Fall is almost here! The end of summer is always a little bit of a bummer, but in another few weeks we’ll start to be reminded why this time of year always ends up so delightfully cozy. There are pumpkin spice lattes and Oktoberfest beers everywhere, the temperature becomes perfect for outdoor meals, and it’s no longer too hot to curl up with a blanket and re-read Harry Potter. In addition to embracing those aspects of the season, it’s time to put away the light fabrics and minimalistic garments and stock up on autumn attire.
This year, we’ve already seen a number of major fashion shows and style publications pushing various looks for the change of seasons. In some respects, it feels like a more inventive transition than normal. Here are three trends in particular that have stuck out so far.
Sparkle & Bling
I like to start seasonal trend watches with jewelry, because if you do end up buying up some new accessories it could chip in pretty significantly to your fashion budget. While these are smaller pieces, what (if anything) you spend on jewelry could affect your next trip to the mall. With that in mind, Elle’s fall 2015 trend round-up kicked off with a blurb about sparkly, bling-ish, and small pieces of jewelry overtaking the long-standing prevalence of oversized accessories.
This is particularly fun for this time of year, because it presents a unique challenge. As clothing gets at least somewhat bulkier and more monotone (as tends to happen later in the year), finding smaller accessories that can still stand out can be tricky. But don’t mistake the trend for being about size entirely. Rather, it’s about sparkle and shine being emphasized, as opposed to largeness. Pendants, various styles of earrings, and brooches were all highlighted in Elle’s reveal.
The Chunky Sweater (Or French) Look
This is one of the biggest and most atypical trends I’m seeing for the coming season. It could be described in a pretty simplistic way as “bulky outerwear is back,” but I took to the characterization on Lyst’s homepage: “Do fall like you’re French.” That just sounds fun and fashionable, and it actually encompasses a number of individual style movements popping up in fall collections (like structured and/or pleated skirts and heavier ladies’ boots). But the main focus is on chunky, oversized sweaters taking over women’s fashion for the months ahead.
The site pointed to Isabel Marant and Acne Studios as leading the wave of vaguely French attire, though the BB Dakota collection also has a lot of thicker, stretched looking sweaters that fit in perfectly. You should be able to jump on board with this trend without sacrificing comfort or too much money, and that’s always the best kind of trend!
Return Of The Stole
Fall is always a nice time to break out a few favorite scarves, but this year there’s a little bit of a twist on the traditional scarf making the rounds. Indeed, Style reported in a write-up on fall fashion trends that stoles appear to be back in action. They credit the idea to Rihanna, and specifically an outfit she wore at Paris Fashion Week more than a year ago. It does make some sense that it takes time for a bold celebrity look to actually result in the release of designer apparel, so there you go; maybe Rihanna really did bring back the stole.
At any rate, these oversized scarves are a lot of fun for the season ahead, and they’re popping up all over the place. In fact, getting back to Lyst’s BB Dakota collection, one or two faux fur items described as vests even approximate the functionality and look of a nice fur stole, so there are really a few different ways to act on the idea. Basically, anything furry that wraps around you and keeps you cozy will do!
Hopefully these trends can give you inspiration for your next wardrobe update! It’s looking like a fun season, and I’m already anticipating taking advantage of these popular styles.
This is a guest post and was not written by me. However, I only ever post things I think you all would enjoy reading!