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Fall is upon us. Finally.
We all know about my disdain for summer, so I won’t get into that rant again. But summer aside, fall fashion is my favorite for a multitude of reasons. I love the cozy fabrics, the smart silhouettes, and the warm and rich colors. It’s just my style, epitomized in a single season, right down to the pumpkin spice lattes.
This year’s trends make up one of the most “me” collections, ever. I already wear so many of these trends just as my personal style, so I won’t be changing much up. Besides wearing more of the trends all blended together, of course! I also already own a ton of pieces that embody the trends splendidly, but I will no doubt be picking up a few new items that I can’t get out of my head. It’s going to be an awesome shopping season, I just know it.
It’s been an incredibly hot and sweaty summer, and I am so ready to move on from the heat! Nothing sets the mood for fall like a cozy sweater… that I’ll probably be wearing exclusively during trips to Costco’s walk-in refrigerator for the time being.
Are you as ready for fall as I am?
In high school, I was a band geek. Many of us wore glasses and high-waisted pants. (Clearly, my style hasn’t evolved.) Next door to the band room stood the music room. Those kids wore ripped AC/DC tees, chain belts, Chuck Taylors and safety pins in their ears. That’s what I think of when I imagine grunge, which I personally don’t think is a good look. To this day, I refuse to go anywhere near a pair of Chucks.
Feminine grunge is much more than that. Imagine the grunge elements: studs, spikes, rips, black, and combat boots, intermingling with feminine elements, such as lace, pastel colors, and flowy silhouettes. Think wearing Dr. Martens paired with a lavender lace dress. Or an artfully ripped and faded band tee along with a feminine midi skirt. That juxtaposition between feminine and not-so-feminine is what makes this trend so cool.
Some version of this trend appears every year, and I reign it in every single time. Instead of pastel florals on light backgrounds, fall means bold and jewel toned florals on dark backgrounds. It’s basically the opposite of spring and summer floral patterns, and that makes me love it already. I think dark florals look so elegant, yet mysterious at the same time, which is exactly what vibe I want to portray.
This is another trend with those elegant and mysterious vibes. So what do I mean by Victorian? Puffy sleeves and shoulders are the highlight of this trend, along with ruffles. The style is also categorized by its unique feminine lacy look. It’s not uniform, heavy and opaque lace that we are used to seeing, but rather wispy, see through lace and mesh embroidered with various details.
This trend is perfect for me because for one thing, I’m not a huge fan of my arms, so puffy sleeves give the illusion that they are smaller. Also, the mesh details offer me a bit more coverage, which I like, without making me appear too Little House on the Prairie.
brown is the new black
Black will never go out of style, but browns are having a moment in recent times. Seriously, brown used to be my least favorite color, but now I’m filling my house with brown leather and natural wood furniture left and right. White everything is officially off my radar.
If you’ve always worn a black coat, perhaps try on a brown one this year! As for me, I’ll be happily skipping around in my new warm brown corduroy blazer, because that’s as much as the local temperatures will allow me. I’ll take what I can get!
I’ve never thought about doing this, perhaps because even wearing just one sweater at a time is a struggle where I live. When we think about layering, it often involves one sweater, perhaps one or two shirts, and a jacket. This season, designers are showcasing layered knitwear as a new take on layering.
I concur that this seems like a bad idea, assuming you don’t want to look like a marshmallow. However, I think this trend is the perfect application for those short sleeve sweaters that we don’t know what to do with. Layer one with puffy sleeves (another current trend!) over a classic lightweight merino wool pullover, and you’ve got yourself a cozy look.
Doesn’t this just sound lovely? Bedding coats are a classier take on the puffer coat, which are known for their comfort factor rather than their cool factor. These feature more of a quilted texture along with a more shapely silhouette. It’s soft and cozy and you still feel like you’re wrapped up in Grandma’s quilt, but you don’t look like a clumsy penguin walking into the office.
cinched waist blazers
Are blazers ever not in style? The plaid blazer trend is still going strong, but this season designers are changing it up by adding belts to cinch in the blazers at the waist. The oversized look is still an option this season, but this style is great for petite body types that tend to look swallowed up by oversized outerwear.
It’s such an easy one too! Designers are offering plenty of belted blazers for you to try out, or simply add a belt to a blazer you already own. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase a belted blazer because for me, it’s too trendy. Instead, I plan on purchasing blazers I love and belting them myself with any of my classic belts.
Here is another trend that is always on our style radar, but it’s coming out in full force this season. Having a great leather (or faux leather) jacket is a necessity, so I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about leather everything else. Leather pants, leather shirts, leather skirts.
Here’s the thing; I don’t actually recommend making any investment purchases for this trend. Leather is expensive, quite uncomfortable, very unforgiving, and overall impractical. Instead, I suggest going for leather-ish pieces that’ll give you the look without all the downsides. I love leather-look leggings for those times when I want to feel badass in my “leather pants.”
Now that I’m older, I’m starting to see trends come into style, go out of style, and then come back around. It’s very interesting to watch. Platform shoes is one of such trends. The last several years have been all about the sleek, platform-less shoes, especially when it came to heels. But platforms have been slowly creeping back onto the runways, starting with the “ugly shoe” trends. This means chunky sandals are officially back in style, which is awesome because we all know how much easier they are to walk in!
I was honestly unsure about this one when I first heard about it, but I think it could be cute when done right. You want to avoid looking like either a toddler or an 80’s workout meme when wearing this trend, so avoid any neon shades as fervently as my nephew avoids green beans. Keep the rest of your outfit monotone (too many colors, even neutrals, will make the tights look tacky,) and let your tights do the talking.
SHOP MY FALL WISHLIST
ASTR THE LABEL Lace Midi Dress
Calvin Klein Floral Chiffon Shirtdress
Colored Tights on Amazon
Dr. Martens Jadon Boot
English Factory Tailored Double Breasted Blazer
Free People Verona Dress
Gap Crew Neck Sweater in Marino Wool
Gap Double Breasted Corduroy Blazer
Gap Wrap Blouse
H&M Platform Boots
Jacquard Boyfriend Blazer
kate spade new york Quilted Jacket
Kelli Sweetheart Neck Puff Sleeve Top
Kensie Textured Illusion Midi Dress
Lucky Brand Polka Dot Short Puff Sleeve Sweater
The North Face ThermoBall Insulated Hooded Parka
Old Navy Fit & Flare Flutter-Sleeve Midi Dress
Old Navy High-Waisted Corduroy Utility Mini
Old Navy Mock Neck Blouson-Sleeve Sweater
Rebecca Taylor Faux Leather Tie Neck Top
Ten Sixty Sherman Floral Crop Skirt
Ten Sixty Sherman Floral Crop Top
Universal Thread Estella Crossband Wood Platform Pumps
Who What Wear Cowl Neck Back Tie A Line Midi Dress
Wild Fable Faux Leather High Rise Leggings
That’s all for today!
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