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Rural Chic Farm-fresh ideas for a cool and cozy wardrobe this autumn By Sallie McAllister and Kathleen McKinney Photographs by Sarah Hess, www.fleetingmomentsphotography.com Wardrobe styling by Sallie McAllister Makeup design by Angela Karr, www.angelakarr.com Hair design by Penny Ficker Models: Hameem Bhatti, Emma Deaconson, Layne Stedman and Rachel Williamson Special Thanks: World Hunger Relief Inc.

In fashion right now, it’s all about mixing and matching contrasting pieces. Get cozy in an oversized sweater, but pair it with some colored skinny jeans and textured pumps to keep your look feminine and flattering. You’ll find boyish silhouettes, like blazers or briefcase-style purses, coupled with ultra-girly jeweled necklaces or studded flats. Build excitement with the details. Try some statement earrings, animal prints or a simple but bold red lipstick. Faux furs and printed scarves play up any outfit by adding warmth and comfort, and when in doubt, dress in hunter green or burgundy — the must-have colors this season.

Nailhead studded hourglass dress by Rebecca Taylor, available at Prefontaine, $450; Toast of the Town lined faux fur jacket by City Girl/Nancy Bolen, available at Collage Boutique, $166; solid opaque tights in plum by Foot Traffic, available at Rock Bottom Boutique, $10; circular gold and black arrow earrings, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $9; bib necklace, available at Courtney’s in Sironia, $22; gold and pearl twist ring, available at The Gift Horse, $12; silver three-row cuff with assorted black stones, available at The Gift Horse, $22; black hairpin with rhinestones, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $10; beaded gray bracelet, available at Jan’s Perfect Presents, $20; silver beaded wrap watch by Elly Preston Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $48; multi-stone ring, available at Compass Trading Co., $6.99; black patent Mary Jane with bow by Kensie Girl, available at Melange Boutique, $52; gold clutch purse, available at Bloom and Bee Swanky, $95.

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Layne Stedman, 18 Hometown: Dallas Major: Pre-business Why did you choose to attend Baylor? Baylor is the perfect distance away from home for me. Whenever I visited Baylor, the people were all very welcoming and warm, and I could tell they loved being here. All of the professors I met sounded very invested in their students, which was comforting. Class sizes and the size of the school seemed perfect for me, and so far, it has been! What are your career plans? I hope to major in business with a minor in real estate. If I don’t become a realtor, I want to have a career in some type of marketing or sales. What is your favorite thing about living in Waco? Waco, in comparison to Dallas, is very laid-back. There isn’t the constant hustle and bustle of living in a big city, which is a nice change that I’ve enjoyed so far. It’s nice not having as many distractions as a big city would, especially when it comes to focusing on doing well in school. What has been one of your favorite moments so far at Baylor? I loved Welcome Week because I met so many new people. It’s crazy seeing hundreds of people you’ve never seen before, but it’s awesome knowing that almost everyone is a potential new friend. What is your favorite clothing boutique in Waco? I love [Roots Boutique] because they have cute clothes to wear to any kind of event including football games, church or going out with friends. What is your favorite gift shop in Waco? Definitely [Spice Village]. Spice has almost anything giftwise that you could imagine. They have a great variety of things to buy, all in one place, which makes it easy to find the perfect gift without having to go from store to store. What is your favorite Waco restaurant? My favorite Waco restaurant is Cafe Cappuccino. They have the best brunch, and it’s such a cute little place to eat! Their chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite. How would you describe your personal style? My style is simple with a bit of sass. When I’m not wearing a T-shirt and shorts to class, I like to dress in clothes that have flair while still being simple and comfortable. What do you love about fashion? I love that fashion takes so many different forms. Fashion is anything from jeans and a T-shirt to the extravagant Christian Dior gowns we see on the runway. The term ‘fashion’ can be interpreted in so many ways, and I think that diversity is what makes fashion so interesting and fun. What was your favorite item you wore during the fashion shoot? My favorite piece I got to wear in the shoot was the studded Rebecca Taylor dress! It was sassy and classy at the same time. What did you enjoy most about the fashion shoot? It was awesome getting an idea of what modeling is like, and I loved posing in clothes that I wouldn’t typically get to wear in my everyday life.

