Fall is more than just a season; it’s a mood. Think about it… you’re strolling a city street at dusk, autumn leaves swirl around you, the first chill is in the air while you cradle a hot drink between your hands (hello, PSL season!). It’s a crisp, cool evening, and you’re heading somewhere fabulous. Which brings us to the best part… what are you wearing?
Certain wardrobe staples will always be fall classics, and deep rich hues—velvety wine, plum, black and gray, rusty orange—are the shades that define autumn style. That said, fall fashion trends are taking a bolder turn this year, and shades of pink, green and blue have all made their way down the runways and right into our closets. So don’t throw out that perfect navy peacoat, but take this opportunity to experiment with color, while staying true to your timeless autumn aesthetic.
A soft, subdued shade of green, olive is a natural tone that’s easy to incorporate into your fall style. With an earthiness reminiscent of the outdoors, olive green is an effortless and elevated color that looks chic on its own or paired with other neutral tones.
How to wear olive green:
• Head-to-toe styling:Olive looks great in the form of separates, like pantsuits, denim, leggings, sweaters and lace tops. Try pairing two olive separates together for a full fall outfit.
• Pair with neutrals: Complement your earthy olive with neutrals, like black, white and cream, nude, caramel and brown. Pair an olive coat or jacket with a black dress or accessorize with camel-tone leather accessories, like a belt or handbag.
• Olive shoes: Consider olive green in the form of over-the-knee boots, booties or even sneakers.
Though it might be unexpected, hot pink has become a go-to fall 2022 fashion trend. This playful trend (often called “Barbiecore”) shuns neutral hues in favor of bold fuchsia from head-to-toe. Picture Valentino’s now-famous Pink PP Fall/Winter 2022-23 Collection. You might be thinking, “But that’s just the runway. How can I pull off hot pink in fall?” Here’s our solution… make it fall fashion by wearing fuchsia in cozy fabrics and classic cool-weather pieces.
How to wear hot pink:
• Tailoring:Reach for a blazer, trouser or chic button-down top in a deep magenta shade. Opt for weightier fabrics, like heavy cotton or wool.
• Leather: From moto jackets, crop tops, wide-leg pants and skirts, leather will always be a fall favorite, no matter the shade.
• Knits: Nail the look with a chunky cable-knit sweater, scarf or beanie in bold pink.
• Accessories:If you’re still not feeling fuchsia, try out the trend in small ways. Consider hot pink jewelry, handbags, belts and other accessories, and pair them with pieces that match your own personal style. If hot pink is too bold, softer tones like mauve and dusty rose make an impact too.
Predicted by Pantone as one of the hottest colors for 2022 (see the bright, sky-blue Pantone Skydiver), this stunning shade looks good on a large range of skin tones. It’s undeniably bold, yet it transitions seamlessly from warmer months to cooler seasons. To make this trend your own, pick one bright blue piece and create your look around it.
How to wear bright blue:
• Dresses: Choose a vibrant blue dress in a classic wear-anywhere silhouette, like a fitted midi dress, a shift-style mini dress or a free-flowing maxi dress. Then pair with black or neutral accessories.
• Separates: Find a pair of trousers, a blazer, a faux fur jacket or a bodycon skirt in a bright blue shade, and make that your statement piece. Keep the other separates neutral, and let the blue stand on its own.
• Accessories: Make an impression with a blue handbag, oversized earrings or sunglasses with 90s-inspired blue-tint lenses.
A true feminine classic, red never goes out of style. It’s bold, romantic and, above all, glamorous. Red is the color of starlets and movie premieres (not to mention the red carpet itself) and has been embraced by old Hollywood and new Hollywood alike. But you don’t need to don a ballgown to look glamorous, obviously, and red is also great for everyday wear. Though this look creates the biggest impact when worn from head-to-toe, let’s make it more wearable by sticking to statement pieces that stand out.
How to wear ruby red:
• Layering/matching sets: Combine elements of maximalism (layer different patterns and textures) with minimalism (stick to one color palette) for a head-turning result. Take a knit sweater dress and wear it with matching red leggings. Finish the look with red pumps and top it all off with a red coat. Matching sets also make an impact: think a red leather jacket with a matching leather skirt.
• Coats/outerwear: It’s the ultimate, iconic cool-weather statement piece: a crisp tailored blazer or an oversized coat in bright, bold, showstopping red.
• Beauty:The simplest way to wear red is incorporating it into your beauty look. Try a shiny red manicure, a bold red lip (matte or glossy: both are fabulous) or even a fierce, winged red eyeliner.
What more can we say about black? It’s our forever favorite for every season. Like the best kind of uniform, black is the classic that’s bound to stay in style, day in and day out. Fall fashion is no exception. For the simplest way to look extra-chic and ultra-elegant (with minimal effort), reach for these black essentials.
How to wear black:
• The LBD: There’s a reason it gets its own acronym. The little black dress has stood the test of time. Though the silhouette changes with the seasons, this fall’s little black dress is just as effortless as ever. Pick one that works with your everyday lifestyle, and use it as your base layer for everyday fall styling.
• Jackets/outerwear: From tailored menswear-inspired looks, like suit jackets and blazers, to oversized coats in feminine silhouettes, a black outerwear piece will last you a lifetime.
• Leather: Perfect for the season, black leather will always be a fall classic. Choose a leather jacket, skirt, pants or even high-shine leggings and add an elevated polish to your look.
If the fall 2022 fashion trends have taught us anything, it’s how to be both classic and unpredictable. You don't have to sacrifice your chunky knits, sleek leather and tailored essentials to stay in style. Just take your favorite fall fabrics and upgrade them to bold colors or combine the go-to pieces in your closet with accessories in brighter hues. Invest in one or two colorful statement pieces, and always use the trends to stay true to your own style.