Wednesday, September 23 was the official start of fall. To some it signals the fan-filled football season and fantasy teams. To others it launches the addicting television series premieres. And to the faithful followers of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this marks the Autumn Equinox and the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from North to South. But to the style-conscious devotee, fall inaugurates the much anticipated fall fashion season.
There’s something intoxicating about the crisp, cool air and how it beckons to chunky knit Aran sweaters, menswear tweed blazers and hip leather separates. As we begin the arduous task of rearranging our closets to mirror the change in weather, we always seem to say, “I don’t have a thing to wear!” While the probability of that is impossible, let’s remember that perception is reality. So to conquer that recurring frustration, I like to approach each new season with a list of must have items. After scouring all of the fashion magazines and websites and reexamining the fall designer runway shows from last March, that lists begins to take shape.
After I browse and create a list, I narrow it down to the top 10. To my delight, I found this season appealing thanks to all the inspiration from the 70s and the push and pull of feminine versus masculine. Before you run out to your nearest mall or boutique or sit back and surf the web, check out your closet. Chances are good that you’ll find some of these items in that wasteland of “nothing to wear.”
The Motorcycle Jacket
Always a classic, the motorcycle jacket should be a staple in everyone’s closet because of its androgynous appeal and versatility. Its go-to look is best paired with jeans and a weathered tee shirt or worn over a feminine flouncy dress. This projects just the right amount of edge.
Perfect for cold weather traveling, ski destinations and country walks, a shearling topper is right on trend. My favorite pick is from the Coach collection in a peacoat silhouette. Not restricted to jackets alone, look for shearling handbags, boots and vests to represent this luxurious look.
The season’s new hues include shades of burgundy, wine and claret. A flattering color for most skin tones, you can demonstrate your trend savvy in a simple manicure or all out glamour in monochromatic head-to-toe as seen outfits at Hermes.
Wide Brim Felt Hat
Channel your inner Carly Simon and summon the best of 70s fashion. Accessorizing with hats is a great way to pull an outfit together.
From fur, outerwear or longer coat styles, vests were prominent on the runways. Alexander Wang’s camel coat looked particularly new.
The City Sneaker
As the “athleisure” trend and lifestyle of from gym to street continues to evolve, the city sneaker is showing up with everything from dresses to menswear trousers.
Choose silky fabrics and team them with pencil skirts or tailored slacks and high, pointy toe pumps for that up-to-date office chic.
This Boho trend detail continues into fall and can be found in handbags, jackets, skirts, jewelry and belts.
High Waisted Jeans
The trendiest jean and must have this season is high waisted. For an extra dash of fashion, choose a flared or ripped and torn version.
The season’s accessory du jour is the drop earring. Look for an exaggerated length or oversized design to really make a statement.