As not many of us can afford a complete closet makeover each season, we like to pore over the upcoming trends and make our selections of the most wearable, versatile and flattering looks to give you a blueprint — or starting point — of what to look for. Bang for your buck matters, so we look for items to add that give a wardrobe an instant update, without requiring an entire redo. With that preamble, we present six fall trends to consider.
Rust, Olive and Copper
Yes, if these sound like fall colors, they should. But each year, different colors take center stage and, this year, these classic fall colors are definitely among the trendiest. If your skin tone doesn’t mesh with these, try deep teal and burgundy.
This rust jacket showcases one of fall’s big colors. Image: See Jane Wear
Whether it be a pair of velvet booties or a velvet top, jacket or dress, velvet is the cool kids’ fabric of choice this season. Word of caution, though: Velvet in lighter colors can show off parts of us in unflattering ways. If you are contemplating that pair of white velvet leggings, just say no. Same goes for the ice pink velvet sheath dress. Stick with dark colors and jewel tones and you will look fabulous!
A black velvet dress is one of those that you buy because you love the way it makes you feel and even when it’s not as “in” as it is this year, it ALWAYS is “in” during the holidays. In 2016, you can wear this in late September and be quite the fashionable gal! This Isabel Marant Étoile dress showcases how lovely a black velvet dress can be, so keep your eyes peeled at your local boutiques.
The lace-up trend continues to be huge, which you’ll see in plenty of tops. That same look is found here in this Anna Sui velvet belt, which is so pretty added to a dress. If you just want a little velvet something, a belt or pair of shoes is a great way to go.
A Pretty Sleeve (and Shoulder)
The sleeve takes center stage this season. Whether it be sheer, cut out at the shoulder or with a pretty bell or poof near the wrist, the blouse is all about the sleeve for fall. And, yes, the bare shoulder is still super strong.
This copper blouse with lantern sleeves is gorgeous! Add that blouse to dark jeans and booties and it’s super chic for a date night, as well. Image: Pinterest
Blair Eadie of fashion blog Atlantic Pacific showcases the puffy sleeve WITH an asymetric bare shoulder look. That’s three trends in one piece! This top from Moda Operandi may be all summery here (its sold out but check local high-end boutiques to see if they still have it) but this same look of bare shoulders will be offered for Fall 2016. Image: Atlantic-Pacific
The sleeve on this blouse is ruffled — another trend to look for this fall. Note how the shoulders are almost bare. Yes, cut-out shoulders and off-the-shoulder tops will still be big this fall.
The Long, Dark, Floral Print Dress
Think festival dress meets winter. Does that exist? It does this fall — big time! Look for all-over printed dresses with romantic appeal that easily can be dressed up for fancy occasions or paired with booties and a jean jacket for a more casual look.
This long dress from Tibi easily works for a variety of occasions. Imagine leather boots, heels and strappy suede sandals. Belt it, add a denim jacket, a velvet blazer … if you like the look, find a dress with lots of flexibility to dress up and down. Image: Tibi
Asymmetrical or interesting hemlines
This has been “in” for a few years but it’s far more mainstream this year. Look for asymmetry in skirts, dresses and at the bottom of tops.
While this photo is from the Michael Kors Spring 2016 collection, this look still works for fall. Note the white blouse is updated with the wide, long sleeve. The mustard wrap skirt creates that interesting hemline. (Tan, shapely legs not included.) Image: Photo: Yannis Vlamos on Vogue.com
This dress shows off an extreme asymmetrical hem as it goes from very short to the still-popular midi length. Add the on-trend sheer overlay and this dress is definitely “Fall 2016” — but with staying power for the next couple of years. This is from new label Sies Marjan‘s Fall 2016 collection. Look for other examples at your local boutiques. Image: Sies Marjan
Leopard Print (Especially Coats)
Leopard is just the best always-in-fashion print, as it’s a neutral and it’s classy, sophisticated and sexy. It can also veer trashy, so just look for classic lines and fabrics that don’t look cheap. Otherwise, embrace this print! It’s totally fun.
This Anna Sui coat was just one of the many that made its runway debut. Image: Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv on Vogue.com
This Givenchy coat incorporates leopard and another huge trend for fall: colored fur. Image: Monica Feudi/Indigital.tv on Vogue.com
If a jacket is just too much leopard print for you, try an accent of leopard, like this heel from Johnston & Murphy.
Are you ready for fall? We are! Your local shops are filling up with all these looks and more, so get out there and support them!
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