It’s a brand new season — so much to buy but so little time! No need to panic ... we've made shopping easy with this “cheat sheet” – a guide to the top five fall trends. So update your wardrobe with something plaid, a few new layers, some modern menswear, a great sweater dress and maybe even one of this season’s new shapely dresses or capes. It’s all right here in the latest edition of The Trend Report!
Mad for plaidThe fashion world has gone mad for plaid — the print of the season! There are many ways to wear it — from classic British tartans to more mod-inspired bold graphics. It’s a no-brainer no matter what your style is! Make it modern (not old school) with a swingy plaid skirt, a fitted jacket, a great cape or a sexy silk blouse — and wear it with everything you own. Instant update!
Trend tip: Fashion forward trendistas will love a short, pleated plaid skirt (a la the kilt) worn with solid leggings. Or reverse the look with a pair of tartan plaid leggings (really!) paired with a solid skirt and boots.
Layer it up
This fall it’s all about layers, but there’s a trick to keeping your look slim and polished. Go for lightweight fabrics and lean silhouettes such as cigarette pants, a pair of second-skin jeans or a pair of leggings worn with a slim or softly pleated skirt. On top, layer a sweater or two over a blouse, then throw on a jacket or cape for a splash of show-stopping style. Love it!
Trend tip: The true trendista will love playing with layers of knits in a palette of related colors such as shades of grey or brown. Throw in a few interesting textures such as tweed or lace to add a touch of luxe.
Shape shiftersThere are a few feminine new shapes in town that add instant style to your wardrobe. On top, we love the full, swingy cape as fall’s must-have outerwear piece. You’ll also find jackets and tops designed with that same swing -- they look great paired with slim bottoms. And, while it is not for everyone, we must mention the ultra-trendy “bubble” skirt that starts out full from the waist and narrows to a slim band at the knees to create a (you guessed it) genuine bubble. It’s surprisingly flattering in a fluid wool jersey dress or skirt, so give it a try!
Trend tip: The bubble is truly a trend that will quickly pass, so don’t make a huge investment. Hit your local department store or specialty retailer to pick up a “cheap and chic” version that you’ll retire come spring.
Sweater dressingRemember the ‘80s and all those fabulous, easy sweater dresses? They’re back! Even if you don't recall the go-go decade, you can still indulge in one of the hottest trends of the season — sweater dressing. Your investment could be as simple as a wonderful knit turtleneck dress that you’ll wear with dark tights and boots for a very chic update. Or you could go all out and play with layers like tunics, cardigans, skirts and those must-have leggings. And don’t forget the sweater coat — another oldie but goodie that looks brand new this season.
Trend tip: If you do play with knit layers, be sure to create a shape for yourself by wearing a wide leather, suede or even a chain link belt (remember those?) at or right below the waist.
Boy meets girlMenswear-inspired looks are a staple for so many women, whether you simply love the classics or you’re working your way up the corporate ladder. This season, menswear gets a sexy twist with figure-flattering, slim tailoring and a range of feminine accessories. The fitted jacket and slim skirt are your base — opt for pinstripes, flannel, tweed, houndstooth or a trendy plaid. Then “girl” it up with a great cotton shirt (ruffles are A-OK), a leather belt, boots, gloves and a chic little clutch handbag ... nice!
Trend tip: The trendista will love all the new shapes styled in menswear fabrics from a versatile shoulder-baring cropped jacket to the bubble skirt.
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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