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From new color trends to the rise of the cape, this fall’s fashion trends are not only wearable, but affordable- with key pieces available for well under $100. Furthermore, the latest in fall fashion trends are pieces you will actually KEEP in your closet for a while (capes, work dresses, etc). We give you the scoop on what Fall Fashion Trends 2011 you should add to your wardrobe.
Top Fall Fashion Trends 2011
Emberglow: The Must-Have Hue
Orange and Red continue to be hot fashion color trends for fall 2011. For Fall, designers merged the two trends to form one of the season’s hottest colors: emberglow, a bright redish- orange hue (this a warmer version of the color Rust) that works well with a variety of skin tones.
The Cape Crusader
Capes are this season’s must-have outerwear. We love capes because they’re perfect for transitioning from relatively warm weather of early September to the cooler weather of late October. Now, we know that capes can be a bit tricky to wear, so we recommended layering your cape over a long sleeve tee in early fall and a knit/cashmere sweater in late fall.
Via Spiga Asymmetrical Cape, $138, Nordstrom.com (also available in plus sizes)
Pencil Skirt: The Office Staple
Pencil skirts are one of those trends you probably already have in your closet. This season pair the classic up with a bright colored top (try emberglow, jade or Pantone’s Fall 2011 Color Trend Deep Teal) and a pair of simple black pumps.
Charter 1 Pencil Skirt, $59, Macy’s
The Maxi Skirt: Fall’s Other Skirt
The maxi skirt is kind of like the maxi dress without the top- long, flowing and infinitely easy to wear. The key to wearing this season’s “other skirt”, is to think proportions, either pair it with a long top/sweater (at least mid thigh) like your boyfriend cardigan from last season and/or pair it with a cropped sweater top.
Maxi Skirt, $39.50, Victoria’s Secret
Polka Dot: The Perfect Print
Polka dots prints are a big fall fashion trend and not just as a print for vintage inspired dresses. The print is popping up on tops, pants and even purses. If you’re new to the print, the key to wearing it this fall is to keep the dots small, less than the size of a pencil eraser, and go beyond the traditional white dots on black background print.
Banana Republic Polka Dot Cardigan, $69.50, BananaRepublic.com
Leather Skirt: It’s back
If there’s one fall 2011 fashion trend that has been crazy excited, it’s the resurrection of the leather (or pleather) skirt. Whether it’s pencil or A-line, the leather skirt is the one blast-from-the-past piece that if you had a enough fashion foresight to keep from back in the day, that has pretty much remain the same style-wise. If you don’t have one of your own, raid the closet of an older relative to see if they have a leather skirt you can “borrow”.
Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, $79.90, The Limited
Tuxedo Look: The Menswear-inspired Trend
Menswear as a women’s fashion trend has been around since, well, Kathryn Hepburn first rocked a pair of pants back in the 1940s. This season the perennial fashion trend shifts more toward the tuxedo look for evening wear (made famous by the brilliant Yves Saint Laurent). Brands from Express to Forever21 have featured tuxedo pants in their fall 2011 collections.
Tuxedo Ankle Pants, $59.95, New York and Co.
Jade & Teal: The New Colors
If you like your colors bright, then you’ll love this season’s new burst of color, jade and teal. Jade, a rich green color, and Deep teal, a brighter blue, actually works well for a variety of skin types, but the colors especially shine on darker skin tones.
Brush Back Wool Sheath, $159, Talbots
Color Blocking: Still Going Strong
The color blocking trend is still going strong and the same rules apply- use the color wheel to find colors that work well together (brown + yellow is no, but brown +orange works) and avoid prints (hence the name “color” blocking). If you’re still at style 101, stick to safe color blocking, purple + red or blue +green.
Colorblock Satin Tank, $17.80 at Forever21+
Work Dress: The Wardrobe Workhorse
Thank Gucci, dresses continue to be a big trend for fall work fashion. We love dresses because they are soooo easy to wear (serious just add shoes ) and a major time saver in the morning. Again, tailored dresses straight out of Rosalind Russell’s 1960s closet continue to reign (for style inspiration watch NBC’s new TV show “Pan-Am” or Reruns of “Mad Men”.
Cowl Neck Long Sleeve Jersey Dress, $69.50, LOFT
Colored Pencil Pants: The Attention-Getter
You’re probably thinking we’re off our rocker on this trend, but hear us out. Pencil pants are like the kinder, gentler, skinny pants. While skinny pants taper in at the ankle, pencil pants tend to be tailored more like capris, curving in slightly through the thigh, with a slight flare at the hem. Add in a bit of color and you’ve got a trend that is both daring and familiar. For those of us who are a bit less adventurous, try the pants first in a deeper color like rust or forest green.
Cropped Kick Flare Pants, from $58.54, ASOS (also available in plus size)