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La Chanelphile

October 31, 2012

Good Taste, Great Style – Fall-Winter 2012/13 Trends

chanel fall 2012

Photo by Olivier Saillant for Chanel

I am not a fan of cold weather. If it were possible for me to live in a place that had the city feel of New York and the climate of Hawaii, that would be the place for me. But alas, I’m in the Bay Area which is much warmer than New York (thank goodness!) but not quite Kauai.

That doesn’t mean I hate fall and winter completely. Some of my favorite holidays occur during the winter months – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aside from holidays, my favorite part about fall/winter is shopping for new clothes. There’s something about shopping for fall and winter clothing that makes me giddy – and it reminds me of the excitement I had when I was younger and starting a new school year (I was a nerd and loved school!).

Every fall I take stock of what I have in my closet to see what I can keep and then I look at the trends to see if there’s anything that I want to add. I try to narrow down on particular pieces to complete the overall look of what I have. Since you and I probably have different wardrobe needs, I’ve picked my top 5 fall/winter trends to add to your shopping list.

Top 5 Trends of Fall-Winter 2012/13

chanel fall 2012

1. Black Is The New Black
I would say about 85% of my wardrobe is black so this is not so much of a big deal for me but if you are usually in color, be advised that this winter would be the time to wear black – the absence of all color. I think everything looks better in black and fortunately, it’s never hard to find something black to love in a Chanel collection.

chanel fall 2012

2. Ankle-length Skinny Pants
I love this length and I think it works best with a slimmer cut pant. I felt validated when I saw this on the runway because I’ve been hemming my pants at this length lately. This lenght looks equally chic with a flat or a heel – and even a sneaker for casual days.

chanel fall 2012

3. Volumnious Coats
While the rest of your look is sleek, a good way to offset it is by pairing your slim outfit with a voluminous, oversize coat. Big coats are always so much warmer and more weather appropriate. And think of all the extra pocket space to stow away your hat, gloves and scarf on those really cold days!

chanel fall 2012

4. Statement Accessories and Jewelry
When the look is so sleek and minimalistic – especially when dressed in black – you’ll want to jazz up your look with some statement accessories, especially jewelry. Dramatic pieces are a great way to dress up an otherwise minimalist ensemble and give you versatility in creating different outfits.

chanel fall 2012

5. Lace/Sheer
Though different, I grouped lace and sheer together because often where you have one, you also have the other. Lace and sheer panels are huge for fall – especially when paired with leather. The ultra-feminine look can be seductive and chic. Just choose the color of lace wisely (black is best – see #1) and be sure to pair it with something toned-down. There’s a fine line between street chic and street walker.

If you get just one item in each category, it will be enough to get you through the season on trend. Stay warm and stylish!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by General Mills via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills.

All images except as noted from Style.com.

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