Fall – the gorgeous season that conjures images of changing hues, burning fireplaces, carved pumpkins, joyful hayrides and more. From a fashion perspective, fall is the time for light woolen sweaters, long pants and warm socks. While the world frets about economic instability and job numbers, designers have still managed to create looks that are stunning for Fall/Winter 2012. So, while the short shorts might have just made it to your closets, let’s check out the must-haves for your fall and winter wardrobe.
#1: Something oxblood –The colors of Fall/Winter 2012 have gone beyond the clichés and offered today’s fashionistas new choices. Give your somber wardrobe a rest and include hues that are deep, novel and elegant. While navy blue helms the color spectrum, oxblood is the new kid in town.
Sydney-based fashionista told Life & Style, “Oxblood lends itself to being much more versatile than a traditional red; its brown undertones making it much easier to complement a variety of skin tones whilst also adding a touch of Regal-ness as opposed to the brash sexiness of racing-car red.”
While fall is the perfect time for an oxblood cardigan, you may wish to accentuate your simple ensemble with a handbag instead.
#2: A sheath dress– The Kate Middleton mania that gripped the world continues into Fall/Winter 2012. This is the season to channel your inner lady with a figure-hugging and feminine sheath dress. From demure lace to bold monochromatic, the choices run the gamut. Adapt the Middleton-look and style them with pumps and pantyhose or make a statement by paring them with booties.
#3: A peplum top – If you’ve evaded the flouncy skirt all through spring and summer, Fall/Winter 2012 is the time to invest in one. The contemporary silhouette has gone beyond the stiffness of yesteryears and integrated with the latest trends to create looks that are sexy, feminine and on-trend. With several new interpretations at your disposal, now is the best time to tap into this trend.
#4: Embellished light jacket– The fashion world took a detour from the economic depression and offered styles that are far from being minimal. While heavy beading became the order of the day, words like opulence and baroque were the talk of the town. While the runways saw heavily-loaded ornate stuff, you may choose a more subdued version for your fall closet. Apprehensive? Feast your inner diva with an embellished handbag instead.
#5: Ripped denim –The runway-inspired ripped denim has been translated to the streets and is diverse from the rock look of the previous years. For Fall 2012, ripped denim is no longer bare-it-all, but interpretations that are subtle and elegant. In addition, the look is no longer limited to just jeans. Make a statement by opting for a distressed denim jacket instead.
#6: A glossy leather skirt – When it comes to beating the chill, leather remains a popular choice for designers. For this season, however, the leather is shinier and glossier than ever. The sassy and sexy look can be adapted by sporting a leather skirt. While the daring do-it-alls can go for a head-to-toe look, others can downplay by styling it with classic pieces, like a button-down shirt.
#7: Peter Pan collared shirt – The popularity of Peter Pan collars have waxed, waned, molded and ignored over the years; however, for fall the round collars are bigger than ever. The innocent collars are no longer a part of the little girls’ spectrum, but flirty additions to your fall essentials. Take a pick and complement your mood. Choose from a leather-trimmed collared sweater to a colorblocked dress with Peter Pan eyelet collar.
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