Last month, I attended New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and was so invigorated by the excitement and energy in the city. Things feel very new and fresh and full of possibility! September NYFW showcases the new lines for Spring and Summer 2022 and then has a show for fashion buyers to order for the upcoming seasons. I was eager to attend shows of new and emerging designers as well as established brands and their visions for 2022. We will cover that a little later! For now, the focus is on fall.
After hitting every brand, boutique, and store in SoHo, spending half a day at the Revolve pop-up at Hudson Yards, and navigating Madison Avenue, I have researched, scoured, and accessed all the intel for this season’s trends and overall fashion direction.
Every season, clients want to know the best new pieces to buy to keep their wardrobes current. I’ve narrowed my findings down to three key pieces worth adding to your closet this fall — shoewear and knitwear — including how best to style them. They are not trendy, but they’re on-trend and will elevate your overall fall look and transition well into winter.
3 Fashion-Forward Pieces You Need This Fall
The Boot: Knee-High Boots are Back!
Ankle booties are always a staple, but knee-high or ‘tall boots’ are back in and fashion-forward this season. You will still see the over-the-knee boot and the relaxed fit mid-calf boot, but the sleek high boot is all the rage, making a comeback after seeing less popularity over the last few years. Heels can be high, low, or wedge with pointy, square, or almond-shaped toes. The lug sole is hugely popular in both booties and high boots, and I’ve also seen riding boots in the mix. Basically, anything goes with the knee-high boot choice for the coming season.
HOW TO STYLE
The high boot works so well with the recent popularity of the midi length. It is also easy. Find a neutral color that goes with most outfits in your wardrobe, or invest in a colored pair as more of a statement shoe.
Tall boots also work well with flared denim and above-the-knee dresses. Wear boots under wider leg or flare pants. Wear boots over straight, skinny denim or leggings. But never tuck fuller pants into boots.
Here are some options for high boots and ways to style them.
The Cardigan: It’s not just for layering anymore.
The cardigan is always a must-have for layering during the colder months, and the piece you always need for airplanes and cold restaurants. But this year, the cardigan is the most sought-after ‘top’ and ‘sweater’ to update your closet. It’s a stand-alone piece.
HOW TO STYLE
Change up your winter tops by adding a cropped cardigan instead of a V-neck sweater. Add a chunky one for weekends, or create a throwback ’80s or ’90s look with a pattern or collar. Layer longer knitwear sweaters over graphic tees, turtlenecks, or blouses. There really is no ‘wrong’ look this year.
Also, jeweled, pearl, and accent buttons are having a moment — just in case you want a little throwback look. They are a noticeable detail on cardigans this season.
Between the cropped look, the boyfriend boxy, and the longer option, here are some ways to style the 2021 cardigan.
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The Sweater Vest
Knitwear dominated the NYC visual displays, and the vest has emerged as this season’s new must-have. This old-school trend is making a comeback, and there are so many unique ways to wear it. You’ll see chic silhouettes, a variety of colors, and even some argyle throwbacks.
HOW TO STYLE
The vest is bringing out all of the season’s brightest colors. It’s a great way to incorporate a pop of color into your outfit. Plus, it’s versatile — it can be casual for day wear or for the weekend with distressed jeans and cords for fall, or it can be paired with a blazer and crisp white button-down for a more professional look.
With the warmer weather in October, wear the vest without a shirt, and as it cools off, add a fitted turtleneck or white blouse. The sweater vest works with jeans, wide-legged trousers, and even over dresses.
Here are some ways to style the sweater vest.
These are the three pieces that will update your closet this season. Try incorporating high boots, cardigan sweaters, and sweater vests for a fresh cool-weather look!
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