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Ah, fall fashion. I couldn’t love it more if I tried! Fall is definitely my favorite season when it comes to styling, as I can combine my favorite aspects of winter (like chic jackets and fun layering) and summer (like showing some skin and playing with color) to create an especially dreamy wardrobe. This season, I really want to go all out, so I’m shopping the top fall fashion trends early to get ahead of the game.
What’s in, you ask? The classics. Oversized blazers and slacks will be making a highly anticipated return but this year, they’re joined by cozy striped sweaters and ballet flats (cue gasp). Yes, ballet flats! The shoe we all thought was doomed to being an early 2000’s fashion faux pas has made a triumphant comeback. Hopefully, you’re ready to give them a second turn.
Denim is also eager for a reinvention beyond baggy jeans and jackets and is coming in at full force in dress form. I dare you to layer a denim tank dress over a striped sweater (it’ll be amazing).
As for accessories, maximalist jewelry is still all the rage. Statement pendants are the coolest way to express yourself this season. Keep reading for the cutest options on the market.
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Super Oversized Pants
When it comes to fall bottoms, the baggier the pant, the better. Just ask Hailey Bieber, who’s always seen in a new pair of parachute pants when she’s off duty or supporting Justin at a show. This trend is a callback to the ’90s and we’re here for it. Especially when it’s paired with a tighter top to balance out the weight of the ensemble. Even better: basically any shoe looks good with these bottoms. Ballet flats, chunky sneakers, boots, trainers you name it.
Balloon Cargo Pants
Get the look of cargo pants with the comfort of cotton bottoms when you wear these balloon trousers. This pair from Urban Outfitters comes in so many unique colorways that will help you add a pop of color to whatever outfit you’ve got planned. In our opinion, the bolder and brighter you go, the better.
The Way-High Drape Pant
Yes, it’s possible to bring the baggy pants trend to the office. Case in point: these checkered bottoms from Everlane. They still give your legs the freedom to move around unrestricted but have a bit more structure to them so that HR would approve.
Stripes are a pattern that comes in so many widths, colors, and formats that it never goes out of style—unlike cheetah print which runs in just as fast as it runs out. However, there are moments where stripes break out of their preppy affiliation and find their way into every aesthetic. This is one of those moments. Sailor-style stripes in the classic navy and white pairing are about to be hanging over every fashionable set of shoulders this fall. The pattern looks great in a loose-knit weave sweater, long sleeve t-shirt or even on a blazer. Pro tip: always check the men’s selection of sweaters if you love an oversized look.
Striped Knit Sweater
Is it a little too early to be wearing a full-on sweater? Yes. Will you be dreaming of this sweater the second temperatures hit 50 degrees? Also, yes. Make the move and get this cuffed sweater in anticipation of cooler days ahead. This chocolate version is available in sizes XXS-4X.
Knitted Half Zip Sweater
If you were obsessed with the summer edition of the coastal grandmother esthetic, then you need a half-zip to keep the fun going through the fall. The style is the perfect combination of sporty and preppy—and looks much cuter than wearing a sweatshirt.
Ballet flats have been trying to make a comeback for a few seasons but I’m here to report that it’s finally show time. Now before you decide this trend isn’t for you, I beg you to take a deep breath and let go of the grudge you have against ballet flats. I promise that nobody is asking you to wear them with skinny jeans or a skater skirt. Instead, picture yourself wearing them with linen slacks, chic midi skirts, vintage denim and even a low-rise mini skirt. Cool right? I’m so excited to embrace this trend and become the shining star of Balletcore.
Bow Trim Leather Ballet Flats
Leave it to Zara to have the coolest (and most affordable) version of the trend. This pair of metallic ballet flats are a great maximalist take on the trend. They also come in pink and black.
Leonie Ballet Flat
In true ballerina form, this pair of Loeffler Randall ballet flats have an adorable elastic across the top.
If you already wear your heart on your sleeve, consider wearing one around your neck. Chunky statement pendants are the biggest jewelry trend for fall (literally). Large silver hearts, seashells and butterflies are just a few of the many pendant possibilities. Pick a symbol to represent your spirit (or something like that) and wear it with pride!
Small Puffy Heart Necklace
I already got this puffy heart necklace from Lisa Says Gah and I’m fully planning on making it a personality trait.
Gold Butterfly Necklace
This butterfly necklace is a statement piece and delicate at the same time. Plus, it’s on sale.
One of the best parts about fall is slipping into an incredible pair of jeans (baggy jeans this season to be specific)—but a new denim trend is on the rise: the denim dress. Go ahead and move your LBD to the back of your closet because denim dresses are about to take the prime spot. Denim dresses come in strapless, long sleeve, mini and maxi dress form—and they’re all amazing.
Button Denim Dress
This long denim dress is the ultimate layering piece. Wear it over a girly blouse, a simple black turtleneck or a mesh long sleeve.
Nikki Bustier Denim Midi Dress
If you’re in the market for a new going-out look, this bustier denim mini dress is it.