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All it takes is a brisk morning towards the end of the summer months for us to start actually considering our fall wardrobe. During the hot days of August, we may save looks to our mood boards or bookmark coats we're interested in trying, but the true focus is often on the immediate future of an upcoming beach weekend or stocking up on swimsuits marked half-off thanks to the diminishing summer season.

With temperatures falling into the 60s, our priorities have quickly shifted. It's officially time to think about fall. We admit, we're not quite ready. Just the thought of all of the sweaters, scarves, and other fall and winter garments we'll have to resurrect from storage bins haphazardly housed under our beds have us missing summer, but one styling trick is helping ease the transition.

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It was one of our favorite things we saw on the runways in February, and up until now, has been hibernating in our subconscious since the fall shows last season: cinching.

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To say the word cinching out loud sounds extremely overwhelming. How exactly does one "cinch?" At a glance, to see women perfect the "cinch" might aesthetically imply a lack of effort but perceivably seems out of range. Is it as easy as throwing on a coat and fastening that tethered belt that you may or may not have in an ignored shelf in my closet? Potentially. Upon gathering some of fall’s best looks that involve a good cinch, let’s unearth how on earth we can pull this off.

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An appealing element to the breakdown of this styling trick is the overcoat. The overcoat is as classic as eating a hot dog on the 4th of July, only exceptionally more sophisticated. Plan on multiple seasons of good wear. There are so many neutral colors to choose from, a few goodies seen here, here and here.

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Shockingly, I realize that we’re half way done in accomplishing our pursuit in the Great ‘Cinch’ of 2017. Have we convinced you in considering this yet? The next step in this undertaking is finding a good belt. The investment in a good belt here is important as this styling trick exudes extreme elegance, sophistication, and overall posh-ness, and finding the right belt can help cross off all those aforementioned nouns to ensure you’ve hit them all, some we love here, here and here.

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And that’s it. Consider this the conclusion of our hot pursuit. For an extra polished look, keep your garment choices tonal—if your coat is camel, go for an off-white top and pair with camel pants. If your coat is on the darker side being navy or black, stick to similar colors for your outfit. Now wasn’t that a cinch? Sorry, had to.