When we think about fall fashion, we think rustic, earthy colors, comfortable layers, and oh-so-cozy sweaters. But, the Denver Life Magazine team is anything but conventional, so this time we decided to shake things up by challenging traditional autumn looks with innovative combos. This fashion feature will wow you with its vibrant textures and color palettes. From soft lilacs and sparkly sequins, to edgy metallics, knits, leathers, and faux fur—the opportunities to adorn a totally cool, feminine vibe are yours for the taking.
Let these amazing splashes of color, eye-catching prints, plaids, boots, handbags, and more become your perfect excuse to step outside this month. Case in point: Chunky metallic boots make any floor-to-mid length dress scream “you are a goddess” for a funky day or night look.
With a plethora of options to explore, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which trend to start with because these cooler weather trends hit the mark for anyone looking to impress with contemporary fashion-forward style.
The Sequin Gown
Instead of donning the usual gold and silver sequins for evening, how about plaid for an unexpected take on a perennial trend? Try a muted tonal plaid for a sophisticated, modern look.
Badgley Mischka sequin Glen Plaid gown, $750, Neiman Marcus.
Stella McCartney Elyse glitter platform loafers, $895, Neiman Marcus.
John Atencio Bellagio Ring in 14-karat white gold with 1.32 total carat weight pavé diamonds, $5,295, John Atencio.
A romantic, uplifting hue we normally associate with spring looks entirely fresh for fall. But keep it from becoming overly sweet by pairing it with strong accessories, like a lug-sole boot.
Beautycounter Lid Glow Cream Shadow in Ember, $24, Beautycounter.
The Knit Dress
Comfy and cozy doesn’t have to be basic or boring. The knit dress is everywhere this season, but opt for a spicy hue in a luxurious fabric with a lustrous finish to lend a glamorous edge.
St. John cold shoulder dress, $1,995, St. John Knits Boutique.
St. John rib knit dress, $1,195, St. John Knits Boutique.
The Fringe Skirt
Designers made skirts a key wardrobe piece for fall, and the best were those tinged with fringe. Choose an elegant one, like Cucinelli’s interpretation, that will pair equally well with shirting or knitwear.
Brunello Cucinelli wool, mohair and silk sweater, $2,595, Lawrence Covell.
Wool flannel fringe skirt, $1,795, Lawrence Covell.
Capricho weekender leather calfskin duffle bag, $1,695, Lawrence Covell.
John Atencio Elixir sterling silver and 14-karat yellow gold dangle earrings, with Marquise-cut amethyst, $795, John Atencio.
The Metallic Boot
Heavy metal is the trend in footwear, but keep it Colorado with a low heel, lace-up boot.
Gabriella Hearst cashmere sweater, $850, MAX.
Ulla Johnson reversible wool cape, $1,695, MAX.
Lou Lou Studio leather shorts, $435, MAX.
Alexander McQueen tread metallic Mock- Croc booties, $1,050, Neiman Marcus.
Beautycounter Lid Glow Cream Shadow in Prism and Twinkle, $24 each, and Beyond Gloss in Mulberry, $32, Beautycounter.
The Statement Knit
We all own enough solid crewneck sweaters, so invest in a boldly patterned knit this season. It’ll pair perfectly with tailored pants or denim, and will look polished whether you’re at a business meeting IRL or chatting with co-workers via Zoom.
Beautycounter Lid Glow Cream Shadow in Flash, $24, and Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick in Raisin, $32, Beautycounter.
Stay toasty this winter in a cozy faux fur coat. Choose a generous silhouette that also offers up some textural interest.
Akris Punto patchwork mantel faux-fur coat, $1,890.
Proenza Schouler snake-print pleated blouse, $790.
Alice + Olivia leather bell-bottom jeans, $995.
Valentino Alcove patent Rockstud Gladiator booties, $1,490.
John Atencio Essence inside-out hoop earrings in 14-karat white gold with 0.75 carat total weight pavé diamonds, $3,675, John Atencio.
We’ve seen all sorts of puffy sleeves over the last few seasons, but this is the season to skip volume and go for length. Elongated sleeves and oversized cuffs are certainly a statement- worthy look, without being overly trendy.
St. John cashwool turtleneck, $895, St. John Knits Boutique.
Beautycounter Lid Glow Cream Shadow in Haze, $24, Beautycounter.
PHOTOGRAPHER Jeff Nelson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tom Visocchi
MODELS Yujin Choi, Destiny Bezrutczyk, Lindsey Goldstein, Aisha Neal, Wilhelmina Denver; Avree Anderson, The Block Agency.
STYLIST Georgia Alexia Benjou
HAIR Charlie Price and Tiaja Pierre
MAKEUP Liz Wegrzyn
PHOTO ASSISTANT Kyle David Jones
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Kerrie Lee Brown