No one wants to admit it, but industry insiders—from editors to influencers—have abandoned thoughts of summer and now have Fashion Month squarely on the brain. With New York Fashion Week less than 30 days away, now is the time to get ahead of shopping the coolest fall trends. But there's always a bit of disparity when it comes time to translate what hits the runway into something you can wear IRL. Sure, small sunglasses or cowboy boots may seem cool in theory, but not everyone is quite ready to take them seriously.
So what is it that those ahead of the curve will be wearing in the coming months? Below seven insiders share their insight into exactly what they're buying and holding off on as fall approaches. With thoughts on everything from the next It accessory to the most flattering hues for fall, you'll have plenty of inspiration for what to add to your must-have list for the near future. And while choosing which trends to pass on is obviously something everyone has to decide for themselves (and not all of us will agree, as you'll see below), it's helpful to hear why those setting the trends are choosing not to cherry-pick the pieces you may have been considering. Read on for a full breakdown.
Alyssa Vingan Klein, editor in chief, Fashionista
Available in size L.
Katie Sturino, The 12ish Style
Nikki Ogunnaike, style director, Elle.com
Shop: "I can't wait to break out some neon pieces, especially bright ones, to pair with traditional fall colors like navy and brown. The contrast will be fresh and exciting."
Skip: "Western! I'm happy to leave those frontier-inspired items to real-deal cowboys."
Available in sizes S to M.
Available in sizes 12 to 24.
Kat Collings, editor in chief, Who What Wear
Sherri McMullen, founder, McMullen
Shop: "I'm excited to wear metallics this fall. I have my eye on a metallic silver leather skirt paired with a cozy sweater. I might even go there with my makeup. Stay tuned!"
Skip: "I'm ready to say buh-bye to off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. We have seen this trend for a couple of years now, so we can put it on the shelf."
Available in sizes 1 to 3.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Jessica Minkoff, fashion content editor, Bergdorf Goodman
Shop: "I love the idea of only carrying the essentials in a micro-mini bag. I have my eye on a few logo-infused styles from Fendi!"
Skip: "I am ready to scale back and embrace a bit more of a minimalist look when it comes to patterns. For fall, I am all about punk-inspired tartan."
Caroline Maguire, fashion director, Shopbop
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes M to L.
Now you're all set with which trends to try (and which to skip) this fall!