Most of the time, when I mention the word “trend” to my style coaching clients, they’re quick to tell me that trends aren’t for them. They prefer something age-appropriate, classic, or more unique than what everyone else is wearing. And while I totally understand where they’re coming from, I love helping them better understand how trends can work for them, regardless of age, style or silhouette.
Before becoming a style coach, I was a trend researcher in New York City. This job allowed me to learn where trends come from, which ones last and how to choose the right ones based on your lifestyle and personal style. I apply this knowledge daily and I’m excited to help break down three of the most wearable trends for this fall.
3 fall fashion trends to try in 2022
Strong and bright colors
The first trend is BOLD and BRIGHT. Fashion designers were ready for an infusion of fun, happy hues, and they didn’t want to save them for spring. Fuchsia, sunset orange, emerald green, sunflower yellow and amethyst dominated the fall collections. If you prefer a more neutral color palette, try weaving one of these hues into your accessories. Introducing a pop of color via a silk scarf or shoe can be just the ticket.
If you’re feeling bolder, try a vibrant blazer or blouse. If you’re a color lover, you can even try a head-to-toe fuchsia and orange look to create a really fabulous (and very on-trend) vibe. If you choose the perfect dose of color for your personal style, you’re sure to feel the difference in your wardrobe – and maybe even your approach to the day ahead!
A personal favorite trend of mine is SUIT UP. Although I don’t work in a company, I love a good blazer with a pair of jeans for work. Depending on your career, a blazer can be an everyday staple. Whatever your lifestyle, know that you can rock a blazer if it suits your style.
This classic is no longer just a companion to trousers; It can be worn over a dress or paired with jeans, ankle pants, or even a midi skirt (as long as the proportions are right). This season’s blazers are tailored, come in a variety of lengths, materials and colors and have all sorts of fun details. The best part is that many blazers come in stretchy fabrics that combine comfort and elegance!
If a blazer isn’t your look, you can opt for a cropped cardigan as it’s also having a big moment this fall season. You can learn more about the pros and cons of cardigan styles HERE.
Remember, trends are about picking the ones that make the most sense for your personal style, and then styling them to best flatter your body type.
Leather used to be something to invest in. Thankfully, there are now so many vegan and faux leather options that this fall fabric is more accessible than ever. While a leather jacket is always in style, designers have really branched out. We see leather tops, leather jogging pants, leather shirt dresses, pleated leather midi skirts and more. Choose the type of leather clothing that appeals to you the most and run with it. If leather isn’t your thing, opt for a pretty leather belt to complete your outfit.
Today, leather garments often have more stretch and shape to allow for a more flattering look – similar to blazers. It also means you might want to evaluate any leather pieces in your closet from years past that may no longer suit your body type or lifestyle.
Although there is a sea of trends in stores every season, I invite you to be more selective when purchasing. It’s easy to buy something that “everyone wears” or that the well-meaning salesperson said “must have”. But really, you know your style and what feels authentic to you. I recommend adding one to three trends per season. It keeps you looking and feeling current while avoiding going overboard. Not every trend is right for every person, and that’s okay.
Megan LaRussa Chenoweth is a personal fashion stylist and style expert who helps women look and feel their best in their wardrobe. For more style tips and inspiration, visit Megan’s website, follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for her free weekly newsletter HERE.
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