How to Rock 6 Fall Runway Trends on Campus

The start of the new school year is a great time to make positive changes to your personal style. A myriad of fabulous trends emerged from the fall runways this year. We chose our favorite designer looks for day and night and found collegiette-style look-alikes so you can rock these trends on campus!


Leather Statement Pieces

With runways showcasing statement leather in nearly every form imaginable, it’s clear that leather’s effortless edginess will be tough to evade this fall. “Leather is the highlight of all that’s trending right now for fall,” says stylist Betsie Kamm.

 Casey Winston, a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, points out that “leather blurs the line between masculine and feminine.” So when working leather into a look, you can choose fitted shapes to play up femininity, or looser ones for more relaxed androgyny.

Daytime: Phillip Lim Look-alike

Sweater: Forever 21, $22.80
Pants: Zara, $59.90
Faux Leather Vest: Forever 21, $17.50
Boots: Urban Outfitters, $69

This faux leather vest adds a touch of danger to an otherwise demure look.  Versatile enough for day or night, this particular piece is best paired with whites or colors, such as this chunky textured sweater, to lessen the intensity during the day.  If you’re looking for more ideas for daytime leather, Kamm recommends finding quilted leather pieces, which “allow for a little more versatility because it can look more casual and a little less severe.”

Nighttime: Michael Kors Look-alike

Top: Forever 21, $19.80
Shoes: Zara, $49.90
Belt: Asos, $16.88
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, $39

Showing off a fitted shape and an all-black color palette, this is a seriously sultry look for a night out. For a fancier occasion, this peplum and midi skirt combo is stylish, and for a more subdued scene, this Forever 21 Top can be more casually paired with jeans or printed (non-leather!) pants.