This fall, our mantra is simple: color, color, color. We know that it can be daunting to shift from a sea of blacks and beiges to an apple red dress. But this season, you can work some color into your outfits and still feel comfortable. Sure, all eyes will be on you--but in the very best way.
Get it now: Julie Dillon Draped Sheath Dress, $125 at lastcall.com
b: bright pants
A genius idea for adding a punch of color: a pair of bright trousers in a flattering fit. Whether that's wide-leg, high-waist, skinny fit or harem pant is entirely your choice. As is color—we love the purple on this pair, but now’s the time to experiment. If you always dreamed of wearing an orange trouser, seize the day!
Get it now: Construction Zero pants, $30 at yoox.com
Remember when chokers were all the rage back in our school days? Well, they're back, and not in a teenager's rite-of-passage way either. Instead, they're leather and bondage à la McQueen and jeweled gems chez Lanvin. Here's our pick for the fall, a little edgy with a touch of femme.
It should come as no surprise that our affair with floor-sweeping pieces isn’t over yet. Maxi dresses and skirts are still à la mode, and this season we dig them in jewel tones, like this deep green. We'd pair this with a chunky sweater for day and a chic blouse and wedges for night.
Get it now: Topshop green maxi skirt, $80 at topshop.com
e: ethnic touch
We have never been able to resist pieces inspired by our travels, and this totem necklace is no exception. Putting it on is like an instant holiday, and we love to layer it over a simple tee and jeans for a touch of whimsy.
Every woman should have a faux fur vest in her wardrobe this season. It's the perfect transition piece to toss over a dress in place of a cardigan, or on top of a sweater and jeans for a pulled-together look.
A no-brainer, but we'll say it anyway: classic red lipstick is a must-have for the season (and, well, every season). We love this shade—a universally flattering rouge that adds an instant dose of glamour to any outfit.
Get it now: M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $14.50 at Nordstrom
h: high slits
Maxi skirts have gone risqué this season, with slits that dare to go oh-so-high. If you try the trend, pair yours with a simple t-shirt or cozy sweater so you're comfortable. And if you're really nervous, it’s ok to wear with tights and boots!
Get it now: ASOS side split maxi skirt, $43.10 at asos.com
i: intricate lace
Last season we were all about the embroidery: lace, crochet, macramé, you name it. And we loved it. So we’re over the moon that lace is still in, and only getting classier as we transition to fall silhouettes. The details on this skirt are the perfect example—subtle, delicate, and ladylike. To die for!
Our favorite jewel tone this season: jade green. In China they say the darker the jade the more beautiful (and valuable!) it is, and we feel the same--we love the richness of this silky green top.
Get it now: Topshop jade green vest, $32 at topshop.com
k: kinda kinky
The mild kink trend of this season goes from our necks down to our feet—luckily, too, as a pair of strappy sandals is the easiest way to engage. Pick a pair that doesn't sacrifice style for comfort, wear with your favorite nail color, and you're good to go!
A leather skirt is a great investment piece. It's one of those staples that makes an outfit and—trust us, is timeless. Spend a little bit of money on a great quality skirt, and it will last years. We like the studs on this one for extra oomph.
Get it now: Sara Berman studded leather miniskirt, $135 at The Outnet
The ultimate fall hue: mustard yellow. Something about it pairs so perfectly with falling leaves and cooling temps, no? Alas, yellow is not an ideal all-over color for all, so we turn to accessories like this little messenger bag for our mustard fix.
Get it now: Pietro Alessandro mini cross-body bag, $85 at amazon.com
Neckwear is huge this season. At least, it was on the runways. And when we don't want to spend a ton on a designer piece, we turn to the trusty men's section. Barneys makes a stellar necktie for all your look-smart, androgynous-chic needs.
Get it now: Barneys New York bow tie, $75 at barneys.com
o: optical illusion
Graphic prints are so good—they make a simple sheath look elaborate, dress up a pair of jeans, hide your flaws, the list goes on. This fall, pull out the latest and greatest in your print collection. And don’t be shy. Have a party to attend? Show up in a frock that’s got optical-illusion status.
Get it now: ASOS Cut Out Shoulder Dress, $34.48 at asos.com
p: polka dots
Polka dots are popping up everywhere this season—bag the trend with a cosmetics tote that you’ll want to pull out of your satchel.
On the fall runways, we saw mod-inspired styles (and, you guessed it, colors!) from the likes of Yigal Azrouël and Christopher Bailey for Burberry. The essentials for nailing the trend? A mini dress in a popping shade, and a sheath dress like this one hits the mark.
These are not your grandmother’s rubber-soled shoes. This season’s rubber soles are chic and practical—like this pair of lace-up wedges. We just know already that this will be our newest go-to shoe, and we won’t fret even when the snow hits the ground.
The sheer trend has been around a while, so the best way to go this season is with a sheer(ish) maxi skirt, or with a long-sleeve sheer blouse. Pair with some subtly sexy underthings and an armload (or neckload) of baubles—et voila, out the door you go.
Get it now: Topshop long-sleeve sheer shirt, $70 at topshop.com
Is it a scarf or a shirt? A coat or a cape? Why not keep ‘em guessing in an awesome two-in-one this season? The cloak (slash cape slash coat) is our pick for fall outerwear, with the right amount of mystery and a chic silhouette that makes it great over a pencil skirt or tailored trousers.
Get it now: Tinley Road ‘Fielder’ cape coat, $89 at piperlime.com
u: ultra luxe
Lux fabrics are perfectly on point for autumn, especially if you end up living in them day in and day out. The aforementioned leather skirt is worth the splurge, as is a closetful of tee’s made from the finest jersey. Or a sultry silky wrap dress like this one—indulge!
The best $175 you’ll spend this fall? A stunning one-of-a-kind knitted bag, handmade in Colombia that not only has a bohemian allure but also directly benefits women in need. It’s a dream—adds character to every outfit, is roomy enough to carry all your things, does good for others, and is serious eye candy. Fair warning: you may end up with more than one.
We are embracing the return of the wide-leg pant with gusto, and are fully of the belief that every woman needs a pair. A great pant pulls an outfit together flawlessly—all you need is a tucked-in blouse and a pair of stacked sandals (or a solid wedge, or a sturdy boot). Added bonus: so much more comfortable than the skinny jeans in your closet!
Get it now: Anne Klein classic pants, $59.98 at macys.com
Bondage trends aside, this season is all about being comfortable—lux fabrics and wide-leg pants can attest to that. Naturally, sportswear-inspired clothing has an equally easy appeal that made it to the runways. We love an athletic parka best; being cozy and stylish has never been this simple.
You don’t have to be Scottish or a schoolgirl to rock the tartan plaid this fall. But to avoid being confused for either one, we’ll be wearing it in our accessories: a quilty poncho or a roomy weekend bag, or a super cute pair of ballet flats.
This season, iridescent accents are all over the map, whether it’s a metallic sheen on a party-going top, or an all-out silver pump. We’re partial to this shoe, which manages to blend this season’s loafer trend with a crazy all-eyes-on-me finish. And why wouldn’t we? It’s the perfect, wearable mirror for our fall mantra: color, color, color!
Get it now: Jeffrey Campbell “Zealous” pump, $169.95 at nordstrom.com