Matchy Sets: Well, this is one way to make getting dressed in the morning way easier! Try your hand at tops and bottoms that are made for each other and shave a few minutes off your morning routine.
Orange: In addition to blue, orange is another hot color for the season. But before you say “not for me,” know that there are different shades for every skin tone—from juicy, bold brights to subdued, muted hues.
Pastel: Good news! The soft shades from Spring 2014 (mint greens, pastel pinks, baby blues) fit right in for fall. Work sumptuous coats, slim pants, or midi skirts in these lovely hues.
Animal accents: Swans and puppies and foxes! This season, designers took a walk on the wild side, incorporating animal motifs into their collections. Wear an allover-print frock or a simple bird-embossed piece—it’s up to you!
Wrap Coats: Boxy jackets were big for spring 2014, and designers are keeping the trend going with a longer version for colder fall temps. Throw an oversize wrap coat over a multitude of layers, or go the streamlined route and team it with slim-cut trousers and a thin turtleneck.
Menswear inspired oxfords:Half geek, half chic—menswear-inspired oxfords are the quintessential shoes for both the boardroom and the bar. Pair them with a sharp suit (think cropped pants to show off an interesting pair of socks) from 9 to 5 and a flirty skirt and silk blouse once you clock out.
Gray:When black and white feel overdone, try the hue that’s a happy medium of both. We saw gray styled from head to toe on the runway, but for everyday wear, we like to add a jolt of cheeriness to the subdued shade with rich violets, vibrant greens, and bright yellows.
Midi skirts: Modesty is major for fall. Make the ladylike midi skirt work for you by pairing it with a cropped top (for fun) or a long-sleeve knit (for the office).
Statement bags:There are bags that say something about your style, and then there are pieces that actually deliver the message for you. Spotted at Karen Walker, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kate Spade, and other shows, these word-embossed totes and clutches allow you to make a statement without saying a word.
Tall hats: Keep the rest of your look on the understated side and really let your hat shine.
Blue:From light periwinkle to deep sapphire, it would seem that designers had the blues this season. For a modern take on the color trend, wear your favorite shade from top to bottom, or mix a few and go the color-block route.
Capes: If the robe coat or wooly shearling isn’t for you, test-drive a more refined piece like the cape. Wear it over a dress to add polish to your evening look, or with jeans, a chunky knit, and riding boots for a chic weekend ensemble.