While the unbearable heat suggests otherwise, it’s almost time for fashion’s favorite season — fall. Before we know it, we will be breaking out the comfy sweaters and boots and layering on our favorite pieces. But before it’s actually cool enough for those things, here are five essential fall fashion trends that will never fail you.
First and foremost, this season is all about color, color and more color — and bright ones at that. Vivid shades of red, jade, and yellow are all making an appearance this fall. Do away with the boring blacks and grays and replace them with something more lively.
Instead of buying a new wardrobe, save yourself a few dollars and revamp your closet with colorful accessories. With scarves, belts and jewelry, you can easily add a splash of color to your style this fall.
When you add those colorful pieces to your wardrobe, don’t hesitate to wear multiple colors in one outfit. This is a style technique called color-blocking, which has essentially redefined what it means to mismatch and provides the opportunity to get a little creative without creating the illusion that you got dressed in the dark. For instance, think about pairing a gray sweater with a sage green skirt and a burgundy scarf for a tasteful combination of Earth tones and effortless style. Have a little fun with your clothing — besides, a little mismatching never hurt anyone.
One can also add a little spice to the armoire this fall with brightly-colored skinny jeans. Say so long to the years you spent wearing your mom’s blue jeans and say hello to jeans in unconventional hues. Step out of your comfort zone and amp up a neutral-toned blouse with a pair of red skinny jeans or pair a mustard yellow tank with a pair of green skinnies.
If you’re feeling a little rebellious, the age-old stigma behind wearing white after Labor Day is proving itself to be false this season. Don’t be afraid to show off some winter white in your wardrobe. Be bold by pairing white trousers with a dark top under a white blazer, or stick to a look that’s less risky and opt for white accessories here and there.
Another fashion faux-pas that’s dwindled away is the notion that black and brown make a frown. Instead, these classic tones create a timeless, chic look. Search for other pieces of the same color scheme, so you can layer them on top of something black and look great effortlessly. Of course, don’t forget the chunky cable-knit sweaters that have a permanent spot in your closet — everyone’s favorite fall piece is still very much in.
The good news for college students is that fall is the perfect time to save money. Shopping responsibly is not as hard as it may seem – you can still keep up with fashion trends and buy essential pieces on a budget. Making a list of all the pieces you want to add to your wardrobe this season will help you keep your eyes on the prize and avoid wasting money on petty items.
Remember to think outside the box when you’re planning your outfits with the clothing you already have — you may already have more options than you think.