With fall right around the corner, some new and some not-so-new trends are being picked up by fashionistas everywhere. For those shoppers who are overwhelmed by the revolving door of women's fashion trends, here's how to break down popular trends for the fall, ripped straight from the runway.
Patterns which were once strictly reserved for tops and scarves have now migrated down south. Any kind of print imaginable — from zig-zags to stars — can now be found on pants. Fashionistas absolutely love this trend when worn on skinny jeans or leggings. However, when worn as loose pants they tend to look like pajamas, so do wear them fitted and keeping the top simple, with minimal accessorising.
This trend takes the ornate embroidery and jewellery of the 17th century and adds to it a modern twist. A neobaroque dress is perfect to add a touch of regality to a night out, or it can be worn with a leather jacket to dress it down. This trend is such a classic that it's sure to come in and out of style throughout the years.
To all of the doubters, yes, colour blocking is still in. However, this year's trend takes on a sportier look. The colour-blocking look for 2012 is more “mod” than the dressier, sophisticated style of 2011. It is also found on just about every type of clothing, from shoes and handbags to tops and pants. Add this to fashion’s new approach to a not-sonew trend.
Sweaters will always be a staple for fall and winter, but the updated version of these cosy pullovers is wilder. Forget about those boring, solid colour wool sweaters and grab a 2012 sweater that features bold animal prints. They come in an array of colours and animals, which give you the ability to pick a sweater with your favourite animal on it, guaranteeing the staying power of this trend.
They look just like intricately designed necklaces, but they are in fact collars. If you ever want to dress up an outfit or add a collar to a sweater without having to wear multiple tops, then this trend is for you.
This timeless classic will always be 'in' for the college crowd, and will never go out of style. Now blazers come in an array of colours, from neon pink and green to Chianti. Rather than the structured menswear blazers we are accustomed to, this year we will wear tailored, schoolboy-styled collegiate blazers.
The key to rocking these trends is to not go overboard by mixing too many trends at once. Instead, make them fit your own style and flair.