Fall is just around the bend, and with it, fashion faves for everyone from the fearless fashionista and the stylish savant, to the more conservative classicist.
Seen on this year’s runways, the season’s must-have’s, and a few tips for the season’s fave fashion:
Jackets, coats, parkas that make a statement and catch even the most jaded eye. Pieces that get a second (and third) look, such as bold (faux) furs and fur-trimmed outerwear; oversized jackets; accented lapels; edgy leathers. Play around with lengths, colour, textures of outerwear, but do keep the innerwear and all other accessories as simple as possible. Lest you look like an over-decked Christmas tree one season too soon.
Unleash the animal in you
Leopard prints are STILL hot this season. Depart from the traditional brown and black (although this combo will always be a classic staple), and have fun with offbeat colours such as pink or red on black. Rawwwwr.
Leave your hat on
Cute and quirky hats are all the rage for fall 2013. Beanies with pompoms on top; feathered or printed fedoras; beaded berets; large floppy hats: just some of the super styles to chose from.
Count on the classics
Classic prints like houndstooth are a winner on any occasion, but are especially hot this fall. Houndstooth is easily paired with just about anything, given its basic black and white color scheme. Paisleys are perfect, too.
Head for the emerald city
Emerald has been chosen by those in the know as the top color of 2013. Grab yourself a couple of pieces in this color: a pair of wedges, or boots (for the more daring), a scarf, purse, or opaque stockings are awesome emerald accents. Go for an uber-chic look by pairing your emerald piece with other jewel tones such as garnet, ruby, amethyst and sapphire.
Ready, set, LAYER!
Layering clothes is perhaps one of the best things about fall fashion. Mix different textures, putting lightweight, flowy pieces on top of heavier ones. Keep the look streamlined and cohesive, and don’t go overboard with patterns and prints.
Wear those winter-whites
Stand out in simple elegance with a white outfit, against the generally darker palette associated with the season. Although less obvious than most other colours, white comes in a variety of hues, as well. From pure whites, to ecrus and gradations of creams and ivories, you can include pieces in several color variations of white into your fall wardrobe picks.
Love that leather!
Black leather is always a must-have fashion piece, whether in gloves, higher-cut boots, or jackets. From leather peplum dresses and more classic-cut pieces, to bomber jackets and trenches; leather remains an enduring fall favorite. Leather detailing on dresses and coats provide an option for those wanting to lend just a hint of rebellion and edgy style to their wardrobe. Do remember to mix-and-match, instead of donning a head-to-toe biker babe leather look.
Parade in peplum
The peplum is another time-tested style, and has made an incredible fashion comeback. On skirts, shirts, blouses, waistcoats, dresses: the peplum is everywhere. Choose the style that best suits your body type. This should prove an easy task, as peplums flatter and give delicious curves to most figures.
Attention! The army wants YOU!
Military-inspired fashion is a definite trend for the season, so give your best salute to utilitarian pieces in khaki or camo prints. Army sensibilities are softened with feminine detailing, such as lace and brocade; while styles take on a hybrid look (think Jodhpur-inspired slim pants, military-cut jackets that open up to a peplum at the waist, or perhaps a large tote in military print.