Fall will be here before you know it. Is your wardrobe ready? From the classic American pastoral look to the edgy, futuristic grunge pieces seen in almost every major Fall 2013 line, this season has an eclectic look of America’s past and future. If you’re tired of the busy patterns and florals that seized the runway in seasons past, fear no more. The all-American look features plain chunky knit sweaters, tweed skirts, tall (maybe even over the knee) boots, fur accents, and houndstooth everything. Come nighttime, take off your Audrey Hepburn inspired trench or Jackie O skirt suit and slip into a mini leather dress and thigh highs, or opt for a mod tux look as seen from Oscar de la Renta to Diesel.
While it’s hard to think about outerwear in heat like this, the upcoming fall season features a number of statement-making coats. Whether it be the fabric, color, or length, the more eccentric the better. To accompany an eye-catching jacket, try a beanie. Or if you’re nervous about catching too many people’s eye, a simple jacket paired with a funky hat has been encouraged on the runway for this fall.
With the previous trends in mind, here are seven essential pieces for this fall:
A Chunky Fisherman Sweater
While the runway doesn’t always suit everyday life, the chunky knits seen this fall have actual practical appeal. Pair your sweater with jeans or a tweed skirt for the ‘American girl’ look seen on the Theyskens’ Theory runway.
[Available at Ralph Lauren, Etoile Isabel Marant, Buffalo Exchange, Brooklyn Flea]
Over the Knee Boot
Nervous about channeling a Pretty Woman-era Julia Roberts with your new over-the-knee boots? Don’t worry. If you’ll remember (or Google), she ended up scoring a rich attractive sweetheart, so there’s hope for you too.
[Brian Atwood, Stuart Weitzman, available at Bergdorf Goodman.]
Don’t shy away from mixing houndstooth with colors, it’s so simple it’s basically a neutral color itself.
[available at J. Crew, H&M, Barneys, Rag and Bone]
Channel your inner Agnes Deyn with the ‘Le Smoking’ look this fall. Opt for the classic Yves Saint Laurent look (sans shirt), or style your tux yourself. Bowtie or cummerbund anyone?
[available at Sandro, Yves Saint Laurent, Barneys]
Leather can be anything you want it to be– feminine, grungy, sporty, etc … Grease up for the night with a leather jacket, sport a mini dress a la Jane Birkin, or even invest in a colorful leather trench and kill two essential items with one fabulous stone.
[available at Allsaints, Diesel, Zadig & Voltaire]
If you’re interested grabbing attention on the street, bold furs, oversized parkas, and cool leathers will definitely do the job.
[available at Rag and Bone, Etoile Isabel Marant, Sandro, Maje]
Knit Beanie/Funky hat
Don’t underestimate the power of a funky hat to glam up an outfit. Have you ever heard of anyone trash talking Santa’s hat, or Dr. Suess’ striped top hat?
[available at Kate Spade, Albertus Swanepoel and Eugenia Kim at Barneys]