by Heather Aulisio
Before you know it, you will be trading in your bathing suit and sandals for your leather jacket and riding boots. As you prep your closet for the changing seasons, be sure to keep your eyes peeled when shopping for new apparel and accessories to help you look in trend and in the know. Read on to gain access to an exclusive sneak-peek preview for five of the hottest 2013 fall fashion trends!
Attention Grabbing Outerwear
When it comes to vests and jackets; go big or go home! Top designers are experimenting with lots of lengths, colors and textures, like bold and bushy fur and smooth, chic leather. The key to working this wildly stylish look is to keep the rest of your ensemble simple and casual, allowing your outerwear to steal the spotlight.
Houndstooth, stripes and even leopard skin are still going strong this fall. Consider mixing them with traditional fall jewel tone colors like topaz, ruby and amethyst to make a lasting impact and impression. Also shopping for printed pieces that boast leather lining and piping, or fur embellished collars allow you to combine two trends in one look!
Go Green or Gray
Emerald green is still going strong, and nearly 50 shades of grey are making a comeback
this fall. Whether you wear olive, hunter green, stone, slate or charcoal grey, these neutrals are the new black. Opt to wear some of these figure-flattering tones in the form of a suede skirt to give your work wear a pick me up or select a luxurious pair of green or grey leather riding boots which will pair with a number of other colors, just as well (if not better) than basic black does. When in doubt, a long pair of green gloves, a purse, scarf or even a hat will help you work in these trendy tones in a subtle, quick and easy way.
What do DKNY, Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone, and Derek Lam have in common? They are all turning to the technique of color blocking when designing and debuting their looks on the runway for fall. Ultra flattering and fun, color blocking allows you to mix a number of colors and textiles to strategically place blocked designs on tops, dresses, skirts and even trench coats this season. Most designers are sticking to neural blocks of color and are mixing suede with leather.
A luxe tux look is a must wear for fall. Whether worn in white or black dresses, tops and blazers that boast a tux embellishment around their neckline, lapel or sleeve cuff will bring back the smoking jacket vibe and will turn heads at the office and your next semi-formal affair!
Keep these fall fashion trends in mind when you are switching out your seasonal selection and shopping for some new, in style items for the new season.