As summer fades into fall and leaves change from vibrant greens to lush orange and maroons, the same thing is happening in fashion. The colorful fashions of summer are moving to the back of the closet and the neutral shades of fall are making their way forward. But how do you make yourself stand out against these impartial hues? Accessories of course.
Fall is all about minimal and simple silhouettes. Tailored trousers, a-line dresses and effortless trenches by themselves can be boring, but paired with the right accessories can launch your look into orbit.
Let’s start out with a few trends hitting the runway for fall. Chains and links are a huge trend this fall: chains on shoes, chains on bags, or just plain chunky, chain necklaces. This new hardware gives any look a spark of edginess.
Zippers are also another way to add flair and edge to any outfit. Look for cross-body bags with zippers galore, headbands with twisting zippers, shoes engulfed in zippers even sunglasses rimmed in zippers. But choose just one zippered accessory per outfit; one too many zips and you may just look like a storage unit.
Feathers took off from the runway this season, making this new trend soar high above the rest. Feathered clutches and bib necklaces add a bit of whimsy to a little black dress. This trend if perfect for the bohemian beauty looking to update her wardrobe in a fun and flirty way.
Vintage is always a go-to trend, but for this fall, look for 1920’s inspired crystal jewelry. Anything that looks like it belonged to your fashionable great grandmother or a piece that looks like it has a story behind it are what you want to look for. Vintage crystals add a hint of shine without being prom-like and when they catch the light…magic happens.
Now when it comes to shoes, this is the ideal place to play with color. Royal blues and vibrant reds are the perfect complement to the fall’s neutral colors (black, camel, chocolate brown). Whether you are looking for sky high pumps, peep toe ankle boots or fall appropriate wedges (no straw or wood please) you cannot go wrong with these colors. Other hues to keep your eye out for are deep purple, maroon and emerald green.
Boots, possibly the best part about fall attire, have much potential. One trend to look for is equestrian, not just for horseback riding. The equestrian boot is usually two-toned (finally a way to match black with brown!) making it accessible to any casual outfit and the round toe and detail around the knee make any leg look magnificent.
Also look for boots that lace up. Take a menswear inspired approach and look for oxford style ankle boots. The stitching around the toe and heel marry flawlessly with the laces. Another favorite are over the knee boots that lace all the way up (yes all the way up). It may take an extra couple of minutes to get ready in the morning, but the end result is to die for.
Another way to play with color is through make-up. Embrace your winter paleness and focus color on your lips and eyes. For lips, choose a bright red or sultry maroon. These two colors complement pale skin and make teeth look ultra white while drawing attention your sexy pout.
As for eyes, change up your everyday black or brown eyeliner and try deep blues or purples. If you have light colored skin, pair your new shade of liner with taupe eye shadow with a hint of gold. For medium skin, try a light gold shadow and if you are lucky enough to have naturally dark skin in the winter, go bold with a yellow/gold shadow.
Violet and coral are no longer shades of spring and summer. The two colors not only pair well together, but they harmonize with any skin tone. Chose a violet shadow with coral blush and go neutral with lips and pick a clear or light pink gloss.
The last step for fall accessorizing is nail polish. To go with the military trend stalking the streets, taupe and shades of brown nail polish are all the rage. The neutral color will match any outfit and make-up combination polishing off your ideal fall wardrobe.