Styling Tips-October

Styling Tips-October
Wednesday, October, 17, 2012 It's that time of year again, when we start coveting coats, searching for sweaters, and yearning for scarves--but not just any old winter pieces will do! From Dasha Zhukova to Bianca Brandolini D'Adda, the seven stylesetters in today's edition of Styling Tips have inspired us to pass on the plain and neutral in favor of more lively pieces--patterned tights, a graphic topper, and head-to-toe prints, anyone? Even basics should have a bit of a twist this season, whether it's swapping your standard knit sweater for an oversized, turtleneck iteration or smartening up distressed jeans with a sophisticated blazer coat. Admit it, your cold-weather collection could use the update!

Tip #1: Keep cozy this winter in a chunky turtleneck sweater.
Where would our fall wardrobes be without a knit sweater or two? This year we can't wait to snag an oversized iteration with a cozy turtleneck inspired by this look, courtesy of Stockholm Street Style. We particularly adore how the well-dressed civilian teamed the roomy piece with slim leggings and basic boots, creating a proportionally balanced ensemble.
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American ApparelUnisex Oversized Fisherman Turtleneck Sweater ($135); 3.1 Phillip Lim Funnel Neck Cocoon Sweater ($575); Otte Nancy Solid Sweater ($450); Autumn Cashmere Textured Cowl Poncho ($385).

Tip #2: Try a velvet miniskirt in a rich, autumnal hue.
We're always excited to see what Leigh Lezark wears to all the fashion shows, and this season we definitely weren't disappointed. At the Givenchy S/S 13 show in Paris last month, Lezark selected Kenzo's Yellow Boiled Wool Sweater ($453) and Yellow Micro Checked Velvet Skirt ($640, 877.773.6735), which she paired with black tights and ankle boots. We admire the mix of rich yellow hues, plus the velvet skirt lends the overall outfit a sumptuous look.
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American Apparel Velvet Full Woven Skirt ($38); Jenni Kayne Straight Velvet Skirt ($495); Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Velvet Skirt ($261).

Tip #3: Forgo the jewelry and opt for an embellished neckline instead.
If you don't have time to search for the perfect necklace to complement an outfit, consider emulating Cody Horn and opt for a top with an embellished neckline instead. The actress was spotted at the Environmental Media Awards in Los Angeles last month wearing a two-in-one top and skirt from Barbara Bui's Resort 13 collection with Monique Lhuillier lace heels. You can't go wrong with built-in jewelry, as it simplifies the what-accessories-do-I-wear-with-this conundrum and looks undeniably elegant.
Get the Look
Zara Combined Necklace Top with Peplum ($80); Forever 21Embellished Collar Top ($23); Topshop Pearl Collar Shell Top ($70); Tracy Reese Couture Cloth Embellished Neck Dress ($425).

Tip #4: Liven up a neutral palette with a printed coat.
If your closet is full of standard-issue outerwear, we think it's time to invest in more eye-catching pieces a la Dasha Zhukova. Snapped leaving a restaurant in Milan last month, Zhukova finished off a white dress with Prada's Print Jacquard Coat ($2480). As warm as it is stylish, a vivid coat is the perfect cover-up if you want to look polished on cold-weather days.
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Free People Changing Patterns Wool Swing Coat ($298); Topshop Unique Quilted Cross Boyfriend Coat($500); J.Crew Gondola Striped Stretch Wool Coat ($495); Kenzo Oversized Wool Blend Coat ($1,005).

Tip #5: Experiment with printed leggings for a high-impact evening look.
Perhaps you've jumped on the printed jeans bandwagon, but what about printed leggings? If model Elena Perminova's chic outfit is any indication, we think they're certainly worth a try. Snapped at the Stella McCartney S/S 13 show in Paris earlier this month, Perminova enhanced a khaki cape trench with a photo print H&M dress and matching tights, which lent a fashion-forward flair to her outfit. You better believe we'll be swapping our tried-and-true opaque black tights for a more colorful pair come winter.
Get the Look
Emma Cook Silk Blend Printed Leggings ($475); Alexander McQueen Stretch Leggings ($685); BDG Out From Under Rusted Feather Legging ($29); McQ Alexander McQueen Green Rope Print Leggings ($275).

Tip #6: Polish worn-in jeans with a menswear-inspired coat.
If you usually only bring out your worn-in jeans for concerts or weekend errands, we think you'll appreciate this tip inspired by a stylish civilian on Stockholm Street Style. The tastemaker upgraded her casual denim with a long blazer coat, button-up blouse, and heeled booties, and the sophisticated additions made for a refined-yet-relaxed outfit.
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Boy. By Band of Outsiders Long Riding Blazer ($1,125); FaceHunter x UO Teddy Blazer ($89); Hussein Chalayan Long Blazer Coat ($936); J Brand 1214 Aiden Jeans ($218); Joe's The Skinny Vintage Reserve ($169); Gap 1969 Original Fit Selvage Jeans ($90).

Tip #7: Make a statement in matching, head-to-toe prints.
If you consider yourself a fashion risk-taker, you might want to give the matching prints trend a try this season. For some guidance, take a look at the ensemble Bianca Brandolini D'Adda assembled for the Giambattista Valli S/S 13 show in Paris earlier this month. The model selected head-to-toe prints, from said fashion house's F/W 12 collection (see the Checked Wool-Blend Tweed Coat ($5346) for a similar style) along with Muzungu Sisters' Dana Tassel Loafers ($257) and a Christian Dior bag. So what makes this outfit a success? Clean, simple silhouettes throughout, which help to streamline the entire look.
Get the Look
Baum Und Pferdgarten Printed Bomber Jacket ($526) and Printed Sporty Pants ($403) in Silk Jersey; Miu Miu Jacket ($2,250) and Trousers ($1,190); J.Crew Collection Golden Paisley Blouse ($298) and Pants ($325).--Erin Fitzpatrick

Photos of Bianca Brandolini D'Adda and Elena Perminova, courtesy of Getty Images; Photo of Leigh Lezark, courtesy of Pacific Coast News; Photo of Dasha Zhukova, courtesy of Bauer Griffin, Street Style photos, courtesy of Stockholm Streetstyle.
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