A Meeting Planner’s Cheat Sheet to Fall Fashion

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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.

1. VELVET

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. Velvet sneakers 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 Velvet sofa, $200 to rent, Mintage Rentals via Rentivist.com Photo credit: The Friary Guildford

2. METALLIC

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. Pleated skirt in Powder/glittery, $50, H&M V-neck sweater 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. Cape blazer 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 Long waistcoat in black, $70, at Zara Photo credit: Fashion Diva Design

4. MONOCHROMATIC

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