Forget the end-of-summer slump. From a 90s trend making a comeback to luxe materials, this year’s fall trends are enough to make anyone excited about cooler days ahead. Four pieces are sure to stand out, even when colorful foliage sets in.
Soft and opulent, designers like Giorgio Armani and Elie Saab sent velvet down the runway during fall fashion week. “Incorporate this trend into your fall wardrobe with a great pair of shoes,” suggested Bloomingdale’s operating vice president and fashion director of accessories Erica Russo. Russo likes her velvet in jewel tones, like this SJB by Sarah Jessica Parker pointed toe pump that makes for a luxe update to that pencil-skirt-and-blouse office uniform. Emily Gellis, a stylist from Great Neck, loves to play with textures. “I love the juxtaposition of leather, velvet and denim.” For a casual night out, pair a velvet bootie with skinny jeans and a leather jacket.
As the temperatures become too hot for shorts but too cool for wool trousers, opt for a cropped bell bottom. A chic upgrade from the 1970s flares people rocked when they caught disco fever; pair with a silk top and high stiletto for work. “I like a pointy stiletto with it because it will elongate the leg,” Gellis said.
They’re baaaack. A favorite accessory during the 90s, Alexander Wang models sported ‘em. “I will admit that when I first saw them, I was like, ‘Oh, no way,’” Gellis said. “But a choker elongates the neck, so it looks…skinnier and it can spice up simple outfits.” This fall, Gellis plans to wear chokers with plaid button downs and jeans. For evenings out, let an embellished choker shine against a solid silk neutral cami and leather jacket. The double wrap and diamonds on this Jennifer Zeuner piece adds “a bit of sparkle and a fun twist to this popular accessory,” said Russo.
Leather jackets are wardrobe staples, but designers are making them a little less basic this season with studs and floral patches. Bloomingdales operating vice president and fashion director of RTW loves this embellished bomber by Sandro. “You can dress it up or down,” she said. “I love bomber jackets that feel more luxurious and have some novelty interest.” Gellis is a fan of floral patches, an update from last year’s patchwork trend labels like Gucci brought back. “It’s edgy and feminine at the same time,” she said. Throw it on over athleisure to go from barre to the grocery store without missing a beat or opt for jeans and a black tank for an effortless daytime look.
Get a cover-to-cover look at this fall’s biggest trends in the September issue of Pulse.