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Wednesday, July 31

From Runway to Reality: 2013 Fall Fashion Week's Most Wearable Trends

New York's Fall Fashion Week always sets an extreme tone for fall trends. Thankfully, we are able to scale them down to our existence and piece together seasonal ensembles from the depth of our closets— pairing newness with the classics to create our very own looks. This year's trends are making women absolutely giddy with delight as wearable over-the-knee boots, knit beanies and edgy braids grace runways, magazines and city streets. This might just be the best fall yet.
Tommy Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week 2013 image by fervent-adeote-de-la-mode via Flickr

Jewel Tones, Especially Dark Green

Olive nails, forest-colored accessories and green hair tones will make a strong fall appearance this year. Add a structured handbag or heel in emerald to round out your ensemble. Other jewel tones — garnet, amethyst, sapphire — are also appreciated, especially when paired together. Khaki green was seen on numerous military pieces throughout the week. Tailored tops and slim pants were accented by lace and brocade to spice the trend up.

Knit Beanies

We've been waiting for the beanie to come back and it's back with class, thank goodness. Why did we miss it? It's that edgy look you can get without spending too much time on your hair. This year though, women will wear them on the way to work or a cocktail party instead of just on the weekends or around a bonfire. Pop a beanie on over super sleek, flat-ironed hair to be part of the in crowd. It doesn't stop at just beanies, though. You can wear fedoras, baseball caps and floppy knits, too. Designers that integrated this trend at Fashion Week include Alexander Wang, BCBG, DKNY, Kate Spade and Tracy Reese.

Classic Patterns

Tuck away to the back of your closet the digitized, over-the-top printed clothing from last season. Fashion is going back to the basics with plaid, pinstripes, leopard and houndstooth (which truly never goes out of style). Don't over do the leopard though. Designers, Victoria Beckham, Rag & Bone and Thakoon, outfitted their runway models with classic patterns.


Tap into your inner bohemian and pick up a piece of folk-inspired, hand-woven clothing this fall. From Scandinavian-style dresses to socks with tulips to intricate floral crowns, channeling your inner Holland girl has never been more fun.

Over-the-Knee Boots

Most definitely something we will see on Rihanna's new fashion-competition TV show, "Styled to Rock," coming to the U.S. on Style Network ( is the little bit sassy, little bit rock 'n' roll over-the-knee boot. This season brings punk style into modern times and OTK boots are leading the charge. And, yes, you can sport them at the office as long as you forego the mini skirt and layer longer pieces of clothing over them.

Face Time

Sometimes it's either one extreme or the next when it comes to makeup. This helps you mix it up this fall. Three trending makeup looks this fall include:
  • Bold lip colors. Bright red, blood red, magenta, brown, burgundy and bright orange are all trending.
  • Nude makeup giving skin tone an all-over even color (including nude lips).
  • Luminous skin shines brightly on models in New York. Mix foundation with a luminous product and glow your day away.

Fun Hair

Edgy braids, bountiful curls, classic bobs, polished ponies and the slick look topped models crowns during the week. Expect to see these looks coming to the pages of the magazines, to restaurants and to work. Visit to see tutorials on creating the fun hair of fall 2013.

Winter's White

It's time to accept that the 'no white after Labor Day' rule is so 20th century. Models were strutting heavy white fabrics and chunky knits, jeans, jackets and fedoras in New York. Leave the lightweight, truly summer pieces in the closet though.

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