Fall 2010 Style Guide: Classic Trends

The phrase “classic trends” may sound like an oxymoron, but there are certain styles that seem to make their way back, season after season.

Although they may have been interpreted a little differently over the years, the trends of lace, animal print, and halter dresses can now be put into the category of classic fashion.   

Here are some new ways to wear the classics…



As we transition into fall, we’ll see that lace is now incorporated into everything from accessories to shoes, from trench coats to handbags.

When we think of lace, we usually picture the traditional black or white material, but not so anymore. Designers Nanette Lepore (left) and Valentino both used colored lace in their fall collections.

Lace can be combined with just about anything this fall, if you want to create an edgier ensemble versus a delicate, elegant look.


Pair a lace top with shiny leggings and gold accessories for a rock star look, or create a more modern, hip look with a colorful lace hat, T-shirt, and ripped jeans.  

1.  from – $144.00

2.  from – $30.32

3.  from Nordstrom – $690.00

4.  by Betsey Johnson – $298.00


Animal Print


Just like lace, animal print can be found on boots, shorts, coats, and everything in between.  Of course, you would not want to wear head-to-toe animal print unless you’re trying to camouflage yourself out in the wild.  

For a classic look, try a pair of leopard print boots with a black pencil skirt and a crisp white top.  For a “I am woman, hear me roar” look, wear a leopard print coat with leather pants and over-the-knee boots.  

1.  from Guess – $114.50

2.  from Zappos Couture – $225.00

3.  from – $280.00

4.  from Bloomingdaleís – $78.00

5.  from Max & Chloe – $20.00




Halter Dresses


Whether you’re 20 years old or 40 years old, if it’s spring or fall, the year 1967 or 2010, the halter dress is in.  Fashion icons Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren paved the way for the halter dress to become a fashion staple in every wardrobe.

Designers Emilio & Coco have turned this quintessential classic dress into something they’ve labeled “seductively practical.”  Rightfully so, because it’s the type of dress that can be worn day or night, that certainly makes for good eye candy.  

1. Emilio & Coco Sweetheart halter dress from – $568.88

2.  from Bergdorf Goodman – $270.00

3.  from Blomingdaleís – $245.00



In fact, you could even combine all three of the aforementioned classic trends to create a classy, chic look that will take you into fall and beyond.  What could be sexier than wearing a sweetheart halter dress with a pair of leopard print heels and a lace jacket?