On Sale Now, Wear It Later:
Next Winter’s Must-Have Shoes & Fashion Accessories
By Katrina Caspelich
Rebecca Taylor Photo: Don Ashby
While many of your fashion accessories—think necklaces, handbags, and gloves—may be timeless, adding trendy accessories, especially those you purchase on sale, are an easy and budget-friendly way to perk up your wardrobe. Want to work the must-have shoe and accessory trends while you can find them on sale? We’ve got you covered. Many of this year’s fall and winter trends take another turn on the dance floor in the next fashion season. The fur trend in fashion will be in full swing next year, branching into accessories, while the bootie trend is here to stay. In addition, hats—perhaps in a nod to the hat-loving British and their upcoming royal wedding—make a statement in a variety of looks this year. The ladylike trend lingers on in skinny belts and clutches for a touch of femininity. A fan of necklaces and bracelets? Wear more than one! Layering accessories is a trend we love seeing again and again.
1. Ankle Booties Are Back on Trend
Hot this fall/winter fashion season, ankle booties will be the footwear again. Lace-ups, peep-toes, wedges—booties ruled the runways of Ohne Titel, Cynthia Steffe, and Dennis Basso. Showing different styles and heel heights, some designers went beyond black booties with reds, grays, and blues. Suede Kelsi Dagger Charlot Ankle Boots are perfect, especially at $69.30.
2. Clutch Purses Mean Smaller Is Better
Ditch those oversized hobo bags! The clutch bag is no longer just for night. This little handbag comes out to play during the fashion day. Stay stylish carrying a clutch this fall, according to the fashion wisdom—and the runway collections—of Jason Wu, DKNY, and Thakoon. Willing to downsize? Opt for this Big Buddha Tuxedo Clutch with a detachable chain strap for $51.99.
3. Socks as Fashion Trend. Really.
Tights are so last year! Stay warm with a pair of high socks to go with your knee-high boots. Or, rock a thick wool pair with some lace-up booties. The sock trend helped tie looks together for Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy, and Karen Walker. These acrylic Delias Over-The-Knee Socks, $12.50, are perfect to wear with high boots and can be scrunched down to wear with booties.
4. The Fur Trend—It’s Not Just for Jackets Anymore
Fur jacket or fur vest beyond your budget? Wear fur another trendy way, as demonstrated in the Luca Luca, Tory Burch, and Tommy Hilfiger shows. You can accent your outfit by wearing a fur bag, stole, gloves, or hat. Save even more money by opting for faux fur. This wrap-around style Ana Kondor for Asos Twisted Scarf, $41.24, makes the perfect fur accessory.
5. Statement Jewelry Trends—Bracelets
It’s not just about statement earrings and cocktail rings. Next fall and winter, it’s all in the wrist with glam statement bracelets. Rock some bangles or a cuff like the models at Erin Fetherston, Sachin + Babi, and Bibhu Mohapatra. Direct attention to your wrist by sporting a gold-and-rhinestone Fragments Mixed Deco Cuff for $54. Not enough bling? Layer with more bracelets.
6. Mad for the Hats Trend
Whether beanie, wide brim, or beret, hats will be all the rage next winter. And what better way to accessorize, keep warm, and stay fashionable? Malandrino, Sophie Theallet, and Kaelen couldn’t agree more. Mastering the hat trend can be tricky, so try topping your look with this easy-to-wear black and gray Asos Cloche Felt Hat, $21.52.
7. Getting Skinny Will Never Be Easier: The Skinny Belt Trend
Accentuate your figure with a sleek skinny belt, carried over from today’s favorite ladylike look. Add excitement to that fall/winter wardrobe with a printed, boldly colored, or neutral belt, seen at Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Organic by John Patrick, and Derek Lam at NY Fashion Week. Try this New York & Company Skinny Snakeskin Pattern Belt for $13.96.
8. Layering Necklaces: When 1 + 1 = Trend
If you can never decide which necklace to wear, wear them all! Layer necklaces such as chains or a bold, chunky short necklace with a delicate long one. Alice+Olivia, Badgley Mischka, and Rebecca Minkoff agree! To get the look, combine this brass-plated 18” Hive & Honey Antique Flower Necklace with a 42” Hive & Honey Fireball Pearl Station Necklace, each $24.99.
The best part is that you can find all these shoes and fashion accessories on sale now—and rock the latest trends, come fall 2011. Save now, trend later!
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