By Michelle Guerrere
Fall is all about breaking out your coziest outfits and finally bringing layers back into play. After months of paring our looks down to combat the heat, we're so ready to play things up with a mix of colors, prints, textures, and silhouettes. And just because you're piling it on doesn't mean you have to keep things neutral.
Animal prints have been having a major moment this year — from booties and midi skirts to outerwear and more — but this fall we're most excited about evolving the trend via exotic accessories. Bold cheetah spots, luxe embossed python, high-shine tortoiseshell, and more can amp up any look, and Fossil's key pieces for the season present so many opportunities to embrace the wild side.
Here, find inspiration in some of our effortless faves like watches, jewelry, and leather pieces that will keep you ahead of the pack.
Tortoiseshell is like leopard print's understated but equally eye-catching cousin. A little more abstract and organic, tortoise feels super luxe, but with a versatile palette that you can mix and match with virtually any color in your wardrobe. A chic pair of acetate hoops can instantly fancy-up a basic white shirt and jeans, and a detail on your go-to watch can add the extra interest that kicks your look up a notch.
Take your weekend style to the next level with python print companions to hold your essentials. A belt bag with an adjustable strap goes crossbody or around the waist to keep you hands-free for shopping or anything that comes your way. Looking to travel lighter? When rendered on a leather bag or as an accent on a bi-fold wallet, snakeskin styles prove major impact can come in small packages.
Earn your spots by incorporating a pop of cheetah print in unexpected ways (like via a faux cheetah hair watch strap). Even the most monochromatic 9-to-5 looks are brought to life when your bag of choice — mini satchel or backpack for heavier packers — comes in bold (but neutral-hued) spots. Match your favorite pieces with anything from brights to basics all season long.