The fashion shows are over. Now the shopping — for tartan, quilting, bucket hats — begins.
The curtain fell on the fashion shows in February. But that doesn’t mean the show’s over. In our digital age, it feels as if it never ends. So why should you wait many months to wear what’s cool now? Here, some of fall’s best trends, available to wear today.
Opt for a Cinched Blazer
After years of big and boxy shapes, labels like the Row and Dolce & Gabbana have ushered in a more refined, ladylike shape. The message is clear: The new power suit is not borrowed from the boys. It’s all woman.
Take a Cue from Scotsmen
Plaid’s a bit like Madonna in her heyday: It keeps coming back, reinvented, season after season. Designers at Dior and Gucci set the tone, with big, bold tartan in streamlined shapes. This spring, invest in a blazer or lightweight coat that you can wear now, with jeans and a T-shirt, and, come fall, throw over a nubby turtleneck and flannel trousers.
Once relegated to utilitarian outerwear, quilting is getting a high-fashion makeover for fall, popping up on everything: trousers (at Rachel Comey), ball gowns (at Oscar de la Renta). Skirts, pants and blazers all benefit from the unexpected dose of texture, though pulling it off can be a bit tricky. Look for quilting in tried-and-tested neutrals and generous shapes. A quilted bag in a surprising color hits the trend without trying too hard.
Pick a Bucket Hat for Grown-Ups
Bucket hats have been a street wear staple for a while now. But this season, designers, at Dior in particular, pushed it into new grown-up territory: in evening looks and tailored styles, sometimes in playful prints. We don’t recommend wearing one to a black-tie event just yet, but it’s an unexpected way to top off a classic belted trench or tailored tweed suit.