A new season means new trends, and the styles this fall are some of our favorites. Key elements like colors and clothing staples like leggings are everywhere. But how do you know which pieces will take you far and which you should skip? Here, celebrity stylist Sonya Maria Borba, whose clients include Daisy Fuentes and Garcelle Beauvais, offers her top tips on the wardrobe choices that’ll have you looking and feeling your best.
1. Go with a new palette.
If ever there was a time to add some splashes of color to your closet this is it. The fall color palette is full of warm, bold colors — including plum, red, army green and camel — that look especially good on olive skin tones. Borba encourages fall fashionistas to not be afraid of more somber shades like khaki, olive and chocolate, too. “Women don’t like these sometimes because they seem so conservative, but I think these tones can definitely look lovely,” Borba said.
2. Invest in key basics.
With so many different trends vying for shoppers’ attention, you’d have a hard time trying every one. The key to being on top of this season’s looks without going broke? Focus on basics that can be used many different ways and will last beyond this season. “The skinny jean is still prevalent; everyone is going to want to have a pair,” Borba says. “The other key pieces to have are a flat boot, a light trench coat, leggings (or the denim variation known as jeggings) and a great piece of cashmere,” she says. “The great thing is you don’t have to spend a lot of money for these pieces and they’re ones you’ll end up wearing over and over again.”
3. Use accessories to hit the trends.
Accessories can be a girl’s best friend, especially when it comes to easy and wallet-friendly ways to update a wardrobe. Fashionistas looking to rock fall’s snakeskin trend, for example, can show it off with a handbag or pair of shoes instead of investing in something pricier like a jacket. Handbags are an especially stylish way to make major fashion statements, Borba says.
4. Accent your positives
No matter what’s in style at the moment, women have to be honest about what really looks best on their bodies. Using body shapers can help to some degree, but they can only do so much. “You have to modify the look that’s in for your body type,” Borba said. “Just because you see a look and you admire it on a celebrity doesn’t mean you can pull it off. It’s more important that you have a look that really works for you without having to strain to make it