What’s your favorite season? While many people will immediately chime in with a chorus of “spring” and “summer,” I will always answer fall. The changing leaves, the crisp air, the fresh apples, the amazing fashion. I’m a comfort girl at heart, and there’s something about wrapping yourself up in layers of soft fabrics that warms me all the way to my soul.
This season, there are several trends that are making my favorite season even more special. Let’s take a look at the top 10 “new and now” looks of fall/winter 2014.
This season, it’s all about proportion. And there’s no better play on opposites attract that a flowy tunic and curve-hugging leggings. This season’s tunics celebrate print and color, with everything from Aztec details to chevron, florals and animal prints. Leggings represent a spectrum of colors from bold burgundy to neutral black, and take on a new, edgy vibe with leather insets. Layer the look with a fun cropped jacket, fur vest or duster, and make it pop with layers of chains or one show-stopping statement necklace. Don’t miss my go-to weekend look, featuring my favorite leather leggings, in this recent Weekend Wear blog post.
Punctuate your street style with the cool-girl look of the season: the jogger. You can mix-and-match this new staple with other athletic pieces, or make them date-night ready with a blazer, silky tank and strappy heels. This season’s joggers are giving more style for the mile, with funky insets and details. Pair them with a quilted vest or relaxed tee for a stylish gym commute. Check out how I translated the trend in my Sporty Chic blog post.
My Pick: The moto-inspired details on these KIIND Of joggers elevate the look to femme fatale sexy.
I love a great dress, but when you want to change up your night-out look, try an uber-chic jumpsuit. The jumpsuit momentum continues to grow, as this must-have was shown on the runways for the spring/summer 2015 collections. Look for new fabrications like lace and plenty of patterns — as well as extra special details like zippers and ankle ties. Top off the look with a glam fur vest or cropped jacket, pumps and the must-have jewelry piece of the season: The statement necklace.
We’re all looking for versatile wardrobe pieces that can be translated in a variety of fashionable ways. The duster is equal parts long cardigan sweater and coat, and can be layered to perfection with the help of a shrunken leather jacket, fur vest or cropped blazer. Pair it with anything from a dress or skirt to leggings or skinny denim. The duster is fresh in Aztec prints, bold pops of color, details like zips and fringe, and flaunting menswear influences like houndstooth and plaid. I love stripes, and I recently wrote about my favorite striped duster in this Weekend Wear blog post.
My Pick: Neutral grays, black and white are given new life thanks to the fun and flirty stripes on this Olivia Sky duster.
It’s been said that it’s all in the details — and when it comes to fall 2014 trends, truer words have never been spoken. From boho chic fringe to buckles, zippers, leather insets, sparkly jewels, metallics and layers upon layers of jewelry, fashionistas will be especially detail oriented this season. Dress up a simple look with bold jewelry or a statement handbag or boot, or look for clothing with unexpected extras like cuff or neckline adornments that give it that extra “oomph” of style. I’m a big fan of the unexpected detail on the Jessica Simpson Lulu Tote, featured in my Sporty Chic blog post.
Yes, you can get active, and look fabulous too! Today, wardrobe versatility is key. One outfit often has to look great from the gym to the grocery store to picking up the kids from school or walking the dog. And this season’s sporty chic offerings, from leggings to quilted vests and joggers, are flawlessly versatile. Pair sporty chic pieces with ladylike pumps or lace-up booties to translate the trend for work and play. And don’t forget the aviators! Check out how I wear this Sporty Chic look with a street style edge in a recent blog post.
My Pick: This Calvin Klein Performance asymmetrical down jacket radiates a hip vibe but is beyond practical for your everyday needs.
For fall 2014, it’s all about letting it flow. Boho vibes are popping up everywhere this season from silky fringed kimonos in paisley and florals to fur vests and more. Look for staples like peasant blouses, maxi skirts, dusters, distressed denim and gold bangles — stacked high up your wrist as arm candy, of course. Mix and match with cowboy boots or booties, layers of necklaces, a floppy hat and a does-it-all crossbody bag for your own bohemian rhapsody. For an example of date night boho chic, check out my recent Date Night chic blog post.
It’s the return of the classics this season, with pointy-toe pumps, statement necklaces, intricate details and, of course, the skirt. Whether you covet the classic pencil, mid-calf, maxi, the oh-so flattering fit-and-flare, or even a chiffon overlay, there’s a posh skirt for every body and every personal style. Go boho in Aztec, glam in metallic, funky in polka dots or classic in plaid. Then, layer it up with opaque tights or leggings, a cozy sweater, a mixed-materials cropped jacket and tall boots or booties for maximum skirt appeal. I love a great skirt for work; see how I translated this trend for office on my Wear to Work blog.
This season’s boots were made for walking — and stopping traffic. From decadent lace-up booties to cowboy, ankle-covered, cut-outs, peep-toes, buckles and suede, fashionistas are putting their best foot forward in trendy boots. Stacked, flat and skinny heel varieties are all popping up for fall, with both round and pointy toe styles prevalent. Paired with a knee-grazing dress, maxi skirt, distressed denim, leggings or opaque tights, boots are back, and better than ever. Check out my favorite boot of the season, featured in my Weekend Wear blog post.
My Pick: I am a huge fan of Coach boots because of their comfort and durability, and these unique booties are no exception. The buckle detail gives a rocker edge to the otherwise sophisticated silhouette.
It’s never been easier to make a fashionable entrance than with this season’s jewelry must-have: The statement necklace. Bold baubles abound this fall, with pearls, sparkling jewels, worldly beads, chains, a mix-and-match of silver and gold and colors galore. For an even newer take on the trend, layer a statement necklace with chains or a pendant (like I wore this trend in a recent Weekend Wear blog post).
My Pick: I was immediately drawn to this opulent, art deco-inspired statement necklace for its intricate design and neutral color palette. For a fresh take, layer on chains and pendants for a look that’s all your own.
The fall is a great time of year to add some fun trend pieces to your existing wardrobe. And with a plethora of new and now fashions to try, there’s bound to be a fall trend that is perfect for you. Whatever you wear, wear it well!