How dreary it would be if everyone wore the same fabrics or colors of clothing. Part of what makes fashion so great is the myriad ways to show the world who you are with your choice of clothing and accessories.
One of the biggest trends this fall is to embrace the differences of textures, colors and patterns and mix it up: tweed with silk, sleek gold tones against soft faux fur, jeans and turtleneck with a cobalt coat.
Faux fur is sticking around this fall and winter. To make it look current, add a contrast of textures such as a big bold belt worn over a fur vest or a sleek gold-tone cuff to offset the soft texture of the fur. Or wear a fur vest with black opaque tights, black pumps and a pair of metallic sequined shorts or skirt for a spot of sparkle. Check out the sequined mesh bell skirt at J. Crew stores or Jcrew.com ($148).
Most of the fashion world is over — if, in fact, it ever was on board — this summer's feathers-in-your-hair moment. But there are loads of other ways to incorporate the interesting texture of feathers as accents.
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A charming clutch from ASOS features pale feathers set against an edgy snakeskin-print frame with a gold-toned clasp ($43.65 at Us.asos.com). And a pair of brown leather Pavo heels from Poetic License is accented in a kicky mix of rhinestones, feathers and fur ($98 at Anthropologie stores and Anthropologie.com).
To top it all off, coats are available in vibrant hues this fall — the better to liven up a drab winter palette with a bold contrast of color. A Calvin Klein quilted jacket with a removable hood ($160 at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com) is available in classic black but maybe this is the year to go for the alternate shade of bright emerald green.