Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Jen Lett

Fall is my favorite season, and one of the biggest reasons is my love for the fashion transition that comes with it. Being away from fall and winter styles for so long can really make you miss them, which is why I always find myself getting creative and inspired even though the cooler temperatures are settling in.

With that said, the runway was all about practicality for the Fall 2016 season, and I couldn't be happier. Layers, fur, and bulk were big hits, so don't be afraid to style oversized this fall! Keep warm and keep fabulous.

Here are a few of the trends that are lighting up the runway for Fall 2016!

Long Winter Coats

Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

I think it's safe to say that dusters and long winter coats never really go out of style, but it's nice to give them a spotlight of their own! Designers displayed these designs in an array of colors, ranging from bright pinks and teals to mature reds and neutrals like tan and navies.

Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Coats like this are great for city commutes, especially if you have to walk in windy areas, and they give your look super classy appeal. A true basic item that can compliment anything,  especially when topped off with a nice fringe of faux fur to keep the extremities warm!

If you're looking to make a long winter coat of your own, we'd recommend these kinds of fabrics!

Italian Ivory Wool/Cashmere Coating

Italian Ivory Wool/Cashmere Coating

Espresso Herringbone Grooved Faux Fur

Espresso Herringbone Grooved Faux Fur

 

High-Collared Shirts and Dresses

Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Something many people struggle with in the coming of the colder seasons is the transition of temperature itself, especially in the office. A warm morning coffee or tea doesn't always do the trick, so if you get chills easily, you may want to consider high-collared shirts and dresses!

Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Chic and comforting, high collars keep your neck warm and help you look professional in your business setting whether you have a knit sweater or a fitted top with a zipper.

Consider some of these fabrics if you're looking for a fresh high-collar design!

Beige 100% Pima Cotton Broadcloth

Beige 100% Pima Cotton Broadcloth

Deep Teal Silk Double Georgette

Deep Teal Silk Double Georgette

Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
Wine Silk Satin Face Organza

Lots of Layers

Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Layering is another option that was highlighted on the runway for this season. This fashion method is a great way to incorporate multiple colors and pieces without having to sacrifice keeping warm, and it gives you a lot of wiggle room for mixing and matching style choices.

Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

The key is wearing multiple pieces made with lighter fabrics, like pairing a blouse with a light cardigan or button up sweater.

Lighter fabrics like these would work well for this style!

Vapor Blue Gray 100% Cotton Voile

Vapor Blue Gray 100% Cotton Voile

Flamingo Pink Stretch Viscose Jersey

Flamingo Pink Stretch Viscose Jersey

Brown and Purple Abstract Printed Crepe de Chine

Brown and Purple Abstract Printed Crepe de Chine

 

Wide Pant Legs

Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Wide-legged suit pants are a must for office-wear and styles. They pair great with flats or a heeled boot, and the flared up the length of the leg is extremely flattering.

Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

If gives a great shape to your legs, and the wider cut can help protect your legs from the cold and let them breathe, too. Fitted tops go well with wide-legged pants, but a shirt with bell sleeves or a little more volume can look nice, too!

Consider these kinds of fabrics when making a pair of wide-legged suit pants:

Black Olive/Moonlight Double-Faced Suiting

Black Olive/Moonlight Double-Faced Suiting

Black and White Double Pinstriped Wool Suiting

Black and White Double Pinstriped Wool Suiting

Mediterranean Blue Rayon Blended Stretch Twill

Mediterranean Blue Rayon Blended Stretch Twill

 

Faux Fur Coats

Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Was this one obvious? Fur and faux furs coats are just too rooted in trending history to go out of style. The runway's lineup had some gorgeous coats to display, some a little more abstract and others sporting a modest look. You might think they wouldn't fit well for your office setting, but you might be pleasantly surprised!

Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

A fur coat in a neutral palette can look very sophisticated and reserved. You don't have to worry about looking eccentric with coats like these, and really, who can blame you for wearing one when the temperatures start to dip? You can be cold and beautiful.

Some of the fur fabrics we recommend include:

Camel Herringbone Grooved Faux Fur

Camel Herringbone Grooved Faux Fur

Brown Grooved Faux Beaver Fur

Brown Grooved Faux Beaver Fur

Black and White Faux Forest Fox Fur

Black and White Faux Forest Fox Fur

 

Turtlenecks under Dresses/Jumpers

Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Another great example of using layering, wearing a turtleneck shirt under a jumper or dress helps keep you looking and feeling good. It's a style that focuses more on practicality rather than style, but some of the match-ups on the runway were stunning by their own mark!

Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

If you're interested in this look for the upcoming fall season, consider taking advantage of the fall and winter color schemes that are hot and trending right now!

Here are some fabrics we'd like to recommend:

Heathered Lime Blue Stretch Polyester Jersey

Heathered Lime Blue Stretch Polyester Jersey

Rag & Bone Midnight Blue Mercerized Cotton Woven

Rag & Bone Midnight Blue Mercerized Cotton Woven

Ensign Blue Stretch Cotton Denim

Ensign Blue Stretch Cotton Denim

 

Turtleneck, Skirt, and Tights

Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Another turtleneck fashion! Can you sense the pattern here? The combination of turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, and long skirts showed up throughout the runway lineup. While this style may be more reserved and modest, the aim isn't for flattering a certain shape or figure. Comfort is the key!

Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Such a warm and soft style has its own type of elegance to it. Don't knock it before you try it! If you prefer to accessorize this style to be more form-fitting, pair your huge sweater with a wide belt around the waist like in the Hermès design above!

Consider some of these fabrics in order to bring this look together:

For Turtlenecks...

Violet Knit Cotton Fleece

Violet Knit Cotton Fleece

For Skirts...

Italian Gunmetal Gray Heavy Wool Coating

Italian Gunmetal Gray Heavy Wool Coating

For Tights:...

5.6 oz Silver Matte Tricot w/ High Compression

5.6 oz Silver Matte Tricot w/ High Compression

 

Navy instead of Black

Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Is navy the new black? Well, sort of! Black will always have its spotlight as the eternal neutral in the fashion world, but sometimes it needs a break. Going to black all the time can get tiring, so if you're looking for a way to spice up a neutral day, go for navy. Just try it once!

Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

A lot of designers' styles showcased navy ensembles in the fall shows. A true blue to the aesthetic of winter, it also contrasts well with warmer tones of orange. It's a great alternative if you want a little bit of change during the week.

Here are some navy-colored fabrics that could be fun to work with!

Patriot Blue Stretch Cotton Sateen

Patriot Blue Stretch Cotton Sateen

Navy Rayon Matte Jersey

Navy Rayon Matte Jersey

Navy Geometric Embroidered Cotton-Poly Woven

Navy Geometric Embroidered Cotton-Poly Woven

 

Jogger Pants and Ankle-Length Pants with Heels

J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

And last, but not least, we have two other cut-styles of pants to discuss! Ankle-length pants and jogger pants. I know I keep mentioning the cooler temperatures moving in, but it's not snowing just yet! Take advantage of this drier, mild weather to keep your legs warm while still showing off your favorite pair of booties or heels!

Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles!

If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics:

 

Light Heather Herringbone Cotton-Wool Suiting

Light Heather Herringbone Cotton-Wool Suiting

Midnight Navy Cotton Twill

Midnight Navy Cotton Twill

And for jogger pants:

Khaki Stretch Cotton Sateen

Khaki Stretch Cotton Sateen

Coral Stretch Rayon-Nylon Ponte Knit

Coral Stretch Rayon-Nylon Ponte Knit

What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more?

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