Fur, Sequins & Capes Oh My!

October 5, 2011

Good evening lovely readers! I hope you’re having a great week. Just wanted to post today about 3 of my favorite fall trends: fur, sequins and capes! On my shopping trips the past couple of weeks I picked up an item from each category and I want to show you how I plan on wearing these trends this fall!

First I’ll start with fur! This fall fur vests are definitely in the fashion forecast. I was especially excited to find a great deal on a fur vest at Forever 21.

I’ve shopped around and this was by far the least expensive one I could find. I don’t really want to invest a lot of $$$ in such a trendy item that I may only wear this season. This one from F21 only cost $21, you can’t beat that!!! When wearing a fur vest, I think some important things to keep in mind are:
1.   Keep the rest of your outfit simple. A fur vest makes such a statement that you should balance this by pairing it with simpler items…i.e. demure colors, patterns, textures for the rest of your outfit.
2.   Pick a vest that does not swallow you whole but consists of “less fur” so you still have some shape. In my Polyvore below I included some vests that take this one step further by incorporating a belt with them…a great way to show off your waist and to make sure the vest doesn’t completely overwhelm your figure. OR instead of wearing a belt, you can also buy a cropped fur vest which does not swallow your frame as much and lets you show your waist (my F21 vest is cropped).
3.   Make sure the rest of your outfit isn’t “baggy” but rather form-fitting. For instance, don’t pair your fur vest with a long sleeve LOOSE t-shirt, but rather pair it with a tight-fitting shirt. Also make sure whatever you wear on bottom gives you some shape…I would wear it with tighter fitting jeans instead of a loose skirt for instance.

Here is the Polyvore I created showing how I would wear a fur vest this fall (these vests are at all price points...and also I'm sorry some are in pounds, some of the websites like H&M don't have a US site):

Fall Trend: Fur Vests

Dorothy Perkins scoop neck tee
£7 - dorothyperkins.com
Scoop neck top
$20 - topshop.com
H M fake fur vest
£30 - hm.com
GUESS fake fur vest
$158 - lordandtaylor.com
BB Dakota fake fur vest
$90 - piperlime.gap.com
Soaked in Luxury vest
€55 - welikefashion.com
Cropped faux fur vest
$48 - fredflare.com
J Brand lightweight jeans
$165 - net-a-porter.com
Seven for all mankind jeans
$180 - net-a-porter.com
Stuart Weitzman canvas boots
£243 - theoutnet.com
$80 - sunglasshut.com

Or take a cue from Miranda Lambert and glamorize your fur vest with some oversized sunglasses, a cuff bracelet and sleeveless top…


Another trend I absolutely LOVE for fall is sequins. I picked up this black and gold sequin skirt from Forever 21 a couple of weeks ago:

And for my birthday I got some sequined UGG boots:

Find them here: Black Sequin UGGs
Just like a fur vest, sequins definitely make a statement and can be a little tricky to wear so here are some of my tips for adding that sparkle to your outfit:
1.   Let your sequins take the stage & be the focal point of your outfit. In other words, only wear ONE sequined item at a time (i.e. I would NEVER wear my sequined skirt and sequined UGGs at the same time). When wearing such a bold fashion piece like sequins, it is best to keep the rest of your outfit simple and to not wear anything else that would be “competition” for the sequined article of clothing. Keep your jewelry, shoes, etc understated so that the sequins are not competing for attention with the rest of your ensemble. This is related to my tip #2…
2.   Unless you’re wearing sequins to a formal evening event, make your sequins more “casual.” Choose one sequined item to wear but for the rest of the outfit keep it casual. For instance, if you wear a sequined skirt “dress it down” by wearing a solid colored t-shirt, tights (optional), & flats. If you’re wearing a sequined top, pair it with a more casual jacket (so the sequins just “peak” through) and jeans. Even if you’re not a celebrity walking down the red carpet, sequins are wearable for a night out when you add casual pieces.
3.   This is just a personal opinion (as this whole blog is!) but I think sequins are more classy in colors like gold, black, brown, silver, or white and it makes the look a bit more understated. I feel like crossing over into “colored” sequined territory can be a bit too over-the-top…unless you’re Lady Gaga and if you are disregard all these tips.

 And now 3 outfit ideas (each with ONE sequined item: skirt, top, shoes) I made from Polyvore incorporating my tips on how to wear sequins:

Fall Trend: Sequins

V neck shirt
£4 - peacocks.co.uk
Old Navy knit sweater
$30 - oldnavy.gap.com
Sequin t shirt
$90 - topshop.com
Cropped blazer
$70 - witchery.com.au
Abercrombie & Fitch vintage jeans
$54 - abercrombie.com
Victoria s Secret mini skirt
$80 - victoriassecret.com
Twenty8Twelve skinny leg jeans
$68 - theoutnet.com
Bamboo platform heels
$25 - tillys.com
UGG Australia black sequin boots
$170 - nordstrom.com
Old Navy ballet shoes
$20 - oldnavy.gap.com
ASOS leather handbag
$105 - asos.com
Madewell post earrings
$28 - madewell.com
Chain necklace
$79 - stelladot.com
Chain necklace
$79 - stelladot.com

And finally, one of the most “practical” trends this fall is capes! Capes were also everywhere last fall but they have definitely made a return this year as well. I never invested in a cape until I saw this one at Macy’s when I went shopping in Atlanta:

The reason I had never bought a cape before is that I never saw one I really liked that didn’t swallow me whole. Although extremely warm and cozy, I didn’t want to feel like I was walking around in an oversized blanket. With that in mind, here are some of my tips for wearing capes:
1.   Since a cape can overwhelm your frame, I recommend getting one that is shorter and not made of as much material. Also, I like capes that have arm slots…the cape I bought at Macy’s allows you to button the fabric together to create arm slots. This gives the cape more of a sweater feel and makes it less like you’re just wearing a large throw blanket.
2.   Similar to wearing a fur vest, balance the boxy look of a cape with something form-fitting on the bottom. For example: wear tight-fitting pants on the bottom…or even wear it over a dress with tights!
3.   As far as what to wear underneath your cape, it really depends on the weather. In these early months of fall when it’s not as chilly it would probably be comfortable to wear your cape with a t-shirt or cropped shirt underneath. When it gets colder, a long-sleeve t-shirt will feel warmer!

And now here are 3 looks I created using capes:

Fall Trend: Capes
Fall Trend: Capes by ashleyspassionforfashion featuring drop earrings

Uniqlo v neck t shirt
£8.90 - uniqlo.com
Helene Berman cape coat
$292 - joanshepp.com
Cape coat
$28 - romwe.com
Forever21 cape coat
$40 - forever21.com
Miss Selfridge dark skinny jeans
£38 - missselfridge.com
James Perse cuffed pants
$68 - net-a-porter.com
Vince corduroy legging
$282 - my-wardrobe.com
Belstaff knee high boots
$735 - net-a-porter.com
UGG Australia flat boots
£125 - my-wardrobe.com
Dolce Vita platform high heels
$89 - bloomingdales.com
Drop earrings
$16 - meetmark.com
Forever21 circle earrings
$3.80 - forever21.com
1928 Jewelry crystal flower earrings
$38 - 1928.com

I hope you enjoyed this post on 3 of my favorite fall trends & tips on how to wear them!!! What are your favorite fall trends?? Don’t forget to leave me a comment below where it says "Post a Comment"…you don’t have to have a blog of your own to comment, just click on "comment as" then type in your name. I would love to hear from you!!!

Thank you as always for reading!


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