Fall is in the air, and with my help, it will be in your closet, too. After spending hours reviewing the designers’ runway collections from across the globe, it’s time to share my ten must-have trends for autumn. From palatable color palettes to an array of textures and exciting dramatic pieces, this season’s trends are very wearable. Here’s what you should add to your fall wardrobe.

Suit Up.

Sharp shoulders and Savile Row-style tailoring create the new suiting for this season. Power suiting is not just relegated to office meetings or in the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours.  Try the uniform dressing with a three-piece suit set in silk, velvet or tweed for an evening out. Unlike seasons past with boxy-oversized silhouettes, become one with your tailor this season and make sure your suiting fits like a glove and is hemmed to perfection.

Mad for Plaid.

The Queens tartan made its way through multiple global fashion weeks. Presenting in various ways from oversized multicolored check, exaggerated glen plaids and buffalo check. This traditional print gets modern take and featured in everything from pleated feminine skirts, belted skirts, handbags and capes. Plaid is perhaps one of the most versatile patterns and mixes well with other prints. 

Animal Print Redux.
A season is not complete without the “must-have animal print.”  Unlike seasons past where only one print reigned supreme, this season select leopard, python or zebra. For extra bonus points, cover yourself head-to-toe in your favorite print. You can try mixing a feline print with a reptile, but just make sure your scale and tones are on point.

The Power Cape.
One of the strongest outerwear pieces to come off the runway for this season is the cape. Designers created this chic outer layer in classic wools, weeds and mixed blends. Many are adorned with decorative closures or are featured in a variety of colors from bright to leopard to traditional camel. If you want to feel like a superhero this fall season, try a cape. It is the perfect piece and can be worn dressed up or down, with jeans or a dress.

Color Hue: Millennial Purple.
The range of this imperial color is endless. Pick your purple poison from lavender to orchid and everything in between. Surprisingly, this color can be elegant and chic when worn from head-to-toe. 

Eighties Comeback.
The catwalk has declared we need to open a time capsule straight to the 80s. Donn neon, leather from head-to-toe, sequins cocktail dresses, ensembles covered in bead adornments (pearl the strongest gem), crayon-colored hosiery and lots of black lace. Let’s not go too Madonna crazy and wear all at the same time. Pick one or two trends from this year and pair together to make it a seasonal homerun.

Bird Like Feathers.
This plumed trend makes a dramatic and very extravagant entrance this season. However, this wispy feather will not replace the dominant seasonal fur (lux or faux). Designers opted for feathers to be more of an embellishment or layering piece. You will see feathers on the retail floors, sweaters, accenting coats and dresses. Are you bold and feeling like not being the wallflowers for the evening? Search out a dress covered in feathers.

The future is here and retail floors are buzzing with foil-like metallic fabrics. Materials are reminiscent of iridescent materials, shiny and a bit “out-there fabrications.” In years passed, we only wore these futuristic fabrics to sparkle our evenings. Now, it’s time to wear these glistening looks in the daytime hours, too. Jump on the trend and find an overcoat, skinny pant, a pair of pumps or a clutch in this lustrous shiny fabric.

This season has declared our floral will be dark and moodier. Retire for now the pieces in your wardrobe in light wispy colors. Rich floral hues where the botanical print is alive and bold are in. Look for dark backgrounds – like black or navy – with a large scale that’s three-dimensional, such as a bouquet floral.

Blanket Dressing.
Styles that walked down the runway might as well double as a comforter –think patchwork quilting, padded pieces and puffer coats. Once fall weather rolls around, look for a puffy down coat, a thick silk shall or quilted pants. Designers featured layering these rich fuzzy textures in tonal colors to create a chic athleisure ensemble.

Location: Private Residence, Upper Saddle River

Photographer: Nick Gagliano, Studio Uno Photography, Ridgefield Park

Stylist: Candace Kristin, Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus

Style Assistant: Sarah Hansson

Models: Aleksandra and Liane

Makeup: Gabrielle D’Amato, Alt Beauty by Alexa Rae, Ho-Ho-Kus

Hair: Alexis LaGrotteria-Bellifemine and Kendra Phillips, Salon Salon the Suite, Hawthorne

Women’s Clothing: Available at Hartly Fashions, Westwood.

Jewelry, Shoes & Accessories: Provided by Hartly Fashions, Westwood.

By Candace Kristin

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