The 10 Smartest Lessons From Fashion Month
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Look Smart1 of 11
By Tiffany Tse
Paris Fashion Week just ended, capping the month-long whirlwind of runway shows that kicked off last month in New York. And while spring collections won't start trickling into stores until early next year, here are ten valuable lessons you can take from the catwalk and apply to your wardrobe right away.
Match Point2 of 11
Cher in Clueless was on to something. Matching sets, such as Mulberry's printed coat and shorts, are no longer reserved for schoolgirls. Not only does this look get you out the door faster (no deciding what goes with what), it's effortlessly charming, especially in feminine florals.
Cool Your Heels3 of 11
The runways have spoken: You are allowed to be comfortable. This season's best flat footwear ranged from menswear-inspired oxfords to slip-on sandals. Try them with a sleek dress, like this one at The Row. You'll look like you aren't trying as hard as the girl in four-inch stilettos, and you won't have blisters by midnight.
GET THE LOOK: Nine West Soire flat, $79, ninewest.com
Take Cover4 of 11
No matter how cute your outfit is, when it's cold out, your coat hides it all. Take a cue from Burberry's models, who wore neutral outerwear and let embellished clutches and bright shoes do the talking.
GET THE LOOK: ASOS clutch bag, $76, asos.com
Envelope, Please5 of 11
Move aside, minis. A new silhouette—longer skirts with asymmetrical envelope slits—ruled the runways this season, including Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. The result is fresher and sexier, but in such a subtle way that some of these pieces might find a place in your work wardrobe.
GET THE LOOK: Marciano Masha skirt, $95, guess.com
Inside Out6 of 11
Layering is the key to creating intriguing, stylish outfits, but Osman's take is particularly inspiring. The British designer layered bustiers over long-sleeve shirts, eliminating possible wardrobe malfunctions and giving your strapless tops more wear.
GET THE LOOK: Cameo Hold On floral-print bustier, $157, neimanmarcus.com
Taking Shape7 of 11
The little black dress is the cornerstone of many wardrobes. But if you're already going to play it safe in black, you can afford to experiment with more daring shapes, like Saint Laurent's sleek tailored jumpsuit. It's appropriate for cocktails and will get people talking—in a very good way.
GET THE LOOK: ASOS jumpsuit with pleat bust origami detail, $84, asos.com
Get Waisted8 of 11
Oftentimes, designer collections feature proportions that aren't easy for non-models to pull off, but this Dolce & Gabbana silhouette is universally flattering. The trick is to pair an easy, relaxed t-shirt with a high-waisted skirt (choose one that flares out at the hem). This combination hides all manner of sins, like last night's second helping of dessert.
Playing Peekaboo9 of 11
There was a ton of exposed lingerie on the spring runways, from sporty bras peeking beneath dresses at Gucci to Versace's see-through skirts worn over briefs. And while underclothes should generally stay, well, underneath your clothes, this Emilio Pucci look—a sheer T-shirt layered over a bandeau—offers a wearable way of tapping into the trend.
GET THE LOOK: ASOS Power Mesh T-Shirt, $34, asos.com
Sweater Weather10 of 11
Ditch the shawl or wrap the next time you're wearing an evening frock. At Rochas, models wore cardigans layered over dresses, in this case a shimmery pleated number. The key is to find a sheer, lightweight cardigan that'll give you some coverage without contrasting too dramatically with your glamorous dress.
GET THE LOOK: Reiss Klien Sheer Contrast Cardigan, $102, reiss.com
Balancing Act11 of 11
Loud prints are nothing new, but it's the way MSGM styled their tropical and geometric motifs that serves as inspiration. This model's brightly patterned blazer is layered over a crisp blouse buttoned all the way to the top, which tones down the look enough for your 9-to-5.