You guys know by now that I don’t buy into every emerging trend. While street style and the runways are great starting points for fashion inspiration, they aren’t always ideal if you want to build a versatile and timeless wardrobe. This fall, I’ve stumbled upon many different trends, but I’ve narrowed them down to just a handful of favorites. When buying into trends, I always consider how they’ll complement my current wardrobe – and whether or not they’ll last. I’ve noticed over the years that some trends tend to outperform others, so when something is just a fad, I prefer to pass. That being said, I often decide which trend to buy depending on how much wear I’ll get out of it. Below you’ll find an assortment of the fall IT trends I’ll actually wear – all of which I find are easy enough to transition into your everyday wardrobe.
Outfit Details: H&M Sweater (runs TTS, also similar here and here) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (runs TTS) | Gianvito Rossi Suede Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent College Bag (large size, exact color sold out) | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (better for budget here)
Statement sleeves are one the most wearable trends this fall given their versatility. I love cozy sweaters and blouses that exhibit exaggerated sleeves whether it’s ruffles, flared shapes, puffy shoulders, or balloon sleeves. They are incredibly easy to pair with all the wardrobe staples you already own like jeans, skirts, and leather pants. Since they can add a bit of volume to an outfit, I like to balance them out with skinny jeans or a fitted skirt. If you’re in need of a sweater refresh, statement sleeves are perfect for a subtle but romantic update.
Outfit Details: Revolve Plaid Coat (wearing an XXS – runs large) | Revolve Lace Slip Dress (wearing an XXS – runs large) | Gucci Belt (also here, read my Gucci Belt Sizing Guide HERE) | Gucci Marmont Velvet Bag | Alexandre Birman Heels | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (better for budget here)
I have always considered plaid a trend that never goes out of style, especially in the fall. If you’ve accumulated a collection of plaid blazers through the years, this is a great time to experiment with new silhouettes. Some of my recent favorites include a long-line or oversized blazer and a duster style jacket. Aside from being the perfect layering piece for fall, I can always count on them to pull me together in a pinch.
Polka dots are one of the most versatile and feminine prints you can have in your wardrobe. You can dress it up or down with the simple change of sneakers to heels. I love how easy polka dots are to turn into a casual or formal look. A few of my favorite polka dot pieces are wrap dresses, deconstructed blouses, or midi skirts. There are so many fun ways to wear them. For instance, pairing them with other prints like stripes, plaid, or floral.
Like everyone else, I am obsessing over leopard print this season. Though it has a reputation for being bold and intimidating, I love how it upgrades and pulls together an outfit. As I’ve mentioned countless times on the blog, there are literally so many different ways to wear leopard print. My rule of thumb is to treat it as a neutral. Whenever you’re looking to spruce up an outfit or want to add a pop of pattern, a pair of leopard pumps or a printed coat will do the trick.
Outfit Details: Lovers + Friends Trench (wearing an XS) | GRLFRND High-Waisted Denim (wearing a 23, size down) | Urban Outfitters Crop Sweater Tank (wearing an XS) | Gucci Marmont Bag (mini size, also here) | Christian Louboutin White Heels (better for budget here)
Since my style tends to waver on the dressier side, I have been so excited for the return of tailored denim. From high-waisted belted styles to pleated wide leg jeans, there are so many good reasons to try a new denim silhouette. I love anything high-waisted, so the paper bag fit is my favorite. I love how it’s waist-cinching and slightly baggier around the hip area, but still looks as polished as ever.
These last few seasons, designers have really spiced up runway looks with a heavy dose of sequin and shine, and it’s finally transcended onto the streets. While I rarely wear sequins, a sparkly number is the perfect statement piece for this festive time of year. I typically like to reserve sequins for cocktail parties or special occasions, but it’s totally appropriate to wear sequins during the day whether it’s an embellished sweater or a glittery clutch.