Fashion Friday :: High/Low Fall Trends

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This post is written by Trip Styler fashion and lifestyle blogger Heather.

If you're going to get one piece this season, get a big coat. That's the advice of FLARE Magazine's senior style and market editor, Truc Nguyen, who was in Vancouver this week presenting fall fashion trends at the FLARE World Runway Tour Presented by TRESemmé.

The clothing trends seen on the runways for fall/winter were mid-century silhouettes, pastels, oversized coats, 90s revival punk, new structuralism, strapless or off-the-shoulder, jumpsuits and plaid. The accessory trends included novelty bags, thigh-high boots, functional flats, t-straps, short leather gloves and fur mittens.

Think of trends as something fun, not something prescriptive you have to follow. But also know that we're usually following trends whether we know it or not. There's a great scene in The Devil Wears Prada where second assistant Andy Sachs laughs at a few editors deciding between similar-looking belts until she---and her sweater---are schooled by fashion editrix Miranda Priestly:

"You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and select, I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back, but what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis; it's actually cerulean.... It's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry, when in fact you're wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room."

Here are a few of my picks for the season, at both high and low price points, inspired by the three things to remember for fall: Big coat! Cool flats! Fun bag!

Big Coat

An oversized coat may feel like a burden when you're travelling, but it never has to fit inside your luggage. Wear this coat style with a fitted silhouette underneath, like skinny jeans and a t-shirt, along with one of my own favourite trends of the season: sneakers. from left: ASOS oversized wrap front coat, Rick Owens Lilies quilted sail coat, Zara masculine coat, Forte_Forte coat

Cool Flats

Here's the perfect excuse for not packing heels in your carry-on. Instead, bring along interesting, functional and comfortable flats. left column: Isabel Marant lilo ballerina flat, Dieppa Restrepo laura oxford, Pour La Victoire zandra monk strap flatsright column: Urban Outfitters t-strap flat, Topshop mave metallic points, DV by Dolce Vita monk strap oxford flats

Fun Bag

Novelty bags are meant to add whimsy and colour to an outfit, and they're not meant to be an investment item. They're great treasures to bring home from your travels that will always take you back to wherever you bought them. clockwise from top left: Alice + Olivia zebra clutch, Zara iridescent messenger bag, Santi pom pom clutch, Kneeland Mercado Meché Correa lucky milagros bag

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