ACCESSORIES REPORT: It’s All In The Details

Most Fashionistas and Fashionistos love leather. It’s sleek, chic and classic. From bags to shoes to belts, leather seems to be everywhere.

Leather pants has been a huge trend for a few seasons. I swear I wear leather pants at least five times a week. Which is why this Fashionista’s leggings with leather detailing really caught my eye. The leather knees on the leggings are fantastic details. Not only are they unexpected, but the leather dresses up a pair of otherwise ordinary leggings. Whether paired with a casual T-shirt and jacket, like this Fashionista, or worn with a black silk blouse and sequin coat, these leggings can take you from day to night and everywhere in between.

Mixing materials with leather is a great way to update any accessory. Look for shoes, bags and, yes, leggings that add leather to the mix.

Spotted: Proenza Schouler’s fall 2012 collection features a pair of lust-worthy leather palazzo pants.

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: It’s All in the Details

With menswear, I’ve increasingly noticed that guys can be extremely detail-oriented with their wardrobe. Unlike most females who buy into fast fashion and trendy pieces each season, most of my male friends retain a set of basics that are jazzed up or down with the appropriate accessories.

While the sock is a necessary component of every outfit we wear (unless it’s summer), it can be easily overlooked as a key statement piece. We often make the most visible portion of our outfits the statement, such as a bag, jacket, or scarf. But the sock can also pack quite the stylish punch.

This week’s Fashionisto is dressed in shades of navy and maroon which make for a great pairing of colours. However, his ankle socks stand out against maroon trousers and loafers in a clash of turquoise stripes. This attention to detail is brilliantly executed without diverting attention from the overall sophistication of this Fashionisto’s college-preppy look.

Bright ankle socks work best when worn with ankle grazing trousers or cuffed ones that reveal just a flash of ankle. Luckily, socks can be found from low to high-end department stores in all sorts of prints and patterns so that guys have a huge variety of brands to choose from. I would recommend that they start off with a striped or argyle sock before moving into the more complex territory of fair isle or even hexagonal prints.

Today, it’s as if the male ankle has become the focus of just as much excitement and intrigue that the female ankle inspired during the austere Victorian era. And although this body part is no longer a taboo subject, the sock still holds the potential to shock and amaze with its sartorial splendour.

Spotted: Contrasting ankle socks bring a distinct and clever flair to a look, as demonstrated by the Lanvin fall 2011 show.

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: It’s All in the Details

This Fashionista caught my eye while walking to class because of the contrast between her intricate belt and her otherwise minimalistic ensemble. Although it is fashionable right now to show off your curves in tight outfits, it is not very realistic or very comfortable. Instead, this Fashionista shows off her figure by pairing her loose T-shirt with a tight belt worn at her waist. Who needs to wear an uncomfortable, tight dress when you can belt a loose one and get similar results?

And the belt she’s wearing! It’s genius really because the small details of the belt, such as the multiple clasps on it, help draw attention to her waist. If you want to try a similar belt, this one is simple and versatile enough to wear with almost any outfit, yet still eye-catching because of its pretty design. I was also drawn to this Fashionista’s belt because she tucked it into itself. Often, belt loops don’t exist on dresses or high-waist skirts and the wearer is stuck safety pinning the excess material or just letting it fall down, which in turn looks messy. A cute fix to this problem, and a current trend, is to twist and tuck the belt into itself.

Belts aren't only great for being worn around the waist. Let's say you like this trend and want to try it, but don’t want to wear a dress that day. This Old Navy bag, with belted straps, is the perfect answer — and a good alternative to a backpack.

So all in all, a detailed belt is the way to go this fall. Don’t go too over-the-top with details. Try a neutral-colored belt with one or two distinctive details. Too many details will be eye-catching of course, but not in a good way.

Spotted: Another fan of the twisted belt? Hermès seemed to make this accessory one of its focal points for its spring runway.

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