Fall/Winter 2011: Turn Up the Volume

Flattering volume shows up everywhere in this season’s hottest shapes. Whether in a flowy cape, a swishy A-line midi skirt, or winter-white wide-leg pants, volume becomes effortless with the right proportions.

Keep In Mind…

Always balance volume with a slimmer top or bottoms – few can pull off the extra fabric on both without looking either overwhelmed or frumpy. Also include a multitude of texture to add depth. Cold-weather fabrics like wool, leather and fur balance well with all-season materials such as silk and denim.

Late Fall 2011

1. Winter White Wide-Leg Pants. Go monochromatic with this unbelievably chic hue, and you’ll be glad Labor Day is long gone. The dry-cleaning bill is worth it. Just make sure to balance the extra volume in the pants with a fitted top.

2. A-Line Midi Skirt. This classic hemline at first appears merely demure with its length, but that changes the instant you take a step. Swishy movement and an A-line shape lend the midi skirt drama and an overt femininity. Tall boots, a gauzy scarf and a fitted leather jacket complete the perfect combination of retro and luxe.

3. Cape. Surprisingly easy to pull off, yet definitely demanding and commanding of a little drama. Opt for a hip- or mid-thigh length to avoid a casting call for Pirates of the Caribbean. There’s no hiding when paired with high-heeled gold booties and an animal-print blouse, but with an outfit this fabulous, who would want to?

Shop It

Givenchy vintage blouse

Brown sweater
£35 – johnlewis.com

Ventcouvert leather jacket
$1,070 – stylebop.com

J Crew wool cape coat
$200 – net-a-porter.com

Halston Heritage wide leg pants
$104 – net-a-porter.com

7 For All Mankind high waisted jeans
$250 – stylebop.com

TIBI jersey skirt
$200 – stylebop.com

Mulberry high heel shoes
$620 – mulberry.com

Rupert Sanderson slip on shoes
$248 – boutique1.com

Isola black boots
$150 – dsw.com

Roberto Cavalli leather handbag
£645 – net-a-porter.com

Tory burch handbag
$495 – nordstrom.com

Dooney Bourke tote handbag
$258 – lordandtaylor.com

Nadri post earrings
$138 – nordstrom.com

Libertie is my Religion bronze jewelry
€55 – placedestendances.com

Chanel necklace

Yves Saint Laurent cashmere scarve
$839 – mytheresa.com

Yves Saint Laurent cashmere scarve
$839 – mytheresa.com

Dries Van Noten leather glove
£354 – farfetch.com

Planet wide leather belt
£29 – debenhams.com

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