How To Pull Off Fall Accessories Like Kate Beckinsale – Fashion Spotlight

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Are you brave enough to wear Kate Beckinsale’s boots or Jessica Alba’s large tote? Find the right accessories for you…

It’s a little known fact that accessories are a mother (or any busy woman’s) best friend. Accessories help you make the simplest of outfits (jeans and T-shirt, a simple black dress) more stylish, and can make your “every day” wardrobe look brand new. We were thrilled to interview hat designer Chandra Anderson (from Cha Studios) at a recent runway event (see her with models, below), and get an up-close look at her inspirational designs. Read on to see how you can steal the Top 10 Runway Accessories, and look below for our fabulous video interview with Chandra…

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1. Add Tights: Simply adding tights to your outfit this Fall, will make any dress or skirt look dynamite. Try experimenting with colors (like grey, navy or plum), without going crazy (skip the zebra stripes please).

2. Wear Stockings Well: Stockings aren’t just for your toddler’s favorite literary characters (thanks Pippi)- you can wear them too (but wear with caution). Stockings are perfect if you can see 2 to 3″ of material poking out from beneath fabulous winter boots (especially flat riding boots), but save the stockings-with-heels look for the teens.

3. Love The Shootie: Perhaps Rachel Zoe coined the term “shootie” (a shoe mixed with a bootie), but finding a pair of cropped ankle boots can punch up any classic dress or shift (if you keep the rest of your outfit simple). The lower the top of the “shootie” dips, the longer your legs will look…

4. Play With Scarves: Although some of the scarves on the runway were too dramatic for every-day wear (and may lead to choking from your children), try playing with scarves to punch up any outfit. Loop two thin scarves together, for a fun, playful look…

5. Let Color Pop: Accessories are ideal for making your outfit “pop”, so enjoy bold hints of color (like red heels or metallic bag), while keeping the rest of your look subtle…

6. Go Big, or Go Home: We loved the big, sturdy totes seen walking down runways this Fall, and couldn’t help but think…what a perfect diaper bag! Enjoy the structured, large totes this season (and no one will have to know that diapers, coloring books, or sippy cups are hidden inside).

7. Flats Can Be Fancy: The ballet flat is a mother’s dream: it’s comfortable, won’t break our ankles while chasing after small children, and yet…it still helps us look put-together. Find fun, differing versions of the ballet flat (try new textures or peep-toe style) and spice up your wardrobe…

8. Get Layered: If you don’t have money or time to get new jewelery this year, try re-working your old jewels in a new way. We love the idea of layering longer necklaces together (or stacking mis-matched bracelets) to create a fresh look…

9. Be Belted: Take the advice of Tim Gunn, “your waistline can be wherever you want it to be.” Play with your silhouette by adding a bolt structured belt to that same-old dress, top or sweater…

10. The Hat: Need we say more? Chandra takes the art of the hat to a new level, and we love the idea of hiding a bad hair day (a staple in most moms’ lives), with a fabulous, stylish hat.

* What accessories are you wanting to try this Fall?

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