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Fall is one of the best times of the year when it comes to style. Chances are, by the times the leaves are changing, you’ve burned yourself out on strappy sandals and sun dresses. Fall fashion is the perfect opportunity to bust out that cozy sweater you’ve been missing and invest in a new pair of boots. Here are some of the looks that are on our radar for our fall trend report:
“Go ahead and wear your reading glasses.”
Chic geek is a look that spectacle-wearers have been wishing would come into style for years. Don’t worry, it won’t have you cringing while you remember your seventh grade class photos. Instead, chic geek embraces studious staples, like cardigans, pinstripes, oxfords and, dare I say it, reading glasses. So give your eyes a break and don’t bother with your contacts when you’re rocking a chic geek aesthetic. Here are a few staples you need to pull off the perfect Ivy League look.
- Socks: Over-the-knee socks paired with a skirt is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall. Many women are intimidated by these types of socks because it can be tough to make the outfit look professional or mature. The key to not looking too risque or childish is to pair it with a tailored, collared shirt and a skirt that isn’t too short.
- Pants: Work pants for women have a tendency to not fit properly. Many women wear them too long to be worn with flats or too short to be paired with heels. A great way to avoid this is to go with a tailored, cropped pair. Perfect for fall, a pair of well-fitting crops can be worn with booties, heels, flats or your chic geek oxfords.
- Layers: Try layering your favorite sleeveless dress over a chiffon blouse or a tight turtleneck sweater. Not only is this option great for the summer to fall transition, but with a pair of opaque tights, it can take you all the way through winter as well.
There is nothing wrong with being comfy on your days off when you’ve been restricted with business professional attire all week. However, just because you’re keeping it casual doesn’t mean you have to make it sloppy. There are so many ways to pull off a weekend look that’s effortless yet stylish. Whether it’s a broken-in pair of boyfriend jeans, a nice pair of leather booties or that wrap sweater that you can’t leave the house without, your weekend wear can be worn lounging on the couch, running errands or enjoying a warm latte at your favorite cafe this fall. Try some of these pieces:
- Sweaters: Women’s sweater coats are a great option for the fall. Sure, layering is great, but wouldn’t you rather have a sweater that acts as a coat than having to wear both pieces? Opt for a neutral color that you’ll be able to match with any outfit, no matter the occasion. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little – you’ll be be getting a lot of use out of it!
- Shoes: For a weekend cozy look, you’ll want to make sure your feet are comfortable. This means nixing any sort of shoe that you can’t wear for an extended period of time. Try a pair of versatile sneakers or a pair of cowboy booties. You don’t need to wear a heel to look chic!
- Jeans: Nothing says carefree like a pair of jeans. However, nothing says careless like a pair of ill-fitting jeans. Opt for a pair of women’s skinny jeans that aren’t too tight or too loose. Not only will these be comfy and chic, but you can dress them up or down. Nothing beats versatility!
What’s there not to love about the 1970s? Music was better, cars were sturdier and the fashion was on point. Luckily, the boho-inspired look is coming back this fall, so you can channel all of that ’70s goodness in your wardrobe. However, many people have a tough time mastering the boho look without looking like they’re dressing up as a hippie. Here are some tips to rocking the perfect boho style without looking too kitschy, just classic.
- Patterns: Floral, paisley, tie dye: embrace it all. One of the greatest things about boho fashion is the array of patterns it typically consists of. Just be sure to invest in some plain-colored staple pieces as well so you won’t have to mix too many patterns together!
- Crochet: Unique sweaters are a must for any women looking to channel a boho look. Whether you opt for a crochet or a fringed style, opting for an eye-catching top gives you so many options for the rest of your outfit. Consider wearing it with a leather boots or a large hobo bag.
- Hats: Whether you cover your head with a floppy hat or an ethereal scarf, a true boho woman cannot be without a wide selection of hats. Not only do these add a little bit of extra flair to every outfit, but they’re also the perfect option for when your hair just isn’t doing what you want it to do.
“Fringe can be incredibly chic.”
Chances are, if you find yourself drawn to the boho aesthetic, fringe also has its place in your wardrobe. Typically associated with a Southwestern look, there are plenty of ways to rock some fringe without seeming like you’re about to go work on a ranch. It can be challenging to successfully wear fringe, especially if you take it too far, but if you know when to rein it in, it can be incredibly chic. Here are some fringe tips to take into account when planning your outfit:
- Accessories: A fringe bag or a pair of boots with fringe around the ankles are great ways to start out if you’re unsure about jumping on the fringey bandwagon. If you like leather handbags, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a high-quality fringed bag to polish off your look.
- Jackets: The fashion world has come a long way since the heavy fringe suede jackets of the ’70s. Try a fringe shawl or boho-style jacket for a touch of fringe that’s a bit more eye-catching than a bag or shoes. These types of staples go great with earth tone outfits and give you a carefree yet polished look.
- Skirts: Fringe skirts are great for women who want to show a little bit of leg without wearing a miniskirt. Solid color skirts can be easily dressed up with a a touch of fringe for some fun and flirty flair.
There’s something undeniably cool about checked patterns. It’s such an easy pattern to dress up for the workplace or dress down for the weekend. It’s a classic print that’s been tweaked hundreds of times, yet continues to stay timeless. While you may already have mastered this print, it’s expected to experience a resurgence in the coming months as the weather gets cooler. Here are some ideas to rock that checked print in a way that impresses everyone, no matter where you are:
- Shirt: What is a bigger wardrobe staple than a classic plaid, button-down shirt? While it can be worn on its own for weekend wear, you can also layer a shrug cardigan over it for casual Friday. Pair it with some cropped pants and a some booties for a fashion-forward fall look. Trying buttoning it up all the way and wearing a statement necklace with it.
- Jacket: You know those cool fall days when it’s too warm to wear a heavy jacket but too cool to just go out in a T-shirt? This is the perfect opportunity to utilize your checked shirt as a jacket. Invest in a cozy flannel one in a size bigger than you’d wear if you wore it as a shirt rather than a jacket.
- Skirt: Don’t panic! You may associate plaid skirts with schoolgirl uniforms or punk rock teenager, but that’s not all that they’re good for. Go for a pencil-fit in a classic plaid pattern. If your plaid skirt does have pleats, steer clear of cardigans or blouses so you don’t look too studious.