It's time to start thinking about fall fashion, and the must-haves for your wardrobe to wear back to school, at your new job, or just to spruce up your current closet. Though trends on the runway sometimes seem impossible to translate into our more casual, more understated styles, these pieces have permeated the fashion scene from the runway to the streets, and now you can wear them, too! Start with these four trendy but necessary pieces.
Above look from the Elie Tahari fall 2015 collection.
1. A Long-Sleeved Shirtdress with defined waist.
In terms of 70's-perpetuated trends, long-sleeved shirtdresses are great to keep in your closet as they never really go out of style. They look professional but not as try-hard as a button-down blouse and pencil skirt, and they easily translate from day to night. Go for one preferably but not necessarily in warmer colors, like red, burnt orange, or maroon, to get that true 70's vibe. A collared wrap dress will also work for a similar look.
Above: dress from the Diane Von Furstenburg Fall 2015 collection.
2. A sleeveless sweater top or tunic (turtleneck optional!).
This is the perfect piece to ease into dressing for cooler weather, dressing up a pair of skinny jeans or wearing over a longer summery dress. Come winter, layer sleeveless sweaters over a long sleeve top and leather leggings. The turtleneck, which is so popular right now, is not a necessity but is recommended!
Above: look from the Edun fall 2015 collection.
3. A suede skirt.
Whether you're going mini or want a knee-length style, with or without fringe, suede is big this season, and can so easily be worn through the fall and winter over tights when the temperatures drop. A suede or faux-suede skirt adds a luxe touch to an otherwise simple or casual outfit; tuck in a simple tee or layer with a sweater and turtleneck.
Above: look from the Joie fall 2015 collection.
4. A tailored long vest or sleeveless jacket.
Tailored vest jackets that hit mid-thigh are so big right now, retailers are already figuring out how to make them go from summer to winter. They're a great layering piece for work, to add polish to a girly sundress or pair with trousers in a contrasting color. Come September, make summery pieces translate for fall with the sleek polish of a tailored vest, and then wear them over your thickest cashmere when winter hits.
Above: look from the Rag & Bone fall 2015 collection.