{Style} Women’s Wardrobe Essentials for Fall

Summer is not even close to over and yet, every fashion website seems to be abuzz with the hot fashions for fall 2011. And with trends rapidly changing, the stylish woman about town should already be on top of what she needs for her fall wardrobe. While the vintage garments of the ‘50s and ’60 dominated spring and summer runways; with kitten heels, flared skirts, sheath dresses, and fitted pedal- pushers making a good showing; the ‘70s seem to have made a major comeback for the fall lineup. So prepare to bust out the bell-bottoms and platform shoes -or at least look at some of the updated styles that women will be wearing this fall. Here are just a few of the essentials.

1. Pleated tops. Pleats seem to be everywhere, but some of the gorgeous tops displayed on the runways will suit most women better than the overdone dresses and skirts. Vera Wang had a prime example with her RTW Pleated top, a sleeveless, button-up number that falls to just below the hip and has detailing at the waist. Sheer and feminine, this top has already had a celebrity debut thanks to fan Leighton Meester. While she wore it loose, others may opt to stick with the ‘70s trend and tuck it into a high-waisted pant.

2. Wide-leg trousers. These flared pants can sometimes look like a skirt, and that’s your goal with this year’s crop of trousers. Universally flattering because of their A-line structure, nearly every woman can find a pair that suits her. Although shorter women may have a tougher time, a tall pair of heels will almost certainly help to compensate (and this style of pant is meant to be worn with heels to create a long leg-line and help the garment flow). But there are still many options even within the style. The runways saw examples with wide bands at the top, sailor buttons, seams on the side, and even double belting. So find the pair that suits your body type and make sure that it sports some unique embellishments.

3. Wedge heels. Wedges were in for summer (in the form of sandals) and they’re also going to be hot for fall. You’ll probably have to ditch the Caribbean prints and open-toed numbers that filled the summer style scene, but you can complement any outfit with a cute pair of preppy wedge loafers (search for black leather and a longer toe to make the look more sophisticated) or some knee-high boots.

4. Fur jackets. While the runways featured full coats in fur, the average woman will want to tone it down a bit in order to look stylish without going overboard. So look for a wool trench with a fur collar instead. The hottest look for the season is a belted, knee-length coat in a taupe (for those who prefer neutral) or bright fall shades like orange and red (if you want to take it up a notch) with either a fur collar or a stole.

5. Hats galore. Thanks to the parade of hats displayed at the Royal Wedding last spring, head decor is on everyone’s mind (literally). Wide, floppy brims that denote a certain ‘70s bohemian vibe are the order of the day, and while you can certainly go for neutral colors, saturated blues, purples, and oranges seem to be on trend.

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