10 Hot Fall Trends to Try at Fashion Week

Whether you're hitting the tents for the spring 2014 shows or clicking through the latest looks, New York Fashion Week is the perfect time to try out a trend (or two) that caught your eye last February.

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Whether you're hitting the tents for the spring 2014 shows or clicking through the latest looks, New York Fashion Week is the perfect time to try out a trend (or two) that caught your eye last February. Our first pick? The Baseball Cap. The wardrobe staple favored by your kid brother is having a major moment this season in luxe new treatments and statement-making patterns, like this swanky leopard-printed calf edition from J.Crew.
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The Chunky Sole Sandal . Before you close out your browser and run screaming for the hills, hear us out: chunky sandals--yes, even Birkenstocks--are staging a major come-back after Celine showed a high-fashion take on the classic Bay Area look at the February shows. Not only is the look casually chic, but it's also extremely comfy, so you can hoof it between shows with the utmost ease.
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The Under-Arm Bag . Subtly distinct from the oversize clutch that dominated the runways last year, the under-arm bag is a normal satchel tucked under one arm--a styling trend that you can apply to just about every handbag in your stable. At Chanel, oversize quilted clutches were worn under the arm with nubby tweed coats and swishy skirts.
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The Color-blocked Coat . Don't pack up your color-blocked ensembles just yet--the trend has been going strong for the past two seasons and shows no signs of slowing this fall. We especially liked the sport-chic black and camel overcoat at DKNY, which was styled over a classic white button-down and coordinating black and tan scarf.
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Go Grey . Soft grey hues with a silvery finish were all over the fall '13 runways, including Alexander Wang's, where the look added an appealing softness to the designer's razor-sharp silhouettes.
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The Long Skirt . Be it a full A-line silhouette or a trim pencil cut, long knee-grazing skirts--which showed up everywhere from Proenza Schouler (pictured) to Celine--create a flattering silhouette. We recommend the trend paired with a slouchy knit top or, if you're feeling daring, a navel-grazing crop.
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The Statement Sneak. You've probably noticed that fashion tastemakers like Phoebe Philo and Leandra Medine have been looking extra sporty these last few months. That's largely due to their collection of super-fly kicks--the rule of thumb? Go big or go home. At Fashion Week, we recommend a bold, chunky sole Nike Air Max or, for a more classic look, a bright new pair of New Balance.
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Over the Knee Boot. They're baaack: sexy and aggressively chic, the over-the-knee boot is a perennial fashion fave. This season, Phillip Lim paired them with flouncy neoprene shorts and long coats--a styling rubric we'll be referencing nonstop during Fashion Week.
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Rings n' Things </b. First it was the "arm party" (as in, piles of twisted bracelets and baubles), but this fall it's all about the ring bling: we like a sleek, monochrome effect like the one you get from Catbird's threadbare gold and rose gold bands (pictured).
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The Leather Backpack . It's probably a carryover from our school days that makes us hanker for a new backpack every September, but this season our impulse is sanctioned by top brands like Phillip Lim and Marni, who both created elegant leather editions for fall. Best of all: a leather backpack may be the ultimate Fashion Week accessory, with plenty of room for a camera, notebook, and--that most essential NYFW item--a back-up pair of flats. For Fashion Week updates follow Blair @blairpfander
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