After a long hot summer, everyone is anxious to put away bright whites and linens and don some pumpkin-picking attire. Even if you have a closet full of clothes, refreshing your fall wardrobe with a few key pieces can add some excitement to dressing for cooler weather. When updating your wardrobe this fall, keep these trends in mind. You may even find them in your own closet.

Metal details

Silver chains attached to the neckline of blouses, zippered pockets and decorative grommets on jackets, and skirts with silver studs in geometric patterns make this trend an easy update to most any wardrobe regardless of a particular style. Remember that metallic details are neutral and can be paired with any color from deep jewel tones to soft ethereal tones.


The runways were full of velvet from head to toe. Lush velvet suits in flowing silhouettes are so avant-garde. Consider brushing off your velvet blazer and wearing it this fall with plaid, denim or lace. If you want to wear the trend but don’t want to wear it head to toe, consider a velvet choker (another hot trend for fall 2016), a velvet trimmed scarf or a burnout velvet kimono jacket paired with a slim pant.


This classic menswear pattern is back in fashion. To make it new to those who have worn it for years, consider a flowing silhouette or a body conscious sheath with pinstripes used in various directions to give a more feminine take on this classic pattern. Do not be afraid to mix it with floral patterns to make it your own powerful yet girly look.

Grey plaid

The fall trends always include some sort of nod to plaid. This year is large grey plaid in edgy silhouettes. Consider a jacket with a statement collar, a skirt with an asymmetric hem or slim pant in grey plaid. I love pairing it with camel colored items. It’s a classic combination that looks subdued and stately.

Guitar straps

I will admit that the fashion designers surprised me with this one. At first I thought it was just for the junior set, but it is growing on me. I always prefer a wider strap across my shoulder when carrying a large bag filled to the brim with my laptop and projector as I travel to fashion presentations. A slimmer handle tends to dig into my shoulder. Many purse designers are selling this trend, so make it your own this season by finding a solid colored leather bag with a colorful strap, or one in more subdued colors if that is your style. You will be right on trend and your shoulders will thank you.

Surprise trend: Pink and yellow combo

My favorite color combination from first grade has come full circle and is a surprising trend this fall. You will find this combination in printed dresses and blouses, and running shoes. On the runway, the yellow and pink combination was “in your face” bright. You can make it your own by mixing the classic fall colors Spicy Mustard and Dusty Cedar.■

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