The end of summer is closing in (sigh), and we're already mourning all the rooftop parties, Instagrammed vacation photos, and simple summer looks that made it great. From gingham tops to chic pool slides, the past few months have given rise to some of our favorite trends to date, so you can understand why we wish the season could last forever. Instead of praying to the weather gods for a few extra sunny days, though, we're forcing ourselves to look ahead, sartorially speaking.
Okay, so it's not exactly a difficult or unfun task, we'll admit: We love fall dressing because it's the ideal opportunity to revamp our style, try out the latest trends, and perfect our layering skills. And per usual, H&M is making our lives easier by providing plenty of affordable and stylish fall wardrobe updates. Get ready to bid adieu to off-the-shoulder tops and denim shorts—we've selected the must-have pieces from H&M for five of fall's best trends, all guaranteed to elevate your style for the upcoming season.
Although you may not be heading back to school this fall, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on trying the season's prep-school chic look. We're bringing back pleated skirts and cardigans for an elevated twist on the classic trend (think Cher Horowitz meets Alexa Chung). It's the perfect way to switch up your style as you jump into fall and leave behind the beachy vibes of summer.
Athleisure lovers, rejoice. The trend frequently seen on our favorite street style stars is transitioning with us into the upcoming season. Our favorite way to wear this trend is via graphic sweatshirts. Pair these classic crewnecks with vintage denim or your favorite leggings (hello, comfort) for an instantly cool look.
As the leaves begin to change color, we find ourselves gravitating toward darker prints. This fall, we're trading in gingham and floral for army-inspired camouflage. Whether it's on a graphic tee or classic utility jacket, camo adds the perfect amount of edge to any outfit.
After months of wearing as little fabric as socially acceptable to combat the heat, the most exciting part about fall fashion is the ability to layer. Start by compiling a few key pieces in neutral colors that will pair seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe. One of our favorite layering looks this season is pairing simple tees and flannels under dresses. And, of course, throw on a bomber jacket complete the outfit.
Our roundup of essential fall pieces wouldn't be complete without including the timeless staples we keep on rotation all season long. This year, we're restocking and refreshing our wardrobes with go-tos like oversize denim jackets, crisp button-downs in fun prints, and classic white sneakers with a twist.