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So, you binged the The Home Edit on Netflix and now you don’t have any fall clothes left? Just me? Cool cool cool.
Well, whether you want a wardrobe overhaul or just that one special thing, in this guide I break down the top 7 trends this season and where to find them.
I shopped at four different price points: affordable, middle of the road, high-end, and designer.
For weeks I scour the internet and read up on fall fashion trends seen on the runway. I like to see how those styles translate in Charlotte, so I stalk boutiques on Instagram to watch their inventory flow in before deciding where to shop.
I have one big try-on day and pull pieces based on the trends I’ve identified, and I try on some gems that just happen to catch my eye. While shopping I wore my mask the entire time except to snap quick photos of each outfit.
This guide features some runway-inspired aspirational pieces and some more practical pieces that make sense for the time we’re in right now. I also shopped at various price points to show you that you don’t have to spend a ton to have a stylish wardrobe.
The 7 big trends
- Color. Don’t get me wrong, I love camel and black for fall, but after a less-than-sunny summer, seeing and wearing color is a serious mood booster. From neon sweaters to floral skirts, you’ll see a lot of bright colors this season.
- Leather (and faux leather). I didn’t think I was cool enough to buy into this trend, but I am here for it. You could play it safe with a leather jacket, or go with a leather top or dress. You don’t have to stick to black or nudes, either.
- Dramatic sleeves and frilly tops. We’ve seen iterations of this look over the last year, and this fall the Victorian-esque trend continues with ruffle details, dramatic puff sleeves, and high collars. For something that sounds so prim and proper, it ends up wearing playful and sophisticated.
- Color blocking. Pick a color and layer it on. Choose a color like navy, white (yes, you can still wear white), or black for an ultra chic look.
- Loungewear. Don’t think Vogue saw this one coming, but every shop I’ve stopped in has tons of matching loungewear sets. With many of us still spending a lot of time at home and cooler weather to come, consider this your excuse (not that really need one, TBH) to fully lean into the coziness of fall.
- Prep. Think sweater vests, exposed collars, cable knits, pleated skirts, relaxed jeans, headbands, and button-downs.
- Prints. OK, maybe file this one under staples, but, nevertheless, I saw a lot of animal print and camo. They’re great patterns for layering, and they play like a neutral.
Most items $30-$50
Middle of the road
Most items $50-$150
Most items $150-$300
Most items $250+
EDIT sale details: About a dozen of the city’s best-dressed women purge their closets twice a year and put on a sale with thousands of marked down designer pieces (think Ulla Johnson, Golden Goose, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Sacai, Chloe). Most clothing items are marked down 50-80 percent off. The sale runs September 30 to October 3 at 2401 South Boulevard (Across from Atherton in the building where Owen’s used to be). Full details here.