StyleSetters How to be One

Amp up fall’s best trends this season with celebrity-inspired tips and tricks.

Switch Out Your Jeans For Striped Pants


Chic and slimming, striped trousers are a fresh alternative to denim. Both Kate Moss and Heidi Klum punched up simple separates with cropped pairs by Isabel Marant.

"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Kate Moss and Heidi Klum in striped pants \\ Photo: Martin Karius/Startraksphoto; Norman Scott/Startraksphoto

Upgrade Your Wardrobe Staple With Velvet


A classic wrap dress flattering almost every figure and is a wardrobe essential for day and night; add a fresh twist with a velvet version. Look for long sleeves like those on Emma Roberts’s Salvatore Ferragamo minidress and a knee-grazing hemline like that on the Catherine Malandrino number worn by Vanessa Hudgens. Add a blazer and close-toed shoes for a luxe, office-friendly look.


"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Emma Roberts in purple velvet dress \\ Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Add Hints of Red to Retro Polka Dots


Give a nod to ’50s chic without going the full I Love Lucy-route with an unadorned polka dot dress worn with a pop of red. Alexa Chung updated her vintage shirtdress with a cherry clutch and patent booties, while Liv Tyler brought out the dots on her DKNY design with sexy peep-toes.


"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Alexa Chung and Liv Tyler in polka dot dresses \\ Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/Globe Photos; Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic

Try a Post-Labor Day Maxiskirt


Long skirts work year-round when paired with menswear-inspired toppers. Olivia Palermo’s chiffon floral piece looks fresh with a boyish striped sweater, while Selita Ebanks’s floor-grazing pleated version looks lean with a tuxedo blazer.

"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Olivia Palermo and Selita Ebanks in maxiskirts \\ Photo: Humberto Carreno/startraksphoto; Anthony Behar/Sipa Press

Edge Out a Blazer with Leather Leggings

Stretch leather leggings plus a boxy blazer equal an uber-cool alternative to a suit. Lauren Conrad topped her own Paper Crown pair with a camel jacket, while Mandy Moore styled hers with a similar black topper.

"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Lauren Conrad and Mandy Moore in leather pants \\ Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images; WENN

Slip on a Ladylike Leather Dress


Seek out a leather dress with details like pockets or lace trim for an enticing style that is more sophisticated than biker chic. Jennifer Aniston wore a Celine design with a high neckline, while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley opted for a Marios Schwab with an equally demure silhouette.

"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Jennifer Aniston and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in black leather dresses \\ Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images; Jun Sato/WireImage

port a Menswear Print in a Feminine Style


Houndstooth looks mod, not mannish when part of a figure-flaunting ensemble. Selena Gomez topped her Nuj Novakhett mini with a sheer long-sleeve tee, while Ginnifer Goodwin looked anything but boyish in a bandage sheath from Herve Leger by Max Azria.


"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Selena Gomez and Ginnifer Goodwin in bold prints \\ Photo: Albert Michael/Startraksphoto; Lionel Hahn/AbacaUsa

Think Floral for Fall


Autumn florals are all about a dusky palette and painterly prints. Camilla Belle looked ready for the season in a mustard and rust Madewell shift, while Leighton Meester chose a Vera Wang print skirt in muted shades of moss and navy.

"10 Ways to Be a Stylesetter This Fall" \\ Camilla Belle and Leighton Meester in floral prints \\ Photo: Ramey Photo; Johns PkI; Splash News



September 14, 2011. September.

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