Fall 2016 Fashion Trends: The Ultimate Guide
Posted on 25 August 2016
The Fall - the most fashionable season of them all - is almost here. Temperature variations offer a wide range of clothing options, not to mention layering possibilities. Designers filled the runway with various cuts, materials, and prints this season. Now it’s time to take a serious look at the upcoming fall trends and see which ones are going to stick around. Here’s your short guide to the new fashion season.
Cozy and Warm
The fall season of 2016 seems to be all about soft and cozy materials. Fur is definitely trending again. Designers presented the so-called furse – purse made out of fur – as the thing for the upcoming season. Fur coats are always welcome if you want to stay warm, and they are all fashionable, but those with animal prints are a must-have. Think leopard, cheetah, or jaguar – any wild cat will do.
Aviator-style shearling jackets also made their comeback. They can be paired with basically anything - from sneakers to over-the-knee boots. Off-shoulder pieces continue to rock the fashion world, and Balenciaga went a step further – they made shoulder-revealing bomber jackets.
Velvet and Plush
When it comes to fabrics, velvet got back in the game. Leggings, dresses, tops, or bodysuits – everything will be smooth as velvet this season. Similar material – plush – is also trending but not that much in the clothing game, as it is in the accessories section. Designers like Valentino, Stella McCartney, and Chanel are using it to make bags, T-strap heels, and extravagant boots.
However, there’s one downside to this plush and velvet footwear trend – those shoes can easily be ruined if they get wet, so be extra careful with unpredictable autumn rains. Protect them like you would protect suede shoes – by brushing and spraying them with a fabric protector to prevent the stains.
Shiny and sparkling materials were never actually out. The trick is in finding the right way to make them work with your daytime wardrobe. Brocades so shimmering that they look like hammered metal, pearl embellished eveningwear or sequins – you name it.
Metallic is the new black apparently. This applies to jewelry as well – massive statement earrings are unavoidable if you want to be trendy. Get the sparkly ones and you’ll hit the jackpot. Designers announced this fall as the time to shine, so channel your inner glitter-addict and make the most of it.
All kind of checks
Checkered patterns are back to the tailoring scene. Gingham, Houundstooth, plaid, tartan, or the so-called The Prince of Wales check – it doesn’t really matter and you don’t have to opt for one. Moreover, Victoria Beckham managed to incorporate several checkered patterns in her autumn 2016 collection and it’s considered to be a big fashion yes.
This season, anything could be plaid, not just scarves and overcoats like we’re used to. Designers like Rachel Zoe and Calvin Klein have used the print on cocktail dresses, blazers, pant suits, etc.
Immanent to the timeless Parisian chic style, nautical is one of those things that never really goes out of style. This autumn season Prada focused on officers’ jackets and sailors’ caps. Navy and olive button down jackets bring a dash of elegance to every outfit. Despite the military vibe, nautical-inspired pieces can look very feminine. Pair them with basic pieces, such as a white T-shirt or brown pants, and you’re good to go. They match perfectly with another trend – cross-body bags – so make room for one of those in your closet as well.
Now that you know what’s hot for the upcoming season, go back to your wardrobe and pull out that plaid skirt or velvet dress and you’re ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the trendiest of the fashionistas out there. Pick the trends that suit you best and enjoy the diversity of the new fashion season.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has a great passion for DIY projects and latest fashion trends. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.