Maintaining swoon-worthy personal style often comes down to the basics. Fabrics are the starting point of any great garment, and fall is when our
Velvet: for a rich texture
Dubbed a luxury fabric since its creation, good velvet is still a bit pricey. Its soft “pile” surface lends to its light-reflecting finish, making it a favorite to render in jewel tones, like one of our favorite fall color trends: dark teal. Velvet is often associated with evening, but with the right piece, it’s versatile enough to be worn during the day. This soft fabric is one of the season’s biggest trends, so try it in a statement piece.
Corduroy: for classic-cool
This vintage-inspired fabric, sometimes referred to as a “ridged” velvet, is both durable and fun to wear. It first rose to popularity in the ‘70s, where it fit right into the earthy, boho-chic movement of the era. Now corduroy is back in fresh new silhouettes. Wear it in slim cuts to stay streamlined, but opt for fun, modern colors.
Cashmere: for luxe layering
This irresistibly soft fabric is one of the most luxurious knit fibers in the world, thanks to its origin and feel. Cashmere is made using wool from the underbelly of goats in the Kashmirian mountainsides of Northern India—hence its name—and makes for ultra-luxe knit tops, dresses, and scarves. It’s a high-quality textile that should be cared for and stored properly to preserve its longevity.
Wool: for the ultimate warmth
Make way for a true cold weather essential! Chunky knits are a standard sweater-weather uniform, and none keep you quite as toasty as those rendered in wool. Who doesn’t love a wool sweater dress and over-the-knee boot? This natural, versatile fiber isn’t prone to pilling or wrinkling, making it easy to wear and care for. Many things can impact its quality and price tag, but there’s something for every budget.
Suede: for a softer edge
This popular fall textile is predictably found in on-trend boots, jackets, and accessories. Suede is essentially leather with a brushed side that creates a velvety nap. The result is amazingly soft and rich, and the perfect cozy contrast when paired with silky tops or glossy finishes. Caring for suede requires a few extra steps, but it’s timeless look and luxe feel are very much worth the effort.