Alas, it’s about the time that we start casting the maxi dresses aside and trading our flip-flops for something with a little more coverage. Yes, summer is over and fall is just around the chilly corner, but that doesn’t mean that your closet has to take a turn for the bleak and boring. From fun outerwear to sultry, sexy boots, SoulTrain.com brings you all you need to know about fall’s must-have styles.
For Work …
On the hunt for the season’s hottest workplace fashions? Look no further than some golden oldies with a little something extra. A pencil skirt paired with a fitted collared shirt gives a classic, professional vibe. Or if your office leans more toward the casual side, try a burnout racerback or silky shell top. Add in a few chosen accessories (a lariat necklace, hoop earrings) and pair with funky peep toe pumps for a look that will be received well in the boardroom and out.
If trousers are more your speed, might we suggest a slim fit flare cut. This style will give wearers the sophistication that they’re looking for, while also showing off their subtle, feminine curves. Coordinated with a fitted top, of either the collared-shirt or cami-with-blazer variety, this ensemble can be extremely flattering for any body type. Heels are a must-wear with trousers to give fashionistas an elongated, slim look to their legs.
For Play …
Fall’s must-have piece: a sexy leather jacket. OK, so I’m sure this wasn’t the first item you thought we’d recommend, but trust us–a smartly chosen leather jacket instantly kicks up the wow factor of any outfit you’ll wear out on the town. A personal favorite of ours is pairing a solid color, fitted heather gray mini-dress, distressed leather jacket and heeled ankle booties. Add a multi-strand necklace for a pop of color. Want to shy away from a daringly short mini-dress? Might we suggest donning that leather jacket with a bright orange or red peplum skirt and sexy cami. Hook up that ensemble with a pair of sleek booties or black leather pumps for a little added sex appeal.
And Everything In Between
One of the fall’s biggest trends will be hints of sheer fabric making their way into every day and special outing ensembles. Pairing a top with sheer accents with one of the season’s colored denims can be a fun casual choice. Knee-high leather boots, another big trend this season, can also give this outfit a little something extra and a touch of added sophistication. Chunky lush sweaters, which never seem to go out of style, will definitely be a cold-weather must-have this season, so be sure to stock up.
And lastly, when in doubt, don’t be a slave to fickle fashion trends. We can give you plenty of suggestions, but the key to any hot, fashionable look is to pick the styles that make you feel most fabulous.
Amanda Younger is a freelance writer and web producer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Time Out New York, SI.com, YourTango and FHM.com. Follower her on Twitter @ayounger45.