Fall Trend Report: Dress-Up Box Attire

Liz Doupnik
Fall Trend Report: Dress-Up Box Attire
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This season, we’ve found ourselves inundated with a huge score of trends to navigate. With the range larger than ever, it can be overwhelming trying to decided what to incorporate into your fall wardrobe. In our Fall Trend Report, we break down the top styles on a weekly basis and share just how to accomplish it (without breaking the bank).

If you told us this time last year that we should consider making dresses from the curtains in our grandmother’s house, we’d probably suggest you take some time off and start thinking normally. Well, that was until fall fashion week occurred where we spotted plenty of designers tapping their own matriachs as key influences. Transported to the attics of yesteryear, this fall trend reminds us of our childhood dressing up boxes where we would playfully layer and pile on costumes from generations past.

We especially refer to the 1940s and 1960s, with luxurious upholstery-like fabrics, Peter Pan collars and demure dress shapes washed the runway clean of former, racier silhouettes. Both masculine suiting separates and super-feminine frocks are relevant for the trend. In terms of prints, look to windowpane plaid and ditsy florals for the best interpretation of this look. Read on for a dose of inspiration and just how you can build this major fall trend yourself.

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This fall, revisit your childhood dressing-up box and play with nostalgia. Here, we break down the most accessible ways to accomplish this major look for the season.

Marc Jacobs made frumpiness fashionable during his Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection, layering knits and dense fabrics for a multi-directional approach.

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Quirky menswear suiting surfaced at Prada to present a retro feel for fall.

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The ladies behind Rodarte dug into their nostalgic references, displaying heavy dresses that could have walked right out of the 1940s.

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Here, an embroidered dress with neckline detail reminds us of cocktail dresses from dinner parties past.

Dress With Diamante Appliqué On Neckline, $89.90, at Zara

Collars are one of the most popular accessories this fall and present transitioning opportunity for a magnitude of outfits and styles.

Pearl Point Collar, $30, at Topshop

Printed blouses with rounded and Peter Pan collars help evoke the trend, even if worn with the most basic bottoms.

Maison Scotch Print Top With Embellished Collar, $115, at Piperlime

A structured, classically shaped bag is a great staple for channeling this trend.

J.Crew Leather Tote, $275, at Net-A-Porter

In regards to outerwear and layering options, we suggest scooping up a tweed jacket that can be worn both in transit and in the office, layered over either a high-collared or pussy-bow blouse.

Alice + Olivia Kidman Blazer, $495, at Revolve Clothing

Pleated midi-length skirts are comfortable and lend themselves to layering with sweater sets and scarves.

Sheer Knit Pleated Skirt, $128, at Opening Ceremony

For everyday, consider sporting a sensible, two-toned loafer that's adorable with trim trousers or a midi-length skirt.

Wendybird Shoe, $103.20, at Bass Shoes

We love both super slim and extra-chunky sweaters for this look. The woven collar detail in this design is seriously chic, as well as the color combination.

Everything's Coming Up Posey Sweater, $79.99, at Mod Cloth

Corduroy, brocade and even velvet are best for trousers for this major fall trend. Avoid super skinny silhouettes though and instead opt for a more relaxed shape.

Sessun Lazy River Corduroy Pant, $195, at Urban Outfitters

Looking for a little extra lift? Don a pair of oxford heels to maintain that throwback vibe.

Nasty Gal x Jeffrey Campbell Ernie Oxford, $170, at Nasty Gal

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