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4 Must-Have Accesories for Fall 2010 & How to Wear Them


Fall 2010 accessories trends

For most people, the end of August means enjoying the last weeks of summer, trying to wear those short-shorts a few more times before their tan wears off, and dreading the chunky knits and layers that arrive come November. But for those of us who love fashion, this time of year is incredibly exciting! I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for fall fashion; I’ve already got my knee-high socks on and am digging out my favorite cardigans!

But, like the rest of you, I too am working with a college student budget. As much as I would love to buy a full-length camel skirt and a real leather aviator jacket, I know I can’t afford either. Fortunately, with a few new accessories, every college student can look fresh for Fall/Winter without spending a lot.

Fall/Winter 2010 fashion is very much about a classic, clean, ladylike look- it’s all very Mad Men. Accessories are understated and sophisticated- the embellishments of last season are left behind and this season, fashion embraces a simple but elegant practicality that reflects the return to long-lasting pieces. So while accessories are few and far between, there are a few pieces that will bring your wardrobe up-to-date for fall.

Here are the top 4 must-have accessories for Fall/Winter 2010. The best part? They’re all college budget-friendly!

1. Skinny Belts

pringle belt
Pringle of Scotland skinny belt

Skinny belts have been hot for a few seasons now, and are not going anywhere for fall. I love skinny belts because they manage to eradicate that…lumpiness everyone feels in winter, and they’re a great way to accent any outfit and give it shape.

On the FW 2010 runways, sweaters and dresses were casually belted to emphasize the waist and create a curvy silhouette. The catwalks also displayed sweaters worn over high-waisted skirts, and belted at the waist for an extra feminine look.

How to Wear a Skinny Belt – Outfit Idea

skinny belt

skirt- skinny red belt- miss selfridge body suit- top shop necklace- hannah zakari jumper- debenhams knee socks- debenhams earrings- zappos boots- 5th floor productions

I fell in love with this skirt at first sight and knew it would be the perfect way to add a splash of excitement to a simple gray sweater, especially with a skinny red belt worn on top. Next, I matched the belt and skirt to these gorgeous little shoe boots. Finally, I added warm over-the-knee socks and red jewelry to polish off the look. This ensemble would be perfect for a winter dinner!

2 Ladylike Gloves

Ladylike gloves on the Louis Vuitton runway

This winter’s trendiest gloves aren’t woolly and warm. Instead, Fall 2010’s gloves are elegant and ladylike – very ’50s-chic.

These new gloves are perfect for a formal event, but leather ones will take you from zero to rock chick in 30 seconds! There will be hundreds of different styles and colors in stores over the coming weeks, so feel free to experiment with patterns and textures to create a look that fits your style.

How to Wear Ladylike Gloves – Outfit Idea


leather gloves- oasis lace-up boots- forever 21 necklace- monsoon dress- modcloth waistcoat- oasis bag- fred flare

I love the look of a really feminine dress with some seriously tough accessories, and that’s the aesthetic I went for above. This leather vest is perfect for adding extra warmth during fall without the heaviness of a jacket, and the lace up boots are totally on-trend. Finally, these leather gloves are the perfect piece to help you take a catwalk look and make it work for girls-night-out.

3. Socks

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Ankle socks worn with heels on the Prada runway

Socks are another trend that just isn’t going away; they were all over the catwalks this season, in every possible style and cut. Ankle socks (worn with heels) will be hot this autumn, with knee-high and over-the-knee socks coming in towards the winter.

To make this trend yours, choose thick, ribbed socks for warmth in colors like gray and mustard, or just have some fun with all the styles of ankle socks in shops right now. Patterned socks can be fun, while lace and silk socks are feminine and girly. Since socks are normally dirt cheap, why not move away from simple black and experiment? There are hundreds of options to choose from, so go crazy!

How to Wear Ankle Socks – Outfit Idea

ankle socks

dress- miss selfridge ankle socks- aubin and wills shoes- kurt geiger ring- avalaya belt- unique vintage head band- plasticland tulle skirt- gap

This outfit was inspired by Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey and her little tulle skirts that are always peeping out from under a simple LBD. I chose this tulle skirt in red to tie in with the socks and belt. This look is a great example of how to work socks into a night out outfit: Pair them with chunky platform shoes for maximum impact.

4. Brooches


As I said earlier, jewelry was kept to a minimum on the catwalk for Fall/Winter – there were pretty much no sparkly earrings or Mr-T-style gold chains to be seen. But while the clothes did the talking this season, one sparkly item did show up on the runways: the brooch.

Now, at first glance, brooches may remind you of something your Grandma might wear, but trust me when I say they are more wearable than you think. A classic brooch is perfect for making a simple outfit a little more interesting- and you can also ask to borrow a few from Grandma for a truly vintage look!

How to Wear a Brooch – Outfit Idea


brooches- butler and wilson/avalaya/avalaya beanie hat- amazon belt- dorothy perkins tshirt dress- all saints cardigan- modcloth over-the-knee socks- artisan socks brogues- dorothy perkins

I know you guys loved this post on wearing a simple gray dress, so I decided a gray dress would be the perfect base for some really pretty brooches. What’s great about brooches is that they can be found fantastically cheap in a vintage shop or old jewelry shop – they’re incredibly budget-friendly! Those of you with a keen eye will notice I also incorporated quite a few other Fall trends into this outfit – I can’t get enough of knee-high socks and skinny belts.

