Fall Fashion Trends

Officially, we may be in the dog days of summer, but mentally we're already in the middle of fall. It is true that the seasons won't change for another two months, but who cares about facts like that when you can fantasize about all of next season's gorgeous trends now? Not us! We have a feeling you might agree, dear readers, so we're giving you a little head start on all of autumn's must-have items. From fabulous fifties-inspired silhouettes to outrageously cool animal-print accessories, today is the time to plunge headfirst into next season's delightful offerings. Get ready to get inspired...

Bow Shoes
Around this time last year, the buzz was all about extreme shoes like thigh-high boots and heavy hardware booties, but this season you can expect more feminine footwear. The must-have heel for fall is the bow-bedecked pump and it's available in a surprisingly wide range of iterations and materials. Whether it's decoratively ornamented per Miu Miu or simple and structured like Louis Vuitton's Beauty Pumps ($1500, 866.VUITTON), there are loads of runway examples you can try. Personally, we're obsessed with the sharply sweet style seen at Isabel Marant, as it's an un-saccharine variation of this trend, perfect for the non-girly-girl.
Images from left: Isabel Marant, Miu Miu

Chunky Knits
This isn't the first time chunky knits have warmed up the fall runways, but what is notable is the way they were layered together. At Prada, models showed off cosy cable-knit sweaters paired with thickly woven skirts and tights, while the Rag & Bone and Paul and Joe shows made bundling up for winter appealing via oversized scarves, sweater dresses, and nubby socks.
Images from left: Paul and Joe, Rag & Bone, Prada

Animal Accents
Animal prints are everywhere this fall! That said, though we completely understand the desire to invest in a leopard dress or cheetah coat, the easiest and most cost-effective way to get into the autumnal spirit is with animal-print accessories. Of all the things we're craving this season, Mulberry's new Neely Bag ($2650) is at the tip-top of the list because it combines the key cat print with a ladylike boxy shape