I'm a summer girl, so I do get a bit bummed around Labour Day, thinking about the NINE long months I'm going to have to wait for warm weather to return. The saving grace - fall clothes shopping! Here are some of my favourite trends of the season.
Just when we thought gold was the kind of metals, silver is making a strong comeback, and not just in the jewelry department. From shoes, to pants, to skirts and jackets, we're seeing silver everywhere this season. Those who may not be brave enough to wear a larger silver piece may want to opt for a silver bootie. I'm coveting this pair from Rag and Bone.
From Zara to Anine Bing to Theory, almost every brand out there is mad about plaid. (What I love about this trend is that you can find it at pretty much any price point.) We're seeing it in pants, skirts, dresses, coats, and of course, the ubiquitous plaid blazer. Before you confuse it with houndstooth (which is also in), take a close look at the edges of the pattern. Plaid is made up of vertical and horizontal stripes that cross each other to make squares of various sizes. The checks you'll find in houndstooth are broken and uneven, resembling a hound's tooth.
The season's hottest hues are drawn from nature, particularly fall leaves. We're seeing lots of red, burgundy, and mustard. After going awol for a number of years, brown is making a strong comeback as well. But this time the focus is on the lighter shades, like copper, russet and sienna. I like to pair a couple of different autumnal hues together, for a rich, sophisticated look. (See top image.) Not sure if these colours are for you? Start small and incorporate a camisole in one of these colours into your wardrobe. They're perfect under blazers or leather jackets.
This is hardly a trend as it's pretty much become a staple, but I'm adding it here because it really is everywhere this season. From big pieces (coats) to small (clutches), and from leopard to snake to tiger (!!), treat animal prints like you might a large feline... gingerly. I have a few smaller pieces, like the shoes in the above photo and a sweater, but I am eyeing a pair of flats. I'll pair them with simple black pants and a turtleneck, Audrey Hepburn style. (PS. The Sam Edelman pumps in the lead photo are really comfortable.)
Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of a floral dress problem. I can't seem to get enough of them! Not just delegated to spring any longer, this season florals are going dark. I'm loving big or small floral prints set against a black or navy background. So many pretty ones to choose from! This one below is from Reformation. I love the cap sleeves and the sexy slit that takes it far from Little House on the Prairie territory.
The simple nautical striped T has been a fashion staple for decades. This season, stripes are going bolder and more colourful. What a great way to brighten up a rain day. I'm pairing mine with jeans or black pants, but an oversized one would look great with black leggings as well. The one below is from Madewell.
What started as an athleisure trend on sweatpantss is now moving to pretty much every clothing type out there. I love it on jeans and dress pants, but we're also seeing it on sweaters and dresses. Yay! The side-stripe just makes the piece more casual and a bit more fun. Plus, that long stripe on the side does wonders for elongating the leg. I'm hoping soon becomes a styling staple that's here to stay. Aritzia has some great striped pants in many colours.