Fall fashion makes an impact on accessories

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis, Date: October 31, 2013
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There is more to fall fashion than just the new clothes that hit stores shelves each September.  Accessories are as much a part of the fall landscape as the most wearable trends taken from the runway, and are often times more eye-catching.

This season, flats are anything but simple, and boots are rocker chic.  Handbags are also taking on a more lady-like silhouette, and pearls are making their most notable takeover in years.  Whether your wardrobe is full of bohemian chic pieces or grunge looks, this season’s best accessories will fit in with any style.

Flats are a classic way to finish off any outfit, and are undoubtedly an essential part of every girl’s wardrobe.  Instead of wearing the standard ballerina flat to class, try on a pair of smoking loafers for size.  These shoes can also be called slippers or tuxedo shoes, so whenever you’re online shopping, be on the lookout for an elegant menswear-inspired shoe.

Julianne Hough is capitalizing on the plaid trend this season by incorporating it into the design of her smoking loafers that are being sold through Sole Society.  Her partnership with the brand includes shoes that are among their best-selling items, including styles ranging from flats, to high-heels, to boots.

The Cambria tassel loafer retails for $54.95 and features a navy, green, and yellow plaid print that will surely make them the standout piece of any ensemble.  Their preppy look is further played up by the low-heel and tassels that accent the rounded toe.  Wear these loafers with a pair of dark skinny jeans, a white oxford shirt, and a loose fitting cardigan in a coordinating color for a sophisticated class-approved look.

Say goodbye to the peep-toe boot, and say hello to the latest and greatest way to show a little skin during the chilly fall months without sacrificing any style: the cut-out boot.  This boot will save your toes from getting cold on your way to parties, and will still let you show a little skin, or an attention-grabbing pair of socks.

The Monti Cut-Out Leather Boots from Topshop will instantly add an edge to any outfit because of their simple, black silhouette and cut-outs on either side of the ankle.  Held together by an ankle strap with a small gold buckle, these shoes stand at a modest heel height of two inches, and can be yours for $90.  Pair these boots with a pair of cuffed black jeans, an oversized sweater, and a bright beanie, for a casual look to wear to your next party.

Pearls were seen on the Alexander McQueen and Valentino runways in a number of unconventional ways including on purses and gloves, but the tried and true pearl necklace reigned supreme as the best accessory featured on the catwalk.  The Elegant Layered Faux Pearl Necklace for $11.80 from Forever 21 is a perfect example of this trend done the right way.

Three strands of dangling pearls are draped together to form a long necklace that would work well paired with a black dress.  This look would be appropriate for a dinner date or a holiday party later in the coming months.

Instead of buying the standard cross-body or shoulder bags that are seen on the shoulders of girls everywhere, try out the dual-handled Small Bag in dark blue from H&M.  The dual-handled bag is the classiest purse to hit store shelves this year, and comes in a variety of colors and textures, making it perfect for everyone no matter what their style may be.

H&M’s take on this trend is modernized with gold-detailing and can be turned in to a cross-body bag for a completely different look.  For just $49.95, you can get your hands on the most popular purse for fall.

Always keep in mind when getting dressed that an outfit is never complete without the right accessories.  Investing in a new purse or pair of shoes is just as important to your fall wardrobe as the sweater that you plan on wearing with them.

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