Fall fever gives everyone the longing for a few new duds that can gets us through the remainder of the year. As the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter, you need smart, adaptable pieces that are versatile, but not lacking in the style department. Get on board with fall’s hottest trends and use them to elevate the staples that already exist in your wardrobe (it will be great to put that sheath dress, dark skinnies and cardigans to good use, no?).
Animal Print – Use it to amp up your dark basics and make it office-appropriate by pairing it with smart separates. This DKNY sweater ($145, net-a-porter.com) is great tucked into a high waist black skirt for work and with dark skinny jeans and flats on the weekend.
Statement Necklace – It’s still all about the necklace. This season statement necklace (about $16, forever21.com) is hotter than ever and can add that extra zing to an all-black ensemble. Let it do the bulk of the styling by wearing it with a crewneck or scoop neck sweater, slim trousers and a basic pump.
Hardware – Wear it on your belt (about $7, forever21.com), bag or shoes; hardware is wear it’s at. You choose silver or gold, and then sport the trend via studs and buckles, which add an instant cool factor to subtle pieces like a basic black dress and T-shirt and jeans. Use a hardware happy belt to cinch together a long cardigan over a tank or T-shirt for a clean, fashion-forward look.
Smoky Eyes – If you’re going for one beauty trend this fall, let it be the smoky eye look. It’s wearable, and with a little practice, pretty darn easy to pull off at a moment’s notice. If you’re a klutz with an eye pencil, reach for a super thin brush and cream liner (about $10, drugstore.com), which makes it easy to create a sultry look, even for those of us with a less-than-steady hand. Simply line and slightly smear for a stunning look that will make you look party-ready in a jiffy.
Neon – Get your DayGlo on with a basic piece ($44, shopbop.com) like a T-shirt in ultra bright neon. Anchor it with dark basics and once the dreary winter days roll around, let the hem peek out from beneath a textured sweater and jacket.