Well hello August! For me this is the month that leads us to fall. Because “back in the day” school began a little later in August than it does now, I would spend the first couple of weeks of this month shopping for back-to-school clothes when I was a teenager. So I thought we would spend this month getting our wardrobes ready for fall, too. In fact, today I’m sharing three fall trends to try right now.
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We’ve seen each of these three fall trends emerging onto the scene for several years now. But this is the first year I’ve seen one of them really take centerstage. And I’m all in! From looking at my photo can you guess what the three fall trends are?
Fall Trend to Try Right Now: Utility Style
Utility or cargo style pants have been around off and on for years. But this fall I’m already seeing the tell tale signs of this style on so many more garments. I love these lightweight relaxed fit tapered cargo pants from J.Crew because I can easily wear them now and later. They run large; I’m wearing a 29 and they’re still pleasantly roomy. The cargo pants also come in a traditional light khaki color, but I’ve not seen it in person. This utility green is quite bright, but it quickly grew on me.
The cargo pants are 100% cotton, but very lightweight. At least here in Ohio, they’re a great pant for now and later. They’re full length on me; I’m 5’8″. I appreciate that the cargo or utility signs, such as the patch and utility button pockets, are not especially bulky, so they don’t add visual weight the way some utility features do.
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But like I said, we’ll be seeing utility style dresses, skirts and jackets this fall, too. I’ve filled a shopping widget with some great choices.
Fall Trend to Try Right Now: Vests
“They” have been saying that vests would be trending for at least three years now. But this is the first year that I’m seeing a true proliferation of them. They’re everywhere!
Of course that’s how trends go. Generally the first year only the early adapters wear them and they’re only available at the most cutting edge brands. Then additional modern brands adopt those trends the next year, and more style-progressive wearers give the trend a whirl. Finally, usually around year three, the rest of us catch on and start wearing the trend as it has become more familiar to our eyes. I’d say we’re in that year three with vests, so if you bought one or more in the last two years, keep wearing them!
I’m a big cashmere wearer myself, so I gravitated to this lovely cashmere cropped cable-knit sweater-vest in lotus bloom. But we’ll be seeing all sorts of vests this fall. And really, because they’re generally lightweight and can be loose-fitting, vests are the perfect third piece for early fall outfits. And on cool day…go ahead an wear them now.
I did size up to a large in the cashmere cropped cable-knit sweater-vest for a more comfortable fit with a tee. But if you plan to wear it alone, you could probably go with your usual size in this pretty vest. I also purchased this cashmere pullover vest and sized up in it, too. Both come in other colors, as well.
Fall Trend to Try Right Now: Sneakers
Sneakers are nothing new, of course. But they’re prominence on the fall fashion scene shouldn’t be overlooked. We’ll just continue to see more and more outfit combinations with sneakers at the base.
Basically, if you put on an outfit and can’t figure out what shoe to wear with it…put on your sneakers. Ha! No, seriously, I think it does take a little know-how to get it just right. But you really can wear sneakers with most anything these days and feel fashion forward and on trend.
My biggest tip for wearing sneakers with your streetwear? Make sure you have one other more casual element somewhere in your outfit, too. So in this outfit, the vintage cotton white tee couples nicely with the sneakers to give this outfit a cohesive casual vibe. I know that seems really basic with this overall casual outfit, but the principle really does work with dressier outfits, too. Try it and see!
By the way, clean leather sneakers will always be on trend. But what’s really fashion forward this season are the bulkier, running shoe or trainer styles.
So what do you say? Will you be trying these three fall trends? Or maybe you’ve already been wearing them. Good for you! Remember, one of the best ways to look more youthful and vibrant is to add a few modern elements to your outfit. As much as I love the classics, when we wear all classic pieces we can end up looking a little out of touch. But adding just one modern trend – such as a pair of trainers – can really make you look more in touch and of the moment.
Thanks so much for dropping in. I hope you got a little style inspiration!
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Have you ever received a text or email to which you just didn’t quite know how to respond? Or maybe you’ve heard that someone has shared something about you that is untrue or a misunderstanding at best? You’re stumped and don’t quite know how to handle the situation in a way that honors God. You want to set the record straight, defend your reputation or at least be heard. But you also don’t want to lose your cool and send a reply that will haunt you later.
My advice? Hide out for a bit. Yeah, that sounds a little cowardly or evasive. But I’m not suggesting you just duck and put your head in the sand. Instead, run to your Defender. Spill your situation to Him. Search His Word for wise counsel, but also take time to just sit before Him. Give Him time to direct you. Don’t scurry off to fix things on your own. But simply sit with Him and give Him time to fortify you with wisdom and grace.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. ~ Psalm 119:114