Fall Trends: How To Wear Them

With fall knocking on our closet doors, it’s time to review the biggest trends of the season and figure out how to make them work for everyday use. Being a student means going from the classroom to study groups to dinner to more study groups, so here’s some useful tips on taking high fashion into high academia life. But rules are meant to be broken – at the end of the day, it’s how you make it your own that will make it shine.

Women

Illustration by Jazmin Welch.

Head-to-toe red: Red is always a hot colour for fall, but this season it’s all about fully committing to the look – from head to toe. From DKNY to Peter Som, designers created high-impact looks in all shades of red this fall. For a more wearable look try sticking to the darker hues and keeping the silhouette more streamlined.

Over-the-top: Designers decided to play it unsafe this fall and experimented with opulent over-the-top collections: Miu Miu did embellished coats, Balmain did beaded mini-dresses. For everyday wear, try adding on one or two O-T-T accessories like an embellished collar or beaded headband.

Eastern Influence: Now you, too, can be big in Japan (or India, or Russia). Designers took a cue from the East this fall, playing with Qing Dynasty-inspired embroideries at Jason Wu, cheongsam dresses at Proenza Schouler, and kutch banjara dresses at Altuzarra. Invest in one piece to liven up your wardrobe this season.

Illustration by Jazmin Welch.

Coloured furs and leathers: Leather and furs are always a huge trend for fall: they’re warm, they’re chic, and they’re an easy way to complete a look. But this season it’s all about playing with colour and ditching basic black: colour-blocked furs at Peter Pilotto, oxblood leathers at Alexander Wang. Go wild with this one.

70s, baby: Fashion loves a good time period trend, and this season it was all about the 1970s. Dandy suits appeared on the runways of several designers, from tailored printed suits at Prada to wallpaper-printed suits at Prabal Gurung. Like the East-inspired pieces, add one or two 70s-inspired pieces to your wardrobe.

Men

Printed pants: For the serious fashion guy only. Printed pants appeared everywhere this season, from technological prints at 3.1 Phillip Lim to paisley pants at Kenzo and shark teeth-printed pants at Paul Smith. Pick a subtle print for everyday wear and pair it with a solid tee or sweatshirt.

Burgundy: Non-fashion men tend to be afraid of bold colours, so this fall’s muted burgundy hues shouldn’t be that hard a sell: we saw bold red suits at Louis Vuitton, while more appropriate burgundy hues appeared in the form of matching coats and hats at Lanvin and Raf Simons. Either wear it head-to-toe or one piece at a time.

Illustration by Jazmin Welch.

Velvet: Austin Powers, eat your heart out – this season it’s all about velvet. Dolce & Gabbana did sophisticated velvet smoking jackets, while Etro did black tuxedos and Burberry did more casual velvet separates. They key to this look is playing with texture: either let velvet do the talking or mix with a wool or cotton shirt/sweater.

Dandy Dressing: Fashion-wise, the U.K. does tend to do it best. This season it’s all about dandy dressing, from plaids to tweed and herringbone. British labels like Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith did tailored suits, oversized topcoats, and newsboy caps. Mix plaids with stripes to get a more wearable look (just make sure one print is subtle and the other dominates).

Leather details: Leather jackets are a must for fall, but this season it’s all about the finishing touches: we saw leather-sleeved coats at Alexander McQueen, leather cuffs at Costume National, and even leather vests at Martin Margiela. Invest in a leather bag or leather gloves to give any look that touch of leather detailing.