Fall is right around the corner which means it's time to take a look at the trends poised to pick up where summer leaves off. From floral prints to plaid to python-inspired styles, we've got the scoop on styles that will make this your most fashionable fall to date. Read on for some of the best and brightest cooler weather trends sure to be taking over store shelves near you.
Who doesn't like polka dots? They're fun, cheerful and back in a big way for fall – and we couldn't be happier. How you wear your polka dots is up to you and you'll get plenty of opportunity if the fall runways were any indication. Blouses, shoes, belts and bags to name just a few so there are plenty of ways to play with polka dots this season.
Style tip: Because polka dots can pack such a visual punch, don't overdo it. Choose one item featuring dots and highlight that rather than risk creating a look that's too chaotic.
Polka dot blouse
We saw bold colors throughout the summer and they aren't going anywhere for fall. Vivid hues are set to become a staple this season so get ready to sport something bright. Don't be afraid to opt for colors that stand out – tis the season for making a statement with color. Choose a hue you love – from ravishing reds to stand-out blues to get-noticed greens – and punch up neutrals with a dose of your chosen shade.
Wool-blend mini skirt
The decade that just keeps winding up in the style spotlight is back and better than ever. This time around, though, things are much more polished and sophisticated than they've been in the past, but all of the usual suspects are present and accounted for. A-line skirts, mod mini dresses, dropped-waist tunics, Peter Pan collars and bell bottom trousers have us on high alert.
Peter Pan collar blouse
If you thought florals disappeared after spring's love affair with pretty petals, you're in for a pleasant surprise – florals are back for fall. Beautiful blooms found their way onto several runways – a perfect start to a new season. We love the idea of pairing thick black or gray textured tights with chunky heels and a fun, floral frock. But you can sport this feminine trend in whatever way suits your personal sense of style. A floral blouse tucked into high-waisted trousers would look pretty and polished or simply sporting a floral accessory can be an easy way to embrace petal power.
Ottoman Poppies Dress
There is something inherently sexy about snake print and python in particular that really gives things a sultry and glamorous look. Show off your snaky side by wearing anything from shoes and skirts to bags and jackets with an eye-popping python print. Pair your reptilian wear with something neutral to avoid a serpentine style overload.
Python print hobo bag
We've already written about our penchant for all things plaid and this trend is not slowing down as we zoom past summer towards fall. Trade solid colors for tartan this season and give this classic pattern the attention it deserves. From pencil skirts to cheerfully checked accessories, we don't doubt you'll fall in love with all things plaid this season.
Style tip: Pair your plaid with something in a matching hue to add depth and sophistication. One plaid piece at a time is usually enough to make an impact.
Plaid pencil skirt
(J. Crew, $178)
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