The 5 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends for Back to School

Fall is definitely the season of new beginnings. School is back in session, which means new courses to take, new clubs to join, and, of course, new clothes to buy! It’s time to shed those short shorts and crop tops and step into some of these new fall fashions that our favorite designers used in their fall 2013 collections. We’ve put together class- and internship-worthy outfit combinations for each trend—just click the collage images to see where you can buy each item! You’ll look chic in these fall trends while still staying comfy for your classes and extracurriculars.


Brightly Colored Blazers and Jackets

Bright colors dominated the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier’s and Vera Wang’s collections during New York Fashion Week.

Oasis wrap dress
$43 -


Timeless black court shoes
$42 -


ALDO zip tote


Gold tone watch


Dorothy perkin


Normally, autumn fashions are filled with dark, rustic colors – but not this season! Fashion stylist Ashley Garcia says we’ll be seeing a lot of bright jewel tones this fall. So the next time you head to the mall, pick up some bright, colorful blazers for those chilly autumn mornings.

A white T-shirt and black pants combo is a classic outfit that works for everyone, so just add a red blazer and you’ll be ready for fall! This jacket from Forever 21 ($42.80) will have you looking fabulous and keep you warm when you’re forced to get out of bed for those dreaded 8 a.m. classes. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time at your internship this fall, pick up this blazer from Charlotte Russe ($34.99). Paired with your favorite black dress, some nude pumps, and a Pinterest-worthy updo, you’ll have a stylish yet work-appropriate outfit that can be worn over and over again.


Printed Pants

Take a cue from the stylish women of Paris Fashion Week and try printed pants as an accent item or matched with a similar patterned shirt for a chic ensemble. Always displaying true elegance, Carolina Herrera included gorgeous prints as part of her fall 2013 collection, including wide-leg printed pants.

Jane Norman cap sleeve t shirt
$12 -


Checked pants
$4.59 -


Steve Madden toe thong


Hold on to those floral pants you purchased this spring, because you’ll still be able to get some wear out of them this fall! “The runways were abundant with all kinds of prints, including floral,” Garcia says. Worn with a cozy, oversized sweater and a pair of combat boots, those bright, floral pants that appear to be “summery” now will seem much more muted come September. Pick up a pair of leopard print pants like these from ($19.60) and you’ll definitely get some wear out of them this fall! Couple the pants with a pair of black sandals, a white fitted tee, and an oversized chain necklace like this one from Forever 21 ($14.80). Whether you’re headed to class or to a study session with your classmates, printed pants will make you a style success story before you even take your first exam.


Harem Pants

Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain collection featured casual and chic harem pants in multiple colors, textures, and patterns.

$20 -


$47 -


If you haven’t already picked up multiple pairs of these super comfortable pants, you definitely should soon! Not only do they come in tons of different colors and patterns, they’re the comfiest pants you’ll ever get to wear in public while still looking stylish. Style these pants from Forever 21 ($15.80) with a simple tank top and a pair of strappy sandals, and you’ve got a relaxed outfit that’s still fashion-forward. Don’t worry – you can wear these pants with a tighter long-sleeved shirt and still look fantastic when the autumn wind blows in. Top off your outfit with a military or utility jacket to give you an edgy look. For a more chic look, Garcia recommends wearing harem pants with sky-high platform sandals like these from ($32.40). If you’re looking for something a little fancier, check out our favorite dressy sandals for more shoe options!