Summer has gone with a blink of an eye and we're still facing bipolar weathers in Cali as October rolls in, clouds and all. As we start unpacking our hefty winter jackets in place of our lighter clothing, we can't help but wonder, "Is it just us? Or are we all pack rats!?" This question is to address the fact that most of us can't get ourselves to pack away our summer clothes to leave more room for bulkier items in our closet. So the Kaii team has put together a list of the upcoming Fall trends to help you weed out what you absolutely need and what you don't to save all of you the headache-inducing chore of cleaning out your closet. Also, this guide will help you decide what new pieces you should add to your closet collection.
1. YOU NEED CLOTHES TO LAYER WITH!
2. Wearing sweats out of the house will be acceptable! (Well...semi-acceptable)
They're comfy, they're what you wear to buffets, and they've been known as being extremely unfashionable unless you're going to the gym. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about sweat pants. But not just any sweat pants; we're talking leather, cotton, and a price tag that exceeds $250 minimum (for the designer ones, of course). Sweat pants have been trending these days and many fashion bloggers have been sporting sweats out of the house! (*gasp!) High-end fashion designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vince, and J Brand have jumped on the trend and have come up with high-end leather sweats. Honestly, this trend comes as a pleasant surprise. Leave it to these designers to make sweats socially acceptable to wear fashionably with no shame and extreme comfort. Well-known fashion bloggers like Aimee Song from Song of Style has embraced these super comfy pants as a fashion statement such as her leather sweats in her post here. Although we wouldn't advise in investing over $200 on a pair of genuine leather sweats, opting for its pleather/faux leather brethren would be a great addition to your closet to look chic on those lazy, rainy day market runs.
3. Speaking of leather sweats, Leather Will ALWAYS Be In.
If you don't own at least 2-3 leather or faux leather items in your closet, you need to punch yourself. Leather has been worn since the caveman era, has been worn by World War II fighter plane pilots, and has been the epitome of rebel fashion in punk culture and on Fonzie. This Fall, mixed media in terms of fabric has been hot on the runway. Leather mixed with fur, tweed, tulle, satin, etc., has created outfits that take leather above and beyond onto a whole 'nother level. Leather is used everywhere in almost every form, and fashion will never tire of its buttery, heat insulating goodness. Can we get a thumbs up and an "Ayy!!" for leather?
4. Boots, Booties, and Thigh-high Boots. Yes, you will need all 3.
5. Florals for Fall. Groundbreaking? Actually...yes it is!
Florals has not been limited to spring only this year and is making its second reappearance this Fall! It's actually groundbreaking. So keep your floral clothes in your closet to make its second reappearance in the Fall. Plus, it's always nice to see some florals brighten up the leaf-desolate landscape that's typical of the cold seasons. Fall florals would best be described as dark romantic, meaning that florals will be seen in darker hues. But what's something we love to see?: Maple leaf prints.
6. Hot Prints
These days we've been seeing a lot of print power suits or matching print two piece outfits, and all we can say is: We dig it. The 70's are making a comeback with modern taste. This was evident during Fashion Month both on and off the runway. Street style photographers captured fashionistas mixing and matching prints and it is all so glorious! No more is being too matchy matchy a fashion faux pas, which is great news for those who can't think outside of the box when it comes to styling. Now pairing the two same prints in one outfit is considered stylish and trendy, as seen by our first picture featuring Nicole Warne aka Gary Pepper Girl.
7. Got too-big-for-you coats lying around in your closet? You can still wear them!
Go big or go home! Oversized coats with egg-shaped and boxy silhouettes are kind of like deceiving gifts. The largeness of the coats hides the surprise inside, which can be just as boxy and loose, or contrastingly tight-fitting and sexy on the inside. The Fall 2013 RTW runway lines and fashion month's street style is a great indication that this is indeed a trending trend. If you're not into layering and adding bulk in the way described in #1 of this post, a large outerwear is a great alternative if you prefer using the coat check anyway.
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