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By Adrianne Hutto
After a summer of hair down and headscarves, I am going into fall with my hair up. Space buns, braids, and low ponytails will be your best friend this fall. We spent last fall and spring in online classes and now with in-person classes starting soon we need simple and stylish hairstyles that are going to keep our hair out of our face, off our neck, and as manageable as possible. Try bubble hair as a fun, new hairstyle for fall. See @aaashleyk on Instagram for inspiration.
Boots of every variety
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the cowboy aesthetic is in for 20-year-olds and celebrities alike. As a result, cowboy boots are the shoe of choice for all this fall. However, before you go and spend $300 on a pair of Free People boots, check your local Goodwill or nearby flea market for a used pair for a more reasonable price because, like everything, cowboy books will be out as soon as they are in. See Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and A$AP Rocky for styling tips.
Sage for Spring, fuchsia for Fall
As well as, yellow, clay, warm browns, and lavender. Whereas last year beige and brown dominated the streets, bright hues are a must this season. Whether it be the forced time spent indoors or rejection of last year’s monotone matching sets, I predict it will be a colorful fall. See Machine Gun Kelly for pink, Emma Chamberlain for brown, and Halsey for colorful make-up looks to pair with any outfit.
Printed pants are everywhere and they have been since early spring. They add spice to any look and it’s something affordable for nearly anyone. Look to Free People, Shein, Zara, and ASOS for a pair of your own. Mostly floral and trippy prints, these pants act as an easily styled statement piece. If it’s good enough for spring, it’s good enough for fall. These act as the perfect going outwear, or “party pants,” as they’ve, fittingly, been labeled. While this trend is popular among those in their teens and twenties, it has yet to make a splash in the celebrity world. Try Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner for potential style inspiration.
While it has never really been out of style to dress comfortably, oversized outerwear is a must-have for fall. Allow yourself to be taken over by a loosely fitting teddy coat or swim in a puffer jack twice your size. Look for your next coat at a thrift store, perhaps a local Goodwill, before scouring the internet for a reasonably priced yet insulated jacket. The best coats I own I have either thrifted or bought for less than $30; some of my least favorite jackets were $80 plus. Additionally, think of the many layers of shirts and hoodies that can fit underneath an oversized Parka as opposed to a fitted overcoat. Look to Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, and Kylie Jenner for reference.
Blazers, Suits, Blazers
I love nothing more than a woman in a suit, except wearing a suit. There is an overwhelming sense of power that comes with wearing a crisp, clean suit jacket that I’m sure many women can relate to. This trend can trace its history to Sarah Berhardt who is credited as being the first woman to publicly wear a men’s suit, and look good doing it. The suit jacket gained real traction in the 80s and has remained trendy through to 2021. Some of the best suit looks have been worn by Blake Lively, Zendaya, Sandra Oh, and Jennifer Aniston. While the patterned suit trend has not yet taken off, it’s one that I think is coming up.
90s Revival – Layering, Layering, Layering
One of the reasons fall is my favorite season is because of the wide range of outfit possibilities. Because we are not limited by the heat or the frigid cold, there are a billion ways to combine statement pieces. This fall, explore your closet’s possibilities by layering, layering, layering. Oversized flannel can go over anything and turtlenecks can go under anything.
Sweater vests replace puffer vests
If you’re like me, you remember when puffer vests were super in for no particular reason, mainly because I still do not believe they serve a purpose and you cannot wear another coat over them. Thankfully, that trend died somewhere in the early 2010s. Last fall sweater vests were the emerging trend, however, this year you can find every variation. From H&M to Prada, there is no company not selling knit. This is why we have the influx of sweater vests to thank for spring’s knitwear craze. This fall I expect to see more sweater vests than ever and even more knit pants and shirts to fill the gaps vests simply cannot. Let’s make spring knitwear a fall favorite.
Catsuits. What are they and why should you care?
I’ll cut to the chase on this one, catsuits are basically rompers with pants. This look has always been trendy amongst celebrities, especially the Kardashian-Jenners, however, they are finally breaking through to the general public. This look is great for cold weather because it allows for a sleek and sexy look, without compromising warmth. Places to find catsuits at affordable prices include Etsy, Dolls Kill, Shein, and Amazon. And if you’re not a fan of this as an everyday outfit or even a going-out look, it makes a great Halloween costume. At the very least, with a catsuit, you will always have at least three looks as they are practically made for layered looks.
Surprisingly, big belts
According to Vogue, the chunky belt that ruled the late 90s and early 2000s may be making an unexpected comeback. Though we will not be wrapping this around slightly oversized maxi dresses. If this reference goes over your head check out season 2, or any season for that matter, of Sex and the City. See Carolina Herrera and Isabel Marrant for inspiration but not for purchase, instead, try thrifting. You may have seen that one black double grommet belt everyone got off Amazon, well expect to see more variations of that this fall.
Hippie Summer, Hippie Fall
As a self-proclaimed hippie, I covet this trend the most. This summer we saw a swell in patterned, colorful pieces, head scarfs, and sandals. I argue, this trend will carry over into fall. With the increase in popularity of flare pants, fringe bangs, and airy, sheer tops, it’s safe to say the 70s are back, baby.
On the out – jean skirts
This is a trend I feel like I have seen minimal dialogue surrounding. Jean skirts were a staple of the 70s and then again in the 2000s. I believe they worked for their time but have no right being involved in fall 2021.