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Dress Code: Fall/Winter 2012 Clothing: What’s trending NOW!

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Hello loves, did you miss me? Yes it’s been a while but your girl is back and ready to talk that talk! My favorite season is upon us and the weather lends itself to endless possibilities. Fall is the perfect season for layering cardigans of some of your favorite summer dresses, wearing opaques under those tailored shorts with a pair of booties, or taking that bright summer tote into colder weather. Let’s examine this season’s new trends in fashion and beauty and discover which fit your personal style!  P.S. Look for the next DC article devoted to F/W accessories …. xoxo Kira

  • Wine – No, not fermented grapes, but rather the color (and any variations of it). Let me just say that of all the F/W ’12 trends I’ve seen this is #1. From makeup to outerwear shades of burgundy, wine , and oxblood are everywhere. So how can you include this into your everyday wardrobe? Starting with simple pieces is the best route. Try a wine colored lipstick or nail polish. Update your office staples and score a wine colored blazer or sweater, both functional and trendy pieces all in one. Still unsure? You can never go wrong by opting for a leather bag , a pair of shoes or a pencil skirt.
  • Leather & Suede – This should be no surprise since both fabrics are already winter staples. However, this season we are seeing unexpected uses of the fabric, from the lace cut leather dresses by Valentino to the leather business suits by Bebe. This season don’t just settle for leather pumps and purses or the predictable motorcycle jacket, branch out into the deep and you’ll be surprised at how feminine leather can be. Those black slim fit trousers you always wear? Try a black leather pair. That fitted blazer you wear with everything? Get a similar one in white leather or even metallic bronze. Your favorite high waist skirt would look even better in chocolate suede, and so would your go to knee length pleated skirt. Whatever you decide just remember: pairing a tough fabric like leather with softer feminine touches (like a silk blouse or cashmere sweater) are tre chic!
  • Knitwear – This season cozy kits are in abundance with an assortment of colors. Angora sweaters in pastel colors look lovely when draped over textured tights and ankle boots. Fitted cable knit sweaters in candy colors are the perfect way to keep fashionably warm. Try pairing slim bottoms with looser knit tops to add dimension to your outfit. Want to dress up your knits? Choose a fitted wrap dress in a lovely color such as rust or emerald green and add glamorous accessories. As the weather gets colder stay warm in plush sweater dresses with cowl necklines or cable knit details. Another option for brisk fall days is to trade your trench coat for a wool shawl or cape. *Tip: stock up on knits in bold, bright colors this season. As we’ve seen all year bold colors have replace the neutrals that are synonymous with fall and winter clothing.
  • Embellishments – This season every possible article of clothing is candidate for embellishment. From bejeweled peter pan collars, studded button ups, and strategically placed rhinestones nothing is off limits. A plain white oxford shirt becomes glamorous when  jewels are added to the collar or the buttons are replaced. One of the trendiest forms of embellishment we are seeing this season are baroque fabric embroideries. These opulent patterns have always been associated with royalty and also commonly seen on priestly robes.  This season they are showing up in jackets, pencil skirts, peplum tops, and tailored pants. You may be thinking “There’s no way to add baroque into my everyday wardrobe”. Ahh, but there is…the key is to limit it to one piece. Try adding an embroidered vest to a tailored outfit for an unexpected twist, or a pair of vintage paisley pants in a bright hue.
  • Beauty – This season is all about glamor and sophistication with a dash of 60’s whimsy. Trade your dark smokey eyeshadow for shimmering gold and bronze. Lashes are the main facial attraction, whether real or false. Play them up by wearing electric blue mascara or a full strip of lashes for a Bridget Bardot effect. This season cheeks are swept with blushes in shades of bright pink, peach, and orange.
  • *Remember when wear bright blush that less is more to avoid looking like a clown…literally. Last but not least, lips are neutral this season, which is a welcome change from the bright colors of summer. Opt for nudes, shimmering peach, and pale pink shades to off set dramatic eyes and cheeks.