Though summer is just beginning, it’s time to look ahead to fall and some of the fashion trends that are emerging for the season. When fall arrives, unpack your sweaters, coats and boots – the staples in your wardrobe. Then head to the malls, boutiques and thrift shops to find the latest in fall fashion. Select versatile pieces of clothing, jewelry and accessories that you can mix and match to stretch your shopping dollars.
If you select an item that is quirky, trendy and you aren’t sure that you will wear very often, then don’t spend a fortune. However, if you find a classic piece that you will wear for years to come, then it’s wise to splurge a little bit.
Here is a look at some of the fashion trends to expect for fall, in terms of both clothing and jewelry.
This season look for your basic neutrals (black, brown and grey) with some emphasis on navy and camel. Last season grey was huge for fall. And though I’m not sure any neutral will be as popular this year, you can’t go wrong with navy and camel. If you want to add some flavor to your neutrals, neon accent colors will be very trendy.
When the weather cools down, the fabrics become a little richer and more luxurious. Plaids and tweeds will be popular in everything from coats to shoes to handbags. Also look for velvets in jewel tones, such as amethyst, sapphire and ruby. Feathers, fur and sequins will be prevalent not just in formal wear, but also every day sweaters, coats and dresses too. Thick over sized knit sweaters and sweater dresses will be the norm.
High-waisted pencil skirts and wide-legged pants (but not too wide) will definitely be in. The mixing of different silhouettes and unusual fabrics will also be popular. A thin body-hugging knit sweater may be paired with a frilly bubble skirt. A lace billowy top might be coupled with a pair of straight tweed pants. Flapper style dresses will be popular, as will one shoulder dresses and tops with big bows.
Layered necklaces will continue to be all the rage. Mixing chunky beaded and jeweled necklaces along with gold and silver chains really makes a statement. Also necklaces with big bold colorful baubles will continue to be popular from summer through the fall. Thick enamel bracelets embellished with jewels, rhinestones and crystals will also be trendy. My favorite piece of jewelry that will be hot for fall is the cocktail ring. Cocktail rings are rings that feature one very big central stone. They can be a little gaudy for everyday wear. However, they are a must for parties and special occasions.
If you can’t afford to splurge on a lot of new jewelry, don’t worry. You can find cocktail rings for starting as little as $20. In addition to your regular department stores and jewelry shops, be sure to look at estate sales, antique shops, and thrift stores for vintage cocktail rings. These type of big, bold rings are timeless. Look for cocktail rings that feature a large stone in the center or a cluster of stones in interesting shapes.
Here are ten of our favorite cocktail rings that are perfect for fall in various price ranges. Each of these rings will definitely turn some heads.
Vivian’s Vintage Oval Ruby CZ Cocktail Ring
This big cocktail ring features a deep cubic zirconia ruby stone set in sterling silver. The deep red color is perfect for fall. This is a true bargain priced piece at under $150 from Emitations.
Rebecca Square Peridot Ring
This ring measures an inch wide and features a deep peridot set in 18k gold plated bronze. The square style makes this a unique choice. The deep colors are perfect for fall. You can order this ring from Nordstrom for $454.
Sapphire Cubic Zirconia Cocktail Ring
This ring features a dazzling rectangle shaped stone in the center flanked by a baguette on each side. The setting is 18k white gold vermeil over sterling silver, you can get this ring at Neiman Marcus for $815.
Sterling Silver Champagne CZ Cocktail Ring
For a large ring at a bargain price, check out Overstock, where you can find this sterling silver cocktial ring with a yellow, pink or champagne colored cubic zirconia. This ring is big, bold and beautiful. And also cheap at around $50.
Dior Diorette Floral Cocktail Ring
Instead of one large center stone, this statement piece features a bundle of colorful lacquer flowers, along with an amethyst and diamond. It is set in gorgeous 18k yellow gold. This ring runs large, so order a size smaller than you normally wear. It is priced at $5,550 from eLuxury.
Kenneth Jay Lane Antique Gold & Topaz Ring
This chunky cocktail ring has a topaz center and crystal studded sides. It’s a very glamorous and a perfect party ring. This over sized cocktail ring is available from Multi Chic for $150.
Sapphire Statement Cocktail Ring
This stunning ring features an oval blue sapphire in the center surrounded by white and blue sapphires. This ring is set in 14k white or yellow gold. The total sapphire weight is over 5 carats. This dazzling ring is available from QVC for around $500.
Orange Gemstone and Diamond Ring
This amazing ring features a marquise-cut orange quartz stone accented with diamonds. The interesting shape and style of this piece make it a great buy. You can order this beautiful cocktail ring from Forzieri for $1,985. Orange is a fabulous color choice for fall.
Blair Champagne Cocktail Ring
This ring glistens like sun. It features champagne, yellow and white cubic zirconia in a magnificent shape. Nearly 36 carats of stones are used. It set nicely in 14k gold plate and is quite inexpensive. You can get this ring for under $60 at Blair.com.
Black Onyx and White Mother of Pearl Cocktail Ring
For a completely different look, check out this cocktail ring. It features a combination of black onyx and mother of pearl in a square shape. This ring is very chic and also inexpensive at just $48 from Eve’s Addiction. Pair this ring with other onyx and silver jewelry for a great look.