Fall fashion trends 2013
Leather: Quilted leather jackets
After seasons of bright colors and floaty fabrics, we revisit the classics for fall. But make no mistake: This doesn't signal anything dull. We're talking figure-flattering leather, cozy sweaters, tweaks to rocker-chic and more. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Quilted leather jackets
Leather grabs the spotlight in almost every trend report for fall 2013, and a chic topper tops our hit list. Textural, touchable quilting only heightens any leather jacket’s allure, and it adds a shot of sophistication to the mega-popular moto shape’s tough-girl vibe.
Leather: Leather sheath dresses
Bing | Leather sheath dresses
For the latest take on the cocktail dress, try a second skin. But skip those crazy-tight bandage dresses and opt for the figure flattery of real or faux leather sheaths, shaped to show off your figure, not strangle it. This fall’s variations offer longer hems, cap sleeves and deep jewel tones.
Leather: Leather A-line skirts
Bing | Leather A-line skirts
For a more casual workday or weekend leather look, rock a flirty-fun flippy skirt layered with a big slouchy sweater, warm tights and cute ankle booties. The trendiest versions tend to be pleated and mini length – dubbed “skater skirts” – while classic knee-length A-line shapes are more wear-to-work ready.
Statement knits: Embellished sweatshirts
Bing | Embellished sweatshirts
Couture designers frequently fuel some of the hottest fashion trends, but they’re usually not known for their concern about comfort. Enter one of the most effortless must-haves in many a season: the embellished sweatshirt. This style dusts a little bit of luxe on a majorly comfy top and comes up with a cheeky-chic winner.
Statement knits: Colorblocked pullovers
Bing | Colorblocked pullovers
Sweaters are a chilly weather mainstay, a cozy natural on their own or the perfect extra layer under our big coats and jackets. And while we usually don’t look to fall sweaters for a jolt of energy, this year the knits are nifty with bold colorblocked panels and contrasting plays of hue and shape.
Statement knits: Chunky knit sweaters
Bing | Chunky knit sweaters
While crochet and other open-weave knits were the trendy textile for 2013’s warmer months, nubby knits and super-slouchy sweaters are on fashion’s radar for fall and beyond. Layer these wardrobe essentials – in stormy gray, cobalt blue and other on-trend hues – over slim jeans or maxi skirts.
Menswear style: Gray blazers
Bing | Gray blazers
2013’s fall fashion trends are leaning fun, youthful and slightly edgy, with one major exception: The season sees an infusion of tailored polish from the menswear trend. Start borrowing from the boys with a blazer or suit jacket that’s somewhat cropped, nipped at the waist and woven in gray, fall’s trendiest color.
Menswear style: White button-front shirts
Bing | White button-front shirts
An absolute must-have women’s wardrobe staple, the classic white button-front long-sleeved dress shirt works with looks from casual to corporate. Pair this clean, crisp layer with pantsuits and pumps for the workday, then repurpose with a leather skirt and stilettos for a chic take on evening glam.
Menswear style: Houndstooth pencil skirts
Bing | Houndstooth pencil skirts
All manner of manly fabrics and patterns are newly hot this fall, and houndstooth checks off more than one trend box. In addition to a bit of masculine mystique, it also showcases trendy black-and-white in time-honored style. The sleek, slenderizing lines of a pencil skirt makes cool-weather layering a breeze.
Rocker chic: Flannel shirts
Bing | Flannel shirts
First up on our rocker roster is grunge. The ‘90s are trending huge, and lo-fi flannel is top of the hit list. It’s both cozy and on trend. (Plaid, of course, is the hippest choice.) Wear a flannel shirt open over everything from a message tee to a sequined tank. Mixing luxe with laid-back is awesome.