G is for Great Lengths

September 24, 2010

The ABCs of Fall Fashion are back from a brief Fashion Week hiatus, and it's now time to go long. Get ready for the great lengths of the season!
G is for Great Lengths

Seen on the runways everywhere from Fendi and Peter Som to Dries Van Noten (all shown above), longer lengths are the ones we're currently craving. And floor-sweeping dresses and skirts paired with oversized sweaters and cardigans (either left loose or cinched with a chic belt) are exactly how we want to wear them. Opera-length gloves are also feeling incredible correct as well.

The real key to successfully pulling off this look is through the styling, and therefore, we don't recommend that you break the bank in order to nail this particular trend (save it for a fabulous new Reed Krakoff bag instead). While the runways serve as inspiration, note that H&M has fantastic extra-long maxi tank dresses in both black and olive green for under $18 (although they're really sheer so we suggest you either buy and layer two, or wear a slip underneath). Other great options can be found at Zara ($39 for long skirts that come in many colors), Club Monaco, all over TopShop, and definitely at your favorite vintage stores.

Need more styling inspiration? Net-a-porter always gets it right. We love the above four looks they created with floor-grazing, simple, black skirts by Rick Owens ($800). When paired with thin layers and slim-fitting leather jackets in a neutral palette, the overall look is contemporary and edgy without going overboard. The key is getting the proportions right. Keep your make-up clean and hair pulled back to ensure you won't end up looking like Morticia Adams.

Who's man repelling? Certainly not blogger, StyledOn member (and sometimes model) Leandra Medine in this look (taken by one of our favorite photographers, Rachel Scroggins, The Greyest Ghost). At our recent fall editorial shoot (which we'll be bringing you in the next week, so stay tuned!), we caught her lounging in an H&M tank dress and Reiss' oversized Pipen lurex sweater ($215). Styled with an oblong re-worked vintage ring by Nola Singer, the look is both comfortable and incredibly chic.

Are you feeling these longer lengths? How will you be wearing them this fall?

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