Fall Trends: What to Embrace and What to Avoid

As the temperature in New York City inches downwards, degree by degree, I find myself checking the weather app on my phone to the glee of realizing that it’ll finally be cold enough for me to wear this or that old faithful knit sweater tomorrow. 

Whether it’s the warmth from the cup of pumpkin-flavored coffee in your hand or the joys of crunching brown leaves with your favorite pair of heeled booties, the arrival of Autumn exudes the fleeting bliss and familiar comfort of regeneration. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." 

The start of the season ushers in new creative energies, and with them comes a golden opportunity to modify one’s thinking and perspective from both an internal and external standpoint; I am speaking, of course, of the glorious blank page that is your fall lookbook. 

Embracing the change of the seasons head-on, New York Fashion Week sweeps in heaps of inspiration for all those who want to reflect the season’s rebirth through their wardrobes. While most of the concepts presented on the runway have already begun popping up in street style and magazines, highlighted in this article are my takes on two of the biggest trends that have taken off around New York City this fall. 

Here is your mini-guide on how to steer clear of mindless, immediate trend emulation this season and invite a more thoughtful and deliberately stylistic individuality into your shopping plans.

 
 

DON’T : T-SHIRTS AND DRESSES

You’ve seen it. Everywhere. So I get it, and you don’t have to remind me how good Alexa Chung looked doing it. As firm of a believer I am in the ephemeral immortality of the 90’s, however, this trend is one bandwagon that I would absolutely love to tear the wheels off of. 

Don’t get me wrong — I adore the glorious intersection between grunge-casual and the Queen of Class, but you need to give certain trends their time in the shadows throughout the eternal rotation of la mode; when a long-forgotten trend resurfaces, its presence can be justified only by some aspect of innovation. Whether it’s been overplayed or it’s just too soon to bring this look back, I cannot say, but in all honesty I find myself suppressing a yawn every time I see the elegant neckline of a gorgeous, silky slip dress muted by a t-shirt. 

Cher and Dionne may have been serving looks in their gym class, but the once-iconic layering combination has lived past its prime, and since its reappearance in thousands of street style looks around New York, has begun to come off as childish and unoriginal. While there certainly exist ways to make this trend work in an authentic and stylistic way, I firmly believe that flirty summer necklines, cutouts, and fabrics should be done glamorously or not at all. 

A better way to transition your wardrobe to this fall seasons? Tried, tested, and true as ever, statement jackets are here for you. Faux fur in all different hues were a particular hit on the runway for this season, and are a much better alternative middle ground between playful and sophisticated.

 
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DO : WIDE-LEGGED DRESS PANTS

Aside from the fact that gender is so two thousand and late #breakthebinary, the incorporation of items that have been traditionally considered as menswear throughout the history of fashion dominated womenswear runways and street style at NYFW 2016. That’s right, bring on the roomy, wide slacks and crisp, oversized button-downs. 

 
 

Hit the pause button on your VCR player, put your Clueless tape away and launch yourselves into a time when women were gaining momentum and shamelessly beginning to stake their freedom. In 1920’s America, women had just won the right to vote; while their husbands were at war they began to work in factories, drive cars, and, partially due to the invention of the sewing machine, abandon the traditional female silhouette (corset burning party, anyone?) for a more boyish look that idealized comfort and mobility. 

 
 

Despite their taboo reputation at the time, the transition of wide trousers into the realm of daily womenswear throughout the 20's and 30’s was highly reflective of the newfound freedoms that were becoming accessible to women, enabling them to more independence and opportunity than they had ever known in previous decades. Think the original works of Coco Chanel. Now we’re talking.

 
 

Still in this day and age of female empowerment, the fight for women's rights is far from over, meaning that the fearless, don’t-mess-with-me image of the on-the-move 20’s female in wide-leg pants remains ever so appropriate. Influential figures such as Karlie Kloss can be seen sporting the look both on and off the runway, channeling the strength, confidence, can-do attitude that a woman in dress trousers cannot help but exude. 

The look of wide-legged dress pants is a flawless way to seamlessly blend comfort with boldness as well as professional with casual, a must-have staple for the modern woman this autumn!


Written by: Katherine Borkov

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