Here are a few of our favorite looks for fall 2009:
Ladylike and Lovely
Whether you live for color or love your little black dress, you’ll find a frock that suits your style this season. Form-fitting dresses and feminine accents ruled the runways. Unlike previous seasons, this year’s look is more about mature beauty than girly-girl chic—hemlines often hit at the knee or below, and the look is streamlined.
Classiques Entier Distinct Weave Skirt, $168, Nordstrom.
Leifsdottir Honeyed Peplum Skirt, $258, Anthropologie.
The statement shoulder is the easiest way to wear this revival trend. Fortunately, strong shoulders suit most shapes, in the office or out. Of course, feel free to sport neons (in small doses!) and acid-washed jeans . . . on the weekends.
David Lerner Lace Side Leggings, $99, Cusp.
BE&D Ludlow Studded Leather Hobo, $795, Bloomingdales.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Avery Colorblock Dress, $598, ShopBop.com.
Mad About Plaid
Pick your poison—tartan, checked, houndstooth, and plain old plaid are all in for fall. Borrow from your man (not literally, of course) and wear the look with a button-down shirt, sport a statement coat, or don a quirky skirt.
Alexander McQueen Dogstooth Pants, $1360, Neiman Marcus.
Sequins, Shine, and Leather
You don’t have to be a movie star to rock these flashy looks. Skinny gals can sport liquid leggings with sequin tops or leather dresses, while we regular folk can play up the trend with a single statement piece.
Kimberly Ovitz Elliott Leather Fringe Skirt, $940, Netaporter.com.
S.W.O.R.D. Volterra Leather Jacket, $814, RevolveClothing.com.
LaRok I Am a Rockstar Leggings, $348, ShopBop.com.
We may be in a recession, but that doesn’t mean designers are skimping on fabric. Instead of spring and summer’s staple—the ruffle—fabric for fall is draped, ruched, shirred, and pleated in a variety of attractive styles. Find this look on dresses with a hint of a side pleat, a chic blouse with extra arm detail, or even overcoats with ultra-cozy extra folds. Think of this as the evolution of the layering and cocooning trends.
Donna Karan Belted Draped Dress, $2695, Bergdorf Goodman.
This is the season to invest in great coats, dresses, and cashmeres. The styles are more classic than we’ve seen in some time, so if you find a look that works for you, buy at least one “luxe” piece this fall.
Akris Long-Sleeve Embroidered Dress, $3990, Saks.New