(Original story published on Monday September 7, 2015 on Slice.ca.)
Every year we stock up on the essentials–a structured blazer, classic tee, curve-hugging skinnies, sleek ballet flats–and although they remain our tried-and-true wardrobe staples, wearing the same pieces over and over becomes more than tad boring. And that’s where new season trends come in.
To help you refresh your look, we’re highlighting the coolest, most wearable trends that should be incorporated into your fallwardrobe right now.
The Trend: Material Girl
The ’80s were a rough time–think about scrunches, leg warmers, insanely large shoulder pads–but designers this season are reminiscing on only the good memories like sequins, bright prints and second-skin silhouettes. Our favourite 80s-inspired collection? Rodarte, and their glistening fabrics, printed leggings and of course, hot pants.
Go true ’80s in a tight, sparkly top in a cropped cut, like H&M’sShort Wraparound Top ($30).
The Trend: Slip Dresses
We’re so glad this ’90s favourite remains on the trend list this season. But now, it’s received unexpected updates by select designers. At Celine, (pictured), the slip dress featured contrasting colours and thicker straps, while Prabal Gurung amped up the sex appeal with double slits.
For a classic option that can be teamed with a chunky cardi come fall, opt for Wilfred’s Free Vivienne Dress ($75), available at Aritzia.
The Trend: Pantsuits
There’s a borrowed-from-the-boys trend every season, and this round it goes to suiting. From Hugo Boss to Stella McCartney (pictured), designers paid tribute to the menswear staple with chic options for women.
The Trend: Maxi Coats
If going for a floor-dusting option is too dramatic for you, opt for one cut just below the knee, like Zara’s Knit Coat ($179).
The Trend: Velvet
The Trend: White Button-Down Shirt
Opt for one in a traditional silhouette, like an oversized 90s fit. Madewell’s White Cotton Courier Shirt (US $65) is a great option.
The Trend: Patchwork
Pay tribute to the ’70s with patchworked textures, as seen on trendsetting runways like Chloe (pictured) and Valentino.
Our favourite way to rock the trend? In suede, like Topshop’sSuede Patchwork A-Line Skirt(£85).
The Trend: Victorian Goth
For the most wearable approach to sport the trend, go for Ted Baker’s Izabel Lace Ballerina Midi Skirt ($415). Play up the Victorian-goth trend even more by teaming it with a ruffled, high-neck blouse and edgy heels.
Take a subtle approach to the trend and go for a simple sweater with a fur collar, like Club Monaco’s Keila Shearling Wrap ($795).
The Trend: Interior Motifs
Copy the look with a bold floral-printed shirt, like Joe Fresh’s Print Tuxedo Shirt ($29).