While some trends fade fast, there are others that are classic and can carry you through autumn and into winter. Though it may not yet be time to don your parka, you’ve no doubt already dressed for at least one crisp morning this fall by wearing some of this season’s best fashions. Luckily, many of those same autumn trends, among them jewel tones, sheer bohemian blouses, and chunky sweaters, will continue to be chic additions to your wardrobe as the days grow ever shorter and fall turns to winter. Whether you have a high-powered desk job or do all your best cheering at your kid’s after-school game, you’ll effortlessly update your style by wearing one or more of Fall/Winter 2011’s essential basics. Use the list below as a handy reference guide for effortlessly boosting your style quotient.
You’ll love the way fall’s vibrant palette of jade green, cherry red, teal, royal purple, and burnt orange casts a warm glow on winter-weary skin. Even if you can’t justify buying a new cashmere sweater, we’re betting you can find a reason why you need another wool scarf or pair of cashmere gloves in one of these brilliant tones. And the same rules apply to makeup: You'll be seeing smoky teal eyes and even orange eye shadow, so don't be afraid to experiment.
Pretty, feminine looks abound this fall and winter, and buying one or more sheer blouses, especially in this season’s must-have polka dots, is perhaps the simplest way to doll up your look. One beauty along these lines: Free People’s Polka Dotted Boho Top priced at $108, a long-sleeved luxe peasant blouse adorned with embroidery and crochet details at the sleeves, as well as flattering smocking at the cuffs and waist. The navy-and-white polka-dot pattern will update your fall skirts. Layer on a trendy poncho or tuxedo jacket when the air becomes cool.
Your favorite chunky sweater is back for fall/winter 2011, newly updated with a cropped length that won't weigh you down. And while you might have once worn hefty sweaters with jeans, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how one modernizes your new tweed or leather miniskirt. Simply add silky tights, an artsy scarf, wedge booties, and a quilted jacket for a classic, polished look.