Turning leaves, pumpkin patches, spiced lattes, chilly evenings and warm candles — that’s right! Fall is here! For most people these things are the best parts of the season. For those of us who love fashion, we have quite a few other things to look forward to.
This season, most of the pieces you’ll die for are most likely already in your closet. Ignore the ‘in with the new, out with the old’ mantra. Instead, just keep wearing the faves from last year. Right now almost every trend is based around two things: mixing menswear-inspired pieces with over-the-top glamour and ’90s grunge.
You heard me right. Go dig through the attic for your big sister’s high school wardrobe, because the ’90s are back. Black and white Converse, flannels tied around the waist, and brown lipstick are all things to try for a pleasant throwback. Stick to basics when styling these items, or mix them all together. Any one of these pieces will give you a laid-back, but surprisingly chic look.
Everyone lives for plaid in the fall and just like in years passed, your flannel shirt is going to be very well worn over the next few months. But don’t get bored just yet. There are plenty of new and exciting ways to mix up this tried and true piece.
For a safe, but still trendy look, tie your flannel at the bottom and wear it with a maxi skirt. You can also leave it unbuttoned over a rocker tee, with high waisted shorts and tights. If you want to take a walk on the preppy side, layer it under a vest, or stack a couple statement necklaces over the collar.
Another use for your plaid: put it under a quirky printed sweater. These cozy graphics are sticking with us from last year, but who’s complaining? Whether your sweater is emblazoned with a cute little animal, a sassy saying, or a simple symbol, this is a fun spin on another cold weather classic.
Leather, another beloved trend from last season, has recently been added to every piece of clothing imaginable. Skirts, pants, leggings, sweaters, shoes and jackets can all be found with patches on them. This edgy trend goes great with lace and anything girly. If you want to stick to your punk rock roots, wear leather on top and distressed jeans on the bottom.
Converse and flannels aren’t the only things to steal from your boyfriend this autumn. Snatch his favorite camo T-shirt while you’re at it. Usually camouflage is used to blend in, but if you’re sporting it this season, you’re sure to stand out. If you’re brave enough to mix patterns, combining camo with leopard print works surprisingly well. Otherwise rock it with some serious bling, as not to look overly masculine.
For years, fashionistas everywhere have dreamt of a world where they can wear sweats and still look stylish. That day has come, ladies and gentleman. Bejeweled crew neck sweatshirts are all the rage right now. Pull it over a printed button-up, add a pair of rolled-up boyfriend jeans, and slip on some pointed-toe flats — you’ll be saying ‘holy chic.’
Mixing prints, styling menswear and dealing with the ever-changing weather may be tough. But if you follow these simple tips, you will no doubt look fab on even the chilliest of autumn nights.