Here Now, The Fall Essentials

Confession. We’ve hit the moment when high summer has fogged up the brain. Our minds relentlessly fast forward to cooler days—when the leaves start to drop, and our jackets button up. Boy, are we ready to settle into some new fashion!
fall '11 fashion trends
Thankfully, New York Fashion Week is just around the bend. We can hardly wait to see what’s hot come Spring/Summer 2012 (don’t worry, we’ll bring you all the juicy details!).  But as autumn’s crisp days are calling our names, we need to get on par with fall fashion. So let us rewind back to the A/W 11 – 12 catwalks, and tally up the seasons biggest trends. Here’s a cheat sheet on what’s essential come fall.
If last spring was stunningly 70s then this fall is marvelously mod—straight up 60s style! This season look for drop-waists, boxy silhouettes and collars galore. Going to a go-go? We adore this cocktail dress by Alexia Admor. Finish off with a wide headband and knee-high boots to become a swinging sensation.
Prints will continue to make an appearance this fall, particularly the spotted variation. Add some zest to your evening attire with polka dots, but don’t get too caught up with the expected black and white. Think pink in this one-shoulder polka dot column dress by Riva Prom. Bonus points for sporting the thigh-high slit, which is another fall essential.
Patchwork, a lively cousin to the print family, is showing up big for fall. Pass on your granny classics for a stronger dose of modern cool. You don’t need to be a creative genius to pull off patchwork. Keep it simple. Your accessories should be understated so the patchwork is your statement.
While the maxi dress is definitely sticking around for fall, the midi dress is treading quickly into trend territory. The below-the-knee hemline popped up allover the A/W 11 – 12 runways. Whether it’s a pencil silhouette, with pleats, or A-line to boot, you must don heels for spot-on perfection. Sashay as if you own the runway in this gorgeous frock by Niteline.
Both buttoned-up and downright sexy, chokers are making a huge comeback. When Chanel, Pucci and Valentino bauble up to the neck,  you know it’s time to pay attention! Try this choker-style floor sweeper by Alyce to stand out for fall.