This fall, fashion goes retro.
From Mad Men-inspired, '60s-era suits to casual, '70s boho chic (Bell-bottoms are groovy again!), the season's stylemakers are stepping back in time. But they're doing so in sexy snakeskin pumps and modern, menswear-inspired coats.
A mix of old and new.
A blend of the tried and trendy.
A wardrobe of Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Obama.
Today, we introduce our fall fashion series, "Fall classics: Modern takes on timeless fashion" -- seven days of trends for thoroughly modern women who take inspiration from those who did it right the first time around.
First, a way to update your wardrobe the easy way, just like Mom taught you: accessories. These eight great ideas will update your look without breaking the bank.
Boho chic at its finest, a floppy felt hat in a rich color is a great way to channel the earthy style of the '70s that graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Tory Burch during Fall Fashion Week in February. Mossimo large floppy hat in burgundy felt, $19.99, Target.
A touch of class
Looking for a classic bag that you can carry this season and for seasons to come? Look no further than a satchel-style handbag. Whether you choose to go big or opt for a smaller version in a cross-body style, satchels are a great way to move into the cooler months and beyond. Turn-lock bag with front buckle in medium brown, $44.95, New York & Company.
With a color palette full of blacks and grays, fall fashion might leave you feeling dull and looking drab. Perk up! Simply add a handbag in a bold color, such as red, for a pop of visual excitement. Far Nine red quilted purse with gold details, $42; small red cross-body purse, $32, both from Stella's.
Essie's new fall collection, inspired by post-war 1940s and 1950s handbag colors, boasts six new fall-friendly shades that are as pretty as they are trendy. But even better, nail color doesn't require a major commitment (or budget) like other "accessories" do. Left to right: Essie nail polish in Carry On, left, and Very Structured, $8, Ulta.
Another boho-inspired accessory, the gold cuff is luxurious and timeless. Whether you choose a simple cuff or one embellished with gemstones, it will be a statement piece and an instant eye catcher. Left, House of Harlow 1960 Long Antler Cuff with cabochon in 14-karat gold plate, $198, Lane-Knight. Three Bishops hand-wrought cuff in 14-karat vermeil, $136.
Bulk be gone
Great for combating the bulk of layering beneath sweaters and cardigans, CeCe Toppings are a stylish and not-so-expensive way to update your fall wardrobe. They are this year's dickies. Available in various colors and prints, Toppings are great to finish a look with a basic V-neck or crew-neck sweater. From top: light blue denim ruffle, $39; white class, $37; navy and red thin-check Peter Pan, $37 each, CeCe Toppings.
Though you might not often have a reason to use them in Texas, leather gloves can do much more than just keep out the cold. We dare anyone to rock a pair and not feel 10 times more chic. H&M leather gloves in rich golden brown, $24.95, H&M.
Banish bare legs! Dressed up or down, tights are a great way to show off your personal style this fall -- and protect your legs from the season's chill. Whether you choose a simple pair of black, solid tights or a pair with polka dots, you'll look on trend all season long. Simply Vera Wang Tights in assorted designs, $14, Kohl's.