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Fall Trends to Get You Out of Your Comfort Zone

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Pitt chapter.

With fall soon approaching comes certain fashion staples that are perfect for the season. Whether you like it or not, you’re going to get a slap in the face from pumpkin spice and there’s nothing you can do about it. There’s also fun activities to look forward to like apple picking and the changing of the autumn leaves. It’s also a fun time to break out your fall clothing! It seems like tall boots with sweaters and scarves will always be fall staples and never go out of style, but there is so much more you can do with your wardrobe this season. Fall fashion week inspired a ton of great looks that are new and might go a bit outside of your typical fall fashion scope – here are some fall favorite fashion trends to get you out of your comfort zone!


Velvet is HUGE right now for almost every style. A lot of stores are carrying the soft and silky material in many different forms. Some fun ways to wear velvet are a dress or skirt. It adds a little class to an outfit but can still be dulled down if needed with something like an army jacket or super casual T-shirt. It can also be a fun way to accessorize an outfit.  If wearing a velvet dress is a little too bold for your taste, you can always buy a cute velvet purse to sling over your shoulder, adding a pop to your look.



Who doesn’t love a bit of plaid in their wardrobe? Cher from Clueless definitely gave us the inspiration we need, and there are more casual ways to wear the look. Plaid skirts are always a safe bet even if you’re not feeling super confident in this bold statement piece. What’s great with a plaid skirt is that you can rock it with a crop top like Liv Tyler in Empire Records. You can also wear your favorite chunky sweater over top, showing just a peep of plaid underneath without too much of the loud pattern. If you love plaid even more and are totally dedicated to the look, try buying a plaid pea coat instead of a typical black one for fall. Pea coats are always chic choices, and the plaid makes it that much more fun. 



Leather seems to never go out of style, so it’s a pretty safe bet if you want to spend a little more money on something that is leather. One super easy way to incorporate it into your look is with a pair a shoes! Chelsea boots are very popular right now and can be found in a lot of different stores. It’s a great addition to an outfit that may have been too casual. If you want to get experimental with your wardrobe, leather pants are huge in this fall’s fashion trends. While it may not be your first choice of pant for classes during the week, it’s a great look to wear on the weekends when going out. Leather is super versatile and fits into multiple styles For instance, you could wear leather in a super grungy way, maybe with ripped jeans and an oversize flannel, or you could strap on a pair of heels and nice top and call it evening wear. 



Another huge hit during fall fashion week was the incorporation of Bohemian style clothes. Fall can be weird sometimes with the weather flip flopping all over the place. A great piece to have in your closet is a dress of this style. It’s a flirty and girly look that can be paired with boots or sandals depending on the temperature. A lot of these dresses have long sleeves, flowy enough to breath but a little extra layer for when it starts to get chilly. It’s a bold statement, but you’ll feel confident the second you put it on and realize how dope you look. 



Suede seems to work in any and every form of clothing: tops, dresses, skirts, jackets, shoes, purses. While denim skirts took over every clothing store last year, it seems like suede skirts are taking their place. They come in so many fun and interesting colors that they become the center piece of any look. Suede is good for fall because it is a thin enough material to keep you warm when it starts to get chilly. 


While some of these looks may be a little foreign to your wardrobe, it never hurts to take a risk and try a new style. You might end up loving it! Buying some of these bold staple pieces can expand your wardrobe in a lot of ways without having to buy all new clothing. Even if it is outside of your comfort zone you might end up feeling more confident than ever!


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