Late Fall into Winter Fashion Trends
Curated by Aline Toler, stylist and image consultant
Southern California’s seasons tend to run fashionably late, but the forecast ahead means it’s time to dress warm and layer up – and we’re so ready for it!
I’ve had my eyes on all the trends this year, and it’s interesting to see how they translate from the runways to the stores. I’ll save you from the frantic search for a cute winter jacket or pair of boots that leads to some regrettable last-minute purchases. All that ends today. Here are my top trends to look for when those holiday gift cards start rolling in…
*Note: The following looks are for style inspiration and may not be available in-store.
1. Midi Dresses
A midi dress or midi skirt is where the hem ends halfway between the knee and ankle. These dresses are so versatile and flattering for every body type! Look for midi dresses with darker hues, side slits and interesting necklines. The sleeves can be off the shoulder, long and airy, spaghetti strap or simple cap sleeve. You can always add a jean or cotton jacket over the dress when it’s chilly. You can opt for sneakers, boots or mules. And, even if the midi dress doesn’t come with a belt, add one. You don’t want to wear a midi dress without giving your waist some definition.
Where to shop: Calvin Klein, Daisy Shoppe, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Papaya, Sun Diego Boardshops, TAZGA, Tillys, Zumiez
2. Knee-High Boots
The ankle boots have been around for a while, but now it’s time to raise the stakes and rock a knee-length boot. As well as providing warmth, these shoes are also chic and surprisingly versatile. Perfect for work, the weekend, nights out and beyond, knee-high boots can look fantastic with a lot of outfits. All you need to know is how to style them, which is where I “step” in. Whether they’re black, brown, suede, leather, flat or heeled—these boots work with a variety of looks. They can be paired with jeans, leggings, a dress or skirt, and just about any outerwear up top.
Pictured: Guess Factory Store
Where to shop: G.H. Bass Factory Store, Clarks Outlet, Cole Haan Outlet, GUESS Factory Store, MadaLuxe Vault
3. Statement Outerwear
Capes, trenches, bombers, coats – make a statement with them, the bolder the better. We’re all feeling that chill in the air, which means it’s time to don the cutest outerwear. While I love a good classic denim jacket, this season’s styles invite you to go a little bolder. Whether it’s an oversized puffer, rocker jacket with sequins, velvet, faux fur, or a classic 70s shearling coat, outerwear is all about making a statement.
Where to shop: Calvin Klein Outlet, Daisy Shoppe, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, LOFT Outlet, MadaLuxe Vault, Papaya, Sun Diego Boardshops, TAZGA, Tillys, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store
Levi's Outlet Store
4. Puffy Sleeves
Puffy sleeves are one of this year’s biggest trends. Oversized sleeves no doubt make a style statement, so if you’re a little hesitant about trying the trend, we’d suggest making them the star of your outfit instead of competing with other statement pieces. Pair a puffy-sleeved top with a pair of simple jeans or try a puffy-sleeved dress with classic white sneakers. Remember to start small. There are a lot of over-the-top looks, but since this is so trendy right now, stores are carrying more wearable versions, from ladylike dresses to dramatic retro-inspired tops. Opt for a pink shade for a more romantic look.
Where to shop: Daisy Shoppe, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, Papaya, Sun Diego Boardshops, TAZGA, Tillys
5. Dark Romance & Florals
While you may think florals aren’t a “groundbreaking” trend, this season it’s all about femininity with a sinister twist. Melancholy florals mixed with lace, leather, and a dark lip really reinvents this trend, which seems to be relevant during all seasons. With modest and vintage-inspired pieces this trend is all about juxtaposing the romantic concept of florals with gothic elements. Florals have never looked so chic.
Where to shop: Daisy Shoppe, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, LOFT Outlet, Papaya, TAZGA, Tillys, Van Heusen Company Store, White House Black Market Outlet
Guess Factory Store
6. Bold Bags
It’s all about the bag! The clutch is making a comeback, waist-bags continue to reign, color is all the rage and the oversized pouch is a favorite. Two for one bags, white bags, geometric bags and micro bags—with so many handbags each having its own personality, it’s impossible to ever get bored. A handbag is like any other accessory: use it to make a fashion statement and express yourself!
Pictured: MadaLuxe Vault
Where to shop: Bass Factory Outlet, Calvin Klein Outlet, Chico’s Outlet, Clarks Outlet, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, Nautica Factory Store, Papaya, Sun Diego Boardshops, TAZGA, Tillys, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Van Heusen Company Store, White House Black Market Outlet
Monochromatic dressing means wearing separates of one color that have different textures and similar shades of color for an overall tonal look. While mixing patterns and color-blocking can look a bit fussy, wearing a single shade is a simpler, cleaner approach to styling an outfit. This is my secret style hack for making any outfit look more elegant and intentional. Even a regular daily outfit will look more put together and chic with this monochromatic rule. Pick one color and go with it — my favorite is camel. Wearing one color is anything but boring!
Where to shop: Chico’s Outlet, Daisy Shoppe, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, LOFT Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Tillys, Sun Diego Boardshop, White House Black Market Outlet
8. Bougie Girl
I saved the best for last… This is one of my favorites, because it’s an iteration of “French-girl dressing” that most of us seek to mimic, whether consciously or unconsciously — and I have a feeling this trend is here to last. If you’re not familiar, bougie dressing draws its name from the concept of the “bourgeoisie,” and in fashion, it means wearable clothing infused with effortless elegance. Right now, you will notice a lot of silk neck scarves, checkered knee-length skirts, equestrian styles, impeccably tailored blazers and long leather boots. But if is too extreme for you, try pairing jeans with a nice tailored plaid blazer and a silk scarf. Blazers are a sophisticated way of emulating this trend, plus, it flatters your body. Pair it with a nice tailored pant or with a statement belt to accentuate the waistline. Channel your inner French girl and be tres tres chic!
Where to shop: Calvin Klein Outlet, Chico’s Outlet, Daisy Shoppe, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Inspiration Boutique, LOFT Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Papaya, TAZGA, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Van Heusen Company Store, White House Black Market Outlet
About Stylist Aline Toler
Aline is creatively charged to bring out the best in her clients, whether she’s curating memorable wardrobes for interviews, commercial appearances, news segments, magazine and advertising spreads.
From the iconic beaches of Brazil where she was raised, to the golden California coast she calls home, Aline has cultivated a passion for eclectic creative expression, culling cultural inspiration from her travels all over the world.
Her exploration of the arts — drawing, photography, mosaics — led her to her true calling as a personal stylist. She’s earned dual accreditation as a stylist and personal stylist from the School of Style in Hollywood, California, and the Brazilian Institute, Senac-Rio, in Rio de Janeiro. But Aline’s talent is equally grounded in an art that can’t be taught — that of recognizing and appreciating the beauty of each unique individual.