The Top Fall Fashion Trends 2011

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.

Fall Fashion 2011

ASOS Ponti Midi Dress with Flared Skirt, $91.48, ASOS

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.

Fall Fashion 2011

Via Spiga Asymmetrical Cape, $138, (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) 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.

Fall Fashion Trends

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.

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Banana Republic Polka Dot Cardigan, $69.50,

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”.

Fall fashion Trends

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.

Fall Fashion trends 2011

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.

Fall Fashion Trend 2011

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.

fall fashion trend

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”.

fall fashion trends

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.

fall fashion trends

Cropped Kick Flare Pants, from $58.54, ASOS (also available in plus size)

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