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FALL’S TOP TRENDS
From platforms to plaid, nine ways to rev up your wardrobe this season. Plus easy, foolproof tips from celebrity stylists that will help you dress like a star
BLAKE LIVELY in a Tibi dress.
ONE BOLD PIECE PACKS A PUNCH
Shades are vivid and saturated. Pair them with neutrals to make your wardrobe pop
Ankle pants, $79; vincecamuto.com
Camp sleeve shirt with tie, $99.90; hsn.com
LIPSTICK RED IS RIGHT NOW
Green-of-the-crop heels, $57.99; modcloth.com
Cantina cross-body bag, $166; endless.com
More Bright Colors
Botany-professor cape, $69.99; modcloth.com
VICTOR FOR VICTOR ALFARO
Merino wool turtleneck, $72; bonton.com
Pom Pom cross-body/clutch, $195; lalucca.com
MISSONI FOR TARGET
Ballet flats in purple multi, $29.99; target.com
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET
Floppy hat, $58; whbm.com
Patent skinny belt, $24.50; loft.com
RACHEL BILSON in an Erdem blouse and pants.
WEAR PRINTS WITH COLOR
RACHEL BILSON‘S STYLIST NICOLE CHAVEZ SHARES HER TIPS
Test the trend
Start off with accessories. A bag or shoe is perfect for adding a burst of color. An orange bag is great because it acts as a neutral and goes with everything.
Keep it modern
Don’t get too colorful! Wear a bold pant with a neutral top or add a great patterned shirt that coordinates with the color of the pants, as we did with Rachel (right).
Straight and trouser-cut jeans are figure-flattering, and the darker washes can easily work from day to night
SARAH JESSICA PARKER in Rag & Bone jeans.
COLORED JEANS LOOK FRESH
CHARLIZE THERON in Current/Elliott jeans.
DRESS UP YOUR DENIM!
Cigarette straight and narrow jeans, $184; joesjeans.com
LEVI’S BOLD CURVE ID
Classic straight jeans, $78; levi.com
Front-pocket trouser jeans, $42.99; ymijeans.com
Trouser jeans in Malibu wash, $54; Macy’s stores nationwide
CHARLIZE THERON‘S STYLIST LESLIE FREMAR SHARES HER TIPS!
Do more with denim
Jeans paired with a blouse, sweater and heels are office-ready. And dark blue or black trouser jeans worn with a black fitted blazer are a fresh take on an evening tux.
Avoid wearing denim with holes. Unless you’re washing the car, they usually don’t work. And make sure the fit is right. Oversize or skintight jeans rarely look good on grown-ups.
Lean silhouettes add sex appeal. Balance with bold accessories
Country check jacket, $198, and skirt, $118; anntaylor.com
EVAN RACHEL WOOD in a Dolce & Gabbana suit and blouse.
ADD A SOFT BLOUSE
BY (MICHAEL) MICHAEL KORS
Crepe popover tunic, $89.50; 866-709-KORS
Slim cropped pants, $35; gap.com
LELA ROSE FOR PAYLESS
Fulton tassle shootie, $54.99; payless.com
METALLICS LIFT THE LOOK
SR SQUARED BY SANDRA ROBERTS
Mixed media mini bag, $65; endless.com
Classic two-button blazer, $73.50; gap.com
LAUREN BY RALPH LAUREN
Long-sleeve work shirt, $89.50; select Macy’s stores
Studded satchel, $98; jessicasimpsoncollection.com
“Dillian” lace-up, $195; zappos.com
EVAN RACHEL WOOD‘S STYLIST SAMANTHA MCMILLEN SHARES HER TIPS
Keep it ladylike
Suits should be well cut and shaped to the body. With a menswear look, try a blouse with a ruffle or lace to soften the style. If a suit looks hard and mannish, it’s too much.
Experiment with accessories
Menswear elements are everywhere-especially on bags and shoes. You won’t look like a man as long as you can see the shape of a woman’s body.
Forget the schoolyard! This season’s must-have plaids are perfect for the office or a date night
PAIR YOUR PLAID WITH SEXY HEELS
L.L. BEAN SIGNATURE
Wool pencil skirt, $129; llbeansignature.com
KIM KARDASHIAN in a Parker dress.
