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Fall Fashion That You Can Actually Wear Outside By Kate Schweitzer - Senior Web Editor of Marie Claire

Where I work, fashion is a full-time job. Between predicting key trends at Fashion Week and rounding up the best luxe looks for less, I am always aspiring to live up to the job description and dress my best every day.

Oddly, though, it isn't dressing for work -- where I'm surrounded by fashion editors and talented stylists -- that puts me in a panic. It's trying to decide what to wear when I'm not heading into the office.

If you're like me, you've built a wardrobe of board-room-ready duds and you've perfected that whole "day-to-night transition" with your ensembles, but you've completely neglected any plan for, say, a stroll through the park, a bike ride in the mountains or a lazy day at the winery. You end up either feeling overdressed and uncomfortable or wearing workout gear normally reserved for the gym. 

Here, five of this fall's biggest runway trends and tips for how to make them really work for you on your off-hours adventures.

Oversized Sweaters
It was a welcome surprise when designers sent models down this season's runways in slouchy knits. There's nothing more comfortable, and it is the perfect layering piece for that in-between fall weather. Another perk? These sweater silhouettes aren't fitted, so you're never self-consciously pulling on hems -- when you could be sitting back and relaxing. (Of course, if you prefer to be a bit more body-con, just belt it!)

Wide-Brim Hats
Get rid of that old beanie! One of this season's best runway accessories for the great outdoors is the 1970s-inspired wide-brim hat. Like any other quality cap, the wool felt material will keep your head warm and the sophisticated style will have you feeling hot.

Burgundy Raincoats
Not every day outside can be sunshine. For those wetter moments, a quality raincoat is a style staple that is always on trend. But if you want to make it more of-the-moment, opt for one in burgundy, a rich, earthy red that is one of autumn's most captivating colors. In fact, vinyl-coated burgundy raincoats were one of the most seen outerwear options on the runways.

Leather Ankle Boots
Although all-over leather seems to be making a resurgence, there's no need to squeeze into tight leather pants on your next great adventure. Instead, keep warm with leather ankle boots. Another benefit for those going off-road? Skyscraper heels are out, and flatter soles are in! One boot I'm already lining up for fall is the Captiva boot from Merrell's Vendemmia collection. The espresso color, lightweight feel and waterproof construction might make it my official shoe for fall.

For the second year in a row, plaid has been one of the most popular trends of Fashion Week. The unofficial pattern of picnics, you won't want to nestle up in nature without a tartan-patterned scarf or shawl.