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New York City Fall Fashion | 10 Autumn Trends
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New York City Fall Fashion | 10 Autumn Trends

Picture of Alexandra Letellier
Updated: 24 October 2016
New York City is known for its glamour, bright lights, and impeccable street style. Warm up your wardrobe this season with shiny copper tones, elegant lace and soothing brown hues to get you through the brisk air of fall. Don’t get caught with last season’s colors or accessories; here are New York’s top ten autumn trends for this year.

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Accessories this autumn have experienced a blast from the past with hair clips, brooches, and pins, many of which are particularly noticeable because of their large size. Make a dull outfit dazzle with an elaborate hair comb slipped into long locks or a simple sparkling clip in a ponytail. Brooches were a surprising adornment to many outfits from Calvin Klein and Chanel, adding just the right amount of detail. Other popular accessories this season include oversized dangling earrings and large pendant necklaces from designers like Giorgio Armani. The gloomy autumn days of New York will dazzle when women grace the city with these accessories.

The Pantsuit

Whether it is a business meeting or drinks at The Plaza, the pantsuit is bound to turn heads this coming season. It can be worn in a variety of ways such as skinny, ’70s inspired flowing or cropped. The pantsuit made multiple appearances at New York Fashion Week, many of which involved patchwork. Patchwork from the ’70s is trending right now, especially when layered on both the top and bottom pieces of a suit. This menswear-inspired style has many working women wondering why this trend wasn’t introduced to females sooner.

Lovely Lace

An elegant, Victorian-style lace dress is the perfect change of pace from a pantsuit. Move into your ultra feminine side with a white slip and delicate lace overtop or a high-neck ruffled collar on any dress or blouse. This style was featured in many New York Fashion Week shows such as Givenchy and Valentino. The 19th century lace, ruffles, and puffy sleeves crafted with intense detail will be sure to stand out in the concrete jungle of New York City.

Parisian Elegance

Continuing with femininity and romance, there is nothing more romantic than Paris. Nothing screams Paris more than a chic silk scarf. A silk scarf has the potential to complete any day look or add the finishing touch to a formal night out. It can be a solid rust color or a fluid mixture of natural pastels. Wearing a Parisian influenced scarf brings simplicity to the normal hustle and bustle of city life and will keep any outfit simple and classic yet stylish.

Striking Gold

Designers look to Asia for inspiration. They struck gold with shimmery embellishments and experimented with exotic Chinese patterns on silk dresses and blouses during fashion week. New Yorkers this season will be sporting alluring dresses with only the finest beading, jewels, and sequins. From dragons unfolding in Valentino’s dreamy dresses to endless amounts of gold in Louis Vuitton, a little Asian flair will spice up any autumn attire.

Bohemian Babe

For the daring fashionistas who enjoy more dramatic street style, the bohemian look is just right for you this season. The bohemian style is drenched with rich embellishments and aims to embody the true Moroccan spirit. This can be accomplished in a multitude of ways such as adding velvet, striking suede, or tapestry-like textures to what would otherwise be a plain item of clothing. This particular trend was found in Roberto Cavalli’s, Tory Burch’s and other designers’ collections for fall 2015.

Bad Gals Do It Well

There is nothing more chic and edgy than leather. Why not wear it head to toe? Leather and studs are in this season giving us some serious flashbacks to the ’90s. It is being shown in purses, shoes, pants, skirts, and jackets this fall. You can never go wrong with a classic black leather jacket, but this year, leather jackets of more neutral shades are making an appearance with rich jewel tones to complement them. A pair of cropped leather pants or a jacket will keep you warm and looking ever so stylish through any weather New York may bring.

Fun with Faux Fur

Warm up your wardrobe with an elegant fur that will add glamour to any look. Furs are taking on different shapes and sizes, and are being added to just about everything. During New York Fashion Week, fur was spotted on coat trimmings, sleeves, stoles, and made up the entirety of some coats. Not only is it super chic, it is also super warm. Finally, a trend that is not only fashionable, but functional. Any true New Yorker in touch with their wardrobe will certainly have coats with fur galore.

Shimmer and Shine

For the girls who just can’t bear to let the summer sun go, designers have incorporated shimmer and glitter to formal evening wear and casual sweaters alike. Sheer fabrics that radiated on the runway have graced this fall’s fashion trend list. A dazzling dress from Marc Jacobs will shine during a night out in the Meatpacking District, while a subtly sparkling Ralph Lauren crewneck will glisten on a shopping adventure in the West Village.

Boots on Boots on Boots

A good pair of kicks is an unarguable must for any girl in the City, and arguably the most important item in any wardrobe. Boots are typical fall and winter shoe attire, but this season’s hottest come in every shape and size imaginable. From short, to below the knee, at the knee, and thigh-high, a range of boots will be caught on the subway, on the Upper East Side, and everywhere in between. With the plethora of options available for boots, the foolproof and most sought-after choice is the suede-textured boot.

By Alexandra Letellier

Alexandra Letellier is currently attending Parsons School of Design majoring in strategic design and management. She is from Palm Springs, California, a former competitive swimmer who enjoys photography, traveling, food and yoga.