Since my teenage years, a fall ritual has included buying a stack of fashion magazines when they come out with those giant editions in September.
For several weeks I engross myself in fashion trends for the season. When I get the overall picture in my mind I will purchase a few key pieces to make my look more current.
Here's a tour of fall fashion trends I spotted over and over again.
Fringe showed up on vests, sweaters, jackets, belts, shoes, necklaces, earrings and even handbags.
Long tunics over leggings worn with boots continues to be a favorite look.
Leather adds texture and interest no matter if it is real or faux.
Animal print is here to stay! I look for black and white for my cool complexion.
Quilted jackets, pants, vests and coats look great if they don't add too much bulk.
The classic combination of black and red with a touch of animal print still gets my attention.
Faux leather showed up in total pieces or as trim on countless jackets, pants, skirts and dresses.
A scarf not only keeps us warm, it can tie together an outfit and make all the difference when wearing neutral solids.
Pewter or gray was seen more times than ever before. We have to be careful of gray near the face because it can wash us out if we don't color our hair. I look for silver gray such as this loose fitting jacket from Chico's Black Label collection.
Leather pants or coated jeans were a statement piece that showed up in almost every fashion spread this fall.
Leggings and jeggings are still a basic we should always have on hand. Remember to cover your bottom with a long top or jacket.
Subtle patterned jeans and leggings are showing up everywhere!
Animal print short boots can be worn with every style of pant to look very chic.
Boots with leggings and a tunic or long jacket are always a great look at any age.
Tassels and animal print touches are great to wear with neutral colors.
Interesting cuffs can be worn with turned up sleeves for a more elegant look.
All of the pieces above can be found at Chico's.
Car Coats are showing up everywhere. This is the one I purchased from Ann Taylor Loft. The length looks fabulous with narrow leg pants and leggings with boots.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on fall fashion for fall 2014 and that it helps you add a few key pieces to your own wardrobe.
Please note: I don't work for Chico's or Ann Taylor Loft. I just shop there every chance I get because of the quality, style and fit of their clothes.
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