As the days of summer grow shorter, school age children find their carefree summer days interrupted with shopping trips driving by lists disseminated by the powers that be. Whether they are shopping for textbooks, protractors, itchy corduroy pants or ugly plaid skirts, they have something in common with their older fashion world counterparts: anxiety. For those of us in fashion, New York Fashion Week kicks off the global fashion week season and the accompanying swirl of fashion events. The fashion nerds among us dutifully approach this task with zeal, gladly kicking off our limited-edition Havaianas to slip on this season’s must-have YSL Johnny Boots, although some us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into our otherwise favorite boutiques.
You may have successfully averted your eyes from the windows of the world’s boutiques, those temples of high fashion that have been teasing us with suede and fur since mid-July, but now we’re in the home stretch. Early registration for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York has been open for weeks, and the more enthusiastic among us, myself included, have already submitted our â€œcandidâ€ – that means professionally groomed, shot, and retouched – headshots for the new photo ID’s that will be the hottest accessory this fall. This means it’s time to buckle down and take a hard look at your fall wardrobe.
Here is your guide to updating your fall wardrobe and making sure that you hit all the key trends. Fashion classicists rejoiced at the return of the camel coat, but before you go digging through the archive you call the â€œguest room closetâ€, take note that this season’s silhouette is more slouchy than fitted. Ditch the tailored toggle coat and invest in a Chloe relaxed-fit hooded coat with raglan sleeves.
If all black is your uniform, then fear not this season, you’re probably already a big fan of the turtleneck. To be on trend this season, keep it fitted and sexy. Donna Karan has a sleeveless, ruched version that will be your new go-to piece for layering as the sweltering heat of summer fades into a distant memory.
â€œGoing greenâ€ this season has nothing to do with recycling. It’s all about green being the new black. The easiest way to introduce this trend into your existing wardrobe is through accessories and a pair of Alexander Birman lace-up suede high heel boots. Everyone needs boots for fall; why not hit the hot color trend? You’ll be completely in style wherever you go in these.
For the Type A fashion mavens among you, why not hit two trends in one? A Ralph Lauren toggle wrap hits both the poncho and patchwork trends freeing up your outfit and your accessories to hit the other trends of the season.
Animal prints often make fashion people apoplectic, and this season’s offerings are particularly dizzying. Stripes or spots? Zebra or tiger? Leopard or giraffe? If you’re afraid to commit to particular species or just unsure as to how to address this trend without looking like an extra – or a piece of furniture – from Jersey Shore, then keep it simple. The scarf – whether artfully knotted around your neck, causally tied to your handbag a la Babe Paley, or Princess Grace-fully tied over your head – lets you stay true to your trusty wardrobe basics and still be fashion forward. Consider the skinny scarf by Diane Von Furstenberg in zebra or the classic three foot square scarf by Yves St. Laurent in leopard. Either option, or both, will have you on trend this season and in the years to come when this trend will undoubtedly return.
The bag-obsessed among you know, that for the time being anyway, the hobo bag is here to stay. This easy, everyday essential is a great way to stick to your signature style and still be on trend. Consider a python-embossed leather version from Michael Kors to hit the snake-embossed trend or, for the classic bows-and-flowers girlie girls, consider a Valentino version with its signature rose.
With just a few wardrobe updates, you’ll be right in step with fashion this fall. No need to completely make yourself (or your wardrobe) over. Just check a few key items off your fall fashion shopping list, and get back to enjoying these last precious few days of summer!
1. ChloÃ© Camel Hooded Coat $4,495
2. Donna Karen Ruched Turtleneck $495
3. Alexandre Birman Lace-Up Suede Boots $650
4. Ralph Lauren Blue Label Wool/Cashmere Patchwork Poncho $1,498
5. Diane von Furstenberg Skinny Silk Scarf Now $100.99
6. Yves Saint Laurent Leopard-Print Silk Scarf $365
7. Michael Michael Kors Embossed Python Leather Hobo $248
8. Valentino Petale Hobo $1,895
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