The Fall of the Wild: 10 Fashion Trends for Autumn Inspiration

September 2, 2010

“Fall looks luxe and sophisticated,” says D.C. personal shopper Tara Luizzi. “It’s got ’50s and ’60s glamour, with lace and longer skirts.” Still, if you adopt every trend that tromped the runway, you’ll be a fashion victim. Here are a few we love.

1) Fur Sure
Faux animal pelts, like Jack’s mock-wildcat vest ($68, South Moon Under, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-807-4083), cozy up to jeans or “maybe go over something simple and beautiful, like a dress,” says Luizzi.

2) A Case for Lace
Channel victorian belles in Modern Vintage’s blouse (Wink, 3109 M St. NW; 202-338-9465). Heighten the romantic mood with a long necklace ($298, South Moon Under).

3) Glove Story
Elbow-length gloves ($75, Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055) beloved of Hitchcock heroines and “Mad Men” gals, work well with another big fall trend: capes.

4) A World of Skirt
The last time hems touched (or went past) the knee, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy still swiveled among us. Recall her minimalist vibe by putting a long skirt ($185, Reiss, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-944-8565) with a slim sweater and tall boots.

5) Riding Tall
Equestrian boots trot a bit closet to the knee this fall, but stay flat, meaning pairs like these from Alberto Fermani ($695, Hu’s Shoes, 3005 M St. NW; 202-342-0202) boast swagger and comfort.

6) Hat Games
Don Draper doesn’t have an exclusive on dapper hats. Chicks can adopt his cocky walk with his fave fedora ($40, Proper Topper) or boaters and trilbies.

7) Leather Channel
Last fall’s biker jackets went looser and slouchier this year, as in this model from BB Dakota ($230, Wink), all the better to stick over some of the season’s volume-centric tops and Cobain-redux plaid shirts ($98, South Moon Under).

8) Bag Ladylike
Smaller, slimmer purses play into the season’s retro feel. Reiss’ chained leather beauty ($325, Reiss) classes up jeans and a blazer or goes to work with flash. Bonus: The return to non-suitcase-sized totes takes a load off your shoulders and back.

9) Cargo Pants
Somewhere, Jennifer Aniston must be smiling, because her casual favorite, the cargo pant, has shuffled back into fashion. But the new pairs, like these by Sanctuary ($129, South Moon Under) come in sleeker cuts, the better to march under tuxedo jackets or knit tops.

10) Oxford Circus
Brogues, oxfords, tap shoes. Whatever you call menswear lace-ups ($248, Colehaan.com), “they’re great for that time between sandals and boots,” says Luizzi. Don them with pants or dare to rock them with ankle socks and a skirt.

Styled by Cathy Phillips
Photos by Marge Ely/Express
Illustration by Lori Kelley/Express

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