Fall has to be one of my favorite seasons! The cool, crisp air, pumpkin-based baked goods, and the exciting fashion. I always look forward to seeing the new seasonal trends that dominate the fashion runways, but I think it's pretty safe to say that what we see on the runway rarely translates into reality.
Thankfully, all of the below, must-wear trends can be easily incorporated into your work wardrobe (it's a lot easier than you think!). Read on for my take on 4 fall trends that you can wear to work in style:
The key to wearing this trend successfully to the office is to break up the pieces. Case in point: the pajama suit may look effortlessly chic on a model (seriously, only like 1% of the world's population can pull this off), but on us regular folk can look like we rolled straight out of bed. Instead, opt to wear either the pajama-inspired shirt or bottom separately. I like the top paired with a sleek pencil skirt or skinny trouser, while the pant looks great paired with a blazer or chunky sweater. Cotton is a no-no for this trend as we're not aiming for a literal interpretation, so instead look for luxe materials like silk to elevate the look.
Velvet is another one of those tricky trends that can easily veer into '90s throwback territory. The key here, again, is to mix velvet with other textures in your outfit. For instance, a luxurious velvet camisole looks great under a wool-blend blazer or opt for comfy velvet loafers worn with an ankle-length trouser. If you work in a more creative and/or laid-back workplace you can try wearing this trend in a romantic, swingy skirt.
Of the four trends profiled the sock boot has to be the most intimidating but conversely, is the easiest to style. Yes, the moniker does not call to mind anything remotely sexy (seriously, a sock boot??), but the pointy-toe boot with its stretchy, jersey-like shaft is surprisingly comfortable and sleek. When wearing the sock boot there is only one mantra to remember: "flowy not fitted". Pairing the sock boot with a skinny pant is visually confusing as you may have passerby wondering, "Is it a pant with built in shoes?", "A pant-boot?" Avoid the confusion and opt to style this trend with an A-line or flowy skirt or dress, or a cropped, wide-leg pant.
Not solely relegated for the warmer months, florals are in full bloom this fall. Dark and moody winter florals dominate this season over their girlier counterparts (think Victorian-meets-goth). The nice thing about this trend is that you can wear it SO many different ways. You can choose to go bold in a dramatic all-over floral print dress, or classic in a silky blouse. My absolute favorite way to wear these winter florals is in a skirt or skinny pant topped with a cashmere or other cozy knit. And, this trend can be worn in pretty much any work environment, whether you work in a creative hub or ultra-conservative office.