Aztec printed top by Achro, available at Grae in Spice Village, $26; nude camisole, available at Compass Trading Co., $5; camel bomber jacket with fur collar by Blu Pepper, available at Melange Boutique, $65; red skinny jeans, available at Compass Trading Co., $24; calf-rise leather Matilde boots by Loeffler Randall, available at Prefontaine, $695; Larkin backpack handbag in forest by Shiraleah, available at Jan’s Perfect Presents, $95; arrowhead ring, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $8; brown and gold mixed shape necklace with rhinestone and metal trim, available at Rock Bottom Boutique, $27; multi-stone necklace with tassel, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $120; gold coin bracelet, available at Serendipity Home Decor & Gifts, $10; golden balls bracelet with white teardrop stone, available at Chili Peppers Boutique & More, $12; Fallon earrings in carnelian by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $95; Margot wrap bracelet by Elly Preston Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $29.

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Emma Deaconson, 19 Hometown: Waco Major: Undecided at the moment, [but it will] most likely be elementary education Why did you choose to attend Baylor? I chose Baylor because it has such a great Christian atmosphere, and the campus is so tight-knit and friendly. You really feel at home here. What are your career plans? My major is undecided, but I am thinking I want to do elementary education and work with little kids. [I hope for] happiness in whatever job I have, and glorifying the Lord always is the most important. What is your favorite thing about living in Waco? I love the small-town feel Waco has. What has been one of your favorite moments so far at Baylor? One of my favorite moments so far at Baylor was when I was sitting outside around a bonfire with a few [people that] I would now call my best friends. We talked for hours about life and about our testimonies. The conversation was so encouraging and uplifting. What is your favorite clothing boutique in Waco? Roots Boutique. What is your favorite gift shop in Waco? Spice Village. What is your favorite Waco restaurant? Baris. What is the best place in Waco to hear live music? I love going to Common Grounds to hear the concerts outside on their stage. How would you describe your personal style? Anything oversized. What do you love about fashion? How you can dress to fit your personality exactly. What was your favorite item you wore during the fashion shoot? My favorite item was the brown flowy sweater. What did you enjoy most about the fashion shoot? I enjoyed getting to hang out with the makeup artist, Angela. She’s so funny.

Oversized rib trim boatneck wool-cashmere sweater by Vince, available at Prefontaine, $320; teal colored pants by Iris Jeans, available at Grae in Spice Village, $24; Dare snakeskin pump in pewter by Seychelles, available at Rock Bottom Boutique, $88; native-inspired long necklace, available at Collage Boutique, $66; blue and green chandelier earrings, available at Plum in Spice Village, $15; set of three handmade Nepal roll-on bracelets by FairTrade Fashion Designs, available at Roots Boutique, $12 each; Lora ring in rhodium by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $75; metallic paisley red pashmina scarf, available at Compass Trading Co., $11; green and gold bracelet with glass dangle beads, available at Serendipity Home Decor & Gifts, $16; red and blue facet bracelet, available at Jan’s Perfect Presents, $42; navy print watch by Geneva, available at Chili Peppers Boutique & More, $16; mini cross-stitch hobo purse by Wabags, available at Roots Boutique, $188.

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Rachel Williamson, 20 Hometown: Longview Major: Marketing with a minor in corporate communication Why did you choose to attend Baylor? I love the campus and the Christian atmosphere. What are your career plans? Graduate Baylor and find a job that I enjoy. What is your favorite thing about living in Waco? The small-town feel. What has been one of your favorite moments so far at Baylor? When [Robert Griffin III] won the [Heisman Trophy]. What is your favorite clothing boutique in Waco? Roots Boutique. What is your favorite Waco restaurant? Sam’s on the Square. What is the best place in Waco to hear live music? Common Grounds. How would you describe your personal style? Evolving by keeping up with the current trends. What do you love about fashion? That it incorporates everyone’s own personality into their own styles. What was your favorite item you wore during the fashion shoot? The fall jacket and the velvet pant. [They] made me excited for fall fashion. What did you enjoy most about the fashion shoot? Getting my hair and make up done and, of course, the modeling!

