The Summer sun may have set, but fall fashions are here and hotter than ever. The best news is that they’re for every woman out there… not just the “Skinny Minnies,” not just the curvy chicks, and not just the 20-something-year-olds. So, pay attention, ladies. These fashion do’s are sure to add some sizzle to your closet this fall.
Leather– Leather has always been around. This year, however, aside from jackets, you’ll see more leather skirts and dresses in the mix. Leather blazers are a plus as well. Nonetheless, there are a few rules of thumb when incorporating leather items into your look. Do not go overboard with the leather. Try to limit yourself to one leather item per outfit to avoid those “dominatrix” references.
Also, leather can be a little pricey at times, so try to buy a simple or classic piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. It makes paying that credit card bill just a little bit easier. There are also plenty of labels that won’t murder you with costs for leather items. Express has some great leather goods in this season that won’t put you into a financial coma. White House Black Market isn’t too shabby either.
Jewel Tones– Although the run-of-the-mill fall shades like pumpkin, mustard, rust, and chocolate are still prominent in this season’s color schemes, jewel tones are shining through. The usual neutral shades of black, navy, and brown are still alive and kicking, but, this fall is definitely about bold colors like the jade greens, the ruby reds, and the vibrant purples.
Whether used in a pattern, on a dress, or as a shoe, jewel tones make an outfit pop without looking tacky or like you’re trying too hard. These tones are also great for bottoms since bright pants are a big trend right now too! Keep an eye out for some of these bold tones at stores like Zappos.com,VictoriasSecret.com, and even Macy’s.
Florals– Traditionally, floral patterns are associated with being girly or are thought to be more of a spring or summer trend, but florals are definitely in bloom this season. Just stay away from the brighter floral prints since they usually scream Caribbean.
Keep your florals a little more muted in color or in darker shades and you’re good to go. Another thing to keep in mind is that when it comes to flowers, smaller prints are more autumn friendly. Take a look at Urban Outfitters or RevolveClothing.com for some great floral finds.
Animal Prints– By now, every woman should have at least one cheetah printed item in their wardrobe. If you aren’t really into the whole Safari style, then you might want to change your mind and pick up a couple animal printed garments at the mall this week. The key with cheetah and zebra prints is to keep your outfits simple so you don’t become fashion road kill. Like leather, it’s important to not over-do it.
A cheetah printed cardigan or python printed blazer are great with a simple camisole and clean-cut pants or leggings. Or, you can grab a plain, but cute dress and pair it with some giraffe-printed tights for a little edge. There are so many combinations you can come up with. Just keep in mind not to mix and match your prints. You’ve never seen a cheetah with zebra stripes on its back, have you? Try New York & Company or any other clothing store on the planet for some animal printed clothes that will make you Purr.
Statement Shoes– In the last year, the fashion community has almost transformed shoe design into its own form of art. Six-inch platforms, chunky heels, jeweled buckles, feathers, abstract shapes, mixed patterns, and sequins. You name it you can probably find a shoe to match it. Of course, when you wear an eye-catching shoe that is a bit over-the-top, you want to plan your outfit around the shoe.
Try to keep the rest of your outfit moderately simple so you don’t walk out of your house looking like a Saturday night with Lady Gaga. For some seriously noteworthy footwear, visit Karmaloop.com. Aldo is also a pretty easy place to find fun pumps and boots. It’s not too bad price-wise either.
Other fashions to follow this fall include lace, bold blazers, plaids, mullet-cut skirts, high-waisted pants, colored furs, chunky sweaters, open-shoulder tops, skinny belts, sheer fabrics, maxi dresses, and polka dots.
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