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Fall fashion trends: Animal prints, velvet, mixing sporty with casual, more

It’s sporty and tailored. But then again, it’s sexy and feminine. Or maybe it’s both . . . in one look.

There’s a wide berth of fashion trends for fall/winter 2016 that will tempt you to shop and maybe even splurge. “There’s the romantic end of the spectrum — put together with a little more whimsy and personal style,” says Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine, about the season’s charmingly mix-and-matched looks. “While the season is eclectic, it’s not a hot-mess eclectic,” he adds, noting that menswear is also part of the fall season for women (think natty materials, plaids and pinstripes). “And this year it is a little more playful with unexpected fabric and texture combinations along with athleisure concepts like track pants in luxe fabrics.” To add a dollop of pretty to it all, find “a crop of dark fall flowers which are a little bit Goth,” he says.

Adds Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s fashion director of ready-to-wear, “Fall 2016 is an incredible fusion of opulent textures and fabrics mixed with casual elements. It is the perfect season to mix high and low. The fashion runways were all about mixing sporty and casual looks with dressy pieces.” Hottest on her hit parade? “The bomber jacket is my number one pick for fall. It is the essential layering piece.” Also high on her list, “Something velvet. Velvet was one of the key fabrics to emerge this Fashion Week.”

But don’t just go along with trend for trends’ sake, Glassman says. “Buy things that make you feel alive and beautiful, but do step out of your comfort zone. Every few years you need to shake up your wardrobe and go for a little reinvention.” Here are some ways to do just that.

A velvet moment

Velvet, by many accounts, is the season’s must-have.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Taylor

Velvet, by many accounts, is the season’s must-have. The two easiest ways to incorporate it is by adding a shoe or a blazer, says Adam Glassman of O The Oprah Magazine. “Everybody has a suede or leather shoe in their life, so velvet is new, and you can get three seasons out of a blazer. You can dress it up for the holidays, but it’s also fantastic with a pair of skinny jeans.”  This one is perfect with it’s stronger shoulders and dark floral print ($495), shown with plaid blouse ($250) and pant ($395); all from Rebecca Taylor at Rebecca Taylor stores and rebeccataylor.com

Saucy pumps

Who better than Sarah Jessica Parker to provide
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Who better than Sarah Jessica Parker to provide you with the season'’s sexy velvet pumps? These, in teal, are $350 at select Bloomingdale'’s stores and bloomingdales.com

The perfect pant

Bloomingdale'’s fashion director Brooke Jaffe says these slim
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Bloomingdale'’s fashion director Brooke Jaffe says these slim jeans in Bordeaux are her “go-to” for fall, $198 by AG at select Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com

A soft sneaker

How irreverent -- …velvet slip-on sneaker in an
Photo Credit: L.K. Bennett

How irreverent -- …velvet slip-on sneaker in an abstract floral pattern; $245 at the L.K.Bennett boutique in Manhattan and us.lkbennett.com 

The embellished bomber

It’s a great option to the already been-there-done-that
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It’s a great option to the already been-there-done-that moto jacket. “Opt for a decorated bomber over a romantic lace dress,” says Lord & Taylor fashion director Stephanie Solomon. “It’s definitely a trend, so don’t spend a huge amount of money on it,” says Adam Glassman of O The Oprah Magazine.  Here, contrasting sleeves and cute emoji-like patches give off a fun vibe in Material Girl’s bomber; $59.50 at select Macy’s stores and macys.com

Bomber light

Floral embroidery adds interest to the season’s hot
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Floral embroidery adds interest to the season’s hot bomber jacket; $88 by Design Lab at select Lord & Taylor stores and lordandtaylor.com

Not so tough

This black-and-white bomber is edgy, though the floral
Photo Credit: Bloomingdales

This black-and-white bomber is edgy, though the floral adds a pretty touch; by Aqua, $98 at select Bloomingdale'’s stores and bloomingdales.com

Animal magnetism

"There are animal prints galore," says Adam Glassman
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"There are animal prints galore," says Adam Glassman of O The Oprah Magazine. Try an accessory or go all-out wild with an allover look. This sleek scuba skirt has flattering side panels and a feisty animal print; $44 by Nicole By Nicole Miller at select J.C. Penney stores and jcpenney.com in October.

Balancing act

This swanky animal print topper ($269) works as
Photo Credit: Talbots

This swanky animal print topper ($269) works as a balancing neutral against rich and joyful fall colors including a berry cashmere cowl neck ($299) and a bright pumpkin pencil skirt ($99), all at Talbots stores and talbots.com

Spotted fever

Animal prints are available in massive doses or
Photo Credit: Ann Taylor

Animal prints are available in massive doses or tinier touches like this sleek hair calf envelope bag; $98 at select Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com in early September.

Go wild

Put a tiger print in your wardrobe with
Photo Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue

Put a tiger print in your wardrobe with the tiger-striped faux-fur top in a fun, bulky sweatshirt silo; $1,100 by Stella McCartney at select Saks Fifth Avenue Stores and saks.com

Military madness

The time is right to march some classic
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The time is right to march some classic (and not-so-classic) military looks into your wardrobe. Here, a timeless officer'’s coat; $790, from Tommy Hilfiger, call 212-223-1824 for information.

