Wide Leg Pants—Give your skinnies a well-deserved rest. There's nothing like a well-cut, wide-legged pant to make your legs look a mile long. Pair them with big platforms and a blousey tank for an unbelievably sexy '70s-style silhouette.
Above, from left: Zac Posen fall 2010 runway look; Richard Chai fall 2010 runway look; Topshop Wide Leg Trousers, $70, available at Topshop; Karen Walker spring lookbook shot; Style blogger Zanita W, photo via Lookbook.nu
Thigh-High Socks—While we saw plenty of darker-colored thigh-highs on the fall runways, blacks and grays feel too heavy for summer. Instead, throw on a white or beige pair on chilly evenings for a fun way to mix up your mini or shorts.
Above, from left: Karen Walker fall 2010 runway look; Alexander Wang fall 2010 runway look; American Apparel Thigh-High Socks, $17, available at American Apparel; Ruby lookbook shot; Style blogger Jess H, photo via Lookbook.nu.
Artful Prints—From digital designs to graffiti swatches, artful prints is a super-easy look that works perfectly in warmer weather. Just choose a single piece in a psychedelic pattern as an alternative to your summer florals.
Above, from left: Clements Ribeiro fall 2010 runway look; Proenza Schouler fall 2010 runway look; Diane von Furstenberg Paint-Effect Jeans, $97.50, available at Net-A-Porter; Elizabeth and James Printed Silk-Georgette Skirt, $265, available at Net-A-Porter; ASOS Abstract Swirl Print Trousers, $50.73, available at ASOS.
Tough Pleated Mini-skirts—Summer might not seem like leather weather, but heavier materials like suede, denims, and even quality pleathers toughen up those sweet A-line mini-skirts we depend on all season long.
Above, from left: Proenza Schouler fall 2010 runway look; DKNY fall 2010 runway look; Topshop Pleated Miniskirt, $60, available at Topshop; Rebecca Minkoff Leather Pleated Skirt, $1,082.18, available at ASOS; Robert Rodriguez Leather Plisse Miniskirt, $420, available at Robert Rodriguez.
Unusual Draping—Recently, designers have been emphasizing classic, Grecian draping with a twist. To outfit yourself for midnight cocktails up on the roof, we love the idea of wearing an asymmetrically draped dress that's both flirty yet quirky.
Above, from left: Osman fall 2010 runway look; Peter Pilotto fall 2010 runway look; Helmut Lang Draped Silk Top, $203, available at Net-A-Porter; Jamison Asymmetrical Ruched Tank Dress, $174, available at Dear Fieldbinder; Vanessa Bruno Asymmetrical Draped Dress, $380, available at La Garçonne.
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