What to Wear and What to Leave Behind This Fall

We’ve reached that point in the summer when we all start to feel a little sartorial wanderlust in the form of a fresh new crop of trends. While we’ve been studying the fall runways for months now, and celebs and street style stars have already begun trying some upcoming trends on for size, we wanted to get the facts. To do so, we went straight to an expert on the matter, Melissa Moylan, creative director of womenswear at trend forecasting company Fashion Snoops. As in previous seasons, Moylan shed some light on exactly what to wear this fall by narrowing down the plethora of trends we’re facing to only the most important ones. (One is so major that It girls even started wearing it in sweltering July!)

If you want to be your most forward self this fall, keep scrolling to see which trends to welcome into your wardrobe and which to say sayonara to.

"Potter's Clay is a major fashion color this season. It's a spicy mid-tone that has both rust and copper undertones. It looks great on its own or leveraged in prints. "—Melissa Moylan

Wear these with a suede jacket and cropped denim flares.

Perfect for layering or simply tucked into a pair of high-waisted trousers.

“The handkerchief hem feels busy compared to more defined lines. Alternatively, asymmetric hems make a clean, modern statement.” — Melissa Moylan

“It’s time to embrace individual statement pieces. We’re huge fans of Alessandro Michele’s #Guccigirl aesthetic, but injecting a few key pieces, like the pleated skirt or embroidered bomber jacket, to your existing wardrobe is all you need for an update.” — Melissa Moylan

This was made for dancing (and photo-taking).

Prediction: This will be fall’s It Gucci piece. 

“It’s been several seasons since Moschino embraced McDonald’s golden arches. Fast-food graphics have run their course!” — Melissa Moylan

“Velvet is the key material of the season, often set to jewel tones. Luxe and regal, it looks best on dresses, though it could really work on most items, from jackets to pants.” — Melissa Moylan

Could this be to fall what the straw basket was to spring and summer?

Hot tip: Tibi already has so many good velvet pieces in stock.

“While there always tends to be an ethnic trend happening in prints, geometric Aztec motifs feel a bit dated. Instead, Southeast Asian traditional imprints are currently on our radar.” — Melissa Moylan

“Bow blouses are the next big thing in tops. They’re a great layer under jackets and sweaters. Consider the bow blouse as a feminine update to peasant styles.” — Melissa Moylan

We love the contrast of the black bow against vibrant tomato red.

It doesn’t get more romantic than this blush blouse.

“While we are certainly embracing volume in the form of culottes and wide leg pants, drop-crotch styles are hardly flattering. Drop them!” — Melissa Moylan

“Demna Gvasalia at Vetements put hoodies back on the must-have list this season. Oversize or elongated shapes elevate the classic sweatshirt.” — Melissa Moylan

Fashion girls are obsessed with this brand. 

We’re embracing this comfy trend with open arms (via this wallet-friendly version).

Which fall trend are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments below!

Opening Image: Sandra Semburg