When it comes to tracking the trends each season, we're nothing short of thorough—but patient we are not. We've cataloged, dissected, and lusted over all the delicious runway trends we saw during the fall Fashion Weeks last February, and waiting until it's actually fall to try them out feels something akin to purgatory. So, we say, why wait? We've found five fall trends that translate to summertime dressing without missing a beat.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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