Step outside and you'll discover the air is a little crisper, leaves are starting to darken into rustic colors, and the smell of autumn wafts through campus. It's officially fall. You know what that means: now's the time to start updating your wardrobe.
The latest trends for fall 2010 range from '50s chic to elegant velvet, but perhaps the hottest trends are all about the balance between sweet and sassy: mixing ladylike lace with tough leather, infusing infantry inspiration, and daring to wear bold animal print. Here's how you can wear these three toughened-up-good-girl trends without breaking the bank:
Outfit #1: Lace and Leather
Lace is big for fall, and when paired with leather (or faux leather, for the budget or eco-conscious), the ladylike classic makes a big statement.
Above, lace helps tone down leather's severity, which makes for a hot evening ensemble that doesn't scream "Jersey Shore extra." Tuck this loose-fitting sheer top into the faux leather mini, wear a basic cami or bandeau underneath, and add neutral accessories for a sexy yet sweet look.
Outfit #2: Leopard Print
Many girls are scared of leopard print — if that's you, fear not! When worn the right way, leopard will add sizzle to your outfit, without making you look tacky or cheap.
The key to pulling off leopard on a budget is keeping the dose of animal print small. A leopard print clutch, pair of shoes, or scarf will incorporate a bit of the jungle into your closet, without giving off a tasteless vibe. If you're brave enough to wear a leopard coat or shirt, hold back unless you're willing to splurge on a piece that's very well-made and well-designed - cheap leopard pieces usually look, well, cheap.
Outfit #3: Military-Inspired
Military-inspired fashion is everywhere this season: sailor stripes, nautical buttons, army green, combat-ready buckles, utilitarian studs and surplus-style threads are all over the fall racks. To work the soldier trend while still looking girly, pair this army shirtdress with soft tights and tough, tall boots. Finish the look off with a coordinating bag that resembles a knapsack, like this versatile fold-over, cross-body tote.
What do you think?
Do you like these outfits? Are you daring enough to wear lace and leather, leopard print, or surplus-style clothes? What are your favorite trends for fall? Please leave a comment!