7 Fall Fashion Trends for 2016
Fall is fashion’s favorite season. If there were any question just how beloved autumn is in the sartorial sense, look no further than the fall fashion magazines that are as thick as encyclopedias.
Soon, we’ll be trading those strappy sandals for ankle boots and the lightweight tank tops for cozier knits. (And, a spiced latte is always the perfect accessory).
Before we make the transition from pool days to pumpkin patch visits, we’re scouting out some of fall’s best and most wearable styles. Everything is always bigger on the runways, where art rules over function: The ruffles are grandiose and the metallics are so shimmery they could make even a Vegas hotel look dull. But, some of our favorite stores are using the runways as a muse, and the styles are tamped down some, making them fashion-forward, yes, but traditional enough to wear to work or to those weekend soccer games.
Here’s 7 trends from the fall fashion runways that can work in every woman’s closet.
After a summer of punchy neons and bold colors, a tan takeover is on the September horizon and is the perfect way to reset your fashion palette. From khakis to camel, designers favored the classic tone on the runways previewing fall styles. The color blends beautifully with autumnal jewel tones, like maroons, mustards and jades. This sheath dress is apropos for work and the black side panels are slimming. The pop of maroon gives it an extra dose of fall. Chelsea Rose Sleeveless Colorblock Crepe Sheath Dress, on sale $49.99, JCPenney.com
In fashion, flowers are perennial with year-long staying power. If you love adding a little flower power to your wardrobe, the trick to keeping the pattern looking fresh is to change out the tones, with autumnal hues on blooms and then moody, darker florals come winter. For fall 2016, this printed pencil skirt is perfect with a chambray top for a casual Friday look or a cardigan and button-up blouse for a ready-to-take-on any assignment look during the week. Printed High Waisted Pencil Skirt, on sale for $41.96, TheLimited.com
We saw ruffles sashay on to the fashion scene in the spring, and they did so in a big and bold way. Fall’s interpretation of the trend is a bit more subtle and soft, with ruffles adding a darling flounce to sleeves or skirts. We love the juxtaposition that this ruffled hemline unexpectedly lends to this classic, grey fit-and-flare, give a 2016 update to a classic wool style. Wool Fit-and-Flare Dress, $138 (plus Cash Back), BananaRepublic.com
They started flirting with us last fall. But, overalls are back. If you never thought you’d wear them again as an adult, consider this: The styles are more refined. They’re more fitted and fashion-forward street style bloggers are pairing them with extremes — like loose-fitting bohemian blouses that are flowy or more tailored oxford shirts for a sophisticated spin. These flared cord overalls are an easy outfit to piece together and the fit makes them an ideal match for your fall boot collection. They also get a stamp of approval from the style influencing site, Refinery29, which is partnering with Old Navy with editors sharing their fall fashion picks. Flare Cord Overalls for Women, $44.94, OldNavy.com
These figure-flattering dresses have consistently been in style for, oh, say, 40 years now. Diane von Furstenberg invented the iconic style in the mid-1970’s and, year after year, they remain a stylish staple. For those mornings when you don’t know what to wear, a wrap dress is a perfect go-to, looks polished and needs minimum accessories. Bright blue hues and a midi fit on this wrap dress is a good modern take on the classic style. Pleated Floral Wrap, $148, BananaRepublic.com
This summer, tassels put in work on swimsuit cover-ups and tunics. Now, they’re ready for fall, accentuating accessories. We’re loving them as extras on long pendant necklaces and they add extra personality to boots. Tassels are versatile, too, flexing their style on bohemian-chic trends as well as more preppy designs. If you’re looking for a quick and budget-friendly way to update your wardrobe, try trading out your handbag. This structured crossbody feels “right now” with the added tassel design. Yoki Flap Fringed Crossbody Saddle Bag, $30, Kohls.com
Suit up in style. Unless you work in an ultra-conservative office, a vest can be a suitable alternative to a blazer and we’re seeing lots of renditions for fall 2016. The lean cuts are slimming. Layer one over a sleeveless shell with some dress pants, which is a perfect way to stay cool on those fall days that feel more like summer. Then, pop it over a long-sleeve tunic or dress for happy hour and add some tights and heeled boots for a fun look. Triacetate Mide Vest, $179, AnnTaylor.com