Fall is a versatile season for fashion. The weather starts getting cooler, making heavier-knit fabrics, boots, and chunky accessories in vogue. The occasional mix of warmer weather also makes lighter clothing appropriate, as well. To be fashionable in the fall, stick with an autumn color scheme and wear clothing that seems sensible for whatever the weather is outside.
The most notable thing about fall fashion is the color scheme. Sticking with colors and patterns associated with autumn will lead you down the path of becoming fall fashionable. Consider the seasons natural color scheme. Autumn is most notable for the way the trees change color and shed their leaves. Form your color palette of the natural color palette by opting for colors associated with this process. Think reds, oranges, yellows, browns, and deep burgundy-violets.
Look for the year’s “in” colors. While fashionable autumn colors usually stay within the same general palette, each year comes with its own list of colors that are considered especially stylish. For instance, in 2011, burnt olive, coral, burgundy, teal, and coffee were among the most fashionable choices. Research the season’s “in” colors a few months before the start of autumn to get a good idea of what colors to look for.
Go with deeper shades for a warmer look. Deeper shades, like chocolate brown or burgundy, create a warm, “cozy” feeling ideal for the cooling weather. To maximize this effect, opt for colors generally associated with the warm side of the color spectrum, like reds, over colors found on the cool end, like blues.
Stick with lighter shades for a more feminine look. Darker, deeper colors work great for the fall, but they also create a heavier appearance. If you want a lighter, more feminine look, stick with brighter fall palette options like gold or coral.
Think flannel. You do not need to stick with the traditional red and black “lumberjack” look. The flannel print is available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and fabrics. This pattern is naturally associated with cooler weather, though, making fall the perfect time to start breaking out your flannel print pieces.
For tops, stick with what makes sense according to the weather. Heavy sweaters work best in late fall when the weather is cold, but cotton-blend blouses may look more appropriate during the early part of the season.
Introduce heavier materials into your wardrobe. Think heavy-knit cotton, wools, cashmere, and traditional flannel fabric, among others. Stay away from sheer, flimsy materials, especially as the weather gets cooler. Heavy materials will keep you warmer, and they also look more appropriate than light materials.
Wear more sweaters. Sweaters scream fall and winter. Lighter sweaters with standard or low necklines work especially well for fall when the weather is chilly yet not quite frigid.
Layer your shirts. Wear tank tops and camisoles underneath low-cut blouses and vests over long-sleeve t-shirts. Layers keep you warmer and give your style more versatility.