Summer is currently on its last foot – but sliding into fall has its perks. One of the new season’s highlights: cozy-chic, enticing fashion. Whether you’re upgrading your own wardrobe, looking for fail-proof gifts for wife or curating an arsenal of office-ready outfits, we’ve got you covered. From style statements to the new, reinvented staples, here are 7 trends that are going to be big this cold season.
1. Preppy Tweed
From miniskirts to full-on business suits, tweed is everywhere this fall. And we definitely don’t mind! Preppy is going strong this season, with a massive influence from 80s fashion. Think blazers (with favoritism towards the oversize kind) and matching sets (featuring chic cropped versions of the same blazers with perfectly-coordinated skirts) – both of which can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Whether smart-casual or paired with crisp white button-downs, tweed is experiencing a major moment in fashion right now.
2. Jewel Tones
This season, embrace the beauty of gemstones to the fullest by indulging in garments in rich, gorgeous tones. Starting with the mesmerizing ruby reds, then vibrant forest-green emeralds and ending with sapphire blues, we’re seeing jewel tones everywhere. Feeling uninspired while shopping for an evening gown or a cocktail frock? Opt for a jewel tone in a precious fabric (think silk, satin or velvet) and complete the look with statement gemstone jewelry. Same tip works when shopping for a fall coat: ditch the neutrals in favor of a dark amethyst jacket for a look that makes a strong color statement.
3. Mega Ruffles
Babydoll dresses are making a comeback – and with them, ruffles (or, more precisely, mega, XXL ruffles) are making a strong appearance. While flouncy frocks scream summer, the trend is here to stay this fall. For an autumn-ready look, opt for ruffled dresses in the colors of the new season: marigold yellow (aka the new ‘mustard’), rust or terracotta. The way to rock this trend: pair a mega ruffled dress with sleek thigh-high boots for a play on volumes and add a large statement jewelry piece to complete the look while also creating visual interest.
From accent leather elbows and tailored blazers to long leather boots, we’re loving the vibes of equestrian style, perfect for the colder season. If you’re willing to give the equestrian-chic trend a try, stick to a color palette featuring warm tones and greys, including camel, taupe, saturated browns and an array of prints specific to the aesthetic: plaid – the Burberry, royal and tattersall kinds. Layers are essential when curating an equestrian-chic wardrobe, so pair up statement collar shirts with cashmere sweaters or blazers accented with leather patches and flap pockets.
5. Cropped Blazers
A celeb favorite, cropped blazers are seen everywhere – from the IT girls of the moment to the high-street and the hottest runways of the world. Worn as separates or as part of perfectly-coordinated suits featuring miniskirts or high-waist pants, cropped blazers carry a charm of their own. And this fall, the way to wear them is with lightweight knits, figure-hugging crop tops and high-neck tops. For a daytime, casual look, pair up your cropped blazer with high-waist denims and a basic cropped tee. Alternatively, for dressier occasion, pair your cropped blazer with leather, silk and slip dresses.
6. Shearling Outerwear
If staying warm is your priority, then this next trend is right up your alley. There’s no reason to sacrifice style for coziness this fall – because the shearling outerwear trend is at its peak. This year, it’s less about the suede and more about the actual sheep fur – so go all out and rock fur in its natural shade, layered over your dresses, jumpsuits or separates. Reminiscent of the hippie-infused 70s, shearling is surprisingly versatile and you can rock it from day to night. For a play on strong and soft, layer a cropped shearling jacket over a lightweight floral dress. For a cozy-chic outfit with a sportier vibe, pair up an oversize teddy coat with a hoodie and jeans for a young, fresh outfit that’s perfect for running errands.
7. Fall Color: Rust & Terracotta
You can’t embrace fall to the fullest without incorporating some of its trademark colors. This fall, it’s all about rust and terracotta, paired up with the brighter, bolder marigold hue. Whether you’re shopping for sweaters, cardigans, matching sets or outerwear, rust works in every situation. Warm color palettes are a fall favorite and terracotta (that brick-hue you see everywhere) effortlessly reminds of foliage shades.
For a complete fall look, don’t forget to accessorize. Pair up your ruffles and your plaid with statement accessories, including oversize earrings, sculptural pendants and collar necklaces. Whether you’re planning on hitting the thrift stores, excited for an online spree or going shopping in grandma’s or mom’s closet for those cool 80s staples, this fall is definitely looking fun in the fashion arena.