A First Look at Fall — Seven Closet Changing Fashion Trends

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A First Look at Fall

As the days become shorter and the mercury drops, you have choices to make about what to wear for a new season. Fashion’s most eagerly anticipated season sets the backdrop for seven trends bound to become closet changers.

Proper English                                                                                                          

Proper English is a fresh translation of Saville Row as menswear re-establishes its position and rapport in fashion. It is an offshoot of the former trend “borrow from the guys,” but this season it returns to sartorial roots with traditional menswear-inspired fabrics such as tweed, herringbone, houndstooth, plaid, and windowpane checks. Albeit, suit up in oversized samples of these heritage fabrics. From an oversized tweed coat to a soft, unstructured houndstooth trouser or a chunky, cabled turtleneck as a replacement to the tailored shirt, or a moto jacket updated in a classic wool plaid each piece can lend a quality of refined ease and sensibility.

Bohemian Rhapsody 

Boho and the 70’s spirit were strong influences during the past season, but both come back in full strength and with fervor for fall. The trend offers two very distinct narratives: the folksy and hippy mode of soft, billowy maxis, prairie dresses, peasant blouses, flared jeans, ponchos, and shearling coats. The other encapsulates ultra chic uptown dressing of trench-inspired suede coats, flared trouser suits, pussy blow blouses, wrapped skirts, capes, stacked-heel knee-high boots, and after-hours LBDs in velvet or lurex.


In a cultural setting obsessed with leisure and athletic wear, it seems almost sacrilegious to embrace the style of impeccable dressing. Fall fashion flirts with a time period known for an elaborate mode of dressing. Victorian embellishments from flouncy tiers to diaphanous ruffles and textiles becoming royalty from rich velvet, lavish lace, sumptuous silk to gossamer chiffon sashayed in and among the season’s collections. Think velvet pantsuits or trousers, brocade jackets or waistcoats, and romantic ruffled or peek-a-boo lace blouses.

Soft Focus 

If the preceding trends don’t stir one’s inner Bohemia or romantic, find comfort and confidence wrapped-up in a soft focus of super-plush, voluminous knits and grown-up sweater dressing. The look features slightly, oversized knit tops such as a turtleneck or cabled sweater (work-with practically-everything pieces). Layer knitwear pieces for an ultra sensory and tactile effect or simple don a sweater dress with a knee-high boot.

Floral Fling   

Switch out summer’s hothouse florals for dusky autumn blooms. Fall’s flora graces dresses in dark blooms and accessories with decadent details. The floral statement piece can add the perfect dosage of charm and sophistication. Let a fling with autumn florals become the focal point of a modern look by mixing it with classic wardrobe essentials.


Athletic apparel just isn’t for the gym anymore. These garments make a transition to everyday dressing for comfort, mobility, and high style. The athleisure movement stretches the wear of work-out garments to all day. Think soft, draped track pants paired with chunky, knit tops or jersey sweatshirts paired with skinny jeans and cross trainers, or a t-shirt dress paired with sneakers and a moto jacket. Mix your work-out or athletic pieces with your statement/luxury items to reinterpret a practical, everyday look.

Color Theory                                                                                                             

Forget the rules for mixing prints and patterns. An unconventional color palette presents an unexpected twist to color-blocking and layering prints/patterns to enhance classic separates. Experiment with two, three, or more geometric prints. Play with tonal layering. Merge rich metallic finishes and fabrications. Team florals with stripes or dots. This color theory requires a certain amount of willingness to take bold, unexpected risks.

Wardrobe & style consultant, Roxy L. Rowton (rlrowton@everydayrefinement.com), spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She makes it her work to help women with practical, effortless solutions in wardrobe construction and selection. She has two plus decades in the fashion, apparel, and beauty industries, as well as a member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Her wardrobe/style consulting business Everyday Refinement is based in Prince William County.


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