Translating the runway trends for real life, and the complicated office environment, can be tricky. Here, The Kit staff decodes fall’s most far-out fashion.
The trend: Double plaids on editor-in-chief Laura DeCarufel
Seen at: Michael Kors, Max Mara, Versace
Challenge level: A sartorial step up — 4 out of 10.
How to wear it: When layering checks, look for colour commonalities (neutral bases always work with one another) and a contrast in the size of the patterns (we love pairing a windowpane with a micro check).
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What Laura says: “My instinct would be to pair this gorgeous patterned blazer with pants in a solid colour like navy — a lovely, but safe look. Mixing checks ups the dare element of the look — and the fashion ante.”
The trend: Vinyl remix on assistant art director Poonam Chauhan
Seen at: Marni, MSGM, Balmain
Challenge level: A slight style obstacle — 5 out of 10.
How to wear it: Stripping vinyl of its naughtier reputation requires more traditional (read: covered up) silhouettes. Go A-line and watch how the ultra-shiny fabric looks right at home in the 9-to-5.
What Poonam says: “Despite it being in a plastic-y material, the long, flared skirt brought a girly vibe to my everyday look.”
The trend: Animal print on The Kit Chinese editor Renée Tse
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Seen at: Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Diane von Furstenberg
Challenge level: Easy peasy — 2 out of 10.
How to wear it: Go wild in the workplace with the most approachable print in the animal kingdom: leopard. Paired with a prim pussy-bow blouse, this adventurous take still stays within the lines.
What Renée says: “Animal print can be daunting for me at times, but it’s a fierce look I bring into play when I need an extra boost of confidence, whether it’s at the office or at happy hour.”
The trend: Really red on digital director Caitlin Kenny
Seen at: Jil Sander, Valentino, Roksanda
Challenge level: Bravery required — 7 out of 10.
How to wear it: One way to be bold in boardroom? Layer a few rosy fall tones — cherry, cranberry and currant are a beautiful combo — in plush materials. In tandem, these details look luxe and powerful.
What Caitlin says: “My closet is a curtain of black and navy, so dressing in full fiery red feels somewhat out of character — but a character I like. The hue connotes ferocity, while the cozy knits add a hint of softness. It’s my ideal mood for kicking off a new season.”
The trend: Oversized silhouettes plus neons on fashion director Jillian Vieira
Seen at: Prada, Ulla Johnson, Marni
Challenge level: Way out of the comfort zone — 10 out of 10.
How to wear it: A lot of loud elements call for some balance. Opt for splashing out on smart fabrications: a woolly, wide-legged pant and lucite jewels add texture.
What Jillian says: “I can now vouch for the confidence boost that is being a beacon of brights and volume. Something about going all out feels liberating.”
Styling by Nabra Badr and photography by Luis Mora