By Isabella Biedenharn
Summer is a time for lounging, and winter is for hibernating. But in between those lovely, lazy seasons is fall: the time of year that's all about movement, energy, and discovery. The crisp air, the nostalgia of going back to school, and the excitement of new beginnings has us eager to get out of the house, gather fresh inspiration, and kick off the season surrounded by things that move us.
When it comes to revamping our wardrobes, we've found some serious inspiration in the latest collection from MICHAEL Michael Kors, which heroes three major trends for fall: exotic animal prints, bold red details, and luxe embellished accents. Below, we're breaking down these trends, how to style them, and how to work them into your existing wardrobe.
From spots to stripes, animal prints are here to stay — and ready to be worked into every element of your look. And it won't be hard because in the current fashion climate, leopard is actually considered a neutral (meaning: It goes with any solid color in your closet). If you're looking to make a statement, this is the season to invest in an eye-catching leopard coat or pant. Not ready to take the plunge? Think accessories first, and show your stripes with a bag, shoe, or a peek of a sock — paired with a classic white oxford and worn-in denim.
No color turns heads quite like a bold red. Because red is such a show-stopping hue, you can keep the rest of your look muted or neutral — stick with black, white, metallic, animal print, or your favorite denim. We're partial to red accents, like on the stripes and handles of a go-anywhere satchel — the ultimate bag for a Saturday in the city that turns into an spontaneous night out.
In the summer you want to be breezy and light, but in the fall, we can handle a little grounding. Enter: luxe embellishments like gold hardware, chains, and punk-inspired studs. We're obsessed with the gold chain strap on this MICHAEL Michael Kors belt bag — it's the ultimate piece for inspiring your next concert look. Style with combat boots (they look cool, and they'll protect your toes from the crowd) and black leggings or leather pants.