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5 Fall Trends to Try

Fall is my favorite season, which is disappointing because we rarely get to experience it in Houston anymore. I swear the temperature used to get colder and the leaves changed colors in October when I was a little girl. Maybe it’s revisionist history – I love my city and state, but I think I should have been born and raised in New England!

I adore fall fashion – so basic, I know, but I just can’t help it! I remember shopping for sweaters and boots at Lord & Taylor when I was in high school and being so excited when I could wear them to school. Of course, I’d ditch the sweater by second period, but it was nice to wear it for those 50 minutes!

I had a lot of fun scouting fall trends for this post. There are so many great ones, I’m breaking up this topic into two posts. If you want to update your wardrobe this fall, these fashionable finds are the perfect additions. Here are a few items for each trend. Want more ideas? Click here for my free online catalog.

1. Bell Sleeves

We saw a lot of statement sleeves in the spring, and this trend has carried over to fall. Reminiscent of the 1970s, bell sleeves flare out at the hem and have been updated for today’s silhouettes. Bell sleeves come in different shapes and lengths. They can start at the top of the shoulder and flow all the way to the wrist for a bohemian vibe or flare out from the elbow, at three-quarter length, or at the wrist for a more tailored look. Cascading bells are especially popular now.

This is the It’s a Party Top from cabi. I love it with their Jungle Trouser.

I adore this embroidered top from J. Crew.

Another great top from J. Crew. The cami showing through the lace is popular right now.

This is an Eliza J dress from Nordstrom. You can wear this dress to work then to a holiday party with different shoes and accessories. It also comes in blush and burgundy. Be sure to check out the catalog for more bell sleeve dresses.

2. Fall Florals

We often associate floral prints with spring and summer, but I’m loving the dark colors and backgrounds this fall. When shopping for florals in the fall, look for prints on black, grey, and navy backgrounds. Skip the bright pinks, yellows, and greens and opt for rich jewel tones like Pantone’s Tawny Port, Shaded Spruce, and Autumn Maple.

I like the combination of mustard, blush, and burgundy in this silk top from Nordstrom.

I got this top from Loft to wear with my grey jeans, a year-round staple in my wardrobe. It looks great with Stella & Dot’s Riva Tassel Earrings.

The gorgeous Catherine Blouse from cabi is the perfect example of a fall floral – Pantone’s Grenadine, Tawny Port, and Autumn Maple on an unexpected black background.

3. Mules

Mules (or slides) are must-have shoes this fall. I admit it, I’ve been hesitant to try this trend – the 80s flashbacks are uninspiring – but I’m warming up to it a little. I like the variety of styles and materials: loafers and bows; leather, suede, and velvet; leopard, floral, and embroidery. Some mules may find their way into my closet after all!

Leopard mules are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

This one has it all: burgundy, tassels, and velvet. Imagine how gorgeous this would be with the Catherine Blouse!

This shoe is a lovely example of the embroidery trend.

4. Velvet

Velvet is probably my favorite trend this fall. It’s luxurious and cozy and warm, and you can find it in everything from tops and dresses to shoes and handbags. A raspberry colored top, black jeans, and a sparkly statement necklace is the perfect holiday outfit. I got these shoes, jacket, and kimono and can’t wait to wear them!

Sam Eldelman flats are so comfortable, and these are super soft.


Another great piece from cabi’s fall line, the Sunday Topper.

The Peyton Kimono from Anthropologie is everything, y’all! The colors are gorgeous and will go with so many things in my wardrobe. I styled it with my wide cuff jeans from J. Crew for a future blog post.

5. Wide Cuff Jeans

This is another trend I wasn’t sure about. According to The Jeans Blog, Sarah Jessica Parker was the first celebrity to sport this look a couple of years ago, and the trend went mainstream when Levi’s released their latest version of the iconic 501® jeans last year. I skipped the frayed hem trend last spring and thought I would pass on this one until I tried on these jeans from J. Crew and loooooved them. Wide cuffs work best on boyfriend and straight denim styles.

My J. Crew jeans. Only one size left. I hope they will restock them!

Highrise jeans continue to be a trend. These are from Madewell.

You get two trends in one with these embroidered, wide cuff jeans from Nordstrom.

Which of these 5 trends would you like to add to your fall wardrobe? Mules are the only thing I haven’t gotten yet, so I’m going shopping to see if I can find ones I love for a good price. If you’d like to see more ideas for each trend in this post, click here. My online catalog has lots of shopping options. They are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you buy something. It doesn’t cost you a penny more to shop through the link, and it helps defray the cost of the website I use to create the catalogs.

Coming up: a post about how to style kimonos and 5 more fall trends to try!

1 thought on “5 Fall Trends to Try

  1. Kelly, I love the mules!!! I have been looking, but I can’t find the “right ones”. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

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