The Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear runway shows provided multiple trends and looks fashionistas/os can drool over for months. We saw the rise of lace, return of military, and the sophisticated color-power of camel. While most of us don't have the budget to dish out buckets of money on those oh-so-chic treats, we can utilize our own styling power to replicate some Fall picks. For those on a super-college spender budget, I'd check out stores like H&M for their interpretations of Fall 2010 trends!
Here's one of my favorite looks from this Fall's runway shows. Michael Kors has never been the most flashy designer, but I absolutely love his Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection for his unexpected quirks. This look comes courtesy of Style.com (a great resource to catch up on all the fashion shows and trends!). The Michael Kors show had great and interesting looks, like fur coats and the coolest paper bag pants I've ever seen, but it is this look that I really think is the easiest to replicate. At its core, the look consists of a two-toned sweater, peacoat, trousers, heels, and satchel. Most Fashionistas/os have those items in their everyday wardrobe. But the combination of colors, textures, and "ease" may be harder to decipher. Here are my picks for making your own Michael Kors inspired outfit.
1. I was surprised to find this comfy pick from Macy's. There are some variations that I think add a more casual vibe to the look. The 3/4 sleeve is weather-appropriate, while the cowl neckline is better suited for many body types. The brown/tan pairing is key, here, and I really like how this sweater is blocked.
An alternative to this top is this pick from Anthropologie. Now, it's not a sweater-weight top, but color-wise it is fantastic. The soft mauve and cream pairing is really fresh. The cut of this otp is very different, though, as it hits mid-theigh. I'd suggest pairing this top with a slim pant rather than a wide trouser.
2. Pants are kind of hit or miss, and many people find a style they like and stick too it. The paper bag trouser is a little edgier and daring, so I'd suggest trying on a pair before committing to purchase. These Pins and Needles trousers from Urban Outfitters take the cake. While these lack the shine of their Michael Kors counterparts, the cut stays true and I'm digging the wrap-around sash. The hem is right at ankle length, so don't forget to consider what socks to wear!
3. We'll go to shoes next and the Michael Kors shoes are unique in their open front. The allusion to lace-ups is a cool Fall kick, but hard to find in a less expensive version. When you factor in some student and holiday discounts, I think these pumps from J.Crew are pretty close. The different toe is a really cool accent and nice way to bring in a fun pattern or color. The colors work well within the look and they are an appropriate height.
4. Another J.Crew pick, I know, but the company has a reputation for making a durable and classic peacoat. This tan pick is a perfect Fall staple, and works well within the Michael Kors inspiration. I really like the wide lapels and welt pocket detail. A cheaper alternative is this BDG blazer that's got a great menswear vibe.
5. Here's a great pick for a satchel from another unexpected place; Target! This Mossimo Supply Co. satchel has the right mix of vintage and utilitarianism that's perfect for the Fashionista on the go. The two handles make it more versatile than your average handbag.
Replicating your favorite Fashion Week looks isn't as hard as you might think, it just takes understanding what makes you go crazy over a look, some good bargain hunting, and a pinch of fashion-magic.