Cool, Classic, or Glam – How To Shop YOUR Style

Fall’s hottest trends are bold, so how can you wear them without looking overdone? Whether you’re going for cool, classic, or glam, PEOPLE StyleWatch Senior Market Editor, Marissa Rubin, gives us the how-to!

Cool Trend: Lace and Leather -  This fall, the leather and lace look is really about modern, dark romance, so think about juxtaposing hard and soft, tough and sweet. To achieve this look, it's essential to combine the two textures in head-to-toe black. The simplest way to pull off this trend is to pair sleek classic leather leggings with a delicate lace blouse. But if you dare to be more of a risk-taker, look for style influence on the fall runways of Gucci, Etro and Pucci. Key wardrobe essentials for this look include leather leggings/pants, lace blouse/shell, and a leather skirt, or a quilted leather jacket. In accessories, opt for more edge by choosing shoes and bags with hardware details - like a spiked pointy toe pump, a crossbody bag with chain detail, a studded clutch bag, or a leather and suede combo bootie. Edgy-pretty jewelry totally completes the look, so seek out necklaces, earrings and cuffs that combine thick chains and spikes with large jewels and rhinestones.

Related: 6 Stylish Ways To Rock A Leather Jacket 

(1. Topshop Lace Back Zip Peplum Top, $78, 2. Dana Buchman Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, $33.60, 3. Forever 21 Pyramid Spike Ring Set, $3.80)

Classic Trend: Equestrian - The Equestrian look is a modern take on the classic town and country - it's relaxed, yet polished. To achieve this look, don't be afraid to mix material, texture, and pattern in a neutral palette of cream, khaki, camel, saddle, and olive. Start with a quilted jacket - it's full of rich details and exemplifies equestrian; wear it layered over a cableknit sweater and twill pant with a clean, simple riding boot. For an edgier take, check out Tommy Hilfiger's Fall runway wear - equestrian and military details merge into one sleek, modern look. Key wardrobe essentials include cableknit sweaters, boyfriend cardigans, blazers with elbow patches, riding pants, jodhpur pants, as well as hunting jackets and vests –will create a timeless and classic look this fall. In accessories, choose a pair of riding boots, a crossbody saddlebag, or even a classic leather belt with bridle-bit closure.

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(1. Gap Quilted Belted Jacket, $98, 2. A + Ro Ivy Cable Knit Sweater, $145, 3. American Apparel Riding Pant, $44)

Glam Trend: Embellishment - The embellished look is about opulence and luxury. And though generally associated this style with eveningwear, the "new glam" can actually be worn day or night. To best achieve this look by day, opt to wear a single statement-making piece and pair it with something unexpected and casual! Try an all-over jeweled top/sweater worn with a boyfriend skinny jean, and a pointed heel – think eye-catching, yet refined. To achieve a night look, simply swap the jean for a sleek pencil skirt or ankle pant in a versatile wool or leather. But for the total crown jewel effect, check out the runways of Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Key wardrobe essentials are tops, knits, jackets, skirts, and dresses either decorated all over with jewels or simple, embellished clusters. In accessories, go for a standout heel, flat, handbag, belt or statement piece of jewelry with oversized adornments.

(1. Ann Taylor Jeweled Sweater, $88, 2. Kate Spade Broome Street Metallic Denim, $248, 3. Pink and Pepper Lauren Flat. $39.95)

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Originally from Virginia, Marissa Rubin came to NYC with the goal of landing a career in fashion.  Since then she has held fashion editorial positions at Us Weekly, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, Teen People, and more.  For the past 6+ years, she has called People StyleWatch her home and spends her days meticulously scouring the clothing market from designer showrooms to fashion shows and retail boutiques.  She's always on the hunt to find the latest and greatest fashion to feature in the magazine each month.  In a perfect world, her NYC apartment would be a bottomless closet. Rubin is a graduate of NYU and currently resides in Manhattan. 

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