RACHEL ZOE FOR QVC
Luxe hunting jacket, $120; qvc.com
Sleeveless belted dress, $100; bonton.com
GREAT FOR CURVY GIRLS!
L.L. BEAN SIGNATURE
Downeaster wool sports bag, $95; llbeansignature.com
RED PLAID IS CLASSIC YET MODERN
EMMY ROSSUM in a Smythe blazer.
EMMY ROSSUM’S STYLIST ILARIAU URBINATI SHARES HER TIPS
Keep it modern
Plaid is easy to pull off in small doses. A solid top in navy or camel with a plaid skirt is chic. Red plaid is universally flattering. When in doubt, choose a cropped jacket or plaid shirt.
What to avoid
Details like western-style pockets or stitching make plaid appear hokey and less modern. Also, never wear a plaid top with plaid pants unless you’re a model doing a fashion shoot.
Look for pieces, real or faux, with accents like pleating or zippers. Pair with solid colors or soft prints
LEATHER IS FRESH WITH JEANS
PADMA LAKSHMI in an updated bomber jacket.
Sheath with zippers, $148; nordstrom.com
Sheepskin leather jacket, $249; zara.com
M BY MARC BOUWER
Faux-leather vest, $82.50; qvc.com
Faux-leather pleated shorts, $139.90; mango.com
BLACK LEATHER IS SLEEK
KATE MOSS in Balmain leather pants.
ASHLEY GREENE in a Ferragamo look.
ASHLEY GREENE’S STYLIST CHRISTINA EHRLICH SHARES HER TIPS
Wear one piece at a time
No need to wear head-to-toe leather. Pair a leather skirt or pants with a feminine blouse or structured blazer, or a leather jacket with skinny jeans.
Streamline your look
Avoid bulky, oversize pieces. You can never go wrong with a classic leather jacket. The best ones mold to your body. Lighter-weight leather is the most comfortable.
“Carina” mini zip bag, $90; clava.com
“Barcelona” saddlebag, $198; macys.com
MATT & NAT
“Clint” polyurethane bag, $145; mattandnat.com
MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO.
Cross-body bag, $24.99; target.com
Satchels & Cross-body Bags
For space and style, there are two ways to go: a smart satchel or a practical cross-body bag
ADD A POP OF COLOR !
ZOE SALDANA with a Longchamp “Balzane” bag
RACHEL RACHEL ROY
Color-block python satchel, $99; rachelroy.com
“Charlotte” suede satchel, $199; vincecamuto.com
Philharmonic bag, $39.95; justfab.com
Full course-load bag, $84.99; modcloth.com
ZOE SALDANA’S STYLIST PETRA FLANNERY SHARES HER TIPS
Quality is everything
Look at the clasp and zipper and try to fasten and unfasten to make sure you can open with ease. Check for durability, which is key for everyday bags. With messenger bags, make sure the strap is adjustable so it’s not too long or short.
EMMA STONE in Brian Atwood pumps.
HAVE FUN WITH PRINTS
BRIGHTS MAKE A LOOK POP!
Kitten Heels & Platform Pumps
Smart styles range from neutrals to animal prints to vivid color
Leopard heel, $198; dkny.com
CRAFT & BARROW
Dawn plaid heel, $54.99; kohls.com
Court heel with cap toe, $79.90; zara.com
VICTOR by VICTOR ALFARO
Patent pump, $79; bonton.com
RACHEL RACHEL ROY
Chrissto embellished pump, $120; rachelroy.com
Microsuede pump, $24.99; target.com
PAIR DENIM WITH KITTENS!
REESE WITHERSPOON in Christian Louboutin heels.
EMMA STONE’S STYLIST PETRA FLANNERY SHARES HER TIPS
Platforms add drama
Platform pumps add height and elongate your legs without causing discomfort. Bright colors, leopard prints and embellishments are new.
Kitten heels are comfy
Kitten heels look best paired with pants. Choose a color block pair for an unexpected twist. Opaque hosiery looks great with textured styles.