This fall, color is bright and bold, and it’s all about mixing textures & styles. The season’s trends can easily transition from day to evening, and any one can wear a few trends at a time without looking costume-y. Check out the top 5 trends and how to wear them right now and into winter.
Trend #1: Cobalt
Neon ruled the summer, but this season, blue is at its best. From deep navy to cobalt, this hue is making a big splash. You can find this hue in every store, from Forever 21 to Banana Republic, and you can easily wear it to work and to football practice.
How to Wear Blue for Fall & Winter:
* First, determine what style you are and how you can most likely fit this into your wardrobe. If you like classic lines, go with a bright blue v-neck sweater, pencil skirt, suede pumps or button-up shirt. If you want to add in a little spunk and jazz up your wardrobe, then be bold with a navy leather jacket, or add a pop with a pretty scarf trimmed in the fun, bright, trendy color.
Erin’s Style Notes:
Keep in mind that this color isn’t as obnoxious or attention-grabbing as other hues. Bright blue can be very sleek, clean and “almost” neutral. Blue is a universal color and most people wear blue jeans every day, so our eye is accustomed to seeing this shade. Don’t be afraid of a bright blue sheath dress or a cobalt coat, for example. Both will stand the test of time and will still be “on-trend” years to come.
Trend #2: Animal Prints
From leopard to snakeskin, animal prints are fall’s favorite wild card. Both exotic and neutral, they add sophistication to feminine silhouettes. And the thing about animal is this: Wear a little or a lot. It can be subtle or funky. And that’s all determined by how you wear the trend.
How to Add Leopard to Your Wardrobe:
* If you don’t already have leopard – or if you have just a piece or two – start small & start with accessories. Try a ballet flat, belt, wallet, or scarf in the print.
* Stick with one leopard print item at a time & work your way up to two prints (if you’re feeling bold & adventurous)
* Love this print? Try a sexy animal print dress or a snakeskin jean. Try Old Navy for affordable, trendy options.
* Look for animal print lining in a jacket or blazer, or on a collar. Also, check for animal print piping. The
Erin’s Style Notes:
Boden USA has some adorable (and very affordable!) leopard print flats and belts right now. I personally love leopard print because it incorporates both black and brown. A lot of people think they can’t wear black and brown at the same time. If you feel this way, try a leopard print accessory to bring in both tones. Black pants with a leopard shoe or belt allows you to wear any other accessory color you wish. Red bag? Sure! Brown sunnies? Yes please. Green cardigan? That wold look great.
And snakeskin is usually very subdued in color and can act as a neutral in your outfit. A snakeskin print that’s colorful is super trendy and may become outdated quickly. Try a neutral tone, such as The Switch Tote Bag from Stella & Dot.
Trend #3: Texture
Fall 2013 runways featured opulent details and exciting textures, such as sumptuous leather layered with metallic embellishments in every hue, tweed, brocade and beautiful stitching. Leather jackets are THE item of the season, and paired with a nubby knit sweater, it’s perfectly fall appropriate. Wear a woven necklace with your LBD or work sheath for a hint of textural drama.
How to Add Texture to Your Outfit:
* Start by adding two different textural elements to your ensemble, such as… Lace, leather, silk or satin, denim, rope, knitwear or woven materials.
* This is a great way to wear a monochromatic outfit or wear similar shade (i.e. neutral beige or all black)
Erin’s Style Notes:
In the image above, the model is wearing a great black leather jacket with a cotton tee and denim jeans. Simple enough, right? Yes, but it’s simplicity is turned up a notch because it features several textures. Add on a funky necklace, and it finishes the look.
In the image below, the model is wearing a great neutral outfit. But let’s look at why it works: beige knit sweater, light blue jeans and a metallic leather-like bag combine the same color family, but mixes in completely different textures. Doing this adds great dimension to her outfit. It will never look “flat.”
Trend #4: High Shine
Forget subtle—take center stage when combining neutrals with shine. Add a metallic bag or shimmering jewelry to amp up your star power without being too over-the-top. A fun metallic skirt, silver heel or sparkly wristlet are all great ways to incorporate this trend.
How to Shine Up Your Wardrobe:
* Jewelry! This is an obvious choice, but a sparkly pair of earrings is the best way to add shine to your outfit.
* Metallic stitching in a sweater or hat can also add that subtle hint of gleam.
* Metallic anything – it’s all good. Belts, shoes, even nail polish. Add no more than two at a time, and don’t worry if they don’t match exactly. I would just stay away from anything too bright. If Liberace would wear, it may be too much.
Erin’s Style Note:
This trend is the easiest, in my opinion, because there are so many great metallic accessories and clothing options for an affordable price. Plus, metallics are pretty middle-of-the-road neutral. No matter your age, size, job, etc… It will work for you.
An easy way to wear two different metallics at one time? Mixed metal jewelry. Just like the texture trend, this adds a lot of dimension to an outfit without much work. Stella & Dot’s Zoe Lariat Necklace or Kahlo Bib Necklace feature 4 different metals. Or try the Raina Chandelier Earrings for a great, subtle sparkle & you have the option to wear either rose gold, silver or yellow gold.
Trend #5: Stack it on
When it comes to rings and bracelets, more is more! Drape jewels from delicate to bold or stack mixed metals on your fingers and wrists to show your personality and style. Rose gold, silver, hematite… Or all of the above! Mix and match metals, sizes and styles for a look all your own.
How to Stack It On:
* Start by choosing pieces that have a similar tone and size, such as the silver & black bracelets in the example above.
* Don’t be afraid to mix metals. Silver, rose gold, yellow, hematite – they all look great worn together!
* Experiment with texture – wear wood beads with metal bangles, or shiny rings with subdued gemstones.
Erin’s Style Notes:
I love a bright accessory or pop of color and this is the perfect way to do it! Add a turquoise ring to your existing ring stack, or wear Stella & Dot’s beautiful Zinnia Bracelet with a gold, structured cuff, or a bright leather bracelet with neutral boho beads.
Also, a great way to mix in metals is to add in one or two new items with what you already have. Consider adding the multi-metal Luna Wrap Bracelet (which can also be worn as a necklace!) with your everyday watch, or add on the Wanderlust Wrap Bracelet to your outfit.