The coziest time of the year is finally here and we couldn't be more ready to embrace the moodiness of the season with some quintessential fall fashion.
Though cozy is still in, dressing up isn't going anywhere. Even better? Nostalgia is back.
"It's all about balancing the casual and polished items that work for any lifestyle," said Natalie Bohay, Personal Stylist at Leigh's, noting the return of flares, bootcut and wider leg bottoms, in addition to the emergence of sweater vests, cable knit sweaters and menswear prints. "Lounge is still a key category with a continued focus on comfy and streetwear influences in oversized bottoms and tops."
According to Michelle Krick, Owner of Michelle Krick Style, there are two distinct vibes this season: coziness and opulence.
"We'll continue to see cozy as a key focus in all categories, but especially in knit and sweater dressing," Krick said. "Opulence is the key emerging focus this season; think sequins on sequins."
Though these fads may differ, expect them to meet in the middle in the form of very wearable, everyday silhouettes.
When it comes to boots, Bohay says combat and lace-up styles are key.
"We love the new versions with platforms, zipper details, heels and any faux fur or shearling," Bohay explained. "Don't count out the classic bootie or riding boot in exotic skins and varying shaft heights."
Luxe knitwear and suiting are also leading the pack.
"Think jumbo cable knits, head-to-toe cashmere, Fair Isle patterns and ribbing," Krick notes, adding that though soft, tonal shades will be dominant this season, expect to also find some fun and bright pops of color. "We're also seeing a surge in suiting, with a vibe that's relaxed and loose fitting. Think oversized jackets and elastic pants. The look is smart, pulling trends together from multiple decades."
Bohay suggests exploring fashion cardigans and slouchy sweaters in lofty yarns; soft ribbed knits with novelty details like cutouts, square necks, puff shoulders and collars; and a good shacket or classic double breasted blazer.
When it comes to jewelry, Krick suggests getting playful by incorporating bold and chunky rings and having some fun by stacking them on all fingers to really make a statement.
"Earrings are making a statement again and look fresh in combination metals," Bohay said, explaining that when it comes to handbags, watch for chain details and sherpa linings. "Texture is key in accessories!"
Handbags overall are trending larger—which is good news for those of us who find ourselves always somehow carrying everything but the kitchen sink with us.
And though the beloved sneaker is here to stay, Bohay says fuzzy slippers are perhaps the top accessory to have this season. You don't have to tell us twice!
Keep on Your Radar
TEXTURES AND FABRICS: Textured knits, chunky yarns, silky wovens, leather/vegan leather.
PATTERNS: Plaids and checks, argyle, stripes, garden and moody florals, retro folkloric.
COLORS: Refined neutrals (winter white, beige, grey, camel); the landscape palette (olive, khaki, burnt orange, sienna); and optimistic brights (with pink and lavender leading the way).
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.
This article originally appeared in the Oct/Nov 2021 issue of West Michigan Woman.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Rogers/Leigh's.