Tis the season…bring on the eggnog…ho ho ho. I love the holidays. I love everything about them, even though they are busy and chaotic. I love holiday parties, especially getting all dressed up for them. Here is a look at my favorite holiday outfit this season (I’ve worn it twice already):
I recently joined Charlene of Charlene Chronicles on her MomTV show to discuss fall 2012 fashion trends and how to wear them. Check out the video below, or read through the trends below the video:
We had a great time discussing these five hot fall trends. There are many more…but we had to keep it to 30 minutes
Trend #1: Bottoms Up.
Pants are having a moment this fall. Bright colors. Bold patterns. Different silhouettes. I’m seeing bright, fun pants everywhere from J.Crew to Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Loft…as well as at Target, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.
This trend is easy and versatile to incorporate into your wardrobe. It can be wearable for day or night, conservative or edge.
The outfit on the left is great for work while the outfit on the left would be great for date night or girls night.
Trend #2: Animal Prints.
The animal print trend comes around every few seasons, but this year has been with us since spring. We saw it with the Michael Kors spring 2012 runway show, but it is still in stores and on trend for fall and winter.
It is very easy to go overboard with this trend. Resist the urge. Keep it simple. If you are daring, a dress or stilettos look fantastic. But if you are more conservative, try a belt, scarf or shoe.
The Tory Burch leopard print shoes give a nod to the trend without going overboard. This outfit is perfectly suitable for work, dropping the kids off at school, apple picking or even a casual dinner. I’ve seen leopard flats everywhere from Macy’s to TJ Maxx, from high $$$ to low $ so you can surely find something in your budget.
Trend #3: Light colors
I was excited to see lighter colors featured on some of the Fall 2012 runway shows:
Alexander McQueen started his show off with winter whites and pale pinks which you don’t always see for fall. Often times, fall = grey, black, brown.
This outfit is awesome for mom’s and can be worn apple picking, to work, to school and shopping. The Madewell cardigan looks great over a pair of winter white skinny jeans from GAP and Frye boots. Instead of buying pure white skinny jeans, opt for off white that can take you year round.
This white blazer, tank and leather leggings outfit is a great alternative to the little black dress for a cocktail party or holiday party. I have this same outfit with the blazer from Nordstrom, leggings from Forever21!
Trend #4: Leather.
Speaking of leather….leather is HOT right now. I’m seeing different silhouettes such as leggings, dresses and even shirts. Urban Outfitters even has Vegan leather jacket options.
A classic silhouette of a leather jacket is timeless, so if you are looking for one investment piece, you will get a lot of wear out of it. But if you want to get crazy, you can definitely find crazy out there (I am crazy as I have a leather jacket, leggings, shorts and a vest!).
Trend #5: Military
The military trend comes around every few years and it’s back.
I think a little goes a long way with military and you don’t want to look like you just got back from bootcamp unless..well, you just got back from bootcamp.
I have seen great military inspired jackets at Zara, Mango, Macy’s and Anthropologie and pairing a jacket with your own skinny jeans and boots is a great way to incorporate this trend. Flats or high boots would be great too.
Here are some tips I shared to help with keeping on trend this season…and any season:
Don’t try to copy the runway. You’ll look crazy. Look at your favorite magazines and even your friends and wear what suits you.
Don’t combine too many trends in one outfit. Again…you’ll look crazy. Keep it simple.
Shop your closet before shopping the mall. This fall, there is not a huge shift or change in styles and silhouettes. The same styles have been on trend for the past few seasons. Before you start spending money, try clothes on from your own closet to see what you can use in different ways.
Buy pieces that you can wear from season to season. As I mentioned before, go with winter white skinny jeans instead of pure white and you’ll get more wear out of them. Stay away from wool and linen which only get wear for one season.
Don’t spent too much money on super trendy pieces. If leopard isn’t your thing but you want a new item, go for a scarf from Forever21 or TJMaxx that doesn’t break the bank. Stick to more classic pieces to spend money on.
Finally…when all else fails, stick to incorporate trends with scarves, belts, shoes or accessories. It’s simple. It’s easy. And it’s cheaper
You can check out my Fall 2012 Collection on Polyvore.!