Summer may still be sizzling but we must not forget that Autumn is right around the corner. While most of us probably start sweating just thinking about cashmere and layering, there are a lot of great ways to slowly introduce the upcoming trends into your late summer wardrobe!
Acne, A/W 2011
Color - Rich hues, popping neons and playful color blocking still reign supreme in the upcoming seasons. While a bright courderoy pant may be perfect for a day of watching the leaves change color you probably want to avoid passing out from heat exhaustion. So instead, try throwing on a pair of colorful shorts and pairing it with a bold piece of colorful jewelry. Corals, oranges, and turquoises will all translate well from this season into the next.
Chloe, A/W 2011
Animal Prints - They’re baaaaack. Or did they ever leave? What was once considered too Fran Fine for any sophisticated woman to wear, Animal Prints have made a triumphant and elegant return to the scene. And in a very daring move, many are laying print upon print. If you’re going to give this one a go, perhaps try to keep your prints in the same color family. Otherwise you run the risk of looking too Tarzan for your own good.
Proenza Schouler A/W 2011
Make a Statement! - Big, chunky, attention grabbing jewelry is the way to go in the next few months. But beware ladies, jewels upon jewels might have you bordering on Zsa Zsa territory, and unless you’re going for the Most Fabulous at Green Acres title, I suggest rocking one piece at a time. These gems deserve a bit of the spotlight, so try pairing them with a simple t-shirt, or with a lightweight blazer.
So you know that Christmas is this week, but if you’ve forgotten to do some shopping, now is the time to hop online and make some quick purchases…or think about the upcoming year and who you need to buy gifts for in January or February.
Jersey Sleep Tee: this cozy warm sleep shirt is a great idea for winter months, and great for wearing downstairs Christmas morning. Lots of prints to choose from!
Messenger Bag: a casual, trendy bag that works for everything! Neutral colors and zipper pockets make this bag a good choice for anyone on your list.
Jet earrings: these long elegant earrings can be worn to formal or everyday occasions depending on what you pair them with. Victorian-inspired, with a smooth style, these would make a great stocking stuffer!
Necklace and earring set: Another great stocking stuffer! This pretty gold set has some intricate details that make it stand out.
Those are just a few of the gift options that exist—with a few clicks you can have them arriving at your doorstep (or send them directly to your loved ones).
One great thing about the holidays is the party aspect, because it means dressing up and choosing fun accessories and jewelry to go with your outfits. But you can really wear jewelry anytime, if you know the basics. First up, bracelets! These can be kind of a neglected part of your jewelry wardrobe, but they are really fun, too.
The cuff: this thick bracelet works best with ¾ length sleeves (or shorter), otherwise it will get covered up. Cuffs don’t go all the way around your wrist, they just “cuff” it. And one cuff is all you need! There are casual cuffs and fancier cuffs. This leather and turquoise cuff would work well with jeans and a t-shirt or any casual look, while this cuff is nice for casual, but it also works well with fancier attire.
The bangle: bangles come in all kinds of sizes, from very narrow to thick. Bangle refers more to the style, which is a looser-fitting, solid bracelet that dangles from your wrist. Bangles work with every outfit. Thin bangles are best worn in groups, while thick bangles should be worn on their own.
The tennis bracelet: tennis bracelets are jointed, flexible, and thin bracelets, usually made of jewels (most famously, diamonds). Tennis bracelets can be worn with any length sleeves and any outfit—even while playing tennis!
And of course there are tons of other kinds of bracelet options. Check them out here.
Sometimes you just want to wear something that looks different—something unique, that doesn’t look like everyone else. It’s fun to make a statement or to start a conversation about something you’re wearing.
- Try a unique style. Something like this tuxedo blouse, while it comes in subdued colors, is a different cut and style than many blouses. It’s sheer, so you can pair it with a cami (if you don’t, you’ll REALLY make a statement!) and trousers. Different styles like this always get attention.
- Reverse the expectation. Most people wear printed tops with solid bottoms, but why not change things a bit and wear print pants and a solid top? These floral pants are one way you can mix it up. Another option is this tie-dyed skirt. The delicate bands of color make it a standout.
- Bling it up. I’ve already blogged about this tunic and this sequined vest, both of which add some shine to your wardrobe. You can also add bling by adding jewelry, like this abalone disk set or a fascinating pendant.
Okay, that was a lot of alliteration. But, hey, it’s fun. Let’s look at some of the ways you can be trendy without spending tons of money this fall.
Comfy, bulky sweaters are in! But the trouble with bulky sweaters is that they can bulk YOU up, too. Big sweaters have a way of minimizing your pretty curves. One way to solve that problem: add a belt! Yes, you can belt a sweater to give yourself some shape.
Got a plain old button-down or long-sleeved tee? Spice up your basics with some long, dangly earrings that sparkle. Your outfit can really pop.
Beige and tan are the new neutrals for fall. See about adding a few pieces in these hot colors to your wardrobe.
Add a hint of animal print. Little touches of wild print here and there can make you stand out.
Sometimes it’s fun to really show off your jewelry. To wear something big and fun, like a ring. These big pieces don’t work for every occasion, but when you’re going out for a drink or hitting a cocktail party, sometimes it’s fun to use a piece of jewelry as a conversation starter or just as an accent to your outfit.
This jade and sterling cabochon ring is one example of a beautiful (and big) piece of jewelry that stands out. The yellow stone is bright, bold, and perfect for making a statement.
Slightly smaller, but still stunning, is this green jade and pearl ring. The color is so eye-catching! And the pearl and peridot combo is really unique …you’ll be the only one in the room with a ring like this.
Turquoise is a big deal right now, and this big simulated turquoise and silver ring really pops! The bold design makes this a great option for when you want to try something new and different.
Check out more plus-size rings by clicking here.