Fashion is all about thinking ahead. It could be as short as picking out what you're going to wear tomorrow, or perhaps as long as the six month wait post-runway show before clothes are available — or even a few years of saving up to finally buy your dream bag. But, as someone who's constantly immersed in the world of fashion, I find that I've had to temper a bit of my future planning. If I'm already thinking about and shopping for fall 2019 fashion trends, they need to be wearable now, too. In part because I'm entirely impatient, but also because if I can't figure out ways to wear a piece for more than a single season, is it even worth investing in? I'd posture no.
So, in my own quest to start cherry-picking my must-haves for fall, I've stumbled on a few key styles that while guaranteed to be winners come September, are fairly easy to work into my day-to-day wardrobe right now too. Admittedly, some trends take a bit of creativity to pull off at the moment — trust me, I won't be wearing full-on leather while it's 97 degrees out. But, with a quick scan of the weather app (or Dark Sky if that's your thing), along with a little sartorial creativity, you'll be able to embrace these key fall trends right now. Read on for a few solid suggestions of pieces I've already found ways to wear, and plan to be wearing for the next hundred-odd days left in 2019.
In recent years I've come to appreciate the power of a sharp blazer. While it's warm out, it's an easy way to make my floaty, laid-back looks feel more professional. For fall, it's a key wardrobe staple — as proven by the prolific rise of workwear label Peter Do — that fits in with the season's theme of power suiting.
All Sorts Of Leather
Leather isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you're thinking about summer, but I'm currently trying to find unconventional pieces that will easily transition between seasons. Inspired by looks at Bottega Veneta and A.W.A.K.E, I'm investing in leather now that I can layer together for months to come.
On the Fall/Winter 2019 runways, ridiculously tiny bags were the trend du jour. As often happens these days, Instagram and the wider fashion world pick up on the aesthetic before the runway styles are even available in stores. I picked up the smallest Jacquemus bag I could find early on in summer with the intention of wearing it through the end of the year and beyond.
Traditionally, fall is all about turning down the color palette a decibel or two, but this season trust me, you'll be doing no such thing. Bright hues are replacing the typically subdued jewel tones that come with cooler weather, as proven on the runways of Sies Marjan, MaxMara, and J.W. Anderson. This means embracing more color — and pairing unexpected hues together too.
This fall, expect a return to hopelessly romantic dressing. Brock Collection has championed this look since the brand's beginning, but increasingly ultra-feminine designs have become a theme across the board at old guard labels like Valentino, and up-and-comers such as Khaite. Rich materials, high-volume sleeves, and boning details are all particulars that you can keep an eye out for now and keep wearing once they hit it big in a few months.