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Trend Report: October

October is my favorite month of the year, and always brings up nostalgic feelings for me. Being from the Midwest, I think there is nothing better than throwing on an oversized sweater, heating up leftover homemade chili and watching college football. The cooler fall months also bring out my bolder side; deep blood reds, rich plums and accessories like floppy felt hats and statement-making booties are all a part of my autumn wardrobe. These five trends are on my list of wardrobe must-haves for October.

1. Burgundy

This fall the color on everyone’s lips, legs and fingers is burgundy. Be bold and sport a pair of shiny coated burgundy jeans or opt for a pop of drama with an Essie Masquerade Belle mani. I am too excited for this LA heat wave to cool down so I can wear this recently purchased felt panama hat from Banana Republic.

2. Sleeveless Blazer

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t channeling my inner Olivia Palermo or Leandra Medine with this item. Jean vests were big this spring and fur vests have been a fall staple for a few years now. This sleeveless blazer from Urban Outfitters serves as a great layering piece to add on top of a chambray button down or underneath that military jacket you havent taken off since 2010… or maybe that’s just me.

3. Tapestry

Brocade and needlepoint flooded the Spring NYFW runways for Fall 2012 and now I am obsessed! Although my pocketbook might not allow me to purchase my favorite D&G stunner, I still plan to incorporate this baroque-era trend into my 21st century wardrobe. If you are like me, you might be looking for a way to subtly try out this trend. Free People‘s tapestry turbans are a totally non-commital yet fun way to incorporate tapestry into your everyday wardrobe. Simply pair with your favorite jeans and neutral long-sleeved tee and you are good to go!

4. Tassel

As seen on handbags, jewelry, shoes and scarves, this is my universal “IT” accessory of the season. Tassels, made from materials such as chain or leather, add a touch of class and whimsy to any outfit. If you are unsure how or where you want to use a tassel, opt for a leather tassel keychain that can easily clip onto a handbag, clutch or even a gold chain to create a necklace. I love the simplicity of this Kendra Scott tassel pendant necklace because it’s classic enough to become a staple item.

5. Printed Denim

Anything goes right now when it comes to printed denim!  Although they come in all different textures, colors, sizes and prices, floral and Ikat prints will remain popular options this fall.  I am lusting for richer patterns like herringbone, muted snakeskin and this fabulous pair of houndstooth printed jeans from Gap.

Author Description

Jenna Hamel

Jenna, a self-proclaimed vintage addict, works in talent and production management in Los Angeles. A fashion stylist in her free time, she spends her weekends thrifting and DIY-ing the latest fashion trends.

  • Matina
    Great ideas! Thank you Jenna!
  • alexisbryn
    Oxblood! Plum! Big knits, and leathers – Jenna sure knows whats on trend and how to incorporate important staples that may already exist in your closet.
  • Devon B.
    Such a fabulous trend report! You nailed all the October must-haves and the colors you chose are amazing. I wish I was gutsy enough to pull off a tapestry turban! Maybe I’ll try to incorporate the more subtle Free People tapestry turban into my wardrobe…it’s only twenty four dollars so I’m pretty sure I can squeeze that into this month’s budget ;) Keep up the great work! I’ll be watching for more trend reports from you.
  • BE
    After reading your trend report, I am even MORE excited fall is here! I echo the other comments in that I feel you are spot on! I just love the idea of incorporating the color oxblood into my normally bland clothing color palette…I LOVE the hat so much I just ordered it! (30% off right now!). Looking forward to more trend reports from you!
  • Jaimee
    Jenna is a style genius! This is so spot on, I want everything in burgundy this season. I also think I’m going to have to take a risk and try out a tapestry turban, I’m in love! Keep the recommendations coming please :)
    • Ericka C
      I couldn’t agree more, Jenna is a style genius :)
  • Ericka C
    October is one of my favorite months too, not only is my birthday month but it brings all things fall! Over-sized sweaters and fall accessories are my absolute favorite! Your fall trend report is definitely one I will keep in mind next time I’m looking for something new for my closet. I can’t wait to try all things burgundy and rock a sleeveless blazer.
  • Brittany K
    Well, I can definitely say I want everything you mentioned. The color burgundy in my life, tassels, printed jeans…YES PLEASE! Also, I just purchased a panama hat (that I am now obsessed with) because of your trend tip… I had seen them in stores but was too scared to try. As you can see, your blog has already been helpful in stepping my fashion game up this fall. Thanks Jenna!
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  • Tiffany
    Great trend report!! Loved it! Right now about everything! Gotta get you that blazer!!


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