The space-age outfits strolling down New York Fashion Week runways are incredible to watch, but if you’re liked us, you’d never conceive of actually wearing them.
After a whirlwind week of fashion previewing next season’s trends, here are some of the most wearable trends we spotted on the runway to incorporate into your everyday real life. From ladylike skirts to comfortable flats – fall 2014 is full of easy-to-wear pieces you’re going to love.
This is the new flats! Half geek, half chic – menswear-inspired oxfords are the quintessential shoes for both the boardroom and the bar. Pair them with a sharp suit (think cropped pants to show off an interesting pair of socks) from 9 to 5 and a flirty skirt and silk blouse once you clock out.
When black and white feel overdone, try the hue that’s a happy medium of both. We saw gray styled from head to toe on the runway, but for everyday wear, we like to add a jolt of cheeriness to the subdued shade with rich violets, vibrant greens and bright yellows.
Modesty is major for fall. Make the ladylike midiskirt (fall’s ultimate transition piece) work for you by pairing it with a cropped top (for fun) or a long-sleeve knit (for the office).
There are bags that say something about your style, and then there are pieces that actually deliver the message for you. Spotted at Karen Walker, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kate Spade, and other shows, these word-embossed totes and clutches allow you to make a statement without saying a word.
In season where everything tends to turn brown eventually, a bright blue lapis lazuli is sure to brighten things up. At least that’s what Reed Krakoff and Prabal Gurung were suggesting at their fall presentations.
The perennial checkered trend isn’t going anywhere this year, but we don’t mind. Coats, pants, skirts or dresses – there’s a plaid option out there for everyone.
Wear it over a dress to add polish to your evening look, or with jeans, a chunky knit, and riding boots for a chic weekends ensemble.
After countless seasons of bordeaux and ox blood, designers like J. Mendel and Prabal Gurung added a splash of vibrance to their runways with rich hues of red fur and flowing fabrics.
Pants under Dresses
As the mercury begins to drop in the fall, it’s only natural to wan to cover up a little more. Both Mara Hoffman and Marc Jacobs threw on a pair of skinny trousers under their long flowing maxi dresses.
The sporty girl isn’t going anywhere. Alexander Wang’s runway was filled with colourful zippers and ribbed funnel necks while Jeremy Scott went literal with cleat-inspired heels and varsity jackets.