Star Trends Worth Trying
These ladylike looks pack a powerful punch with the graphic colorblocked combination. and Maria Menounos (in Ani Lee) both pick dresses that flatter their figures and draw the eyes up, thanks to the stark contrast between the yoke and the bodice.
LADYLIKE LEATHER DRESS
Time to get over your fear of leather. It’s the hottest fabric this season, goes with everything in your closet, and with this fit-and-flare silhouette seen on (in Johanna Johnson) and Malin Akerman, it’s guaranteed to flatter any figure.
We don’t have to tell you twice that patterned pants have been the trend of 2012. You’ve got floral, star print, polka dot and now it’s time to clear space in your denim drawer for camouflage. The key to pulling it off in a modern way: with dark, neutral extras (modeled by ) and in a skinny fit (as seen on , wearing a $60 Gap pair).
Step one: Use our deal on the Blueprint Cleanse. Step two: Flaunt the results at a holiday party in a sexy look that shows off that toned tummy. (See and , wearing Miu Miu, for extra inspiration!)
How many pairs of black pumps can one girl own? If you’re like us, the answer is way too many. Time to spice things up with these cool, classic-with-a-twist heels seen on Kate Walsh and . The neutral hues go with everything, but you won’t get bored of wearing them.
WHITE BLAZERS WITH BLACK PIPING
All-white toppers can feel too summery this time of year, but no need to switch to your staid black one. Nikki Reed and Dianna Agron defy the seasons by covering up with creamy blazers featuring black detailing.
The evening bags seen in the hands of Amy Smart and Rashida Jones may not fit much, but what they lack in spaciousness, they more than make up for with futuristic glamour.
If you bought one last season, you’re in luck because these coats are back in style! Diane Kruger and wear theirs to fight a slight chill, but when temps drop even lower, do as style editors here do and wear it under your fur vest for extra warmth.
Don’t get us wrong, we love a blazer as much as the next girl. But sometimes you’ve just got to go big, faux and fabulous. Slip on a leopard coat that hits mid-thigh (it’s the most slimming) to instantly exude ’60s glam, à la and Diane Kruger.
Stash your ratty old pashmina in favor of a wrapper with a little more edge. and wear cool skull-print scarves that draw attention to their boo-tiful faces (sorry, we couldn’t resist!).
Literal animal prints are everywhere this fall, but rocking a kitten or puppy on your shirt might make you look like a grade-schooler. A comfy, fitted top emblazoned with a funky bat (like Rachel Bilson’s tee or Alexa Chung’s Topshop sweater) is a decidedly more grown-up way to interpret the trend.
Want to look positively bewitching? Give these cat-face flats – seen on half of Hollywood this season – a try. and cast a spell in their pairs, worn with girlie separates.
Look scary-hot this week (and throughout the fall and winter) in a skintight pair of bright red skinnies. Kylie Jenner (in Parker) uses simple black accessories to make this look totally accessible, though bolder girls could make like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in J Brand) and add a graphic top.
A sexy way to enhance your assets without having to yell “eyes up here,” the neckline on Olivia Wilde’s A.L.C. design and Roland Mouret number reveals just enough skin. Styling tip: Pair the look with a waist-cinching belt and chic pointed heels.
To prevent this preppy piece from looking too “rah-rah” and balance it out with funky bottoms and cool-girl shoes. We’ve also seen it thrown over a cute floral dress and with skinny jeans and flats.
A fringed skirt? Only if you’re dressing up as a cowgirl. Moccasins? Great for running errands. But a slouchy fringed bag, as seen on and , has a fun boho-chic vibe that never goes out of style.
At first we couldn’t get on board with this shoe trend, but after spotting several stars, including and Maria Menounos, wearing open-toe booties, we think it’s time to give them a shot. Hint: A nude hue is easiest to pull off since it looks more subtle than black.
Two reasons we love fall: pumpkin everything and plaid everywhere. Wear your favorite button-up with fitted jeans and comfy shoes like Amanda Seyfried and , and get ready to be invited on a hayride.
FLORAL MOTO JACKETS
Here’s an unexpected flirty twist on the tough-girl staple, as seen on and Kelly Osbourne. Both went for statement sunnies and twisty topknots to keep the look edgy, but a tee and jeans make it accessible for anyone.
SHORT DRESSES WITH SLITS
Want to dial up a sexy night-out look to 11? Nina Dobrev (in Guishem) and did by picking party dresses with racy slits. To avoid getting dollar bills tossed at you, choose a sophisticated print or solid hue and keep the cleavage to a minimum.
Once synonymous with the men’s department, tweed has evolved into a trendy fabric that looks especially cute in miniskirt form. wears her black-and-white version with strappy heels and a clutch, while Jenna Dewan-Tatum works a fun turquoise style with a buttoned-up blouse.
