Bring on fall, stylishly. From Victorian-style blouses to casual layering, fall fashion offers looks for every woman and every occasion. The true fashionistas have had their eye on the season’s trend reports since they walked the runways this past spring, and others are just starting to browse the magazines, make their lists and check them twice. Between the September issues, catalogs and racks upon racks of lust-worthy clothes, it can be hard to narrow down your choices as you look to add to your wardrobe, but there are a few trends that are literally everywhere. Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s Fashion Director of RTW, shares the pieces you won’t want to skip and gives you tips on how to sport them. Get ready for your most fashionable fall yet.
The Color of the Season
Rich, warm bordeaux was all over the runways this season, and that’s good news.
“The hue tends to look good on everyone,” Jaffe said. “I can’t wait to wear a pair of Bordeaux cords with a great pair of boots and a chunky sweater.”
A bordeaux jacket makes for an on-trend update to your fall wardrobe and pairs perfectly in denim of all colors from blue to gray and black to ivory. Feeling daring? Rock the color head to toe.
The neckline of the moment is high, think Victorian. “I love more exaggerated styles with details like a high neck and delicate lace,” Jaffe said. It’s great for the office with a skirt or slim trousers, but you can easily take this versatile topper from work to play. “I can’t wait to wear these pieces with a boot cut jean or a black pencil skirt for an updated dinner-out look,” Jaffe said. Alice + Olivia and Dylan Gray have some great options.
The Plaid-and-Military Combo
Be prepared to live in this look every weekend for the next few months. “[Plaid and military] feels new when styled together this season,” said Jaffe, who loves mixing a plaid shirt or shirtdress with a military green anorak.
Velvet has some great options. If you’re going the shirt route, complete the look with a leather mini or distressed jean and a more casual boot. Then, keep piling on layers, like a fur scarf.
Prints dominated the runways, and they took us back to the 60s and 70s. Get just a taste with a paisley printed scarf, or stand out in a sea of neutrals by wearing an eye-popping dress or blouse. One of Jaffe’s favorites is this Nanette Lepore dress. “Not only is the print great, but I love the mock neck detail,” she said.