Fall fashions: How to wear them

Fall fashions: How to wear them

Updated: Oct 25, 2011 03:40 PM EDT
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By Julie D. Andrews
From Las Fabulosas

This fall is all about the bold look -- from eye-catching geometric patterns to day-glow neons.

Celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson has helped celebs such as Jennifer Lopez, Katherine Heigl and Britney Spears sport the latest looks everywhere -- from glossy magazine covers to the red carpet.

"My biggest tip is to own it," says Patrickson. "Wear your fabulous new looks with confidence!"

Here are her rules for rocking this season's wildest trends:

Study your keywords

When you're updating your personal style with the season's trends, keep in mind Patrickson's red-hot vocabulary: bright, colorful, vintage and ethereal.

Pair accordingly

Patrickson tells us this fall is all about pieces in Bordeaux-inspired shades, black lace, fur accents, gauzy fabrics and neon. But it's a tad tricky throwing ensembles together.

Match an over-the-top piece with something understated that's simple and has clean lines, says Patrickson. Are you dying to don some bright Victorian ruffles at your next office meeting? Couple them with a structured blazer or a sleek pair of pants.

Focus the look

Bold geometric patterns are trending this fall, especially Native American styles. Select one item, such as a scarf, to be the focus of your look when you go for this.

Pair a bold dress with one-tone tights and shearling booties, advises Patrickson, or dress up a basic crewneck sweater and pants with an attractive "glamazon" geometric necklace or earrings.

Fashion for weekends

"Weekend casual for me is all about great knits," says Patrickson. "Graphic color-blocked retro prints will keep you on trend, even on your days away from the office."

Style on a shoestring

If your wardrobe funds have shriveled up this season, don't fret.

Accessorize," says Patrickson. "Find a fabulously bold cocktail ring or a striking, colorful clutch to shake up your look."

Or spice up your wardrobe with fiery red: Try red jeans (yes, we're full-on loving them too!) or a red mod coat that you'll get to throw on nearly every day of the fall season.

And don't forget the new Missoni line for Target. If you've never before been able to afford that enviable zigzag print, now is your chance.

Julie D. Andrews is a writer based in New York City. Her articles have appeared in print and on the websites of Prevention, SHAPE and Glamour, as well as on Yahoo.com, YourTango.com and MSN.com.

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