Six Ways to Wear Denim This Fall

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You can never really go wrong with denim, but, if the only denim that you wear is your go-to pair of jeans, it may be time to update your wardrobe. From double denim to colored denim, here are six ways that you can wear denim this fall.

Double Denim
The double denim look is always a fun one, but you need to ensure that the pieces that you choose are quite modern, otherwise your outfit will end up looking dated. A pair of skinny denim jeans, worn with a white t-shirt and a denim jacket, is always going to look clean and sophisticated, with the denim giving it a casual edge. Pair this with some heeled ankle boots if you want to dress it up, or just go with sneakers for a more laid back vibe.

High-Waisted, Wide-Legged Jeans
High-waisted, wide-legged jeans are wonderfully dramatic, but can easily be toned down depending on how you choose to style them. The fact that they are high waisted means that they will flatter your figure, while also giving you plenty of choice when it comes to deciding what top to wear with them.

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Colored Denim
Denim primarily comes in shades of blue, but there are plenty of options out there when it comes to colored denim too. White is clean and fresh, while bold and bright shades can really give your denim a whole new attitude.

Denim Shirts
Denim shirts are perfect for the months of fall, as they provide enough coverage and warmth, but can easily be styled to adapt to warmer days. For those days when you want to bare some skin, wear your denim shirt tied at the waist with the sleeves rolled up, paired with some shorts. For chillier days, wear it with some jeans and ankle boots, throwing a jacket over the top if your shirt happens to be made from a thinner material.

Draped Denim Dress
Denim dresses are another item that is so much fun to wear, and there are so many styles out there to choose from. While maxi dresses and mini dresses may be the most popular, midi dresses are perfect for the months of fall. Draped styles will add an element of drama to your look, and will help your dress to stand out from the more conventional denim dresses out there.

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Cropped Jeans
With winter on its way, you are soon going to have to completely cover up, which is why you need to take advantage of the fall months and show some leg while you still can. Cropped jeans are fantastic for this, as they provide coverage and warmth but accentuate your figure by revealing a bit of your legs. If you would prefer to show a bit more skin, opt for a distressed style of cropped jeans, and wear this with a pair of sandals rather than closed shoes.

One of the biggest advantages to wearing denim is that it is so versatile, and can easily be dressed up or down. This applies to each of the looks mentioned above, making each of these pieces a worthwhile investment.

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New Ways to Wear Stripes

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Stripes are classic and can be seen just about everywhere this season. For those of you who need some inspiration when it comes to wearing stripes in new and exciting ways, here are a few looks that you can try.

A Horizontally Striped Dress
Many would say that horizontal stripes are extremely unflattering, but this all depends on where the stripes are placed, as well as the colors that are used. If you have a black background, with thoughtfully placed stripes, this will beautifully accentuate your figure. A knee length, knit dress is perfect for this, but make sure that you try it on beforehand, so as to make sure that the stripes really do flatter your own individual figure.

Double Up
While wearing a top and bottom that both feature stripes can be difficult to pull off, you will have an incredible look if you manage to do so. To make the task easier, make sure that the stripes in both of your garments are similar in size, but that the colors differ. Mixing stripes is already quite experimental, so do not be afraid to go bold and bright, even if the colors seem to initially clash.

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A Vertically Striped Skirt
Vertical stripes are great for elongating the body, but they do not often feature in skirts, which is why, if you find one that works for you, this item is a keeper. The great thing about a striped skirt is that it is so versatile, and can be dressed up with a pretty blouse and some heels, or dressed down with a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt.

Striped Heels
Shoes tend to come in single colors, but having a striped pair of heels can really add a whole new dimension to your outfit. This is also a great way to bring stripes into your look subtly, without having to invest in striped clothing. Striped heels can be worn in so many different ways, whether paired with jeans for a classy casual look or worn to add some interest to an LBD.

