Spring has officially sprung. While we should be spending our time deciding which trends we'll rock for spring, fashion's elite is already thinking about fall.
In their defense, the recent shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris offered plenty to be excited about. From capacious coats, to punchy pinks, to a cool take on cowgirl chic, one thing's for sure: Autumn will be far from boring.
Want to get a head start on your fall mood board? Janelle Lloyd, style influencer and founder of Wait, You Need This, shares her favorite trends.
They say boots are meant for walking, but, come fall, it'll be all about your tights.
"Whether in solid or print, tights or thigh-highs, statement legs were trending during fashion month," Lloyd says. "I'm especially into the contrast look. The trick is to find a color that complements your look."
Take a note from designer du jour Saks Potts. Normally, pair of bright purple tights would take the attention away from the rest of your outfit. But when paired with some monochromatic power clashing, they act as a neutral.
Who wants fur to look like the real deal anymore?
As more designers are refusing to work with animal-sourced leather, suede, and, yes, fur, brands like Tod's and Fendi are introducing fun — and oftentimes faux — takes on the wardrobe mainstay.
"Designers had fun with fur on the runway this season and I'm definitely excited for the fast-fashion faux versions," Lloyd says. "Get a great street style photo with one of these in the fall or winter."
If you're tired of neon furs, you'll love Jil Sander's feminine option, which proves florals are not only for spring.
The good news is you don't have to wait until fall to buy into this trend. Thanks to Burberry's see-now, buy-now model, you can buy a technicolor cape today.
Plaid for You
From Kurt Cobain to Cher Horowitz, some of the biggest fashion icons have famously sported checks. And come this fall, it'll be your turn to go mad for plaid.
"The most prevalent trend was probably plaids, tartans, and checks," Lloyd adds. "We saw it in classic silhouettes, with a '90s bent, and brand-new iterations. Wear this closet classic with all your wardrobe staples or try layering it with another print, like florals or stripes."
It's such a perfect mix of sweet and sexy that we're convinced our favorite Clueless characters would wear Self-Portrait's look today.
(Still) Pretty in Pink
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Power pink is officially in.
"The millennial pink we all know and love is getting punched up for fall," Lloyd says. "You'll find an almost hot pink served up in everything from sweaters, to dresses, to shoes, so you can wear it in whatever way suits you best."
To keep your ensemble from veering into Barbie territory, accessorize smartly. Tory Burch, for example, coupled this pink-on-pink look with a pair of au courant white booties.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is all grown up and ready to turn some heads.
"The usual prairie dress got a sexy update," she says. "To integrate them into your existing wardrobe, wear them layered under maxi-length coats or over denim."
Or play up the proportions à la Ulla Johnson. Though this ruffled concoction is almost completely sheer, the long hemline leaves just enough to the imagination.
Though bright hues have historically been reserved for the warmer seasons, top designers are daring you to integrate them into your fall wardrobe."City dwellers tend to revert to a palette of blacks, grays, and caramels when it comes to fall and winter layering," Lloyd explains. These brights are a refreshing departure that should help cure those cold-weather blues."
Not ready to wear head-to-toe color? Stay in your comfort zone by buying pieces with bright accents, like this coat from Sportmax.