The past few seasons have been all about bold silhouettes, and you’re not alone if they’ve had you stumped for styling options. But classic layers and whimsical accessories make them surprisingly versatile to take you right into fall. Below, some tips on tackling some of autumn’s biggest trends you’ll want to live in come work, play and September.
Culottes. The hip sister of timeless cropped trousers, culottes may be the season’s hottest pant shape. Whether you choose a pair in silk, wool or leather, they play just as well with a cozy pullover as with your favorite white t-shirt and a polished blazer. Complement the cool-art-gallery-owner vibe of the pants with one other bold piece, such as a statement necklace. But keep the rest of your accessories classic – think a minimalist handbag and loafers or ankle booties – to avoid “fashion victim” territory.
Monochromatic separates. This fall’s most prolific skirt silhouettes are not your play-it-safe pencil variety. Pants-optional gets playful with origami shapes, ultra-feminine midis, and ’60s-inspired button-up minis. Tone-on-tone dressing in soft neutrals like gray, ivory and camel has also dominated the runways and street-style blogs as of late, and grounds any bold skirt shape by making you look effortlessly pulled together. Give a monochromatic look dimension by mixing luxe fabrics – pair a sumptuous knit turtleneck with a frothy tulle midi or suede A-line mini, and top the ensemble with a buttery-soft caramel leather moto jacket as an alternative to black to keep it feeling light. Statement earrings and a wide-brim fedora add grown-up cheekiness, while a simple leather tote and booties balance with understated chic.
Jumpsuits. Take this breezy summer staple into the cooler months with layering staples – think a tissue-thin silk blouse or cashmere sweater underneath, and a leather jacket on top. A wide-leg silhouette plays to the jumpsuit’s throw-it-on ease and lets your accessories do the heavy lifting – details like layered necklaces, a bucket bag and (you guessed it) booties elevate the look to street-style-worthy.
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