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Capes, Lace, and Fringe…oh my! The Top Fashion Trends for Fall 2011

Updated on September 15, 2011

It’s that time of year again, when the malls are full as women hunt for their denim, sweaters, and boots.While we all love our warm summers, there’s something nostalgic about the time of year when the leaves change color and the air gets cooler, but our favorite reason for fall – the shopping of course!So, break out those fashion magazines for inspiration and search for your season must haves.The fall fashion season quite frankly has the most valuable trends breaking onto the scene.Following the runway shows and designer collections below is a list of the top trends for Fall 2011 and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe.

Cape

Forget about that snuggy, this season the cape is all the rage!These 70’s inspired pieces are versatile to wear outside and inside- perfect for your city street shopping.This season we are seeing a wide range of capes, from blanket like outerwear to structured bomber jacket inspired styles.We’re taking inspiration from the sleek style of Alexander Wang’s puffer-poncho from the Fall 2011 Runway.Give your woolen overcoat a break and try this new trend with Via Spiga’s Assymetrical Cape, available at Nordstrom for a reasonable $138.

Alexander Wangs puffer-poncho from the Fall 2011 Runway
Alexander Wangs puffer-poncho from the Fall 2011 Runway
Via Spigas Assymetrical Cape
Via Spigas Assymetrical Cape

Lace

Feeling elegant this fall?We certainly are with all the lace appliqués on the runway!This delicate fabric is used widely this fall for enhancing great structures.We’re seeing lace on socks, dresses, tops, bags, hats, headbands, jackets, and more.The best part about this trend is that you can wear it to a formal event or add it to a casual piece for a chic look.Jason Wu’s baroque inspired Fall 2011 Runway look added dainty lace detailing for a regal appearance.For an updated look on the plain short –sleeve tee, pick the Lace Deco Short Sleeve Top from Ann Taylor with a lace overlay on the entire front, perfect for pairing with a sweater and only $98.

Jason Wus baroque inspired Fall 2011 Runway look
Jason Wus baroque inspired Fall 2011 Runway look
Lace Deco Short Sleeve Top from Ann Taylor
Lace Deco Short Sleeve Top from Ann Taylor

Maxi Skirt

This summer staple is coming home from it’s vacation abroad and donning new colors like olive, slate and berry.The maxi skirt is back- and we’re not mad!A comfortable option, jersey maxi skirts are office ready with a blouse and belt.They aren’t just casual either, dress them up like Carolina Herrera’s runway eveningwear piece that is sophisticated but still makes a statement.For a chic ensemble you can dress up or down, use Victoria Secret’s Maxi Skirt with layering enhancements, for only $39.50.

Carolina Herreras runway eveningwear
Carolina Herreras runway eveningwear

Fringe

Let it rain fringe this fall!This fun trend adds some an unexpected spice to your look.Don’t say we didn’t warn you though, you may have too much fun twisting and twirling with the fringe embellished styles this season.We’re seeing fringe ready to debut for fall on boots, bag, sweaters, tops, dresses- and even monokinis for your fall escape to the beach!We’re keeping our eyes open to see a Hollywood starlet choose Oscar de la Renta’s fall runway fringe dress to any red carpet event.But if you’re like us and you aren’t photographed by the paparazzi at high glamour events, try the Iniko Flutter-Sleeved Top by BCBGMAXAZRIA, available at Lord and Taylor for $178.


Iniko Flutter-Sleeved Top by BCBGMAXAZRIA
Iniko Flutter-Sleeved Top by BCBGMAXAZRIA

Polka Dots

Polka dot prints are no longer only for vintage pieces- say hello and embrace this print as the season changes.For fall, this print varies with large dots or small dots, you can’t go wrong with either! Get ready to see this trend on everything from socks, skirts, and shoes to bags, blouses, and bangles. On the runway we fell in love with Diane Von Furstenberg’s head-to-toe polka dot look, with a cowl neck and a pop of red!If you aren’t so brave to don the dots all over, try staple wardrobe pieces with smaller dots like this Polka Dot Cardigan, in the appropriately named Cocoon color, from Banana Republic for a chic $69.50.

Diane Von Furstenbergs head-to-toe polka dot look
Diane Von Furstenbergs head-to-toe polka dot look
Polka Dot Cardigan by Banana Republic
Polka Dot Cardigan by Banana Republic

Jade

Move aside LBD’s, the new color has arrived for your fabulous fall dresses…jade!Whether youneed to brighten your mood at work or you’re celebrating a girlfriend’s birthday at your favorite bar, the jade dress will compliment any skin tone without overwhelming your natural beauty.We adore this blousy silk version from Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Ready to Wear, perfect for a night out.Keep that little black dress in the closet and break out the Mikaela Cap-Sleeve Asymmetrical draped dress for your fall formal event, from BCBG for $268


Mikaela Cap-Sleeve Asymmetrical draped dress by BCBG
Mikaela Cap-Sleeve Asymmetrical draped dress by BCBG

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