Previous spread: Drape-neck top in mustard by Lost April, available at Rock Bottom Boutique, $39; mid-rise super skinny corduroy in charcoal by J Brand, available at Prefontaine, $205; camel jacket with pinstripes by Ambiance Apparel, available at Compass Trading Co., $32; striped cotton scarf by Blue Pacific Fashion, available at Jan’s Perfect Presents, $26; burgundy hat, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $6; red Newbury skinny cross-body purse by Lauren Ralph Lauren, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $52; wooden beaded earrings by Wabags, available at Roots Boutique, $24; orange enamel and gold fill channel bracelet, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $25; white enamel and gold fill channel bracelet, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $25; Ellery stone bracelet in Horizon by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $110; Rana ring in yellow onyx by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $47; silver and turquoise link bracelet, available at Serendipity Home Decor & Gifts, $29; Sila 2 leopard pumps by Kensie Girl, available at Melange Boutique, $55. Opposite: Multi-striped textured blazer by C. Luce, available at Roots Boutique, $96; sheer gray button-up blouse by Cecico, available at Courtney’s in Sironia, $36; spaghetti-strap camisole in red by Active Basic, available at Melange Boutique, $12; brown skinny jeans by Just USA, available at Roots Boutique, $56; black skinny belt with gold twig by Diane Von Furstenberg, available at Prefontaine, $185; purple and orange teardrop necklace, available at Grae in Spice Village, $15; black and gold chandelier earrings, available at Courtney’s in Sironia, $12; black open-toe shoes by Very Volatile Los Angeles, available at Chili Peppers Boutique & More, $72.95; assorted bead stretch bracelets, available at Rock Bottom Boutique, $19; Tobin ring in slate by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $58; red and amber antique brooch, available at Bloom and Bee Swanky, $7; brown satchel bag, available at The Gift Horse, $55; purple and brown beaded ball bracelet, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $15; purple squares stretchy bracelet, available at Lane’s on Austin Avenue, $20; cross bracelet in gold, available at Chili Peppers Boutique & More, $33; black and leopard print sunglasses, available at Amelia’s Fashion Exchange, $10.

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Hameem Bhatti, 20 Hometown: Sugar Land Major: Biology, pre-med Why did you choose to attend Baylor? I love that Baylor is close to home, but at the same time far enough for me to experience things on my own and be independent in college. What are your career plans? I plan on going to medical school after I graduate and hopefully, become a plastic surgeon. What is your favorite thing about living in Waco? The community, especially at Baylor. I love that Waco is not a super small town or a big city, so I get that college-town feel. What has been one of your favorite moments so far at Baylor? When Baylor beat [the University of Oklahoma] last year, 45-38. What is your favorite clothing boutique in Waco? Spice Village. What is your favorite gift shop in Waco? Coreopsis. What is your favorite Waco restaurant? Baris. What is the best place in Waco to hear live music? Common Grounds. How would you describe your personal style? Modern classy. What do you love about fashion? I love that everything is fashion — from the pair of earrings someone wears down to the socks they rock. It is all fashion, and fashion is appealing to everyone. Anyone who owns a shirt can relate to fashion. What was your favorite item you wore during the fashion shoot? Hands down the pink cuff Kendra Scott bracelet or the black studded flats I had on. They were eye catching. What did you enjoy most about the fashion shoot? I loved posing in a serious way because that is completely opposite of my comical personality.

Striped popover blouse by Coveted Clothing, available at Plum in Spice Village, $38; sheer black vest by Sis Sis Fashion, available at Courtney’s in Sironia, $38; spaghetti-strap camisole in onyx by Active Basic, available at Melange Boutique, $12; boot-cut jeans in dark olive by Level 99, available at Roots Boutique, $118; Blaise slip-on moccasin flats in black suede with gold studs by Loeffler Randall, available at Prefontaine, $325; gold braided cuff bracelet with two black stones, available at The Gift Horse, $22; antique ring in amber, available at Bloom and Bee Swanky, $9; oval hoop earring, available at Compass Trading Co., $5; purple bead and gold chain necklace, available at Bloom and Bee Swanky, $35; gray and gold cuff bracelet, available at Compass Trading Co., $10; Abena cuff bracelet in pink by Kendra Scott Jewelry, available at Coreopsis, $140; gray felt hat, available at Bear Cotton in Spice Village, $28.

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