21 Reasons I Can’t Wait For Fall

Fall 2013 Fashion Month has finally come to an end. It’s hard to believe that it was just over a month ago that fashion A-listers descended on the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week. From New York to London to Milan and finally Paris, the Fall 2013 runways were filled with inspiring new fashion and beauty trends. So as we say goodbye to the Fall 2013 runway shows and prepare to say hello to spring, we’re looking back at the Fall 2013 runway trends we’d (almost) be willing to skip spring and summer to wear now.

1. White Out

Far from a faux pas, wearing white after Labor Day has become the peak of chic. And in case you had any doubts left, winter’s crisp whites are back again for fall.

2. High Shine

Don’t stash those metallic pieces away for long. Shimmery shades and fabrics were one of the runways’ — and red carpet’s — biggest trends for 2012, and you can expect to see everyone from street stylers to stars sparkling through 2013. To update high-shine styles, designers at Milly, Alexander Wang, and Gucci among many others broke away from the traditional sleek metallics and opted to give the glossy treatment to bright colors and a range of textures for a futuristic look.

3. Oversized Outerwear

Another item you can recycle: last fall’s large-and-in-charge coats. Once again designers sent modern toppers with exaggerated silhouettes down the runways, ensuring space for plenty of layers come winter. Though the trend was spotted on countless runways, we  loved the fresh colors and embellishments on the supersized outerwear at shows like Celine, Rochas, and Chloe.

4. Mad for Plaid

If you do invest in a new coat for fall, make it a tartan topper with a modern silhouette like the ones seen at Celine. From classic tartans to bright updates on the preppy pattern, plaid is the print for fall. To liven up the look, consider the bright plaid skirts and tops sent down the runway at Milly, Calvin Klein and Saint Laurent.

5. Revenge of the ’90s

While Hedi Slimane’s grunge revival at Saint Laurent (formerly YSL) may have gotten most of the attention, he wasn’t the only designer who paid tribute to the ’90s. From the grunge styles seen at BCBG and Anna Sui to the minimalistic, oversized silhouettes at Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and more, the ’90s are alive and well for fall.

6. Touchable Texture

From fur, fur and more fur to feathers, chains and ruffles, fall’s clothes practically beg to be touched.

7. Blue Crush

Blue Crush
Maybe it was the long winter that continued to plague showgoers in NYC, Milan and Paris, but the fashion industry seemed to have a serious case of the blues while designing the fall collections, with just about every shade of blue spotted on the runways. Keep your cobalt if you’re feeling bold, or choose your favorite shade, everything from pastel (yes pastels for fall, one of the runway’s unexpected trends) to royal and midnight blue were spotted.

8. Boxy Bags

The trend toward more structures satchels continues to evolve, with bags in just about every style and size at Kate Spade, Chanel and more taking on more box-like shapes for fall.

9. Real-Women Shoes

Fall’s footwear offers a welcome reprieve from the ever-taller, ever-harder-to-walk-in heels of the past several seasons. Designers had a more practical woman in mind when choosing shoes for their fall collections.  More manageable heels and platforms abounded, and even (gasp!) flats at shows like Burberry signaled this fall’s shoes were made for walking. But we also saw thicker and more rugged soles that seemed to be designed with a sportier woman in mind at Celine and Rochas. Cue the collective sigh of women around the world.

10. Sheer

Stars will continue to play peek-a-boo for the foreseeable future. See-through styles showcased varying degrees of skin at Gucci, BCBG and Givenchy among others. Though illusion necklines stuck around, we saw designers move away from cutouts for fall, and play with long sheer skirts and overlays for a less revealing look.

11. Spiffy Sweatshirts

One of our favorite fall trend was the movement toward comfort seen in everything from shoes to fall’s knitwear alternative — the sweatshirt. That’s right, sweatshirts become perfectly acceptable to wear for work as well as weekends. The updated versions seen at Alexander Wang, Elie Saab, Tibi and Stella McCartney are structured, not slouchy, and lend a modern feel to skirts and trousers.

12. Standout Suits

Over the past few seasons, designers have successfully made suits of every color and incarnation (shorts, skirts, pants) cool again. But for fall, the former workplace staple just got a little cooler. Special embellishments, textures, constructions and designs took fall’s suits from stylish to standout.

13. Over-the-Knee Boots

If you invested in a killer pair of over-the-knee boots despite the burning knot in your stomach created by the fear that they would be out of style next season, you can let out a huge sigh of relief (I did). Paired with everything from shorts and pleated skirts to sweater dresses, the thigh-skimming boots strutted down the runways at Philip Lim, Chanel, Celine and Tibi.

14. Pared-Down Peplums

Ditto on that fleeting trend fear for peplums. The bulge-disguising ruffle is back for another season. But the peplums spotted at Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga had a slightly sleeker, more modern look that complemented the modern mood taht dominated many of the collections.

15. Elaborate Embellishments

In addition to playing with texture to add interest, designers went for more obvious forms of decoration, with statement-making add-ons dressing up coats at J.Crew and Celine, dresses at Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, and skirts at Burberry.

16. Pretty ‘N Pastels

Yep, as we mentioned earlier, pastels aren’t just for spring anymore. Designers broke down more of the old fashion rules by sending pastel coats, suits and dresses down the fall runways at Celine, Chloe, Lanvin and Rochas. And you know what? Instead of looking out of place, these pale pinks, blues, greens and purples felt surprisingly refreshing. Here’s to lightening up a little for fall.

17. Boyfriend Pants

Move over boyfriend jeans. Your work pants just got a bit baggier — and a whole lot cooler. The slouchy styles at Hermes, Alexander Wang and more are far more forgiving than the skinny, cropped and wide-leg pants of seasons past. Not only do they help to hide any (real or perceived) wobbly bits but they also don’t require uncomfortable underwear, if you know what I’m saying.

18. Glam Gypsies

There was a distinct folklore vibe spotted in the colorful patterns and rich textures and embroidery at Givenchy, Anna Sui and Christopher Kane. But paired with leather, sheer panels, and modern silhouettes, the look was fashion-forward, not costume-y.

19. Funky Florals

You’ll be happy to know that florals have held onto their position at the top of the prints pyramid for another season — which is good news for those of us who invested in more fall-appropriate florals last year. As a not-so-girly girl, I’m loving the more modern, less romantic vibe of the blooms we saw at Lanvin, Chanel,  Givenchy and more.

20. Supersized Styles

Taking another cue from the ’90s, we saw exaggerated proportions replace the curve-hugging looks of last season. Though this could easily have been a runway-only trend, designers at Celine, Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney contrasted the bigger proportions with simple silhouettes and palettes for an incredible wearable (and comfy) look.

21. Statement Shoulders

Complementing the architectural silhouettes we saw coming down the runway were exaggerated shoulders. But unlike the padded jackets and dresses of the ’80s, the sculpted shoulders seen everywhere from Rebecca Minkoff and Balenciaga to Chanel were much less poufy and far more subtle and rounded for a modern, yet feminine finish.