March 6, 2012

5 More Looks from Milan Fashion Week 2012 (Fall/Winter)

6. Classy Sophistication

Many of this year's Fall and Winter fashions were surprisingly conservative and mature--but also with much paler color schemes than the traditional sophistication of black. A white or similarly light-colored pencil skirt paired with gray and silver accents is a great way to achieve this look.  Bonus: envelope clutches are very trendy right now thanks to Kate Middleton! As far as a top is concerned, an off-shoulder blouse is an element of style both sophisticated and edgy. For cooler weather, try a light-colored blazer.

7. Shimmer and Shine

From glitter and sequins to metallics and satin--the Milan runways were simply sparkling this past week. My personal favorite way of styling this (potentially wild) trend is to start with some basic colorful pieces like a button-up shirt and colored skinny jeans and then adding shimmering accessories. A studded jacket can also add an unexpected pop of shine.

8. Black and White Affair

Don't be deceived by the simplicity of this color scheme. Monochromatic and dichromatic outfits can be very powerful and are always in fashion. The trick is to select pieces in black and/or white that boast a unique style despite their simple coloring. Mixing classic and modern pieces can be very appealing as well--for example, pairing this geometric print dress and clear Lucite bracelet with a 1950's beach-babe-esque floppy hat. Also try mixing textures like in the above images featuring fur, tulle, velvet, and nylon.

9. Warm Color Palettes

Just because black and white are popular this year (like most years) does not indicate that there was a lack of color on the runways. In fact, warm brights were a favorite trend of countless designers. Like with many potentially loud trends, balancing out very chic and modern bright colors such as gold and red with more traditional styles can create a very unique and wearable look. Try oxfords, a classic skirt (color-blocked if possible), a trendy blazer, and cameo earrings. I never stop lusting over these Victorian gems! They add instant romantic class to any outfit.

10. Repeated Patterns

It is unfortunate that this was one of my least favorite themes of Milan Fashion Week since it was unarguably the favorite trend of the season. It would be easier to list the designers who didn't employ this style than those who did. To make this (I believe dizzying) trend a bit more mild and accessible, I kept the other elements of the outfit simple and earthy with a chunky cardigan, simple skinny jeans, and wedge-heeled desert boots. The only pop of repeated geometric print is this gorgeous tank top. I consider this a nice bite-sized incarnation of the high-fashion look. Don't forget to add a colorful accessory or two to bring out the playfulness of your repeated pattern.

Hope these looks were inspiring!

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