Fall fashion guide 2010: top 15 trends of the season

From animal prints to military chic, here are 15 top fashion trends of the season:

1. Leather Jackets

leather-jackets-fall2010-180.jpg Leather and shearling jackets made an appearance on many of the fall runways, as the ideal indoor/outdoor topper for skirts, dresses, jeans and pants. This season’s crop features everything from edgy bomber and motorcycle jackets to cropped, tailored and even boxy silhouettes. Here are some favorite picks worth investing in to wear all season long – and beyond >>

2. Camel

camel is the new neutral Every season, there’s a new neutral to incorporate into your wardrobe and this season’s hue is unquestionably camel. Have any doubts about this rich color’s must-have status? Virtually every look sent down the runway from Chloe was in varying shades of camel. Whether you invest in the ultra-hot camel coat, a well-placed accessory, or simply a camel sweater to pair with black, brown and denim, it’s a classic color worth owning. Here are some camel pieces to consider >>

3. Animal Prints

animal prints For what seems like the 4th season in a row, designers are wild about animal prints – and we couldn’t be happier. Whether it’s a faux fur coat, a leopard print skirt, or a well placed accessory, animal prints manage to be both a trend and a classic.Go wild with these animal printed pieces at every price >>

4. Military Chic

military chicMilitary chic continues its reign as the trend marches into fall with everything from infantry-inspired jackets and coats to cargo pants and lace-up boots – all with a feminine twist. Salute the style head-to-toe or add just a piece or two to your daily uniform with these military musts at every price >>

5. Faux Fur

Faux FurFrom head-to-toe fantasy looks to bits of plush trim, designers like Chanel and Rebecca Taylor sent a flurry of faux furs down the runway. While not all of the designers opted for fake, there are plenty of fabulous faux pieces in stores this season. Here are some of our favorites to add to your look >>

6. Minimalism

MinimalismClean lines, sleek silhouettes, a lack of embellishment… these are the hallmarks of this season’s minimalism trend. With looks so understated, perfect tailoring and quality fabrics are a must. Here are some pieces to help you achieve the clean, modern look >>

7. Lace

Lace From peek-a-boo clothes and sheer inserts to naughty-meets-nice accessories, designers are embracing lace this season. With pieces ranging from ladylike and vintage-inspired to sexy and edgy, here are some lace looks we love >>

8. Jewel Tones

Jewel TonesRuby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst… these saturated jewel tones add a richness to fall’s looks. Mix your hues together like the Oscar de la Renta look shown above, or pair them with neutrals like black, gray and camel. Here are some of our favorite jewel hued gems at every price >>

9. Longer Skirts

Longer SkirtsAfter several seasons of short, what a refreshing change to see longer length and maxi dresses and skirts saunter down the runway. Whether you choose straight and fitted or full and swingy, the silhouette you choose depends partly on your personal style and partly on what flatters your figure. Keep your top simple and be aware of your proportions, this can be a tricky look to pull off. Here are some styles to base your look around >>

10. Capes and Ponchos

Capes and PonchosWhether cropped or long, a multitude of variations of the cape and poncho walked the runways this season. Equal parts chic and cozy, this is the perfect answer for what to wear until you’re ready for warm winter coats. Wrap yourself in one of these favorites at every price >>

11. Chunky Knits

Chunky KnitIt’s what we look forward to as soon as the cool fall weather hits: cozy knit sweaters. Whether you wrap yourself up in a blanket sweater coat, a boyfriend cardigan, a chunky handmade-inspired pullover or a fair isle knit, warm up to this season’s bevy of knits. Here are some of our favorites at every price >>

12. Pant Suits

Pant SuitsAfter years of wearing dresses and skirts to work, women now have a new option: the menswear-inspired pantsuit. Fall’s new suit is not of the ’80s power suit variety, it features tailored, yet fluid, pieces with a feminine edge. Check out these pantsuit picks >>

13. Wide Leg Pants and Menswear Trousers

Wide Leg Pants and Menswear TrousersWhile skinny pants and leggings are still on trend, it’s slouchy wide leg pants that are making news this season. Perfect for the office, an evening out or weekends, we’re loving them with feminine tops and tailored jackets. Here are some wide leg pants at every price >>

14. Metallic Gold

Metallic Gold The perfect accent for fall’s rich jewel tones, luxe camels, basic blacks, wild leopard prints and even denim, metallic gold makes a major statement this season. Whether you opt for just a touch with a metallic accessory, or dare to wear a glitzy ensemble, this is a trend worth mining. Here are some of our favorite gold pieces at every price >>

15. Boots

BootsFrom ankle booties to over-the-knee boots, a huge range of boot styles walked the runways this fall. Next week we’ll cover all of our favorite shoe and boot trends, but here’s a taste of our favorite styles at every price >>

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