Autumn’s top trends feature rich colors and luxe fabrics that will be in style for seasons to come.

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It happens every year: One day we’re wondering if those dog days of summer will ever end, and the next, we’re left wondering when it became fall.

But one way to start reveling in crisper temps and shorter days is to indulge in some of fall’s top trends — this year featuring the richest hues and most luxurious textures.

Here are some picks that are sure to have us swooning all season, and quite possibly a lifetime.

Velvet & suede 

Soft and wearable, fall’s top fabric picks — velvet and suede — not only lend themselves to layering, but also add instant drama to any ensemble.

Try them in a statement color, like on the Banana Republic One-Button Velvet Blazer ($178), in a bold citron, or on the Sam Edelman Reyanne Pointy Toe Flat ($110 at Nordstrom) in pink or teal.

The Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Luxe Adrien Handbag ($498 at Kate Spade) pairs a suede body with smooth and snakeskin-embossed panels for a look that’s just a bit edgy.

A range of rust

As the leaves take on a red-orange hue, it’s no surprise that shades of rust are having a serious moment in fashion, as well.

Incorporate the color into your wardrobe with a statement piece, like the Lumiere Suede Shift Dress ($85 at Lika Love), with a laced back and pocket details. Or layer the Lovers + Friends Angela Long Vest ($170) or BP. Plaid Square Scarf ($29, both at Nordstrom) over neutrals for a more subtle nod to the trend.

Pair the deeper-hued J.Crew Colorblock Crewneck Sweater With Side Snaps ($98) with cropped trousers in the same hue, like the Loft Essential Skinny Ankle Pants ($69.50 at, for an on-trend, monochromatic ensemble that almost reads as a neutral.

BP. Plaid Square Scarf, $29; AG The Ex-Boyfriend Distressed Patchwork Slim Jeans, $298; Victoria by Victoria Beckham Denim Patchwork Shift Dress, $470; Loft Plaid Cape Coat, $148
BP. Plaid Square Scarf, $29; AG The Ex-Boyfriend Distressed Patchwork Slim Jeans, $298; Victoria by Victoria Beckham Denim Patchwork Shift Dress, $470; Loft Plaid Cape Coat, $148

Micro-pleat skirts

The mix-and-match piece of the season, micro-pleat skirts pair well with button-down blouses, crewneck sweaters, ribbed-knit turtlenecks and more.

The Banana Republic Pleated Lace Midi Skirt (on sale for $120) has a flowy silhouette and lace details, while the J.Crew Faux Leather Pleated Mini Skirt ($98) adds a bit of edge to the schoolgirl trend.

Detailed denim

An ode to decades past, the hottest way to wear denim this fall is as a statement piece, with lighter washes and patchwork designs.

Some styles, like the Sanctuary Chambray Duster Vest ($138 at Anthropologie) or Madewell Denim Shrunken Ex-Boyfriend Shirt: Burnout Pocket Edition ($79.50), are a bit more subtle.

Others, like the Victoria by Victoria Beckham Denim Patchwork Shift Dress ($470) or AG The Ex-Boyfriend Distressed Patchwork Slim Jeans ($298, both at Nordstrom), take center stage.

Statement wraps

With cooler temps comes the need for layers, but outerwear isn’t only comprised of puffer vests or rain jackets.

The Loft Plaid Cape Coat ($148) has a classic print on a cotton blend, while the line’s ribbed-knit Side Tie Poncho ($118) adds warmth while upping the chicness of any ensemble.

Or just wrap up in a blanket scarf, such as the Kordal Nora Scarf in Goldenrod ($98 at, made in Peru from 100 percent alpaca. The jacquard knit will keep you cozy, while the subtle but interesting design details dress up your fall basics.