We’ve never been the patient type. Waiting the three-to-five business days for our online purchase to arrive? Unbearable. Standing by until that item we want finally goes on sale? Tortuous. How many sleeps again until Fashion Week?
It should be no wonder then that those six months after we first see trends on the runway and before they actually appear in stores feels like an eternity. And when the weather actually matches the season the trend is for? You’re most likely over it.
To help you stay on your schedule, we’ve interpreted the fall trends for the summer months. You hear that, ladies? That’s pre-season dressing right here. Scroll through for eight trends you can start wearing immediately.
3.1 Phillip Lim Layered Vest, $850, available at La Garconne; Zara Checked Shirt, $39.99, available at Zara; Vagabond Melia Shoe, $90, available at Solestruck; Bally Leather Messenger Bag, $650, available at Saks; TopshopFull Skirt, $72, available at Topshop.
3.1 Phillip Lim fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Army Pants — The trick to making fall’s army pants look modern and not crunchy is all in the shoe. A bold ladylike stiletto is enough to dress up an army pant for summer (switch to a stiletto boot once the temperatures drop).
rag & bone Brigade Pant, $198, available at La Garconne; Manolo Pump, $595, available at Neiman Marcus; Rebecca Taylor Everyday Tank, $58, available at Rebecca Taylor; Scandal Shades, $49, available at Nasty Gal; Sole SocietyPriscilla Bag, $59.95, available at Sole Society.
rag & bone fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Folk Embroidery — We have a feeling that embroidery and tartan is going to be the new floral and stripe. Just look at Suno’s fall ’13 collection for inspiration. To summarize the look, rely on some neon to pep everything up.
Topshop Tartan Pants, $80, available at Nordstrom; Joie Chava Top, $258, available at Joie; Loeffler Randall Rider Bag, $495, available at Shopbop; ASOS Drop Bell Earrings, $10, available at ASOS; Rebecca Minkoff Sandal, $105, available at Rebecca Minkoff.
Red Velvet — It may seem blasphemous to wear red velvet outside of the holiday party circuit, but the key to making it work for summer is to mix your textures. Luxurious (faux) croc, silks, metals, and fringe feel rich, but won’t give you heatstroke.
Equipment Brett Shirt, $198, available at Equipment; Samantha Pleet Red Velvet Shorts, $230, available at Bona Drag; Akira Tassel Necklace, $14.90, available at Shop Akira; Mango Quipted Clutch, $59.99, available at Mango; Alexander Wang Chiara Sandal, $475, available at La Garconne.
Christopher Kane fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Menswear Fabrics — True herringbones and tweeds are way too thick to wear during the summer, but cotton pinstripes are light enough to wear to work when it’s sweltering out and play on this fall’s vibe perfectly. Mix your colors for a quirky look that’s also professional.
Zara Pinstripe Trouser, $35.99, available at Zara; Altuzarra Vervet Pinstripe Blouse, $497, available at MyTheresa; BassWayfarer, $99, available at Bass; Nasty Gal My Boyfriend’s Watch, $35, available at Nasty Gal; Stella McCartney Eco Faux Nappa Medium Shoulder Bag, $1,230, available at Luisaviaroma.
Billy Reid fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Boxy Jackets — This look actually incorporates a few fall trends — quilted miniskirts, patent boots, and boxy jackets — all in one. Just wear a sleeveless blouse and forgo the stockings to summerize the outfit.
Uniqlo Stretch Denim Jacket, $19.90, available at Uniqlo; Marc by Marc Jacobs Crepe Wedge Boot, $328, available at Zappos; Equipment Sleeveless Blouse, $188, available at Equipment; Mossimo Faux Quilted Skirt, $24.99, available at Target; Vince Camuto Handbag, $158, available at Macy’s.
DKNY fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Embellished Coats — A coat during the summer? Laughable, we know. There’s no reason to cover up that extremely. Just find a longer-length vest with some minimal embellishments, and mimic the sparkle in your shoes and accessories.
Sass & Bide The Civic Vest, $790, available at Sass & Bide; AllSaints Layer Slip Dress, $75, available at AllSaints; Betsey Johnson Coral Flower Stud, $25, available at Betsey Johnson; Ecote Patterned Leather Envelope Clutch, $19.99, available at Urban Outfitters; Sam Edelman Women’s Jerome Oxford, $150, available at Amazon.
Band of Outsiders fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
Undone Rocker — This fall’s rock-star vibe is a little more hippie than what we’re used to. If you’re as daring as the Rodarte girls, wear a high-cut one-piece swimsuit underneath breezy tie-dyed Bermuda shorts or a skirt, but any combination of black spandex, organic prints, and oversized leather pieces will do the trick.
Raquel Allegra Tie Dye Shirt, $186, available at Matches; Mango Studded Ankle Boots, $80, available at Mango; VPLInsertion Bra, $95, available at VPL; Tibi Perforated Leather Shorts, $477, available at Tibi; Forever 21 Spiked Leather Headband, $5.80, available at Forever 21.
Rodarte fall ’13 Photo: MCV Photo
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