Fashion’s most exciting season is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a little guidance and inspiration on what to invest in for fall, then this one’s for you. We tapped the world’s best shoppers to pick their brains on the trending items to buy this season. These sartorially savvy women are always two steps ahead of the fashion curve, they’re attuned to every brand under the sun (from the big fashion houses to emerging designers), and they’re on top of all the latest seasonal trends before everyone else. So it's best we listen up.
From the of-the-moment brands you want to be spotted in this season (Bottega Veneta!) to classic pieces that will see you through every occasion this fall (check blazers!), scroll below as our world’s best shoppers share their must-have picks to buy for the season ahead.
Tiffany Hsu: Fashion Buying Director, MyTheresa
“I am a big fan of the new leather-on-leather trend, and these leather culottes are timeless and make any of your outfits look instantly cool. Bottega Veneta is the ultimate brand for next season. Everything it does you just want to have for your wardrobe and wear it all together.”
“Nude color mules are the new barely sandals. Look out for Bottega Veneta and Gianvito Rossi for some of the best high heel mules this season.”
“Oversize suits with shorts will be a big thing for fall. Suiting is a trend that’s not going away, but who wants to look like an estate agent? I, therefore, wear mine oversize with shorts, as its smart and relaxed at the same time."
"Acne and Khaite are the go-to brands for the oversize suit trend and have some great blazers this season.”
Elizabeth von der Goltz: Global Buying Director, Net-a-Porter
“Leather has become a key player in our wardrobes for fall, including the likes of Ochi and Nanushka, which make beautiful faux leather.”
“For fall we have an abundance of dressing from the head down. Whether it was hats, turbans, headbands, hair clip, or hair accessories—specifically, with pearls and elegant detailing for fall. We have a variety of collaborations in this space coming for fall to spice up your look.”
“As an evolution of The Row's barely there sandal, we’re seeing a lot of square-toed shoes and boots for this season by brands such as By Far, Gianvito Rossi, Wandler’s new shoe line and Bottega Veneta.”
Lisa Aiken: Fashion & Buying Director, Moda Operandi
"Trench coats are among my favorite pieces of outerwear. I somehow always find a reason to fall in love with a new one. For fall, I’ve been gravitating toward unexpected leather pieces. This A.W.A.K.E. trench is the newest iteration I want to add to my wardrobe."
"Admittedly, I am a bit of a denim addict. However, I still crave new options. The cargo pant will be my alternative to jeans for the season ahead like this high-rise pair from Jacquemus."
"Aquazzura has made the perfect trouser boot for the season to wear with all of my slim-leg pants."
Jessica Raiter: Fashion Director, 11 Honoré
“The perfect summer-to-fall transitional skirt. I’m currently wearing it with a silk cami and sandals. For fall, I’ll add a bootie and chunky sweater.”
“I love the rich color and feminine silhouette of this dress. A burgundy lip adds a little vamp and glamour.”
“Fall is all about the trench, and this will be in active rotation.”
Rebecca Brewer: Senior Buyer, FWRD
"My number one must-have for fall is The Pouch Clutch in black, or whatever color you can get your hands on! Bottega Veneta is definitely having a resurgence, and everything from this brand is wish list–worthy!"
"Now I know it's 100 degrees outside, but you can't sleep on this one. Everyone needs to invest in a great outerwear piece that will last you a lifetime. I love this Teddy Coat from Max Mara, it's timeless and will just never go out of style."
"Don't be afraid of adding a little sparkle to your life! I'm loving pretty much anything from Area this season that has their signature crystal details, especially these kitten heels."
Sherri McMullen: Boutique Owner & Buyer, McMullen
"This blazer is going to take me the distance this fall, I can easily wear this piece with my favorite Jacquemus denim, trousers, or a chic dress."
"These shoes are amazing because of their comfort and height; the platforms are also a perfect neutral to pair with a variety of outfits when I travel."
"This piece is a good cocktail dress that makes a bold statement, yet the cotton fabric gives it a more casual vibe. I wore this piece on my birthday while on vacation in the south of France, celebratory champagne in hand."
Aisling McKeefry: Head of Design, ASOS
“Our ’90’s obsession continues into footwear. Whether flat or heeled, we are loving monster soles—the chunkier the better!”
“We’re obsessed with ’90’s profiles on bags and the return of the It bag days. This ’90s shoulder bag is the perfect shape, plus it’s reflective! Win-win!”
“For fall 2019, it’s all about winter brights and pops of color. I love this ASOS Design blazer in coral; it’s perfect worn back with cut-off leggings for transitional dressing too.”