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Big, Bold and Diagonal
The majority of stripes that you will see in stores are quite classic, but big, bold and diagonal is a fun way to wear them, and will definitely have you standing out of the crowd. Jonathan Saunders is a great designer to look to when it comes to inspiration for this, as his graphic striped slip dress flows perfectly over the body. Since you are already making quite a statement with this style of stripe, do not be afraid to be loud with colors.

Each and every year, stripes always seem to make it on the list of seasonal trends, and this is because they can be worn in so many different ways, resulting in looks that appear completely different year upon year. Whether you decide to double up and wear a striped skirt with a striped top or go for a simple dress that features big, bold and graphic stripes, these looks will no doubt add some extra fun to your wardrobe.

Add a Pop of Color to Your Neutral Attire

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Wearing neutrals together is an easy and convenient way to dress, as this does not require too much planning. However, while neutrals are great, adding a pop of color to your outfit can really help to brighten it up and give it that extra special edge.

Bold Shoes
While you likely already own plenty of neutral colored shoes, investing in a couple of pairs of bright and bold footwear is always worthwhile. Since you are going to be pairing them with neutrals, the colors that you go for do not matter too much, as just about any bright color will match, so go for a shade that makes you feel confident and sexy.

A Bright Jacket
With the colder months quickly approaching, it is time to bring out all of your coats and jackets that you stored away for the summer. If you own a brightly colored jacket or coat, this is a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit, and, since it is just outerwear, it means that you will not have to wear that color throughout the day, and can remove it whenever you need to. If your outfit is predominantly black and white, cool colors, or even neons and hot pinks, look great with this, while warmer neutrals tend to work best with rich, jewel tones.

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A Printed Scarf
Scarves are a fantastic way to add some color, as well as pattern, to your outfit, and because of how versatile they are, they can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you wear it as a sash, a headband, around your neck, or as a pocket square, position your scarf in a location that you want to draw the eye to, as the scarf will create a great focal point. Do not be afraid to opt for vibrant prints either, as printed scarves are perfect for adding multiple colors to an outfit.

A Bright Belt
Belts are not only perfect for accentuating the waist, but can also add a burst of color to your outfit, especially if this is the only colorful item that you are wearing. When it comes to color combinations, there are many classic pairings that work brilliantly when it comes to belts, such as a red belt on a black dress, or an electric blue belt on a grey outfit.

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Striking Jewellery
Neutral clothing provides a beautifully clean background to showcase striking jewellery shades, making this a fun and interesting way to add some color to your outfit. A necklace is the easiest way to go, and you could even opt for multiple necklace strands, each featuring a different color.

Outfits that consist of neutral colors are clean and sophisticated, but adding a pop of color does give them a bit more personality. Whether you opt for some bold red shoes or a vibrant printed scarf, do not be afraid to experiment with your outfits and accessories, as you will no doubt come up with some combinations that you love.

Sparkle at Holiday Events

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Whether you are dressing for an office holiday party or a glitzy charity event, it does not take much to add some festive cheer to your look. From metallic gold garments to glittering accessories, here are some ways in which you can add some sparkle to your outfit for your next holiday event.

Office Holiday Party
Office holiday parties are not usually that formal, meaning that if you want to add some sparkle to your look, you need to do this in a way that is not too over-the-top. With metallic gold being bang on trend for this season, this is a great color to opt for, and can be paired with so many other contrasting shades. While you will not likely want to opt for an entire outfit in metallic gold, a shimmering gold top, or even a top with just metallic gold detailing, can be paired with more conventional pants or a skirt, making this the ideal outfit for your office holiday party.

Meeting the Parents
The holiday season is often when new couples meet each other’s parents for the first time, and working out what to wear can definitely be nerve-wracking. This is another occasion in which your sparkle needs to be quite subtle and toned down, making festive accessories your best bet. From your handbag to your shoes to your jewelry, allow one or two aspects of your outfit to sparkle, but try to keep the rest of it relatively demure.

