We’re still in summer, but fashion houses are already working on designs for next year. In the next few weeks, major retailers will be dropping their fall/winter collections. Are you a fashion aficionado, who’s eager to stay ahead of the crowd? If so, here’s what to add to your fall 216 wish list.

FOR THE GIRLS

After the lights and brights of summer, it’s time to venture to the dark side. Fall is all about rich shades and opulent prints. Think royal and navy blues, reds, burgundies, and grays. Print-wise, you can’t go wrong with leopard. If you’re keen to avoid overkill, go for accessories. Leopard print heels are the perfect accompaniment for a classic LBD.

As the sun fades and the chilly nights creep in, swap midi dresses and lace blouses, for sheer black shirts and flowing maxi dresses. The Victoriana trend is big once again, so embrace those bell sleeves and high necks.

Velvet is another key trend. Pair a luxe mini dress with opaque tights and brogues for a cool daytime look. Or go all-out in a sophisticated jumpsuit for an evening date or a night on the tiles. Jewel shades are an excellent choice for velvet pieces.

Sequins and sparkle are back in time for the run-up to the festive season. Team an embellished blouse with black skinny jeans and heels for a chic evening look. Or pair a plain tee with a sequin bomber jacket for a modern take on casual dressing.

For the latest ideas and a dose of inspiration, check out  https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/women-fall-outfits/.

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FOR THE BOYS

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Checks have returned for fall 2016 and heritage is a key look. Go for a printed peacoat, a tweed blazer or a chic Mac featuring a checked lining. If you’re brave, go the whole hog and team a patterned jacket with matching trousers. If you’re doing this, keep the accents clean and crisp. Go for a plain pocket square and understated shoes. A checked shirt is a versatile staple. It can be dressed up for work and evening events, or worn with jeans for a laid-back look. Visit www.his.boutique for some styling tips.

Last year, the bomber jacket took the worlds of female and male fashion by storm, and it’s hanging around for another season. This year, go for a military-style influence. Opt for khaki or camel and add some badges. Choose an aviator shape jacket or add a fur collar to make a statement.

It’s official! The puffer jacket is back! If you’ve still got pieces from your 90’s wardrobe, dust them down and get ready to rock them in 2016. The catwalks featured all kinds of different colors and decorations. If you like to keep things simple, you can’t go wrong with black or dark green.  

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Fall is just around the corner. Now is an ideal time to start looking for inspiration, and planning your new wardrobe. Hopefully, these hints will help you fit in with the fashionistas, and master this season’s key looks.