All Hot Trends
We are SO over the cut-off jean shorts, grungy t-shirts and plaid look it isn’t even funny. Of course we love paying homage to the 90′s, but this look is exhausted.
So what trend are we moving on to? Pleated skirts! We absolutely love this look; especially when paired with leggings and booties. Think this look isn’t edgy enough for your taste? Think again. By pairing leather accessories with this look, you can still accomplish an alternative look without resembling a homeless person. We also like the idea of a high waisted pleated skirt paired with a funky belt and cropped shirt or bandeau.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons not only because the cooler weather allows for more layering opportunities, but because there are a myriad of trends to choose from. A few fall trends I’m incorporating into my wardrobe this season include: animal prints such as horse, snake and leopard, textural details including lace and fringe, bohemian 1970s-inspired looks with platforms, layered jewelry, kimonos, low-heeled ankle boots and moody florals for casual, everyday wear.
Designers showed a variety of animal prints and motifs on the runways for Fall 2011, most notably Prada’s python boots, Gucci’s teal snake prints, Topshop Unique’s Dalmatian prints, and Ferragamo’s silk dresses. If a pair of python print boots is too bold or out of your price range, opt instead for a vintage snake print belt or clutch.
Isabel Marant’s coveted fringe boots and pants gave a nod to the Southwest. An easy way to experiment with the trend is with a vintage fringe sweater or handbag.
The 1970′s figured as a prominent influence in the Michael Kors, Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger collections. A great way to work the 70′s look is with a vintage embellished kimono, layered jewelry, platforms, floppy hat or flared jeans.
If textural details are what you’re after, then lace, faux fur, glitter and fringe are all on-trend. Take inspiration from Dolce & Gabbana or Lanvin’s black lace dresses and layer one over a vintage silky slip dress or a body con black tank dress. Alternatively, a simple vintage lace top with jeans will lend glamour to a casual daytime look.
If you’re like me and enjoy wearing florals all year long, then the dark floral prints by Paul Smith, Erdem, and Kenzo offer endless fall wardrobe inspiration. Experiment by wearing a dark floral mini skirt layered over tights or a moody botanical tee worn under a blazer.
Lastly, the low-heeled Western ankle boot, widely inspired by Isabel Marant’s Dicker boot, is one of the most versatile and comfortable ways to transition from summer to fall. There are plenty of vintage versions around and fast fashion retailers all have their own interpretations, with some even blending the Chelsea boot and cowboy boot into a chic, wearable hybrid that goes equally as well with flirty dresses, slouchy denim, maxi dresses and tapered trousers.
By: Melissa P. (to see more of Melissa’s personal style and fashion inspirations, visit her blog, TheKeyToChic.com!)