It is already known the fact that the right accessory can totally change an outfit. A well-chosen pair of gloves or a stylish hat can add elegance and sophistication to a simple, dull look. Therefore, it is essential to keep up with the latest fashion trends and pick some accessories for your winter wardrobe. Here are some of the fall/winter 2010-2011 hottest accessories.
Gloves Fingerless gloves represent that accessory that can upgrade a simple look in no time. For a rock look, choose a version made from rigid leather, with studs, while chicer appearances require versions made in colored leather. Longer gloves, up to the elbow, can be considered as the symbol of extreme elegance. However, if until now they were specific for an evening event, this season they can easily be integrated into our daytime, casual outfits. They are highly known in their classic versions, made in satin or velvet, but for fall/winter 2010-2011, they come in an extravagant way, in leather, such as spotted at Ports 1961 or Lanvin.
Thin belts Forget about the wide, though belts this season as the thin ones are back in style. We have seen thin belts at Thierry Mugler, Cacharel and Marc by Marc Jacobs made in leather and worn over a coat or a blazer, or over knitted clothing items, such as spotted at Prada, D&G or Chloé. If you are looking for something more sophisticated, wear your thin belt over cropped tailored pieces. You have a wide range of belts with different prints too, which can be teamed with simple, basic clothing items.
Hats This season, hats can be found in a wide range of styles and shapes, from sporty, casual to elegant and chic. As fur is one of the hottest fabrics for winter 2010, one cannot miss the fur hat (Wunderkind). The trapper hats could be seen on many runway shows. This is the perfect choice for winter as they offer extra protection. Moreover, if properly matched, they can add a bohemian touch to any look (Anna Sui).
However, a new, sophisticated version of the winter hat is the leopard printed toque as seen at Wunderkind. The ’50s hats are the best choice for romantic style lovers, while the bowler hat as spotted at Hermès and Dior in a very masculine version can be worn with feminine items in order to create sophisticated and refined outfits, or on the contrary, you can go for a head-to-toe masculine look.
Socks and tights Socks are the perfect choice if you want to revive the childhood spirit and innocence. Even though at the very beginning, this trend was looked upon as weird, it seems it has rapidly conquered the entire fashion world due to the uniqueness it offers. Nowadays it is no longer bizarre seeing someone wearing socks with sandals or Oxfords, or with a ladylike outfit. (Salvatore Ferragamo, Marni).
Opaque tights are another hot trend for fall/winter 2010, being the perfect accessory for mini or midi length skirts or dresses, whether you choose a milky-white pair, such as seen at BCBG Max Azria, Sonia Rykiel or Chanel, that either comes in contrast with the black shoes, or it flawlessly tones with the beautiful, immaculate outfit. For those of you who are more into the bright colors, this season also brings new, daring shades (Hermès), or playful prints (Anna Sui).
Scarves Scarves are a must-have for windy fall and snowy, cold winter days. This season, you have so many options, from retro floral styles to tartan and various prints. The floral printed scarves are so versatile and practical. They can be worn in a maxi version as seen at Kenzo, on one shoulder, with jackets, long pleated skirts and dresses. For a more elegant look, you can wear your scarf with a camel coat and a thin belt (Luciano Soprani).
Another hot trend is inspired by the traditional Scottish costume, and that is the tartan printed scarf. This item is specially designed for those who are more into the bohemian, ethnic, yet a bit chic style. It is very versatile as it can successfully replace a cape or a woolen cardigan. For a casual, daytime look, you can wear it with plain jackets or long dresses with floral prints. The leopard printed scarf (Dries Van Noten) can be that fashion statement able to boost your plain outfit. When the cold outside requires, you can also choose a knitted muffler (D&G).
Chunky jewelry Chunky is the best word describing fall/winter 2010-2011 jewelry trends. Big, massive rings with a rock touch, and other numerous oversized models require a lot of attitude to wear them. Moreover, chunky bracelets with rigid, rectangular shapes and tougher ones that seem to cover the wrists just like an armor were seen on many fashion shows. Everything stands in layering with maximum audacity.
Maxi necklaces are also one hot trend this season. They are made from various combinations of stones and chains that can easily upgrade any type of outfit, whether we are talking about the classic white shirt or the basic t-shirt worn with a blazer for an effortless, yet very stylish look.
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