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After a scorching summer in shorts and tank tops, many of us welcome cooler temps. Even if you’d prefer to spend every day soaking up the warm sun, it’s hard not to get excited about fall fashion. After all, the ability to create endless looks by layering makes autumn arguably the most bountiful season for style. Whether fall finds you cracking open the books or returning to business as usual, you’ll want to spruce up your wardrobe. Here are 4 runway-approved style cues for how to wear fall’s coolest trends, and tips for wearing them for both work and play.
If you’re looking for a new twist on vintage classics, perhaps it’s time to revisit styles further back in history. Like, a couple of centuries ago. Designers like Altuzarra, Alexander McQueen, and Givenchy all featured collections with 19th century Victorian details: high collars, lace, and ruffles. These ultra-feminine accents look relevant today in non-traditional fabrics, bold colors, and sassy silhouettes. For the office, wear a pretty ruffled or high-neck blouse with slacks and pumps. After hours, black lace looks proper, but is anything but prim!
In their Fall/Winter 2015 collections, designers like Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, and Chanel were mad for plaid. Tartan-clad models strutted down the runways in pants, trousers, skirts, jackets, and tops. Red was the base color of choice, but plaid in an unexpected hue is an easy way to modernize this classic pattern. Try a plaid pencil skirt with a blouse and blazer for a sophisticated look. Punk it up a la 90s grunge by mixing it with leather or combat boots. Either way, a plaid attitude works for fall.
After several years of skinny jeans dominating our closets, the pendulum has swung in the other direction: flared legs are back in. Designers Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Celine showed lots of flare in their collections. A flared silhouette has a 1970s vibe, which makes flowy tops and chunky wooden platforms very cute partners. If you don’t want to go too retro, a structured tee or crop top is of-the-moment. For day, wear flared trousers with a tucked-in blouse and blazer. Happy hour and beyond calls for denim flares with strappy heels and a sassy top. This season is the perfect time for you to rock the bells.
It’s been called the fabric of royalty, and this fall, we’ll all want to be royals in plush velvet garments. Designers Emilio Pucci and Alexander Wang showed off velvet coats and wide-legged trousers. A structured velvet blazer will let you rule at the office, while a velvet skirt with a fun top is great for a girls’ night or a date. Velvet looks timeless yet fresh in any hue. If you’re not sure about trying this trend, take a cue from the classic song: black velvet, if you please.
Carmen Boeser is a freelance fashion writer, thriftaholic, and vintage lover. She chronicles personal style and love for the St. Louis fashion scene on her blog, The Ruby Zipper. When Carmen is not processing merchandise at a resale boutique, she’s learning the joys of new parenthood with her husband and baby daughter.