Every year around this time, I grow tired of my summer clothes and the way in which my bare thighs to persist with my leather car seat. Thankfully, just as Im dreaming of cozy sweaters and tall boots, warm fires and chilly nights, designers introduce their fall collections, magazine editors plaster the goods across glossy spreads, and models and actors start to wear them.
If youre like me and youre dreaming of cool weather fashions, heres a sneak peek at whats hot for the coming season. These are the highest trends that came down the runway for fall and those which might be showing up in your favorite stylish A-lister. Adopt these looks in the event that they suit you, or mix and match the trends you like the ones that fit your body and your personality. Get a leg up on shopping now, and, come fall, youll look super chic just like your favorite star.
Ruffled blouses: In stark contrast to the menswear-inspired suits designers are showcasing for fall (more later), the ruffled blouses theyre pushing are sweetly and seductively feminine. This seasons styles are delicate, gauzy and soft, with plenty of ruffles, lace, full sleeves and demure buttons. Before you turn your nose up, however, you can make these delicate blouses edgier by layering them under the seasons stylish cropped jacket. (The layered look is in for clothes this fall, trust me: You will look so hip.) Or, do as Kate Bosworth does, save the world from sugar shock by pairing an ultra-feminine top with jeans. Which leads us to our next fall trend
Skinny jeans: I understand that fashion fluctuates, and that its time to retire the bootleg, but I dont just like the skinny-jeans trend. The low-rise, flared-leg jeans of yesterday are rather more flattering than the super-sleek, skinny, slouchy-ankle (called the skinny stack in response to People magazine) jeans of this season. Stars and celebrity stylists apparently disagree. Celebs like Jessica Alba, Kate Moss, Ashlee Simpson and Carmen Electra are already sporting super-skinny jeans, typically with heels or occasionally flats (for the more long-legged). Lets hope this trend passes quickly, but within the meantime, when you dare, go for heels and a top that hits on the hip so as to add length and balance to your super skinny jeans.
Leggings: Leggings looked stupid within the 80s and they will look just as unflattering now in the event you dont wear them right. Get the look down, though, and modern leggings are fresh; thankfully theyre not paired under jackets with giant shoulder pads, baggy tunics, bad perms and oversize matching plastic earrings. (Men especially hated this look. I dont really remember men commenting much about womens fashion, so this trend will need to have been especially ugly. But I digress.) If you wish to wear leggings, make like stylish celebs Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller (who always look cute) and pair black, mid-calf-length leggings with ballet flats and an oversize, belted tunic or minidress. (Key word: belted.) Dont wear brightly colored or ribbed leggings, and steer clear of shiny ones unless youre going running. As well, dont throw an excellent slouchy tunic on top or youll just look sloppy. And, for Petes sake, unless youre Mischa Barton-skinny, dont wear leggings with a cropped top. Leggings underneath a cute little dress or belted tunic or sweater is the solution to go together with this trend.
Military Jackets/Menswear: Okay, finally a fall trend I can totally support. There is nothing sexier than a gorgeous woman in a masculine suit (remember Kate Hepburn? Madonna in her Vogue video)? Stars like Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz look stunning in menswear-inspired suits. Its the contrast of striking femininity against tough masculinity. To wear this trend well, keep your hair loose and your makeup soft, and make certain so as to add bold jewelry. My favorite suits for this season are black or gray pinstriped pantsuits, preferably with flat-front trousers and a jacket with a deep V-neck. As for military jackets, I like them in blues with gold accents, paired with jeans and the seasons hot new ankle boots, and even flats.
Flounced Skirts and Modern Minidresses: Showcase great legs (think Halle Barry and Sarah Jessica Parker) on this falls short skirts and dresses, together with those super hip aforementioned ankle boots. Just keep the rest of your look sleek and toned down. To feel like an adult and not a tot or, eek, a woman of questionable morals, pair minis with opaque, dark tights and flats or boots. And for goodness sake, don’t wear a revealing top. As for flouncy, balloon skirts, you can get a little bit more creative together with your top, depending on the skirt length and elegance. As a rule, pair a more detailed, ballooned, feminine skirt with a less dramatic top and vice versa. Wear these with heels. One note: Keep away from this seasons jumpers, unless you want to appear like a Swiss milkmaid or a Catholic schoolgirl.
Somber hues: As youve guessed, somber hues like gray, black and brown are in this fall. Along with muted colors, embellishments are at a minimum, but that doesnt mean you cant add an important piece of jewelry, like a pearl brooch or an oversize cocktail ring, to the combination. Or punch up the somber mood of fall fashions with faux animal skin shoes or a bag, or anything oversized and gold, like a big gold chain necklace or hammered cuff.
Red: In accordance with Vogue, red is the brand new black. (Try the mags September spread with Christy Turlington.) How to wear it? A stunning allover piece, like a red dress in a warm hue, or a red tunic, is gorgeous. If thats a lot, red patent leather boots or strappy leather sandals add a splash of red without going overboard. Head to toe red or red accessories still sound too bold? Try bright red lipstick, bright red nail polish, or a little clutch in, you guessed it, red. One note of caution: I wouldnt recommend the red military jacket unless youre calling the hunt.
Clothes are somber this season, but there’s an upside: jewelry isnt. Nows the time to bring out (or buy) bold metallics and yellow gold. Hammered gold oversize earrings (like chandeliers, hoops, and dangles) are on this season, as are hammered gold cuff bracelets and wide gemstone cuffs in a bright hue like carnelian or aventurine. Black can be back in a giant way. Try a black pearl necklace or a strand of demure white pearls tied with a black ribbon (theres that sexy contrast again). Or a black beaded bracelet or black pearl dangle earrings. And forget the long, layered necklace look for now. Its all about one statement-making piece. Try tying your pearl necklace in a loose knot before putting it on, or, to actually make it fresh, thread a cocktail ring, class ring or bold brooch in your pearl necklace. Remember, with bold jewelry, you make a statement, so keep other jewelry to a minimum. This seasons fashions are the right backdrop to statement-making pieces.
When choosing fall fashions, remember, wear what works for you, not what works in your favorite celebrity. Now go get creative!