Every season has it’s fads, craze, trend, or style. It’s nothing new, but it’s all new once “the season” hits! And yes, it’s true that what goes around comes around – in other words, as history repeats itself, so does fashion. It becomes confusing to keep up with as our seasons change so rapidly – lucky for you I’ve broken down Fall 2012’s top trends into can-do styles for every wardrobe.
Wine’d Up: Shades of deep burgundy and berry are very big this year. I do enjoy a cool glass of Chardonnay on a warm summer evening, but with the cool winds breezing by now, it’s time to start thinking deep, full Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. Wearing maroon pants from summer’s colored denim trend will ease you nicely into fall. Think not of the LBD as the only classy go to this season – a berry or deep burgundy fitted dress is perfect for getting fashionable in the office and then transitioning into a night on the town.
Hard Around the Edges: Military inspired coats with epaulets and stud accents on everything and anything – think hardware. Navy blazers with epaulets or studs on the pockets or shoulders are an easy way to wear this look (and it covers Hard Around the Edges, Boy Meets Girl, and In the Navy). Bold gold hardware on your handbag, shoes, and jewelry is another great way to show you’re rough and tough.
Crème de la Crème: Winter whites and pastel accessories are a do this year. Don’t mind the “don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule any longer – it’s dead. It’s all about the white on white ensembles – especially that perfectly pressed powerful white pant suit! And to mix it up a little accessorize with the babiest of pinks, mints, and grey. Another great accessorize for white on white looks is to pair it with bold gold jewelry – think statement jewels and chain bracelets.
Boy Meets It Girl: Menswear for women in sweet tweeds, oversized cashmere sweaters, and tailored suits look feminine for fall. You don’t have to borrow from your boyfriend’s closet (unless you want to!) because designers are experts at getting the right boyish look while flattering a woman’s figure – it’s all in the tailoring. Sweaters are a staple for fall and winter in most regions (if only it’d start to cool down faster here in LA!!) so buy one size larger for a boyfriend-ish look if you don’t happen upon your perfectly tailored piece. (JCrew covers this perfectly!) Another simple way to usher in the new season is to upgrade your bright blazer from summer to a tweed menswear inspired one and and throw it on top of your favorite jeans and tee combo or over a cute miniskirt with tights.
Rawr!: One word and I’m sure you know what I mean. Animal print – all the reptiles and jungle cats you can think of. Don’t forget the oddly uncategorized giraffe and zebra prints! Leopard print is my favorite – it’s classic and sexy all at once and can be found just about anywhere! (So much so my favorite that I created a new tumblr all about leopard print! xo, Lady Leopard) Whether you wear this fierce print as the bulk of your outfit – say a dress or leopard print pants – or if you’re only wearing bits and pieces – bangles, handbag, or scarf – remember to not over do it and mix carefully. While wearing all the leopard print and snake print pieces you own in one outfit may sound fiercely brave it’s also going to result in cooky safari mess. Try sticking to one animal per outfit unless you’re mixing among species and like colors – ie jungle cat mixing: leopard and cheetah is okay; reptile fusion: keep snake skin with snake skin and try to stay in correlating color schemes, mix and match tortoise shell with any and every outfit you own, and be kind to all of them – keep it faux. The best bang for your buck when it comes to wearing animal print is in your shoes and coat – shoes you will wear all year long, and a great coat will last you a lifetime! See more of my favorite animal print pieces here in the boutique.
In the Navy: Designers are totally obsessed with this color right now. Wear it any way you please keeping in mind that a little fitted navy dress might be a new office staple in your wardrobe after you realize how good it feels to be wearing a bit of color and not the same corporate black sack dress. Additionally, wearing it in the form of a blazer with golden buttons gets you in the circle of In the Navy, Borrowed From the Boys, and Hard Around the Edges. Now that’s the way to make your wardrobe work for you. Try pairing navy with emerald green for a sophisticated color palette that’s work ready and street worthy. Going for girly? Pair navy with baby pink and hints of gold, the contrast will look stunning and bring a softness to the hard edges in a deep navy.
Lots of Leather: Not just reserved for your badass boyfriend’s motorcycle jackets anymore! Oh no, we’re talking leather skirts, dresses, and even jumpsuits! I personally still love the classic fitted ladies version of the leather jacket and jeans duo but this year I’m kind of into the whole leather mini skirt thing. An easy way to incorporate this trend is simply to wear leather gloves – basic black or brown will do – and it’s completely functional for the cold weather ahead! Wearing leather garments means knowing the perfect fabrics that compliment to make you a knock out. Try pairing your staple leather jacket or leather skirt with a colorful silky top to add more texture and flow to the outfit. If you have the body, and the courage, to rock a leather jumpsuit, I say do it…with amazing heels!
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