Fashion How-To: Mastering Fall Runway Trends

Every fashion week – or should we say month – we’re treated to the newest ideas and creations from designers old and new. It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of what’s to come for the next season and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Even though the pieces sent down the runway are inspiring and sometimes resemble wearable works of art, we oftentimes find ourselves wondering how we can translate those trends into everyday wear. Here, we hope to clear the tulle and fringe from your eyes and make runway trends a little more accessible.

The Blanket Coat

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Seen in several runway shows, the blanket coat is a perfect staple for the fall and winter seasons. Looking chic and being reminded of having our favorite childhood blanket wrapped around us would be a difficult thing to say no to. The blanket coat is an easy piece to throw on over leggings for those mornings when you’re too tired and too cold to make any kind of sartorial decision. This season, find an oversized wrap or even a poncho and belt it around the waist to give some definition.

Bold Graphics

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During the coming months when sunshine is limited, it’s easy to gravitate toward darker colors. Instead, opt for a bright graphic piece. This season, designers sent down bright colors and graphics reminiscent of comic books and a hint of art deco. To liven up your closet, pick one bold statement piece and pair it with a traditional fall piece like a sweater or wide-leg wool pants. This trend is more about balance and less about shock value. Unless that’s what you’re going for, then by all means strut your stuff.

Bulky Knits

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Sending heavy knitwear down the runway for fall is to be expected by the fashion community. This season, however, designers definitely took to the extreme and sent out models in all-knit ensembles. Marc Jacobs reigned supreme in this category with several entire sweater looks. To capture this trend and still look like a sane person, grab an overly sized sweater with a cowl neck and wear it like a dress with some tall boots. Or keep it classic and simplified with a ribbed knit a-line midi skirt.

Sheer detailing

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For a more romantic feel, designers sent models down the runway in sheer dresses with beautiful embroidered detail and soft ruffle details. This trend is one you should reserve for evenings out rather than office attire. Look for a sheer blouse and layer it over a detailed (yet tasteful) bra or bralette. Also try wearing a sheer dress over high-waisted briefs and a shimmery tank for an elevated evening look.

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