This major 2012 trend has made its way from clothing to handbags – and we’re loving it. Nicky Hilton and Olivia Palermo carry multihued purses, which add a major dose of chic to their ensembles.
FLOUNCY LEATHER SKIRTS
Who says leather has to scream “Bond Girl”? Brooklyn Decker and wear minis in the hot-for-fall fabric, but choose silhouettes (not to mention prim buttoned-up blouses) that come off more sweet than sexy.
GOLD LACE DRESSES
Nude lace has been hot all summer, but it can wash out certain skin tones. Opt instead for a universally flattering, equally alluring and much more fall-appropriate metallic lace look, as seen on Zoë Saldana (in Elie Saab) and (in Dolce & Gabbana).
This fun, flirty layering piece is surprisingly versatile. It can be the chic finishing touch over a loose tunic and leggings (à la ) or add some tough edge to a sweet floral dress and classic Coach bag (like in the case of Carly Rae Jepsen).
SPIKE DROP EARRINGS
Goodbye, chandelier earrings, and hello, bad-girl danglers. Melinda Maria spikes and Amy Poehler’s Pearl Collective drops have all the impact but none of the sweetness. We plan to wear them like crazy this season.
PEOPLE StyleWatch’s motto is “We make fashion fun” – a mantra that Alexa Chung and Hailee Steinfeld have clearly adopted. Start slow with this trend by wearing the shirt with a ponytail and jeans. Bolder fashionistas can work up to Hailee’s level and add a bright skirt and killer shoes.
Last year’s leather-sleeve army topper gets an update. and Olivia Palermo demonstrate the hot new way to wear the style: on more feminine, luxe pieces like a shearling jacket or tailored blazer.
Part halter, part turtleneck (only without the nerd factor), this polished style (as seen on in Dior and in Naven) has a touch of sexiness thanks to the sleeveless, body-skimming silhouette.
DARK FLORAL DENIM
If you’re giving up summer’s floral jeans kicking and screaming, we’ve got great news: the trend is continuing into fall, only in a darker color palette. and wear styles with all the feminine appeal of their pastel counterparts, but the muted hues match the season’s crisp vibe.
MATCHING TOP & LOAFERS
On paper, matching anything to your shoes (especially loafers) isn’t something we’d recommend. In practice, though, Jordana Brewster (wearing AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans) and prove that the look is cool in a deliberately preppy kind of way.
FADED LEOPARD PRINT
The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s preferred animal print has migrated to Hollywood and adopted the West Coast’s laid-back style. The washed-out version has already found friends in Rose McGowan and Diane Kruger (in Current/Elliott).
Emerald is going to be huge for fall, and the rich shade gets a graphic boost from contrasting black elements. Tiffani Thiessen’s dress was made for tights and booties, while Maria Menounos’s (by Black Halo) will look sexy with a slim-fitting blazer and black pumps.
CLUTCHES WITH MAJOR HARDWARE
Last season it was all about oversize clutches. Now, it’s the buckle on the bag that’s living large. The versatile style looks equally glam with sleek black suit as it does with floral-print dress.
Get into the swing of things with these fringed pendants. and both wear theirs with loose tanks, printed jeans and bold shoes for a boho-glam vibe.
No one is more excited than we are (well, except possibly longtime flares devotee ) about the return of the über-flattering, ’70s-inspired denim silhouette. As Sofia and show, the style looks best with a tucked-in top (to show off your waist) and cool shades.
After spotting these adorable two-tone laceups on and Sophia Bush, we finally decided to give the menswear-inspired footwear trend a shot. Pair them with slim black pants or try a cute mini.
Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is now more than a state of mind – it’s also a celeb-loved look. Explore the spectrum of shades by picking a neon pair like Quay Eyeware sunnies or trying a rich magenta hue, as seen on .
We love a dress that can be pulled off by a and a . The formfitting shape and lace neckline make the look “girls night out” material, especially if you add sexy strappy heels like these ladies did.
Yes, it’s time to put away your crocheted tee, but you should immediately replace it with a lacy one. Make the piece work for fall by following the lead of and Olivia Munn and pairing it with second-skin skinnies and seasonally appropriate accessories.
More polished than a ballet flat and way comfier than a heel, this fall’s hot daytime kicks (worn by Camilla Belle and Ivanka Trump, among many others) are an office shoe that also happens to be the perfect addition to jeans and a cardigan.
Remain on the prowl for the perfect pair of leopard-print jeans because this trend isn’t going anywhere. Miranda Kerr’s Current/Elliott pair combines bold colors with a subtle animal print, while goes full-on rocker by adding skull print.
In years past, we’ve stripped our wardrobes of almost everything that could be described as “sunny” once summer ends, but this year, we’re holding on to this bright and cheery piece. More advanced girls can contrast theirs against bold colors and patterns à la Nikki Reed, but if you want to take it easy, do as did by wearing a butter-colored clutch against an all-black outfit.