Take Note: Your Fall Wardrobe Checklist
Silver and bronze and gold, oh my! You've simply got to get one, or all three! There are so many different styles to choose from – for shoes there are round-toe pumps, slingbacks, and flats, and for bags, you can go deconstructed, quilted, hobo, or braided… the options are endless! Try this: Aqua Metallic Jersey Dress, $88 at Bloomingdale's.
You gotta go bow. These beauties come in all varieties -- skinny and tied around the waist, neckties, adorning shoes, belts, and bags, or even covering an entire train of a dress. Don one of these precious knots to add a little oomph to an otherwise average outfit. It's a little girl detail that meets big girl chic. Try this: Hollywould Peep-Toe Pumps in Red, $29.99 at Target.
A multitude of designers had a love affair with grey this past season, and we don't blame them! It may not be the new black, but it sure comes close. Practically everything goes with grey – and there are so many hues to choose from! We are a fan of the darker shades for dressier occasions, and lighter shade for hoodies, tees, and the like. Of note, grey cashmere looks fantastic and is very-of-the-moment. Try this: Hayden Steel Grey Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $89 at Bluefly.com.
Designers channeled a more lady-like era when shorter jacket lengths gave way to long, elegant gloves (an accessory that would always be on hand -- no pun intended). Revive the look, but replace gloves with a long-sleeved sweater or tee underneath. A coat with a little puckering or bell-sleeved shape looks best. Try this: Ella Moss Jeanette Coat, $243 at Shopbop.com.
The beret is back with a vengeance, as well as your Granny's open knit, super-soft floppy hat that somewhat resembles a mushroom. From 20s-inspired to opulent and garish, from tomboyish to chic and girly -- covering up your tresses under a hat has never been so stylish! Hats popped up all over the runway this season, and we definitely took notice! Try this: Cable Knit Beanie, $7.80 at Forever 21.
Whether it's a jacket, sweater, or dress, volume seems to hold court as the new silhouette for fall. Garments tend to have a high waistline to let the volume protrude out from the chest, and downward. As the fabric flares out, we love when it is draped in layers for a very soft, romantic look. Try this: ABS by Allen Schwartz Swing Dress, $71.99 at Lord & Taylor.
Don't be caught without them! From khaki to denim to houndstooth – this cut is popping up in a variety of different fabrications for very different occasions. Get a breezy "the devil may care" attitude when wearing the look. Go casual in awesome denim wide-legs, or spruce it up with lightweight, movable black or striped pants. The best part: almost every retailer, from Old Navy and the Gap to Saks Fifth Avenue has a version! Try this: Plaid Cuffed Wide Leg Pants, $69.50 at Gap.
-- by Julia DiNardo