There are dozens of prominent trends in fall fashion this year. Here are 15 with enduring style to mix and match.
After the hottest summer in decades, the idea of layering on some cozy fall fashions — or any fashions, really — is a welcome thought.
And this fall is a particularly good time to invest in some new pieces. Fashion is becoming less about trends and more about individuality, so the items you buy this year are more likely to endure beyond spring.
Rather than two or three major themes dominating fall fashion, this year there are dozens of prominent styles. Here are 15 to mix and match — all of which have timeless elements with modern twists.
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Sweater dress. If you’ve hung on to your ’90s sweater dresses, pull them out — it’s a resurgent and versatile look for fall. Those old-school fitted cable knits are hot again, as are modern looser cuts, like on the Achro Side Slit Sweater Dress ($139 at Pipe & Row, Fremont). Layer it with an anorak or take advantage of the slit to wear it over pants — another big trend for fall.
Shirtdress. Always a classic, the shirtdress gets longer for autumn, and edgier with bold floral or graphic prints. The Adam Lippes for Target Shirtdress in Painterly Black Plaid ($50 at target.com) has an abstract plaid print and looks chic over wide-leg trousers or tights and booties. The designer collaboration is available starting Sept. 27.
Mod dress. An example of how diverse fashion is becoming is that ’60s mod, ’70s boho and ’90s grunge are all making an equally strong resurgence in the same season. If you favor the sleek simplicity of mod looks, check out the Judith and Charles Bowie Dress ($850 at judithandcharles.com). Its perfect cut is enhanced by ultra-soft suede fabric — a luxe fall trend.
Flannel shirt. Flannels are everywhere, in cotton, wool, even silk. The boyfriend fit dominates, but for something unique and fashion-forward, consider the Silvae Lempicka Blouse ($254 at silvae.co). The Seattle designer’s interpretation has a cropped, boxy cut that elevates the look into high fashion.
Victorian blouse. Get a little goth with a high-neck, lace-accented blouse for fall, such as the Zara Top with Crochet Bib Front ($100). The sheer black piece goes perfectly with the high-waist trousers and pencil skirts also trending for autumn.
Tie-neck blouse. Designers have tried to bring back the tie-neck blouse a few times — but this fall it seems they’ve finally gotten the proportions right. Case in point is the Frame Le Silk Bow-Tie Shirt ($268 at saksfifthavenue.com) that is sweet without becoming saccharine and professional without becoming dowdy.
Chunky-knit sweater. Cable-knit and loose-weave sweaters are cozy, versatile and everywhere for fall. The fit is relaxed, but not as oversized as in the ’90s. Try Banana Republic’s Fisherman Stitch Pullover ($79.50), available in gray or taupe, with chic cropped sleeves. Pair it with a turtleneck and miniskirt to get a modern-mod look, or a head scarf and wide-leg trousers for more of a boho feel.
Blanket coat. Ponchos and wraps in wool blends have a ’70s vibe, but simple styling keeps them from looking costumey. The Madewell Blanket Cape ($148) has subtle colorblocking in shades of gray or brown to create a go-with-anything piece.
Long line blazer. It’s easy to overlook minimalism when fringe and flannel are back on the menu, but sleek, simple looks are also hot for fall. A long, lean blazer, such as the White House Black Market Long Drapey Jacket (on sale for $70), can be worn open to add a layer of interest to a monochromatic outfit or cinched to frame a tie-neck blouse.
High-waist pants. Legs have loosened and muffin-tops banished as jeans swing back to a ’70s-inspired silhouette. Try local brand Prairie Underground’s Tusk Jean ($211 at prairieunderground.com) for the elongating, tummy-flattening look in organic cotton with a bit of stretch.
Wide-leg trousers. Pair a high waist with a wide leg for a chic (and flattering) menswear-inspired style. Look for a pair in wool, tweed or herringbone, such as the Zara Herringbone Trousers ($100), and tuck a turtleneck or slim sweater into the high waist for a modern, effortless outfit.
Midi skirt. The midi skirt continues its reign as length-of-choice, often with a high waist and slim cut for an extra-long pencil-skirt effect. Or make a statement with a full skirt in a bold print, such as the Kate Spade New York Woodland Plaid Midi Skirt ($368 at Nordstrom). If one print is dominant this fall, it’s buffalo check, and Kate Spade’s interpretation of the print is an instant classic.
BAGS & BOOTS
Fringe handbag. If you’re looking for a fall statement piece, take a look at Alice Noon’s Molly Bag ($1,100 at alicenoon.com). The locally made stunner features 9 feet of hand-cut, double-sided fringe that provides incredible movement while remaining chic and sophisticated.
Patent-leather shoes. Glossy patent leather is hot, but can easily skew “little girl.” The Shoes of Prey Patent Leather Oxford Bootie ($209 at Nordstrom) counters any chance of that with a menswear influence and an edgy, on-trend stacked heal. The style adds a sizzle to a sweater dress or a layer of texture to a monochromatic look.
Refined combat boot. Pull out your broken-in Dr. Martens and rock them with anything from cropped jeans to a midi pencil skirt. Or invest in a new pair with a refined look, such as the P.Monjo Lace-Up Boot ($475 at Burnt Sugar, Fremont). The dark-brown leather boot’s streamlined shape takes it out of Courtney Love territory when paired with lighter-weight dresses.