With the autumnal equinox firmly behind us, you have surely switched your closets over to fall. By now you should have a clear idea of what can carry over from last year for this new fashion season and what simply “must go” to either consignment or charity. Now – how to make your old wardrobe look fresh again? Fear not, dear reader, I’m here to walk you through five key trends for Fall 2012. With just a few items, we’ll have your old wardrobe looking right “on trend”!
Patterned pants are simply a “must have” this season and I for one am mad for plaid! Leave the leopard to the cougars and the microfloral to the boho flower children. Plaid will give you the most options for ways to wear your patterned pants. Pair it with layered t-shirts or mismatched twin sets in colors you pick up from a multi-colored pattern. I suggest Derek Lam’s cropped motocross pants in a fall palette that compliments any skin tone. My faithful readers know that I can’t help but push loden green whenever it appears. Plus, these pants hit three trends this season: patterned, cropped and moto-inspired!
It wouldn’t be fall if I wasn’t telling you to get yet another leather jacket. Since you followed my advice last fall and got a motorcycle jacket, you can definitely troop it out this season. If you love the slim fit, then you might want to go for something a little more motocross this season. Alexander Wang will be your go-to brand for tough leather with pops of color and strategically placed quilting. If you prefer the versatility of a blazer, then step away from the basic black and embrace metallic blue. St. John’s slim fit lambskin blazer is as hot as a ’57 Chevy!
If you only buy one dress this season, make it a day-to-evening number in lace. Stay away from all-black and you won’t spend your office days looking like you’re just killing time until happy hour. Brightly colored lace or colored under panels in ultrafeminine silhouettes make this classic wardrobe staple look modern. Nanette Lepore creates color-blocked and peplum effects with her lace dress that features an elongated green bodice. The bateau neck and cap sleeves carry on the ladylike dressing trend from Spring 2012 that none of want to see go away just yet.
Although I steered you away from the 60’s prints for pants, I have to admit that I love them for the other “must have” of the season – the printed handbag. Emilio Pucci’s Boston satchel is the perfect pop of color to add to any outfit this fall. This classic shape feels very fresh when “updated” with an even more classic pattern. Pair it with solid color outfits in black, blue, or grey – or go for broke and layer pattern on pattern. Be bold!
Boots are another fall staple, but it wouldn’t be fashion if we didn’t change the rules on you a little bit. Before you grab those over-the-knee boots from last year, let me just tell you that this fall you’ll need high-heeled, lace up booties. Another bootie trend is the cap toe or two-tone spectator. These are not your classic country club pumps! As usual, I’ve found a way for you to hit two trends in one with Fendi’s Victorian boot in black and grey hair calf – with a blue leather toecap.
So, there you go! With five quick wardrobe updates, you’re all set to sail into fall stylishly.
4. Emilio Pucci’Boston Medium’ Satchel, $995
5. Fendi ‘Victorian’ Lace-Up Boot, $1430
– Joseph Ungoco
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