The dos and don'ts of fall 2013 fashion trends

The Do's and Don'ts of Fall 2013 Fashion Trends
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The dos and don'ts of fall 2013 fashion trends

Statement-making outerwear manifested itself in a bevy of ways this season (think bold furs, oversize parkas, and cool leathers).

DON'T be afraid to experiment with various colors, lengths, and textures.

DO consider the rest of your outfit when rocking these coats. Keep everything else simple.

We saw cool caps at just about every show, including Kate Spade and Tracy Reese.

DO remember this motto: When in doubt, put a beanie on it!

DON'T forget the other types of hats you can wear this season. Fedoras, floppy knits, and even baseball caps are at your disposal.

Sick of the floral and kaleidoscope prints from spring? Well, say hello to classic prints like houndstooth for fall.

DON'T shy away from this print for the office. Menswear fabrics lend a chic and professional touch to your outfits.

DO keep in mind that houndstooth goes with everything! As we once said, it's basically a neutral.

Yes, you read that correctly. One of fall 2013's hottest trends is already in your closet.

DO play with different colors of leopard this season. Classic brown and black will always be in style, so have a little bit of fun and choose a pink or red version instead.

DON'T overdo it. A little leopard can go a long way, so stick to one piece featuring the cat print.

Pantone chose the shade as its top color for 2013, so it's no wonder that it was spotted all over the fall 2013 runways.

DON'T ignore how cute emerald green can look when paired with other jewel tones, such as garnet, amethyst, and sapphire.

DO look for different ways to incorporate the shade into your wardrobe. A structured bag or high heels in this vibrant hue is like an exclamation point at the end of your ensemble.

Take a cue from BCBG and add interest to your fall outfit choices by piling on a few extra pieces.

DO mix textures with your pants, skirts, and tops. A sheer dress over leather pants allows you to layer without looking bulky.

DON'T go crazy with colors or patterns when layering pieces. An outfit with many components should look as streamlined as possible.

When the temperature's low, we all have a tendency to reach for dark colors, but why not grab a winter white piece instead?

DON'T think you can wear winter white only for a night out. A chic coat fits in at the office, and denim works for the weekend.

DO save your flouncy pieces for spring. Choose weather-appropriate staples such as chunky knits, jeans, and jackets that make sense in autumn.

It's the trend that won't die, so hop on the bandwagon if you haven't already!

DO find the right peplum for you. Where it's placed on a dress, shirt, or skirt can determine just how good you look.

DON'T underestimate how flattering a peplum can be. It can help define your waist or add curves to a boyish figure.

Leather can be sporty, edgy, or downright womanly depending on how it's styled.

DO go for a colored leather piece every once in a while. Style it as you would a regular knit.

DON'T try an all-leather outfit—unless you're into that whole biker-babe trend.

There was a strong military presence at fall 2013 Fashion Week, which means that khaki green is on its way to becoming a staple in your wardrobe.

DON'T avoid girly versions of the utilitarian trend. How about a tailored top or slim pants?

DO add accents like lace or brocade to amp up the luxe factor.

The fall 2013 New York Fashion Week runways were filled with trends worth trying. Read on for our tips and tricks for pulling them off without becoming a fashion victim.

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