Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Everyday Fashion, Fall 2011.

Fashion can be overwhelming sometimes. With all of the fashion shows, various stores, endless merchandise, and magazine recommendations, it can be hard to figure out what pieces to buy for each new season. I recommend choosing your favorite trend within four key wardrobe categories: Color. Texture. Pattern. Accessories. Of course, not all of the fashion sent down the runways is appropriate for use on your daily errands, at work, or for lounging on the weekend. That's why I have put together this edited list of Fall 2011 trends that you can take from the runways and wear in your everyday.

One of the easiest ways to update your wardrobe each season is to buy a key item in the IT color. This fall season you have a choice: ketchup or mustard? Reds of all shades will provide you with an instant update, but be sure to choose the right one for your skin tone. Wear Heinz-ketchup red or the deep burgundy of your favorite red wine. If you are not into shades of red, mustard is a fabulous and unexpected choice. Mustard also brings some pleasing gold tones to skin as your summer tan fades for the winter. Luckily, the colorblocking trend is still going strong post-summer. Both red and mustard hues work well incorporated into a colorblock look. Still unsure? Look here, here, and here for more ways to wear shades of red and/ or mustard.

{Asos, Oasis Pant, $78.57}

{Cleobella, Cantina Mini Bag, $99.}

{Asos, Whistles Felt Hat, $87.30}

{Bally, Merino Wool and Cashmere Mittens, $175.}

{Alexa Chung for Madewell, Risky Business Shirt, $130.}

{Odylyne, Robin Dress, $198.}

{J Crew, Vintage Tweed Jacket, $198.

One of the easiest ways to add visual interest to an outfit without adding visual clutter is with texture, especially if you've chosen to rock a monochromatic look. This season, there are two trends that will automatically add texture to your fall outfit.
--> Lace.  
Opt for an all lace dress or a delicate blouse. Channel the Victorian-era and look for simple long sleeves and/ or a romantic high neck. Another way to incorporate lace into your wardrobe is through accessories. Choose a vintage glove or carry a pretty clutch. You could also pair a lace pump with your favorite cocktail dress during the holidays.

{Badgley Mischka, Stella Pump, $225.}

{Alexa Chung for Madewell, Alice Dress, $188.}

{Juicy Couture, Cotton Lace Mini, $140.}

--> Leather.
Nothing says luxury like a buttery, soft leather. Plus, it's nice and warm! Choose a leather skirt and pair it with your favorite sweater. Or finally ditch those black leggings and pick up a pair of skinny leather pants. Think outside of the box and look for a color other than black or check out items made in another fabric with leather details like this dress. You could also dig out your old leather jacket and breathe new life into it. Your wallet will thank you.

{APC, A-line Leather Mini Skirt, $405.}

{Royal Underground, Faux Leather Trim Dress, $225.}

{Improvd, Brown Leather Jacket, $680.}

This jacket is a great piece because it covers two fall trends. The color is on trend and the leather is cut in a modern silhouette. Throw it on over your lace or mustard colored dress!

{Plastic Island, Gypsy Suede Jacket, $268.}

The best part about these two textured trends is that they work with a feminine or edgy look depending on what you put together. Just be sure to avoid head-to-toe lace or head-to-toe leather; it's overkill.

There is something so cozy about plaid. The pattern is the unofficial dress code for an autumn trip to the farm or back to school. Flannel, wool, and cashmere varieties make me want to curl up with a hot beverage on a rainy day. You should find ways to reinvent this trend beyond your old flannel shirt. A tartan dress or checked pants are an instant wardrobe update, just make sure the pants are fitted so you avoid looking like you are running around in old pajamas! A tailored blazer in plaid will take you from work to errands effortlessly. I also love this go anywhere plaid scarf at Madewell for an off-duty weekend look.

--> Choker necklace.
After all of the long pendant necklaces we saw ushered in with the breezy 70's style of summer, go short! A gold choker provides an instant update to your go-to little black dress or sweater. And who doesn't need a warm glow near their face when the temperatures drop?
Everyday Runway Shopping List for Fall 2011:
  • Something Red/ Bordeaux.
  • Something Mustard.
  • Lace. 
  • Leather.
  • Plaid.
  • Choker Necklace.

I'm excited to share that you can also see this post up on the blog of my commercial agency, Ennis Inc. Check them out!

Treat everyday like you are on the runway.

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