As a former Floridian, fall is sort of a confusing time for me. Sure, I love pumpkin-flavored anything as much as the next girl, but layering and such is not something you learn growing up, where the thermometer never dips below 55.
As a fashion blogger who has a healthy appetite for modern trends, however, if my tickets to Fashion Week and my obsession with Instagram have taught me anything, it is what’s “in” this season. Plus, I live in New York City now, so I better figure out this whole “cold weather” thing.
When dressing #fashionblogstatus, it's important to keep modern trends in mind while adding pinches of your signature style. I've put together a list of key trends for the upcoming season and am sure that you've already been seeing them all over your Instagram feed.
So, without further ado:
Scarves are great and all, but turtlenecks are what should be keeping your necks cozy this season. Bloggers, like Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What and Arielle Nachmani of Something Navy, are sporting these babies all over the place.
Plus, affordable fashion houses like Zara and Piperlime are selling some super snazzy and wallet-friendly versions. I would suggest getting a fitted cable knit or a super drapey scarf if you want to look high fashion. Pair with a leather mini or some cozy trousers for an edgy look.
Booties, pumps and flats alike, the pointed toe is back in full force. Sleek, sophisticated and a tad sexy, the pointy toe adds instant style to your shoe collection and your outfit.
Ankle boots or boyish patent oxfords with a sharp point are the most-loved way to incorporate this trend. For an awesome date night or ladies' night out, nothing is hotter than skinny jeans, a tight top and some pointed pumps!
Perhaps the most exciting current trend (at least for me) is that 90s nostalgia is "in" right now. Taking a hint from our favorite cult-classic, "Clueless," let your inner Cher shine through with bodycon mini dresses, chokers and plaid. Over-the-knee socks and overalls are also making a comeback.
Statement-making crop tops have been big this past season and that trend is staying put. If you think Cher or Dionne would've worn it, it's hot right now. Check out, for example, the lovely Barefoot Blonde or Song of Style to get your head in that 90s space.
Sneakers Of All Kinds
As a New Yorker who walks miles on end every day, I couldn’t be happier about this sneaker trend. It’s not just for your workouts anymore, ladies. The trendy slip-on flat, funky heeled sneakers and classic Nikes are all in style.
Play it up with eye-catching details, like a pair with faux-fur, metallic or a bold pattern. Bloggers seem to love this with a sleek midi dress or a miniskirt for a bold look. Mega-blogger Chiara Ferragni is the perfect example.
Felt fedoras and beanies with embellishments are this season’s biggest hat trends. For the fedoras, wide-brimmed in a dark jewel tone or black is the way to go. Personally, I think more expensive ones are worth the money because they keep their shape nicely, and this trend will probably stick around for a while.
In terms of the more theatrical hat trends, get one from H&M or Forever 21. The look is hilarious and even adorable, but how long can this really last?
Fringe On Fringe
If the red carpet was any indication, fringe is beyond in this season. For fall, a western-inspired aesthetic is a great way to pull it off during the day.
Think either a fringed leather jacket or a Boho bag, like Olivia Palermo or Cara Loren. At night, Prohibition-era is a great source of inspiration, as glittering 20s-style dresses are all the rage right now.
Emerald City Style
Last fall, cobalt dominated the color palette. This year, lust greens are the way to go; take it from blogger favorite Gal Meets Glam. Keep it in the dark or jewel-toned neighborhood to look modern and on-trend.
This color is flattering for all skin tones and matches almost everything. It is a great trend with which to play because, ultimately, this pretty hue will always be in style.
Metal and Metallic
Rose gold was a favorite of the F/W 2014 runways, but all metal details are still huge. From gunmetal to gold, accessories to major wardrobe items, everything looks good in a metallic.
I’m spotting everything from gold pants to metal dresses, and it is so luxe and lovely that I can’t get over it. Babe of a blogger, Kristina Bazan, does it right in a gorgeous gold look for Milan Fashion Week.
A seasonless trend that is so hot right now is a statement cuff on one ear. Rebecca Minkoff made some super snazzy ones this season, but now you can really get them just about anywhere.
This small piece really makes a statement, and it's a great trend with which to play around, as the cuffs can be really fun and theatrical.
I like it when my ear looks like a disco ball, so the bigger, the better. LA-based babe Grasie Mercedes put together a group of killer ones to add to your wardrobe!
Nice And Nordic
OPI even created a nail color line to go with this fall trend, as Scandinavian style is so chic right now. Thick knits in Northern-inspired prints can be your go-to look for fall and winter, and you’ve never looked hotter… or warmer! I mean, come on, if anyone knows how to dress for winter, it’s these guys.
We've got to give it to The Blonde Salad for showing us how to do it right.
There you have it, fashion lovers — the best tips for looking hot in the cold! From colors to textures, cuts to prints, and what's big with accessories, you can always count on street style stars to point you in the right direction.
Follow these chic trends and you’ll be sure to look like you just walked out of a square-shaped photo hashtagged “OOTD.” That’s what it’s all about!