Ask Avery: Top 10 trends for fall
blog by Avery Hartmans • August 09, 2013 @ 9:12am
What pieces should I be investing in for the fall? What are the fall trends?
I probably say this every year, but I love shopping for fall clothes. Maybe it’s because it’s the only time of year I ever used to go on a real-life shopping spree for school clothes, or maybe the clothes really are better for fall. Regardless, the start of August has meant a lot of nearly sleepless nights of online shopping lately and the early onset of carpal tunnel thanks to endless scrolling. Worth it? Absolutely.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s all remember what Western New York is like in September and sometimes even October. “Indian Summer,” as that season is so quaintly referred to, is more like real summer for normal people who inhabit normal climates: i.e. hot as blazes and at least 70 percent humidity.
So you can get jazzed about booties and sweaters all you want, but good luck trying to find this “autumn” you speak of. But I think it’s best to have a stockpile of super adorable fall clothes. You know, just in case.
I still don’t get why this pattern is called houndstooth since it doesn’t look like any hound’s tooth that I know. But I digress. The most important thing to know about houndstooth is it’s on-trend for fall. Bags, skirts, jackets, sweaters, tops, dresses, shoes — you name it, it’s in. My favorite is a 60s-inspired shift dress in blown-up, oversized, black and white houndstooth. If you see that, buy it for me, will you?
Though I’m still unsure about how best to wear midi skirts without looking like I’m too short to ride roller coasters, I like them nonetheless. The full-skirted midi is reminiscent of Hitchcock movies and ultra-feminine blondes (both of which I prefer in theory rather than real life) and can be super-chic if worn in unexpected ways. Add in some thigh-high slits and I’m sold.
Skirt: Topshop, $60
If I were the type to write poetry about my feelings (anymore) I would write an ode to my undying devotion to these booties. Before you think, ‘They’re just shoes, get a grip,” take a look at how awesome these booties are: four-inch-high stacked heel, peep toe, buttery soft cream leather (OK fine, imitation leather), gold detailing and side cut-outs combined with big gold buckles. If I owned these I would probably wear them to bed, I love them so much.
Shoes: Miss Selfridge, $53
It’s one of my greatest disappointments in life that I’m too pale to wear ballerina pink. I learned early on that donning pale pink anything immediately makes me look naked and not in a hot way. So for all the lucky girls out there who aren’t dusk-walkers, I hope you enjoy wearing your adorable pastel coats this season. I’m not that jealous or anything.
Coat: Zara, $299
In case you missed the photos of the Met Ball this past May and weren’t totally overwhelmed with envy for the awesome outfits, hair, make-up and accessories, let me clue you in: punk is in. I know some of it may look a little scary and potentially dangerous, but just trust me on this one. And if you’re new to the badass jewelry scene, you really just need to remember one general rule: if it looks like it could injure or impale someone, buy it.
I know it may seem kind of obvious, telling you that sweaters are in for fall. But I don’t mean just any kind of sweaters. I mean super chunky, thick, soft sweaters in neutral tones like gray, oatmeal, cream and black. They’re the perfect layering piece with anything from leather leggings to a drop-waist dress and boots. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more since a piece like this will last you forever. Trust me, your daughter will thank you one day.
Sweater: Topshop, $84
As summer draws to a close and you’ve basically worn your white jeans to death, it’s time to transition into cool-weather clothes. And what better way to do that than sliding along the gradient scale into light gray? Pale gray jeans are the perfect transition piece for the final weeks of summer: they’re light enough that you won’t feel like you put your jeans on too early in the season but they’re not as summer-y looking as white jeans. And they’re a little more forgiving than white, which is a good thing because cider-and-doughnuts season is nearly upon us.
Jeans: Loft, $69.50
We all know how fun/horrible dress shopping for a fancy event can be. Yeah, it’s nice having that princess transformation moment when the dress fits like a glove and your life turns into a makeover montage, but let’s be honest: that’s pretty much impossible to find.
So how about trying something different this fall and opt for a tuxedo instead? I’m talking Liza Minnelli-style, sleek, sophisticated separates that flatter all your best assets. Pair an ultra-tailored jacket and slimming side-stripe pants with your choice of top — if I were you I’d go for a plunge-neck white tank or bodysuit. Will you become a gay icon? Maybe. Will you look damn good doing it? Absolutely.
Never in my life did I think I would be promoting A) a 300-dollar jacket, B) a Rachel Zoe creation, and C) a 70s-style fur jacket. But here we are.
There’s something about this trend of crazy, totally dramatic yet totally awesome fur that makes me want to have it. A piece like this could become you’re go-to fall jacket — it’s so weird it might just go with everything. But a word of warning when it comes to fur: cheaper is almost never better. Though there’s no need to spring for the real thing, there is a need to spring for the best imitation you can find. Super-cheap synthetic fur is gross, plain and simple.
Jacket: Rachel Zoe, $302
One thing I will say about fall clothes this year: they’re just so pretty. Everything is beaded, embellished and embroidered and instead of being fussy, over-the-top girly or over-the-top Vegas showgirl, it’s really just gorgeous. Sure, 500-dollar beaded jeans may be pushing it — not to mention uncomfortable to sit in — but a beaded and embroidered clutch could be an easy way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. But really, if you can afford those jeans, please buy them so I can live vicariously though you.