The 5 Must-Try Style Trends For Cooler Weather
Don’t fall into a sweater-and-jeans rut.
Who’s ready to cozy up to something warmer? Don’t fall into a sweater-and-jeans rut — there are lots of options for cool-weather chic this season. We sifted through the buzziest catwalk looks to find the most covetable, yet still wearable, trends for fall. And we show you how to take them from the runway to your way.
1. MOODY FLORALS
Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but a subdued take on petals makes them fresh for fall. Think dusky tones and vintage-inspired prints so the vibe is boho cool, not grandma’s couch. Still worried that florals will look too matronly? Pair with jeans, platforms and statement jewelry for a thoroughly modern look.
Zara Floral Print Wrap Blouse, $40
ASOS Hand Smocked High Neck Blouse in Floral Print, $57.
2. RED ALERT
Red never really goes out of style, but a bold, take-no-prisoners power red is hottest hue right now. Luckily, a true red (not too orange or too blue) flatters almost everyone, but because it’s so eye-catching you need to maintain balance: Keep accessories and makeup neutral so nothing else competes with the vibrant shade.
Norma Kamali Cowl Neck Flaired Dress, $200
Topshop Jacquard Sleeveless Wrap Dress, $100
3. CHECKS PLEASE
Menswear-inspired looks are a big trend for fall, with every pattern from houndstooth to herringbone taking a more ladylike turn. If you don’t want to do a full ensemble, pair borrowed-from-the-boys blazers with skinny jeans or leggings; wear slouchy trousers with a tee. Strappy heels and a bright lip keep the look more babe than boyish.
J.Crew Houndstooth Sheath Dress, $188
Banana Republic Plaid Godet-Flounce Sheath Dress, $138
4. TEST YOUR METAL
All that glitters is not necessarily gold: Silver is the metal of the moment, and there’s nothing heavy about it. Choose pieces in slinky, moveable fabrics to make the look more daytime than fancy; add sneakers for a breezy vibe. Hesitant to take the metallic plunge? Dip your toe in the trend (literally) with a pair of glittery boots.
Calvin Klein Metallic Blouson Gown, $179
1.State Pleated Midi Skirt, $99
5. SHEAR GENIUS
Shearling is one trend that is, thankfully, as practical as it is chic: Whether you go for a full-on woolly jacket or boots with shearling trim, the comfy detail will keep you on-trend and warm at the same time. Just remember it does add bulk, so pair shearling pieces with sleek separates like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.
Asos Vila Faux Shearling Jacket, $135
Cupcakes and Cashmere Arden Faux Suede Drape Front Vest, $130
Clarissa Cruz is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She is the former fashion features editor of O, the Oprah Magazine, the former style editor of People, and has written for many publications, including Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Food & Wine and Time Out.