Making sense of fall fashion

There are quite a few fall trends that emerged from the catwalks. Here's how to make sense of them, what to buy, and what to avoid.

The battle of the decades
The Fifties, Sixties and Seventies all emerged as key points of reference for autumn. Chloé, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Yves Saint Laurent with their wide-leg trousers and billowing blouses, are just a few examples of autumn’s seventies-flavoured collections. While Giles, Anna Sui and Miu Miu all had a strong early Sixties undercurrent. Prada and Louis Vuitton gave up major Fifties references in the form of full, lady-like skirts, corsets and prim kitten heels.
Worth spending your money on: The universally flattering Fifties skirt works perfectly with a crew neck sweater for the office and with an even tighter cardigan for a date night.

Minimalism returns
Thank Celine creative director Phoebe Philo for all the precisely cut looks you’re seeing in stores right now. She’s mostly responsible for moving fashion away from all the studs, rivets and spikes and towards its current air of restraint: austere white shirts, the crispest A-line skirts, sharply tailored coats you could practically cut your finger on, you get the idea. Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Maison Margiela were all similarly enthusiastic champions of these ideas for fall.
Worth spending your money on: A clean, well-made blazer or coat. It might be your most expensive purchase, but it will never go out of style.

Old comforts
Just about everything classic is cool again. Aviator jackets (Burberry Prorsum), Fair Isle knits (D&G), heather gray sweats (Dries Van Noten), velvet anything (Ralph Lauren), the list goes on. The beauty of these staples is that they have a can’t-go-wrong versatility to them. It’s almost impossible to wear them badly.
Worth spending your money on: A shearling-lined aviator jacket is not only warm to get you through winter, but it looks equally right with a dress or jeans.

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