Every year, Fashion Week surprises and shocks, pleases and miffs. Many of the designs we see walking down the runway belong more to the realm of ‘wearable art’ or ‘celebrity-event-only-outfit’ than practical, work-or-play-appropriate everywoman’s garb. Despite this, there are always common denominators between the enormous variety of styles, commonalities denoting accessible and authoritatively chic trends. Here are 15 of our absolute favorites:
1. Ribbon Neckties
Getty Images- Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui
Neckties are one of the easiest ways to accessorize an outfit, whether as a bold statement, a matching adornment, or a darling bonus to tie the outfit together.
2. Velvet Kween
Getty Images- Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Phillip Lim
I’ve always had a lot of love for velvet. It’s a strictly fall-appropriate fabric, which makes it fun to wear when that time of year finally comes around. It’s inherently dynamic in color and texture, is applicable to any item of clothing, and is surprisingly versatile in functionality— dress it up or down, feel classy regardless.
3. Plain Plaid
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Plain here doesn’t mean boring— it means classic. It means the tailored fit of a plaid tweet ensemble, the checkered plaid of a schoolgirl uniform, the red and white plaid we’ve come to associate with a lumberjack but which can really be so feminine and darling when softened with lace, buttons, and a sheer fabric.
4. Pink And Yellow
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The color pink doesn’t need a buddy, but we still appreciate the unexpected combination when it is paired with yellow. Whether vibrant or dusty, this duo is bold yet posh, fun but still elegant.
5. Puffy Jackets Over Evening Wear
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The puffy jacket gets a bad rap. It’s more ‘function’ than ‘fashion’, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Juxtaposition is the key to a flawlessly pretend-careless look; think Rihanna. Throw a puffy jacket over any kind of feminine dress underneath for a sexy yet comfortable contrast.
6. Pinstripe Suits
Getty Images- Max Mara, Calvin Klein, Sies Marjan
Classic power bitch outfit. Love it.
7. The Jumper, Elevated:
Getty Images- Suno, Milly, Proenza Schouler
One of the best parts of the ’90s was girls wearing long sleeves underneath spaghetti strap dresses. It really shouldn’t have made sense, but it did. The same thing happening with the jumper this fall, and it’s fantastic because jumpers are so versatile. They can be worn on a warm fall day or a freezing fall day, always remaining cozy and classy.
8. Sparkly And Metallic Silver
Getty Images- Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, Tory Burch
Silver is not just a New Year’s Eve theme, and neither is tinsel. Make a bold statement wherever you go with a silvery top or dress, in sparkles, beads, metallics galore.
9. The Statement Fur
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It can be faux! Bold, giant, textured statement furs are the jacket to have this fall. So luxurious. So warm. So chic.
10. The Statement Choker
Getty Images- Lanvin, FENTY PUMA, Loewe
Chokers have been around for the last couple of years as a ’90s revival trend, but the statement choker is something new. Which is great, especially for girls who don’t like to wear a ton of jewelry.
11. The Hoodie
Getty Images- Rag & Bone, Public School, Lacoste, FENTY PUMA
How can you hate the hoodie as a trend? You can’t. I am going to be so on trend all fall long.
12. Bowie Boots
Getty Images- Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs
These ’60s/’70s masterpieces are statements in themselves. Think glam rock. Original Charlie’s Angels. Kate Moss. Think about how tall you’ll be. Think about how much ass you can kick!
13. ’80s One-Shoulder Power Tops
Getty Images- Ralph Lauren, Marchesa, Rag & Bone
While the solo-shoulder situation was generally relegated to spandex tops and frilly dresses in the ’80s, it’s a look that is back in full swing, in all manner of pieces, textures, and colors. Sleek bodycon spaghetti dress? Floral, billowy maxi gown? Demure yet slightly sexy sweater? Check, check, aaaaand check.
14. Patent Leather
Getty Images- Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, Tommy Hilfiger, Prabal Gurung
Leather is always a NYFW favorite, but patent leather has a distinctly other-era feel to it that soft or muted leathers simply don’t. When tailored just right, it’s flashiness is offset with a damn good dress or jacket (or both!)
15. Navy Trench
Getty Images- Coach, Tory Burch, 3.1 Phillip Lim
The navy trench is an article of clothing that will never, and I mean never go out of style. It feels sacrilegious to even call it a trend, but it’s prevalence on the runway from designers of all styles mark it as a big fall essential.