Ladylike skirts, sumptuous coats, and comfortable flats—fall 2014 is full of easy-to-wear pieces you’re going to love. Here, fall’s best fashion trends straight from the runway and how you can style them for work, date night, and everything in between.
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Wrap Coats
Boxy jackets were big for spring 2014, and designers are keeping the trend going with a longer version for colder fall temps. Throw an oversize wrap coat over a multitude of layers, or go the streamlined route and team it with slim-cut trousers and a thin turtleneck.
Delpozo, Altuzarra, Mark Fast
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Menswear-Inspired Oxfords
Half geek, half chic—menswear-inspired oxfords, as seen at shows such as Suno and Band of Outsiders, are the quintessential shoes for both the boardroom and the bar. Pair them with a sharp suit (think cropped pants to show off an interesting pair of socks) from 9 to 5 and a flirty skirt and silk blouse once you clock out.
Band of Outsiders
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Gray
When black and white feel overdone, try the hue that’s a happy medium of both. We saw gray styled from head to toe on the runway, but for everyday wear, we like to add a jolt of cheeriness to the subdued shade with rich violets, vibrant greens, and bright yellows.
Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Jason Wu
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Midiskirts
Modesty is major for fall. Make the ladylike midiskirt (fall’s ultimate transition piece) work for you by pairing it with a cropped top (for fun) or a long-sleeve knit (for the office).
Burberry, Suno, Victoria Beckham
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Statement Bags
There are bags that say something about your style, and then there are pieces that actually deliver the message for you. Spotted at Karen Walker, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kate Spade, and other shows, these word-embossed totes and clutches allow you to make a statement without saying a word.
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Shearling
Nothing protects you from a relentless polar vortex quite like shearling. Presented on vests, bomber jackets, collars, and even booties, shearling has proved to be the most essential of cold-weather necessities this season.
BCBG Max Azria, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tommy Hilfiger
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Tall-Crown Hats
Last fall, it was all about the beanie, but now is the time to embrace a taller-crown hat (think an exaggerated fedora, a proper cowboy hat, or a Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired cap). Keep the rest of your look on the understated side and really let your hat shine.
Tibi, Cushnie et Ochs
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Blue
From light periwinkle to deep sapphire, it would seem that designers had the blues this season. For a modern take on the color trend, wear your favorite shade from top to bottom, or mix a few and go the color-block route.
Wes Gordon, Oscar de la Renta, J.Crew
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Plaid
Plaid? For fall? How original. The perennial checkered trend isn’t going anywhere this year, but we don’t mind. Coats, pants, skirts, or dresses—there’s a plaid option out there for everyone.
Belstaff, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra
Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: Capes
If the robe coat or wooly shearling isn’t for you, test-drive a more refined piece like the cape. Wear it over a dress to add polish to your evening look, or with jeans, a chunky knit, and riding boots for a chic weekend ensemble.
Public School, Kate Spade New York, Tracy Reese