In typical Chicago fashion, the temperature may continue to play games with us until late November, but fear not, Kensington's here to inform you of 2013's hottest Fall fashion trends so you can begin to infuse them into your wardrobe on the impending chilly days. . .
When executed correctly, this trend can be an inexpensive way (avoid Burburry & YSL beanies) to update your current outfit into a 2013 trendy ensem. Look current & stay warm when pairing a beanie back with your favorite fall outfit. Not only are beanies popular, but all kinds of hats made their way onto the NY Fashion Week runways this year; everything from Fedoras to Bowlers. So we say, when in doubt, top it off with a hat!
Continue reading for what's hot below the head. . .
They say that all fashion will return, and boy has it ever. The Houndstooth, Plaid, Pinstripe & Academic inspired looks of the corporate 80's are back and better than ever. With Houndstooth leading this trend, retailers and designers alike have infused these fabrics and looks into their designs and retail offerings with a more polished and streamlined feel than what was done in years past.
This is one of Kensington's favorite looks for Fall. Fortunately brands & designers from Marc Jacobs to Old Navy have displayed items fitting into this particular trend, so its accessible to everyone despite varied budgets. Our favorite high, medium & low-end Houndstooth looks are below, with links to where you can purchase:
3. Emerald Green: For those of you that don't already know, Emerald Green is the color of the year. Fortunately, we love this color when used in fashion, interior & graphic design. This jewel tone embodies a beautiful balance of classiness & exuberance, a brightness for the warmer months & a deepness for fall & winter - in our humble opinion, its truly the perfect shade!
That being said, its HOT HOT HOT for the chilly temps that come in Fall & Winter. Emerald has been shown in chunky knits (our fave!), tight peplum, silk dresses, denim and leather-wear. Due to the boldness of this color, be wary of over-doing an outfit in this shade. A punch of Emerald will do an ensemble wonders, and elevate you to the Alexa Chung fashion-level, whereas a head-to-toe green look will come-off as bit too Green Lantern-ish - and no one wants that (Ryan Reynolds: YES/G.L. Costume: NO)!
Our favorite Turtleneck sightings were in the Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam and Tibi NY Fashion week shows. See our favorites below:
Pouring out of the fashion show craziness backstage were an abundance of thigh-high boots. Everything from simple black leather, belted-embellishments & pony-hair were shown on these pavement stompers.
Alternatively, if you're not feeling rock & roll enough to pull this off, other designers opted for a leather wrapped leg (think leather leggings) paired with a leather bootie of the same shade (to give the effect of the thigh-high trend).
We're loving this look but imagine its a 1 - 2 year trend that may become dated in 24 months. Our advice: Seek out a sale or opt for other 2013 trends.
We love the ethereal feel of a head-to-toe Winter white outfit. Ironically, we feel a wool sweater in this frosty shade screams "winter" moreover an identical darker toned piece. So, if you've learned anything here, one of the coolest things you can do this season is embody the color of icy snow.
Here are a few runway samples of head-to-toe winter white, done right:
Topping the runway this Fall was a flood of colored & body hugging leather pieces. Heed our styling advice below on how to infuse this trend into your wardrobe:
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1. The Traditional Dresser:
When embracing this season's color leather trend - do it with caution. Choose a silhouette that has classic lines, one that you'd feel wholly comfortable wearing in a solid black, a la Valentino's Red Coat (pictured at right). Additionally, be sure to wear it with classic colors or as a singular piece.
When mixing your colored leather, wear it with blacks, whites or nudes only - stray from color blocking or mixing prints. Should you follow this advice, you'll remain in your comfort zone (albeit right on the edge).
2. The Risk Taker:
Do it head-to-toe, rock it oversized, slither into patent pants, color-block. . . really, with this trend, the world is your oyster.
One of our absolute favorite runway looks this year came from Mulger's rendition of time travel in the 60's. Look after look was inspiring, creative & fun - & most often produced in leather. Call me a fool, but I'd paint the town red in this ensemble, anytime (Mulger outfit shown on right)!
Take a peek out our favorite 2013 runway looks: