Three Must Have Looks For Fall/Winter 2014/2015

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by Juan E. Romero

Three Go-To Looks To Spice Up Your Wardrobe This Fall

Autumn has arrived, and along with the hay rides, cool temperatures, apple-picking and changing of the leaves come the latest looks in cold weather fashion. Read on for three must have looks that should make their way from the runway to your wardrobe this season.

Go Big or Go Home

If you like nothing better than snuggling up under a cozy blanket when a chill hits the air, you’re in luck: the Fall/Winter 2014 runways were full of supersized wool pieces.

One trend majorly embraced by the celebrity set? The blanket poncho. Spotted on style setters including Olivia Palermo, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Moss, this variation on the classic cape is the ultimate in wearable warmth.

While Burberry was the most notable design house to send blanket ponchos down the runway, the trend has been co-opted by the ready to wear set. Look for styles in rich textures and unique prints, such as color-blocking and plaid. Toss over skinny jeans and ankle booties for a look that seamlessly transitions from the sofa to the street.

Betsey Johnson RTW Spring 2014
Animal Prints at Betsey Johnson RTW via WWD

Embrace Your Animal Instincts

While animal prints can hardly be described as new, leopard is the reigning queen of the jungle for Fall/Winter 2014. Considered the fashion world’s newest neutral, fun, fashionable and fearless leopard can take the place of your denim, black and brown go-to items for a wild wardrobe reboot.

If you're stuck in the rut of pairing leopard print exclusively with black, it's time to boldly venture into new territory. Feel free to experiment with other hues, such as teal or eggplant. And don't be afraid to mix things up: this cool cat gets along well with everything from floral prints to stripes.

Rachel Zoe RTW Spring 2014 via WWD
Boyfriend Jeans at Rachel Zoe RTW Spring via WWD

Your Boyfriend’s Back

This year is all about denim, and boyfriend styles are having a major moment. Slouchy yet sexy, boyfriend jeans can be dressed up or down, and look equally at home with a slogan t-shirt or fitted blazer. Depending on whether you're aiming for everyday casual or a night on the town, cropped and cuffed styles pair well with anything from stilettos to ballet flats.

Military inspired pieces offer a different twist on menswear. The latest in utilitarian chic, this pocket-heavy trend is showing up everywhere from pencil skirts and peacoats to chinos and shorts. An impeccable fit is key to pulling off the boyfriend-borrowed look, so keep your tailor’s number on speed dial to look and feel your best.

To see some stylish examples of these three must have looks, check out my Pinterest boards Animal Prints and Graphics and Women's Denim Inspiration. Also check out my earlier blog articles on How To Wear Animal Prints and Women's Denim Trends for a deeper discussion on these key fashion trends.

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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