ACCESSORIES REPORT: Mix It Up

Accessories Report

Take a tip from this Fashionista and show off your fashion-forward fall style by mixing pieces in fresh and unpredictable ways. By incorporating an ultra-feminine skirt, a distressed denim jacket worn over a baggy T-shirt and animal print flats, this Fashionista managed to pull off a creative look, full of unexpected accessories.

Whether you wear the high-low trend in the form of a breezy, chiffon skirt, like this Fashionista, or as a glam dress, you will be sure to turn heads with one of this season’s most popular trends. To recreate this Fashionista’s look, check out the Urban Outfitters site and purchase this Starring at Stars Chiffon High-Low Skirt, available in several colors. If you are looking to try out the trend in the form of a dress, I love this option by LuLu’s. Its olive green hue is perfect for fall and having sleeves makes it a great option for chilly fall nights. Throw on a denim jacket for day and conquer your busy schedule of classes and meetings in style.

Topping off her look with a distressed denim jacket, a delicate chain necklace and pointed-toe leopard print flats, this Fashionista styled her look perfectly. A denim jacket is a great fall staple and I love this Fashionista’s vintage, light-wash version. To purchase a similar jacket, visit an American Eagle Outfitters store and check out their AE Denim Jacket. For a similar layered chain necklace, this option by Forever 21 is affordable and versatile. Finally, this Fashionista’s shoes may be my favorite part of her look. Her animal-print flats add a fun element to her outfit and mixes well with her soft pink skirt and jacket. For a pair similar to this Fashionista’s, check out pairs by Steve Madden.

Spotted: Even big-name designers, such as Louis Vuitton, have been including pointed-toe shoes in their collections as early as last spring. View the spring 2012 collection to see the pointed-toe shoe trend re-emerging on the runway.

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: Mix It Up

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This week’s Fashionista mixes things up with a combination of fun prints. Rather than picking just one trending pattern like leopard, tribal or floral, she uses all three in one ensemble. Though this look may appear easy to pull off, proceed with caution. As always, creating a perfect outfit is a balancing act between patterns, colors and textures.

This Fashionista pulls off the look by sticking to a specific color palette. Here, she uses warm tones like rust mixed with neutrals like black and gray. Her gray acid-washed shorts ground the entire outfit. The lace, floral tights add a bit of texture while her rust-colored cropped top picks up the warm hue of her leopard wedges. She finishes off the ensemble with simple accessories: a vintage fedora hat and Ralph Lauren sunglasses.

Celebrities are especially into this look, such as fashion icon Whitney Port. The mixture of fun prints, when combined carefully, creates a funky look without looking high-maintenance. Perfect for such a hectic time with final exams approaching!

Spotted: Mixed prints as seen on the runways of Duro Olowu

 

 

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: Mix It Up

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You know those people who need to keep their foods separated at all times? Carrots can’t touch mashed potatoes, pasta can’t touch the salad; the rules go on and on. I’m definitely not one of those people. I’m actually the girl who goes into 16 Handles, piles every flavor and topping possible in my measly cup, and stirs like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, I’m a firm believer that the mixture of flavors— the fusion of spicy, sweet, sour and tangy flavors– is what makes food worth eating. And, to relate it to fashion, maybe mixture is exactly what makes clothes worth wearing. It is unusual and surprising blends of textures, patterns and cuts that make fashion a breath of fresh air and a fantastic vehicle of self-expression. Blunders become beautiful, accidents become awe-inspiring and mistakes simply don’t exist; variety is everything.

Today’s Fashionista, who I spotted on her way back from an interview, holds this philosophy true from head to toe. Her neutral, army green dress and black cardigan serve as understated base pieces of her ensemble and take the backseat to her playful and colorful accessories. I was immediately drawn to her tribal print scarf, which she’s casually wrapped around her neck for comfort, warmth and attitude.  From there, it’s obviously hard to neglect her nerdy-chic glasses and steel-toed flats, which fall on the opposite ends of the fashion spectrum but blend together to create a tough, yet somewhat dainty, feel. Last but not least, her distressed leather satchel adds a rustic touch, somehow complimenting its tribal, nerdy and fierce counterparts in the process. Now that is some serious mixing.

The key to combining accessories is to make it look effortless yet multi-dimensional. “This old thing?” is what you’ll be replying to your friends, when in reality it took you half an hour to pair different textures and patterns for the perfect look. Winter is the best time to put your skills to the test, so be bold and pair that tartan scarf with your studded booties. Mix it up, and you'll be glad you did.

Spotted: Combinations galore on the runways of Acne, Fendi and John Galliano.

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