Change is good, right? Even if you already have a sharp sense of style, it's always fun to infuse it with new energy once in a while. And one of the best times to do that is with a change in season, since you'll be naturally transitioning your wardrobe.
So with fall right around the corner, what's the secret to pulling together an edgy women's outfit? Keep reading for our guide to the key trends for fall 2020 and how to brush up on your fashion know-how.
Edgy clothing style for fall 2020
As we leave the dreaminess of summer behind, masculine silhouettes, '80s tailoring, and leather finishes are striding on to the style scene.
View to a hue
Feel-good, bright, saturated color is a key message for fall 2020, with edgy women's outfits appearing in head-turning hues that we might normally see in spring or summer. Think minimalism and tonal looks, dressing from head-to-toe in a single favorite color to make a real statement. Choose a vivid tone in a solid long dress or matching jacket and trousers and tie in matching accessories to complete the ensemble. For some visual variety, choose a bold-print blouse in a luminescent color with a neutral tailored jacket and a solid skirt.
We're definitely borrowing from men's closets for fall, with jackets and coats in traditional suiting fabrics like plaid, houndstooth, and pinstripes. For truly edgy clothing style, mix patterns by pairing a sharply tailored oversized hounds-tooth jacket with skinny navy pinstripe trousers. A bright white button-down shirt will finish the look perfectly, but pay attention to proportion.
Speaking of menswear influences, '80s tailored styles with bold shoulders and wide lapels will get a refresh in the roaring 2020s. Pick up an updated blazer in a warm neutral tone like camel, olive, or charcoal and wear it with a body-skimming black dress and the highest heels you can handle to channel that '80s power look. Try also playing with unexpected cut-outs in jackets that allow bright-toned blouses or dresses to pop in unexpected ways.
Long and lean
Dresses, skirts, sweaters, outwear—they're all embracing a longer silhouette for fall. Get yourself a calf-skimming, unstructured or knit lightweight coat for cool fall days, and then use it as a jacket under a lengthy down coat when the chill really begins to hit.
Skin to skin
An easy way to edge up your fall fashion? Slip on some leather. And we're not just talking outerwear or accessories—seek out blazers, skirts, blouses, and coats in various tones. A bright, tan leather skirt worn with a soft knit blouse or sweater in a contrasting saturated swatch will keep it fashion-forward yet playful.
Edgy women's outfits work best with statement-making hair to match. A big trend this season is soft, romantic hair, worn in a half-chignon with the rest of your mane tumbling around the shoulders. Cropped, gamine-like styles look great when tucked into a knit beanie and all that '80s influence means that slicked-back locks will add welcome drama. Complement all those cheerful hues you're wearing with a color pop on the lips, retro cat-eye treatments, and black nails.
How to keep up with the latest fashion trends
Now that you're clued up on the trends for fall 2020, here's how to make sure you're always in the know about the latest edgy outfit ideas.
Reading is fundamental
Fashion magazines and websites are a stellar place to start for wardrobe inspiration. Check out Vogue.com's seasonal runway coverage or InStyle's red-carpet images. To delve deeper, WWD is the fashion industry's bible, while Business of Fashion also gets you an insider perspective. Learn what designers are thinking, celebrities are wearing, and which textile and color trends are headed your way, so you can keep them in mind when refreshing your wardrobe.
Who's your fashion hero? Rihanna and her unapologetic style statements? Serena Williams and her body-positive approach? Awkwafina and her glam suits? Think about which celebrities catch your eye and follow them on social media for inspo. Take note of the brands they often wear and the colors and silhouettes they favor—often they'll even include behind-the-scenes insights when getting ready for events. Create a Pinterest board or Instagram bookmark file to capture all of the outfits you love, so you can use them later as reference.
Most fashion icons have a secret weapon: personal stylists. Work with a Nordstrom Trunk Club personal stylist to determine which edgy outfit ideas work best for your body shape and lifestyle.