New year? New clothes! Rosh Hashanna style tips

Prepare your wardrobe for the new season: Skirts are longer, colors are brighter and plaids and polka-dots dominated the Autumn 2011 runways.

fall fasihon 2011 (photo credit: REUTERS)
fall fasihon 2011
(photo credit: REUTERS)
One of the many traditions associated with Rosh Hashanna is buying new clothing for the new year. Although New York Fashion Week is already showing the styles for Spring and Summer of 2012, here are some of the hottest looks for this Autumn, which you can wear to synagogue, to a holiday meal, or just for fun! Check out these designer looks to inspire outfits that can easily be put together in your local mall.

If you're looking for something a bit more modest, this is the season for you. Midi, or a few inches below the knee, is the preferred skirt-length of fall fashionistas. This length can be a bit treacherous for those of us who don't have supermodel-long legs, but luckily it comes in a lot of different forms.
The trendiest midi-skirt is a pencil style with a high slit, as seen in Diane von Furstenberg's Ready-to-Wear Fall 2011 collection. However, midi-length A-line-skirts were seen in many collections, such as Louis Vuitton, and midi pencil- and circle-skirts were popular as well. This isn't the ideal style for petite women, but just about anyone else can find a flattering midi-length skirt.

Color Blocking

Another trend for autumn has been around for a few years, and just isn't ready to die: Color-blocking. You can't go wrong combining two bright solids this fall.  French fashion house agnes b. is showing a very wearable outfit in pink and red, one of the hottest color combinations of the season. Bright colors are perfect for Israel's autumn, when the sun is still shining and the weather is still so hot, you won't be in the mood for the season's usual muted earth-tones. However, Gucci took bright colors and "winterized" them, by adding fur, another trend on the 2011-2012 autumn runways.
The faint of heart can try a swath of bright color with a neutral, like this BCBG Max Azria dress. You'll notice the white turtleneck underneath – this is a major trend that will help carry your summer looks into fall and winter.

Swinging Sixties
Bright colors bring us right into the Sixties Mod look, which took the Autumn 2011 runways by storm. This look is characterized by a-line, short dresses and skirts with simple, straight lines, and can be found in solids, like this bright blue from Burberry Prorsum's Jean Shrimpton-inspired collection, and big prints, like Prada's Mondrian-esque dress. Opaque tights and kitten or t-strap heels can easily complete the look. Even if you don't look like Twiggy, you can have fun with this swinging style!
P.S. See the Prada model's boots (left)? Snakeskin is big this season, too!

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

Since we just mentioned Burberry, the tartan trend must be next. These plaid patterns can go from day – in this grungy L.A.M.B. outfit – to night – like Salvatore Feragammo's houndstooth dress or this red Jean-Charles de Castelbajac outfit with a very current asymmetrical hemline.
Another major pattern for fall is none other than polka-dots. Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney have been leading this parade. Jacobs took the spotty trend into retro-chic territory, with fitted skirts and jaunty berets, and even printed polka-dots on leather skirts (another Autumn 2011 trend). Stella McCartney went more modern and sleek with shiny discs and sheer fabrics, in a collection that has already become a red-carpet favorite, seen on the likes of Kate Winslet and Anna Paquin.
Lahav and Stav blog about fashion and style at Marvelous Volcanic Ensemble.
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