Five Fall 2011 Fashion Trends for Real Women

The season is full of interesting trends (faux fur vests) and it can be a bit confusing to figure out which trends are worth your hard earn dollars. So we broke down the best trends for fall that fashionistas and non fashionistas can both wear.

Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women

Leather Skirts

Leather Skirts

It’s been close to 20 years since leather’s hey day and it’s good to see the skin making a serious comeback. 2011’s leather skirt is bit more tailored with sharper details like symmetrical shredding.

Advice for Real Women: Go with the pleather option which has the same level of detailing without the price. For leather skirts, pair them up with bright tights (We Love Colors has a great selection of tights in all sizes).

Color, Color Color

Green Pants

Cropped Kickflare Pants, $73.18 at

Color is the color of the moment, which is refreshing after fall 2010’s dark and darker color palette (we’re done with gray). Jade green, mustard yellows, purple, and cherry reds will continue to dominant this fall.

Advice for Real Women: Go bright my friends. Add color where ever your most comfortable. For those of us who are bold, go for a Knit dress in red, jade, or yellow or a pair of colorful capris in one of this season’s must have colors. For the less color inclined, go for a colorful necklace, bright bag or even a bright scarf.

Fall Fashion Trends

Long Skirts

Maxi Skirt, $39.50 at Victoria’s Secret

Yeah, the saying is correct. Skirts do get longer when the economy is bad and the economy is so bad that skirts have reached maxi lengths. A great way to wear the longer skirts is to go monocrhome- black and black, red and red, orange and orange.

Advice for Real Women: You will wear a long black maxi skirt. I am so sure you will wear a long maxi skirt, that if you can find a good one under $50 (like those at Victoria’s Secret), I think you should consider buying two. Pair the skirts with a long Boyfriend cardigan or a color black top for a layered look. You can also throw a boyfriend cardigan over this summer’s maxi dress for a similar look.

Work Dresses

Gray Dress

Ruched Shoulder Dress, $99 at Talbots 

Yes, dresses you can actually wear to work are very popular this year (thanks to “Mad Men”), which means your 9 to 5 sheath is all of the sudden a hot new trend.

Advice for Real Women: If you have a black or gray sheath (I’ve been telling you for years to purchase one as a basic foundation) then you’re all set. If not, stop and buy one right now. Trust me your cost per wear will be so ridiculously low on this purchase that you will actually get paid to wear it.

The Duster Coat

Gray Coat

Splurge! White +Warren Boucle Coat, $250 at Neiman

A coat is one of those things you can spend a bit of cash on because your cost per wear will be quite small because you will be able to wear it quite a bit over time.

Advice for Real Women: A duster coat is a solid purchase as it’s classic and won’t go out of the style. Brands like Calvin Klein, have great coats that are also great quality, for under $200. Make sure the coat is made of real wool (versus acrylic which can shed and become itchy), preferably merino or even cashmere if you can find it on sale.

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