A curve-highlighting Walker Baker peplum
top ($88, South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington,
703-807-4083; Southmoonunder.com) dresses up Abbeline’s
pencil skirt ($64, South Moon Under). Shown with a dramatic ring
($18, South Moon Under), a sequined collar ($15, Charming Charlie,
162 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Md., 301-567-3191) and Kate Spade pumps
($328, Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 703-807-4083).
Printed skinnies by Mother ($295, Piperlime.com) punch up Aqua’s blazer ($98, Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.,
240-744-3700), Fun2 Fun’s top ($39, Violet, 2439 18th St. NW, 202-621-9225) and Badgley Mischka’s peep toes ($245, Piperlime.com).

Remember when getting ready for fall signaled a whole new wardrobe (grunge-rocker flannels and pleated jeans back in 1993, harem pants plus Tory Burch tunics for 2007)? Yeah, we really don’t, either. In recent years, street-style creativity and old-time thriftiness have dominated fashion. So now, a cool-weather update means taking classics from your closet — a little black dress, your fave skinny jeans, a simple white top — then amping them up with autumn trends: metallics, colorful leathers, printed pants. “It’s about mixing in what you’ve got — say a new peplum top with a classic pencil skirt,” says Julie Egermayer, owner of Adams Morgan boutique Violet (2439 18th St. NW; 202-621-9225). “If you buy just a few key pieces — a sequined jacket, a bright bag — you’ll update everything.” Shop this way, and you’ll look refreshed, not like a fashion victim circa 2012.