Fall/Autumn Fashion 2011

Fall is here ladies! And hopefully it will bring some colder temperatures to Houston at last. So it’s time to pack the flip flops away and get the boots out. And on this issue we will look into the must have fashion accessories and trends. Are you ready?

Courtesy of Glamour Magazine

According to fashion insiders at Glamour magazine, mustards, rusty corals, oranges, browns and leopard print are certainly a must this season, you can check them out at places such as Forever 21 for very affordable prices, beware not to over do the leopard print thought, match with blocks of colors to make a statement. If you have pale skin rock the browns and rusts like a pop princess, and if you are olive or darker make sure you use the oranges and mustards for a pop of color.

Keep an eye out for leggings both plain, patterns and bold prints but make sure whenever wearing leggings you do cover the crotch area or you might end up having the Fashion Police on your tail. Leopard print and Snow flake print are favorites for this season.

Also this season tartan and plaids seem to take the big stage, many designers such as DKNY used them on their fall 2011 catwalk, you can pair some dark tights with a tartan skirt for a formal look or a pair of skinny jeans, cotton vest and plaid blazer accessorized with a Pair of Black Rim Glasses for a “geek-chick” look.

Don’t be afraid of playing with textures and get dotty with some polka dots! If you think the print is too much for you experiment with polka dot tights to start with or if you are feeling confident go for sixties inspired structured polka dot dress for a super sophisticated yet effortless look, perhaps borrow from your mom and go totally vintage. Keep accessories simple to let the polka dots shine.

Tired of your boring old pair of jeans? This season think color! Make a statement with super bold skinny jeans or suede pants for an instant update. Fuchsia and cobalt seem to be the favorite colors on the catwalk for designers like Pucci. Match with a black blazer for extra edge.

Coats come in all shapes and colors this season. Big names rocked animal print, plaids and fur on the catwalk. Many are bringing the faux leather jacket back so if you have one from last year its time to bring it out of the closet. Also naval-inspired trench coats are back in fashion; these are a must have piece useful during both fall and winter bringing elegance and sophistication to any outfit, even to a simple pair of jeans and girly flats.

Shoes wise its time to get those boots out. Knee high boots are making a come back in a range of colors and textures and you can find them with or without high heel. Use the flat boot for an equestrian inspired look or informal date, and use the high heel boot with skirts, leggings or jeans for a date or night out with friends. Suede and leather are big this season from ankle boots or booties to knee high boots. Chunky heel pumps are also a fall must have, along with the “sock in shoes” trend, using normal everyday socks (not tights) with heels with romantic style lace dresses and skirts for a country babe look.

So there you have it a quick guide for this season’s fashion. Happy dressing! Hope to see you around on campus rocking this season’s style.

Best buys: Forever 21, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic.

Sources: Glamour.com, InStyle.com, MillionLooks.com

Written for The Summa Newspaper OCT 2oth 2011.

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