For a lesson in what to wear right now, the street style set out and about at fashion shows always proves reliable. Those dashing between shows need outfits that are practical, and of course, super stylish.
With the turn of the season comes a change in sartorial stance. As much as our linen dresses and chunky sandals just won’t cut it now that the weather has slightly cooled, there’s also so much newness to get excited about this autumn – and a handful of It pieces have already emerged.
Here are the five buys to invest in this season, according to the street style set at New York Fashion Week…
The chocolate knee-high boots
Boot season might feel a little way off, especially given the warmer climes in New York at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped attendees from showcasing their new season pairs, wearing them with summery pieces for balance.
Chocolate brown – deeper and warmer than tan, but less ubiquitous than black – is the hue of choice, and there are lots around at all price points on the high street. LK Bennett’s pair has the perfect walkable heel height at just under two inches.
The rugby shirt
This attendee has the ideal solution for right-for-now dressing: it would have felt premature to dig out knitwear, she opted for a jersey rugby-style shirt instead, which offers coverage without added bulk.
The polo style is big news for autumn, and adds a modern feel to an otherwise pared-back outfit. Note her feminine styling of it, wearing it with a midi skirt and sandals for a chic contrast.
Tonal looks are an easy way to look stylish and pulled together, and co-ords are the foolproof solution to tonal dressing, as you won’t need to worry about matching up shades and cuts.
Wear them separately – pair the bottoms with shirts and blazers, and the tops with jeans or layered over dresses – for maximum cost-per-wear, or make like these showgoers and wear them together for a quietly chic outfit. Just add statement shoes and dark sunnies.
The curtain reveal cardigan
Fine cardigans are a must-have come autumn, but the new season styling trick is to leave a few buttons undone at the bottom. This could reveal a flash of midriff if you desire, or showcase a fabulous It belt or the waist of a great pair of trousers.
For those keen on adding a fashion-forward twist to their new season ensembles, it’s an easy win, and it’s likely you already have a cardi in your arsenal.
The coloured leather midi skirt
A cotton or linen skirt would feel far too summery and lightweight now, but a leather iteration ticks the trans-seasonal box. It’s heavy duty enough that it works on breezy days, and can be worn now with chunky sandals or trainers, and later with those chocolate boots.
This stylish showgoer allowed her burgundy number to take centre stage pairing it with a plain black jersey top and strappy sandals.