What do you think?

Which accessories are you looking forward to wearing this fall/winter? Do you like the understated look we saw on the catwalks? Are you going to embrace classic femininity this season? What are your go-to fall/winter accessories? Drop a comment and let us know!!

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33 Responses to “4 Must-Have Accesories for Fall 2010 & How to Wear Them”

  1. 1
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I’m not normally the biggest fan of the styling i see but i always keep checking back – you guys have some great ideas. I LOVE the styling you did for these trends! I think they are all very very wearable and fun!

  2. 2
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    What’s a skinny belt? Is that some new terminology cuz I couldn’t see a belt on the model or in the outfit idea….

    The 2nd outfit is very retro and I like it! And I’m not totally sure I like the socks idea – so beach bum to wear socks with open toed/strappy/heels … I’m old school like that.

    LOVE the broaches in the last outfit idea – I die for those silhouette stuff!

  3. 3
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Charlotte, I love this!! especially those gloves! I love the fingerless gloves, and how they can make an outfit look kinda homeless hipster chic or you can throw on a pair of leather ones to make a girly outfit a bit edgy! great tips!

  4. 4
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I think I’d be too embarassed to wear the gloves. A little too extravegent and unnecessary in my opinion.

  5. 5
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great post! Love the brooches you’ve chosen!

  6. 6
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I absolutely must have the dress in the third look!!

    I usually don’t like most trends, but the brooches are something I could definitely get on board with :]

  7. 7
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I’m totaly in love with the first outfit, the skirt, the necklace, the boots, the socks, everything absolutely perfect! Nice article

  8. 8
    August 27th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    i think its crazy abotu the socks. a girl in my area was in a bad car crash and still in a coma from what i understand. and to show support everyones been wearing mix matched socks in bright colors and patterns ( it was kinda her thing). so seeing people wearing socks wth sandals is totally the new tihng in my area and in fashion which is totally cool

  9. 9
    August 27th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    LOVING the skinny belts! I can never find any cute ones though :(

  10. 10
    August 27th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Ugh, this is the second time this week you have used that same hat and then provided the wrong link to purchase. I love that knit beanie…Where can I buy it, for reals, please!?!

  11. 11
    August 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I love the glove outfit. I don’t know the gloves are something that I would wear, but over all the outfit looks super cute!

  12. 12
    August 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    in love wit the 2nd outfit

  13. 13
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love the brooches, and I love the over the knee socks.. still not too sure about shorter socks with heels or sandals. But we’ll see. Great outfits!

  14. 14
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love that ladylike gloves are coming in! I think the ones featured are a little much, but i have some vintage driving gloves of my grandma’s that are wrist length, so pretty!

  15. 15
    August 28th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    the beanie hat of the last outfit is just amazing! anyone got a link where to buy it?

  16. 16
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Really sorry about the beanie hat!! The link is here-
    We’ll get it sorted on the post soon :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  17. 17
    August 28th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Skinny Belts-I like wider belts better and think they work better for my bodyshape. (hourglass)

    Socks-Socks are fine with sneakers, but I think they would look bad with heels. I think knee-high socks would look cute with flats or peeking over the tops of boots.

    Ladylike gloves-I think I would want to do a short tougher leather glove, than a more ladylike long glove.

    Brooches-I’m not sure they would go with my style, but I think some people could pull it off. I do LOVE LOVE the outfit the model is wearing in the brooch picture.

  18. 18
    August 30th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I LOVE the ladylike gloves outfit, it’s so amazing!! As for the trends, I’m not a fan of any of these but I may try skinny belts

  19. 19
    August 30th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    i totally love the kneehigh socks and gloves plus the jenny humphrey inspired outfit.

  20. 20
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:27 am

    i really like theese outfits but not so much the socks with heels idea, maybe its one of those ideas people come up with that nobody can really pull off, and in the last outfit where would you put the broches, i like them but would you use them all on the dress or just one? and where would u put them?

  21. 21
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’m surprised that you picked these as the trends. And the styling…eeek!! Each outfit consists of 3 main colors… so matchy matchy. I think trends can also be looks..such as pattern on pattern (huge right now) and textured knee high socks over tights… not just single items like a belt or brooch.

  22. 22
    September 9th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I love the gloves and brooches!! I have always loved raiding my mother’s closet for these types of items for dress-up parties and now I get to wear them fashionably in public!!!!

  23. 23
    September 16th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    @Lizzy, the belt is on the skirt it is a very thin red one. Skinny belts are thin belts used just to accessorize in small ways. Hope I helped

  24. 24
    September 20th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    too much black

  25. 25
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I love brooches! I think a bigger brooch of felt in either a geometric design or floral would add a touch of dimension to an outfit! I like the idea of sock with sandals so you can wear them longer into the season.

  26. 26
    November 12th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    You would put the brooches on the jacket. obviously!!! Just put all of them on the chest area, near the lapel. Haven’t you ever seen someone wear a button or a pin on their jacket? Like a smiley face pin or a “I voted” one? Just wear the brooches like that.

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