For most of the year, the weather dictates what we wear. Steamy temperatures limit us to lightweight skirts and shirts in the summer, and winter’s blustery winds and below-freezing days force us to wear a parka and snow boots wherever we go.
But fall? Fall is when we can wear what we want, whenever we want. Our outfits aren’t covered by necessary jackets or drenched in sweat stains the second we leave the house — it’s no secret then when it comes to style, fall reigns supreme.
When summer comes to a close, it feels like there’s a buzz in the air about the excitement the new season has to offer; it always feels like a new beginning, and there’s nothing like that first crisp day where we trade in our sandals for a walk to work in our most-loved booties. Well, the time has come, and we’re officially counting down the mere days until that day arrives. Here are the top trends that you’ll be seeing all throughout fall 2019:
Suiting and Belted Blazers
Blazers stole our hearts seasons ago, but this fall, the androgynous shape is taking a closer step toward femininity with more shape-defining silhouettes. Invest in a blazer with a built-in belt, or make the trend your own (and your wallet happy) by adding a belt over one that you already own.
Head-to-toe suiting is the cool-girl trend that seems impossible to conquer but is less intimidating than you think (and is chic as all hell once it’s executed). Keep your menswear-inspired looks going strong, and if you’re feeling extra daring, go for a full matching set.
When it comes to trends, plaid for fall is about as groundbreaking as florals for spring; but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the pattern will be everywhere once the temps drop. Make it less middle-school-uniform skirt and more working woman with patterns on tailored silhouettes and of-the-moment shapes.
Fall’s preferred coat situation is all about the ones that hit below the knee (the longer, the better). Stay extra warm in the winter with extra-long lengths that’ll draw all the attention to you (and who doesn’t want that, right?).
While it’s no secret that we’re a sucker for a romantic sleeve, this season is taking it to the next level with higher necklines and more Victorian-era inspired patterns. Pair with your favorite denim for both your newest and easiest go-to look.
Shades of green
Shades of green have already been popping up this spring and summer, and it’s not slowing down for fall. Take a cue from designers like Marc Jacobs and Sally Lapointe, and deck yourself out in a variety of shades of green — with an emphasis on lighter, pistachio-inspired hues.
The Prairie Dress (in Dark Floral Patterns)
The dress silhouette that’s been haunting us since spring is keeping its momentum going through fall with darker patterns and more layered fabrics. Make it less what-your-grandma-wears-to-bed by pairing it with anything from heeled booties to your favorite loafers. Chilly out? Grab your favorite leather jacket, throw it on, and head out the door for a one-and-done outfit that you’ll never want to take off.
For the past couple of years, we couldn’t leave the threshold of our homes without getting a glimpse of at least one off-the-shoulder top — but this fall, the look gets an update with a one-shoulder, asymmetrical neckline. Take advantage of the cool-girl silhouette, and show off that shoulder while the weather still permits.