| Bright accents are hot this fall. Photo: DKNY
Black and Blue; Burgundy; Bright Colors; Winter White
This fall and winter, the colors that will be on everyone are...well, a little varied. Black and blue combined in the same outfit were big, as were burgundy and wine hued-clothes. On the flip side, designers were still showcasing bright colors (which will hopefully be enough to keep us from those winter doldrums of wearing nothing but gray), and some designers boldly went where most people don't—showing off white pieces, which typically aren't worn after Labor Day.
| Tommy Hilfiger meets Military.
Several years ago, military-style accoutrements were all the rage. Bomber jackets, leather, and shiny gold buttons were on everyone's chest, and this fall will be more of the same. Prepare to dress yourself in the finest pseudo-war-wear.
| Statement collars from Alberta Ferretti.
Statement collars are, if not new, at least not tremendously overdone. Think sequins, rhinestones, glittery fabric, and the like. Now put those elements onto an otherwise plain-looking collared shirt. It takes away the need for a fancy necklace, but you still look elegant wearing it, not gaudy.
| Thakoon, Fall 2012.
Another not-new fashion trend this fall is pointy-toed heels. One thing to avoid, however, is pairing them with wide-legged pants. This season, these daintily designed shoes pair better with body-skimming clothing, like pencil skirts and thinner-legged pants.
| Pair chunky sweaters with feminine flair. Photo: JCREW
Chunky knits, dressed-up.
Naturally, as the temperature drops, you'll probably be reaching for heavier tops. Gone are the spaghetti-strap tank tops, replaced by thick, cable-knit sweaters. These can quickly look frumpy, though, so the key to pulling off this trend is to wear sweaters that fit, not ones that are oversized, which can make you look unkempt.
| Quilted fabrics from Proenza Schouler.
Quilted fabrics haven't necessarily ever gone out of style, but they definitely wax and wane. This year, they're back in full swing, and all the mags say to wear them not supertight, but not superloose, either. Pick pieces that fit or are maybe a little big, but nothing too baggy.