The air is crisper and the leaves are changing. Fall is here! Time to pull out your favorite fall styles like, sweaters and jackets and time to put the shorts and sandals away. The trends this year might surprise you.
The biggest trend is not paying attention to the season at all. Nearly every designer at Fashion Week presented fall collections that felt spring-like in nature — slinky slip dresses, billowy off-the-shoulder tops, florals, and strapless tops. Also, nearly every collection featured the muted orange color — and looks flattering on many skin tones. Clear color winners for men are rust, burnt orange and copper. Don’t worry, we didn’t lose the traditional colors like blacks, grays and dark greens.
The jeans you’ll soon wear are more full-legged styles. They feature racing stripes, are more distressed, or have multiple finishes for both men and women. Miniskirts are back too for women, with a more streamlined and shorter look — think confident/school girl.
Turtlenecks have re-surfaced. Both menswear and women’s wear presented styles in fresh and exciting new ways. Fitted, baggy, plain or printed – turtlenecks have truly made a comeback this fall. They were shown with jeans, dresses – casual and dressy. Turtlenecks were shown in almost every collection.
As always, layering is a must this fall for both men and women. Pair your favorite graphic t-shirt with a cool denim jacket, for the classic casual look that never goes out of style. Want something less causal? Try a knitted polo shirt over a long-sleeved button-up or pair it with a rockin’ jacket or blazer. For men, there’s also a trend towards fuller collars.
Finally, the styles for bomber jackets show no sign of departing (pun intended) anytime soon – however, this season they’re soaring toward higher-end. Luxurious velvets, leathers and wools were some of the many looks on display, but many had rich embellishment incorporated into the design. Whether it was beautifully intricate hand embroidery or interesting badges sewn onto the surface, look for a bomber with that extra detail this coming season.
Fall Styles for Fractions Less
All those trends sound exciting, but I know you don’t want to go bankrupt staying stylish. You want brand name fashions without the brand name prices.
These stores: Old Navy, Target, Discount Show Warehouse, TJMaxx, and Ross are some of the stores helping to make all this easy. This may sound impossible, but with the right amount of patience, perseverance and creativity you dress well for well less.
- Target is currently offering $10 off when you spend $40, along with free shipping and returns on every order.
- Old Navy’s stepping it up even more with discounts between 30% and 50% off! T-shirts for $5, polos for $6, and jeans starting at $15 are just some of the deals of which you can take advantage.
If online shopping is your preference, try these retailers:
- Giltcom – Per Gilt, they “[provide] instant insider access to today’s top designer labels at up to 70% off retail.”
- ASOS– A UK based, independent online fashion mall. With over 60,000 reasonably priced brands, this site should appeal to even the most apparel conscious man or woman. ASOS is currently offering 60% off footwear.
- YesStyle– An Asia based affordable, online shopping marketplace. This site has great, out-there styles that will set you apart from the rest. YesStyle offers free shipping for order $35 or more.
- GuyLook– For the uber-Avant Garde guy, I mean super confident and individualistic. GL positions itself in the middle of men’s styles. Sometimes it wins. Sometimes it loses.
These awesome retailers offer top brands at a fraction of the cost. You don’t have to be a millionaire to look like one. Almost every store is offering one or more deals. Hack the deals! You won’t be sorry, and neither will your bank account.
Regardless of the popular styles, be you. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Take these styles and use them to add to your own personal style. Fashion should be fun and comfortable.
This is a guest post on fall styles by Michael Steward of What’s Out There.