For fall, fashion is breaking out of its typical trend cycle and embracing individuality. It’s a refreshing concept that seems to celebrate a smattering of styles rather than just one set of rigid standards.
It’s the opportunity to “go your own way” and try mixing it up, sticking to tried-and-true classics or maybe a bit of both. Anything goes this season, and you can wear and interpret the trends as you want and still be in style.
Here are several standout themes from the runway to provide inspiration when building your fall wardrobe.
1. The trend: patterned hosiery
A play on traditional fishnets and graphic patterned tights puts a new twist on heavy fall pieces.
Who did it best: Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Tommy Hilfiger
How to wear it: Style them as seen at the Proenza Schouler show, meaning let the tights be the sole statement item. Pair them with understated, neutral items like a gray or black skirt and black oxfords or closed-toe heels or ankle boots.
2. The trend: mod
A-line miniskirts, skintight turtleneck tops, pointed toe Chelsea boots and graphic acid bright prints are reminiscent of the edgy 1960s look, but with a modern-day spin.
Who did it best: Louis Vuitton, Jonathan Saunders and Fendi
How to wear it: A little mod goes a long way, so temper an A-line skirt or dress with more contemporary pieces. If wearing acid bright shades, pair them with solid black or camel, and keep makeup minimal and neutral rather than cat eyes and matte lipstick to ensure you don’t teeter into costume territory.
3. The trend: bold prints
From acid bright color blocking to leopard, plaid and strong stripe prints, graphic, eye-catching graphics are everywhere this season.
Who did it best: Dior and Miu Miu
How to wear it: As eclectic and unexpected as possible (if you dare). On the runway, prints were all mixed together. Try blending animal prints with stripes, or plaid with something textured.
4. The trend: luxe knits
Sumptuous sweaters done in drapey and cozy silhouettes are perfectly practical for fall weather.
Who did it best: Victoria Beckham and The Row
How to wear it: With leather pants or sleek trousers to add some structure to the loose shape.
5. The trend: romantic Victorian
Check out ruffle-neck and bow-neck blouses; long, full skirts; and rich fabrics with a purely romantic edge.
Who did it best: Alexander McQueen and Alberta Ferretti
How to wear it: For this trend, light flourishes work best. Choose one detail, like the long skirt or a ruffle neck or sleeve, to avoid looking like a character from a period piece.
6. The trend: The pantsuit
Slim or flowing, tailored and double-breasted, the season’s new suit is part dandy, part traditional and the perfect uniform for fall.
Who did it best: Prada, Dior and Chloe.
How to wear it: With a nod to the ’60s, meaning bold hues, pointed lapels and cropped pants. Keep the blazer buttoned up, so the waist remains cinched in and sleek. Feminine footwear like a pointed-toe flat or ankle boot tempers the masculine silhouette.
7. The trend: goth
Prepare to take a walk on the dark side with all-black ensembles, dark and heavy fabrics and even long black gloves that feel traditionally goth but far from gloomy.
Who did it best: Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs
How to wear it: Wear the style without the solemn vibe by making sure fabrics aren’t head-to-toe heavy. All black is totally acceptable but not when done in an overwhelming way.
8. The trend: global tapestry
Boho is back (or maybe it never went away). The gypset look is in full swing for fall with patchwork patterns, embroidered details and globally inspired outerwear.
Who did it best: Burberry Prorsum and Tory Burch
How to wear it: This season, the boho look isn’t subtle. Fringe, tassels, texture and maxi lengths are all major trends.
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