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Charity Event
The majority of formal charity events will have a dress code that guests need to stick to, making it slightly easier to put together an outfit. A glittering cocktail dress is always a good choice, whether you opt for a full length or a shorter design. For those who want to go all out, a sparkly evening gown will definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball, but when wearing an evening gown that sparkles, you need to make sure that everything else that you wear is quite toned down. Rather than donning all of your favorite festive accessories, keep jewelry to a minimum, and choose some simple sandals rather than a more extravagant style.

Holiday Dinner
Holiday feasts are a big part of the festive season, and while your usual daytime look would likely suffice, it never hurts to jazz up your outfit a little. For those who want to keep their sparkle to their accessories, garments in traditional festive colors, from red to green to gold, will act as the perfect backdrop. Wearing separates should also be considered for a holiday dinner, as this means that you will be able to combine a variety of different textures and silhouettes. A sequinned skirt or an embellished top can really add some festive flair to your look, and can be paired with a slightly more simple garment to keep the outfit in the casual realm.

While you likely already have a few favorite go-to festive outfits, it never hurts to experiment with your style and mix things up a bit. Whether you are heading to a formal charity event or a festive office party, these ideas will ensure that you always have something fabulous to wear.

East Coast VS West Coast Style

The fashion world readily splits itself into particular camps championing different kinds of aesthetics. One of the more common splits in the United States is over what makes East Coast style superior to West Coast style or vice versa. Each side has its particular champions highlighting the benefits of the aesthetic choices of each coast. This is often a bit strange given major US designers have often lived on each coast throughout their careers. They often end up a bit less biased and blend the best of each coast. OROGOLD has assembled a short overview of what makes the styles of each coast to give you a clearer idea of what your preferred style might be. We’re not picking any favorites though.

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Dare to Prepare
Both styles require a decent amount of preparation when it comes down to it. East Coast style emphasizes having an outfit for each occasion. Each outfit is crafted to work beautifully in the situation it is meant for and a large variety of accessories are available to make the most of each outfit. The goal is to emphasize and build an outfit around and occasion and item rather than being about fluid transitions between states of existence like the West Coast style. The aforementioned style focuses instead n the versatility and free flow from one part of life to another. West Coast style enthusiasts used a practiced casual aesthetic that can go from being work friendly to beach ready with only a few minor changes in presentation at most. This takes a fair bit of effort to get right though.

Layers
East Coast style enjoys its layers even in warmer seasons. Combinations of tops and jackets help define when and where to use an outfit. This also plays into the often dressed down “formal” tone to East Coast style as the layers lend a conservative look to some outfits. Color and cut choices allow the style to remain playful and cheerful as readily as its counterpart though. West Coast style seems to thrive in its use of layers. They are often when help provide the materials that let the outfits move from one gathering to another fluidly. An airy, button top over a tighter, beach friendly shirt is a relatively common combination. Additionally, the influence of bohemian-style fashion sense is also visible in this aspect of West Coast style. This aspect does come up in another way that OROGOLD feels merits discussion as well.

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Jewelry and Accessories
In some ways, West Coast style can end up treating jewelry as an extension of its layering philosophy. There is an emphasis on using multiple pieces to provide a carefree, mix-and-match kind of look in keeping with the bohemian spirit. This is at odds with the East Coast style idea of matching an outfit to an occasion. Jewelry and accessories are highlights or central aspects of East Coast outfits where the goal, as discussed, is to build around something. This often leads to less busy outfits with a central piece of jewelry being chosen for its eye-catching nature and ability to emphasize what the wearer wishes. The West Coast doesn’t entirely miss out on this, but encourages eclectic pairings to emphasize its practiced “casual” nature.

East Coast and West Coast styles each bring something to the fashion world, but it is little wonder that many people see them as opposed. Between the East Coast’s more formal approach and the West Coast’s “free spirited” approach, it does seem on the surface they must inherently conflict. Don’t think that tough. Each style has its edge areas where the two can blend a bit and how you use pieces of an outfit can make its one style or another depending on context. OROGOLD hopes you’ve got at least a somewhat clearer idea of what divides the two styles now though. Don’t feel bound to be loyal to the coast you’re on though as fashion is about self-expression.