust Hoops (Patina Gallery):

We love this modern take on the classic earring that never wears out its welcome thanks to innovative designers like Pat Flynn. This everyday hoop is forged of iron and fused with 18 and 22 karat gold, giving it a rustic, mixed metal look that will compliment any garment befitting the fall season. The Patina Gallery boasts a myriad of pieces from internationally known jewelry designers, blending a sophisticated aesthetic with the principles of modernist design. Any purchase you walk away with will find its away into your lifelong accessory rotation.

Patina Gallery, 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Abbie Caplin Red Fringe Crossbody Bag (Tom Taylor Company):

Husband and wife Tom and Jean Taylor know leather. The couple shares a keen eye for craftsmanship, which is evident in the bags, buckles, and belts they hand select to showcase in their Santa Fe, namesake shop. This plush crossbody bag in a vibrant crimson hue by Abbie Caplin exemplifies the Taylor’s discerning taste. From the turquoise pig suede interior to the handy smart phone pocket, the functionality of this bag is only matched by its artistry, which makes this covetable accessory both of the moment and timeless.

Tom Taylor Company, 108 E. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501