The hottest trends as the weather starts to cool
The Skinny Scarf
The Mad Men craze has brought back more from the 1950s than just the high-waisted trend. The skinny scarf is the next wave of creative neckwear—tie it in a bow for a loose preppy look, or knot it on the neck for tied-up trendy. Better yet, add it to your hair as a headband to prevent fly-aways. The Burberry Exploded-Check Mulberry Silk Scarf will add a pop of color and pattern to any outfit, with a signature silk look. ($150, Nordstrom.com)
Over The Knee Boots
This sexy style is back for fall, and you don’t have to wait for the winter’s cold to wear them. Pair Donald Pliner’s Vannah leather boot with a jean or suede skirt for a sassy transitional look. ($329, on sale at donaldjpliner.com)
It may be too warm to wear the full winter wardrobe, but a cropped version of a wool trouser is an easy way to ease into warmer looks. Celine’s Cropped Trousers in Diagonal Wool Drill have a slimming wide-leg for a high fashion look for work or play. ($1600, celine.com)
Split Back Shirt
Like the famed mullet hairstyle, this top could also be called “business in the front, party in the back,” and the fall collections are full of the surprising trend. From the front, the shirt appears a basic style, while a surprise back—from cut-outs to pleats to a dramatic cowl—catches the eye and leaves a subtly sassy impression. Club Monaco’s a.c.e. Belle Top appears to be a collared work shirt, but reveals a dramatic slit and pleating in the back. ($202, clubmonaco.com).