Fall 2013: 7 Things You Need To Be Fashion-Forward

Sure, summer has passed. No longer is it the time for sun dresses, pastels and florals. Nevertheless, we still see a lot of hot fall fashion trends emerging from the fashion capitals of the world – Milan, Paris, New York and London.

It’s time to begin introducing fall-wear into our ensembles, and the best thing to do before stocking up is to understand a few simple fashion trends that have been trending this season. If you’re looking to stay fashion-forward this fall, here are seven must-haves that will make your wardrobe go from bleak to chic.

Shades of Emerald

Summer was rich with pink, blue, yellow and green pastels. It’s not uncommon for shades to get a little darker as winter approaches. Emerald is a highly trending color that has been taking department stores like Saks Fifth Ave., Macy’s and Barney’s by storm. So, if you don’t have anything in emerald, it’s highly suggested you buy something in this color ASAP before they’re cleared off the shelves.


Made popular by one of the most fashionably-forward films of the decade, The Devil Wears Prada, thigh high boots tend to make a yearly appearance, usually in the fall, which so happens to be the case this year. If you’ve got the legs to rock it, thigh-high boots are definitely something you need to have in your closet. Luckily, thigh-highs have been quite big the past three years (during fall months), so, if you already have a pair, time to rock them!

bold outerwear
Some bold outerwear in FAULT Issue 16‘s ‘Futurism’ editorial, shot by Robert Kley and styled by Jimi Urquiaga. Jacket by IIMUAHII

Bold Outerwear

This year, don’t hold back when it comes to outerwear. The term “bold” in the fashion industry usually means “big” and “eye-catching”. A few highly sought styles this fall are bold furs, oversized jackets and parkas and captivating leathers. Definitely experiment with colors and textures. Wear something in emerald!

winter whites
Winter white in FAULT Issue 16‘s ‘Cubism’ editorial, shot by David Reiss and styled by Maurizio Laino. Dress by Marc Jacobs

Winter White

Though white is a big-hit during the holidays, the color is also very applicable for the fall. If you’re going to wear white, make sure it’s figure flattering, like pants, pencil skirts and long coats. Make it your own by making it casual-wear. If you’re gonna wear outerwear, why not make it both bold and white? If it’s a top or a jacket, make sure it’s oversized.

Plaid coat by Max&Co in FAULT Issue 16's Purple Haze (photo: Liis Anton; styling: Liis Plato)
Plaid coat by Max&Co in FAULT Issue 16‘s Purple Haze (photo: Liis Anton; styling: Liis Plato)


Plaid is not just for men. One of the strongest impressions made in this year’s fall fashion shows is the use of plaid as both a top and bottom. If you’re going to wear plaid, make sure it complements have your outfit and shoes. Make it blend. Plaid, like white, can also be incorporated into outerwear as long as it’s oversized (shawl). Of course, for formal wear, stash the plaid and where something white.

Sasha Grey wears blouse by Valentino, leather pants by The Row, shoes by B by Brian Atwood, hat by Gladys Tamez and tie by Saint Laurent Paris for FAULT Issue 16. Photo by Giuliano Bekor; styling by Luke Storey.


The downfall to summer-wear is the leather faux pas rule, but for fall, expect leather galore! Leather is timeless, but it all comes down to color, material and pairing. This year, reds, maroons, blacks and blues are definitely must-do’s when it comes to rocking leather. Don’t skimp on the leather accessories or shoes (yes, thigh-highs also come in emerald green leather). Even if you’re not wearing leather, it’s easy to add a splash of it in the form of purses, just make sure it compliments your outfit.

accessories (gold)
Caroline Flack wears gold-accented headpiece by Sorapol. Photo by Annick Wolfers; styling by Marika Page. Exclusively for FAULT Issue 16.

Accessories (Gold)

Accessories are big all year round, but this year you may want to be on the lookout for gold earrings, rings, watches and the oh so coveted pink sapphire rings (available as engagement rings as well). If you’re going to wear accessories, make sure they stand out from your outfit while still giving it that extra wow factor. Quick word of advice: you can never go wrong with gold and plaid combinations (at least this year).

It pays to be fashion forward. Be the envy of your friends and stock up on these amazing fall fashions. Be sure to stand out and remember to be bold!