It’s September, and you know what that means—time to retire the patterned shorts and flowy sundresses until next year and break out the sweaters and boots. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to stay on trend this autumn. However, incorporating some of the latest key pieces will give you a leg up on fall fashion, both on your person and on your events. We’re calling these trends our fab five for fall.
From tailored blazers to footwear to furniture, this luxe fabric is everywhere this season—especially hot in dark blue and burgundy tones. Don’t be fooled by its sumptuous feel; velvet also works with dressed-down outfits.
in Burgundy, $40, Zara
One-button velvet blazer
in Citron, $178, Banana Republic
Velvet executive blazer
in Navy, $90, ModCloth
Vince bray velvet smoking loafer
in Twilight, $275, Neiman Marcus
, $200 to rent, Mintage Rentals via Rentivist.com
Photo credit: The Friary Guildford
Keep the rest of your outfit neutral to rock this attention-grabbing trend, most effective in small doses. Use it to spice up a neutral-colored top or add a wow factor to otherwise simple event decor.
in Powder/glittery, $50, H&M
in Golden, $40, Zara
Camilla glitter ankle booties
, $395, by Marc Jacobs at Bloomingdales
Glow Martini Bar
rental via Lounge Appeal
Champagne glitter glass charger plates
, $13, at Pier 1 Imports
Photo credit: The Odyssey Online
3. JACKETS, REMIXED
The classic navy blue jacket with gold buttons (a la J.Crew) will never go out of style, but this fall’s new shapes are much more interesting. We recommend searching Pinterest for style ideas on how to rock tricky pieces like cape blazers and long vests—though when done well, they’re both polished and right on trend.
in black, $40, by Who What Wear for Target
Stretch ponte long vest
in Beige Oatmeal Heather, $79, by Leith at Nordstrom
Faux suede moto jacket
in Camel, $120, by LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s
Sleeveless A-line top
(layer over a long-sleeved blouse) in Red Pepper, $70, by Halogen at Nordstrom
in black, $70, at Zara
Photo credit: Fashion Diva Design
Never underestimate the power of an all-white outfit to look put-together. Far from boring, a monochromatic look is elegant and sophisticated, when done correctly. For events, add depth to monochromatic decor by playing with textures and patterns in a single hue.
Ribtrim tunic sweater
in Whisper White, $60, Loft
Miles Away ivory ankle boots
, $39, Red Dress Boutique
Skinny side-zip pants
, $80, by Vince Camuto at Macy’s
Crepe flounce dress
in Cloud White, $129, at Ann Taylor
Monochromatic event decor
by BBJ Linen
Photo credit: Flo Loves Clothes
5. UPDATED CLASSICS
Traditional styles take on a fresh new look for fall with ultrafeminine details and updated silhouettes. To keep your outfit (or decor) from looking too girly, mix it up with edgier accessories.
Ruffle collar blouse
in Rosy Flush, $99, by Vince Camuto at Nordstrom
Emerson Place Roses Olivera Handbag
in Plum Dawn, $468, Kate Spade
Bell sleeve V-neck top
, $64, by Pleione at Nordstrom
Rose and pearl floral arrangements
, The Flower Studio (Austin, Texas)
Mismatched vintage place settings
for rent, The Vintage Table Co.
Photo credit: Kate Spade