Hup, two

Multi-button jacket has a ladylike ruffle for added
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Multi-button jacket has a ladylike ruffle for added interest; $159 at select Chico’s stores and chicos.com

A softer side

Military gets a pop of pretty when turned
Photo Credit: Free People

Military gets a pop of pretty when turned out in bronze lace with a slight peplum and ruffles along the front; $148 at Free People stores and freepeople.com

His and hers

Cropped pinstripe "“Bowie"” pants are a fab nod
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Cropped pinstripe "“Bowie"” pants are a fab nod to fall'’s menswear trend mixed with a girly touch of fall flowers; $495 by Marc Jacobs at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com

Pretty in pink

A rosy satchel is covered in floral appliques;
Photo Credit: Henri Bendel

A rosy satchel is covered in floral appliques; $398 at select Henri Bendel stores and henribendel.com

A head turner

Romantic and bold, this floral frock boasts big,
Photo Credit: Lord & Taylor

Romantic and bold, this floral frock boasts big, beautiful blooms on a dark background; $390 by Black Halo at select Lord & Taylor stores and lordandtaylor.com

Fall flowers

Off the shoulder is still big this fall,
Photo Credit: Target

Off the shoulder is still big this fall, and this top incorporates the season'’s dark flowers; $27.99 by AVA & VIV at select Target stores and target.com

Mixed messages

Combine texture and styles in an eclectic way,
Photo Credit: Talbots

Combine texture and styles in an eclectic way, as in this combo of  a royal navy leather wrap pencil skirt ($249) paired with a luscious lemon V-neck ($79.50) and leopard accessories (shoe $159, clutch $149); all at select Talbots stores and talbots.com

New balance

Flowy and structured pieces work beautifully together in
Photo Credit: Michael Kors

Flowy and structured pieces work beautifully together in this Michael Kors ensemble: paisley top ($98) paired with a tiered paisley skirt ($140) and a soft fur vest ($995); all at select Michael Kors lifestyles stores and michaelkors.com

A trifecta

Fall'’s romantic themes in this look from Rebecca
Photo Credit: Rebecca Taylor

Fall'’s romantic themes in this look from Rebecca Taylor, a ruffle-necked embellished top ($450), floral pants ($350) and a curly lush coat ($1,295); all at Rebecca Taylor stores and rebeccataylor.com

Sport luxe

"There is a whole universe of cool, elevated
Photo Credit: Polo Ralph Lauren

"There is a whole universe of cool, elevated sweatsuit looks," says Brooke Jaffe of Bloomingdale's.  The look is hip  and, ahhhh, comfortable. Here, athleisure wear gets luxed up for fall with a great thermocool sweater, ($298), gray sweater leggings ($165), all topped with a silver nylon coat ($398), all by Polo Ralph Lauren; at select department stores and ralphlauren.com

Ditch the yoga pants

Go for this fresh take on athleisure wear,
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Go for this fresh take on athleisure wear, a Tory Sport track jacket ($165), Tory Burch jodhpurs ($295), all topped by the prettiest floral tuxedo jacket ($695) at Tory Burch boutiques and toryburch.com

Man up

Don't hesitate to add a serious hit of
Photo Credit: Ann Taylor

Don't hesitate to add a serious hit of menswear to your wardrobe. Here, a lacy and sparkle-laden pullover ($198) meets a menswear-inspired houndstooth pencil skirt ($89); at select Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com in November.

Mad for plaid

Easy and cute for work and play, try
Photo Credit: Target

Easy and cute for work and play, try this plaid and check-lined shirtdress. $27.99 at select Target stores and target.com

Not your husband's pinstripes

This three-piecer includes a black-and-cream blazer ($598), vest
Photo Credit: Polo Ralph Lauren

This three-piecer includes a black-and-cream blazer ($598), vest ($198) and shorts ($198), all by Polo Ralph Lauren; at select department stores and ralphlauren.com

Go for baroque

This super-cool floral suit (blazer $595, trousers $450)
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This super-cool floral suit (blazer $595, trousers $450) by alice+olivia is available for preorder at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com

Dressing up

A sweet little handkerchief shirt dress ($68) gets
Photo Credit: Simply Vera - Vera Wang

A sweet little handkerchief shirt dress ($68) gets an edgy touch with over-the-knee boots ($99.99) and tailored handbag ($99); all by Simply Vera - Vera Wang at select Kohl'’s stores and kohls.com

Lady of the manor

Looks and materials that conjure your grandma’s sofa
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Looks and materials that conjure your grandma’s sofa and curtains are romantic and beautiful, though Glassman notes  “a little goes a long way.” For an easier fix, try one of the season’s romantic tops, especially something with vintage-feeling sleeve detail like— this one with dramatic belled sleeves; $108 by Free People at select Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com

All about the strap

There are all types of handbags this season
Photo Credit: Lord & Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff

There are all types of handbags this season ranging, from top handles to camera bags and backpacks, but to add a little dash, consider the guitar strap bag. Here, B Brian Atwood guitar strap saddlebag, $208 at select Lord & Taylor stores and lordandtaylor.com

 

Rock it

There are all types of handbags this season,
Photo Credit: Lord & Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff

There are all types of handbags this season, ranging from top handles to camera bags and backpacks, but to add a little dash, consider the guitar strap bag. Here, Rebecca Minkoff’s embroidered guitar strap ($95) will work on any bag; at the Rebecca Minkoff store in Manhattan and rebeccaminkoff.com

Sling it

There are all types of handbags this season,
Photo Credit: Lord & Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff

There are all types of handbags this season, ranging from top handles to camera bags and backpacks, but to add a little dash, consider the guitar strap bag --— the trend started by Valentino (gorgeous but pricey)— -- which now comes in less expensive iterations. You can even just add the strap to any bag. Here, Rebecca Minkoff’'s fringey satchel ($335) looks great with a pretty embroidered guitar strap ($95) hooked on; at the Rebecca Minkoff store in Manhattan and rebeccaminkoff.com

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