It's time to pack up those sundresses and chunky espadrilles and pull those cardigans out of hiding. Fall fashion has arrived. And instead of taking a turn for melancholy, monochromatic, Prozac-inducing designs it has remained reminiscent of the beach: loose, fluid, and relaxed with touches of subtle luxury.
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Trend 1: Camel and Gold Tones
Melanie Auld Madison Bag in Terra with Gold Hardware, $360; malanieauld.com (photo courtesy of melanieauld.com)
This glam neutral goes with anything and stashes as much as a tote but with 2x the style. Take to work with a black pencil skirt and ruffle-front top or for a fun shopping weekend with a cardigan and flats.
Trend 2: Chain Embellishments
Milly La Sorbonne Cardigan in Ivory, $375; shopbop.com (photo courtesy of shopbop.com)
Pair with dark denim and a silk shell top for the ideal lunch date ensemble.
Trend 3: Splash of Animal Print
Spiegel Leopard-Print Buckle-Trim Ankle Boots, $49; spiegle.com (photo courtesy of spiegel.com)
These booties spice up any basic– try skinny-leg trousers or opaque tights with a simple sheath dress. Quick tip: animal print can become overwhelming fast, so only wear it in pops, not head-to-toe.
Trend 4: Light Leather Accessories
Raina Medusa Belt in Taupe, $215; saks.com (photo courtesy of saks.com)
Cinch over a loose cable-knit sweater or a structured blazer.
Trend 5: Luxe Fabrics in a Laid-Back Way
J. Crew Velvet Ruby Jacket in Weathered Wood, $168; jcrew.com (photo courtesy of jcrew.com)
We love the idea of contrasting a rich fabric like velvet with slouchy jeans and cotton button-down.
Trend 6: Long, Delicate Jewelry
Anthropologie River Bow Necklace, $38; anthropologie.com (photo courtesy of anthropologie.com)
Don't stash your bold necklaces for the season. But there is something alluring about a dainty necklace on a long chain worn with a structured piece like a fitted military blazer or a high-collared blouse.
Trend 7: Metallics in Unusual Places
Alice + Olivia Metallic Faux-Fur Jacket, $396; neimanmarcus.com (photo courtesy of neimanmarcus.com)
Metallics are popping up in the most unexpected places: woven in loose-knit scarves and dotted through a faux fur jacket. To tone down the richness of the glittery fur, wear with black jeans and crisp white shirt or use it spice up a simple little black dress for instant elegance.