The power of fashion is strong, and the clothes you wear have the ability to influence all aspects of your day. At their very best, they make you feel like you. And while each season comes with its own handful of major trends, they won’t do much for your wardrobe if they lack your own unique spin.
Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a personal stylist to learn how to incorporate each piece into your closet. Inspiration can come from everywhere: an influencer’s Instagram, the runway, and resources like The Edit, a curated site created by Macy’s Fashion Office that offers expert fashion styling tips, trend guides, and home and beauty advice.
For even more inspo, we asked five very different women with their own unique sense of personal style to share how they’d wear a few of this fall’s most exciting trends: the menswear blazer, florals, metallic boots, and red handbags. Not to mention how each outfit makes them feel.
The Mismatched Plaid Skirt Suit
Jessica Wu knows a thing or two about style. As an e-commerce director and Instagram star, she’s always sporting the latest trends. Her take on a menswear blazer involves pairing it with a similar but slightly mismatched plaid skirt and metallic ankle booties (another key trend for the season). “Balance an oversized blazer with a slim mini skirt,” she says. “And always push up the sleeves.”
The Floral Midi Dress
As a BAZAAR editor, Lauren Fisher spends her days scouring the internet, streets, and social media to uncover the latest trends, stylish It-girls, and fashion news.The conclusion: There’s a lot out there, so looking to a trusted source like The Edit for tips is imperative.That’s where she discovered this muted floral dress. An all-over subdued print pairs seamlessly with any neutral color—like this dark green—and allows a red handbag to grab the most attention.
The Statement Making Blazer
After spending years as a fashion editor at Atelier Doré, Tori Lazar has acquired a wealth of knowledge about what the most stylish women of New York like to wear (and how they pull it off). She’s also developed her own sense of personal style along the way, and has discovered that the most important component of any look isn’t what you wear—it’s the attitude you wear it with.
For Lazar, it’s important to step outside your comfort zone. “Pairing bold colors in similar hues, like this burgundy and blush pink, is a fun way to interpret a menswear blazer,” she says. “It’s a little Gucci-inspired!”
The Multitasking Floral Jacket-Dress
Katie Sturino is an entrepreneur. The woman behind #supersizethelook is an advocate for plus-sized fashion, and has her own beauty brand called MegaBabe. As a woman who grabs life and gets the most out of it as possible, it makes sense she wants her clothes to work for her—they need to be comfortable, functional, and occasion appropriate.
This floral blazer works as both a coat over jeans and a T-shirt, or buttoned up as a dress with heels. As Katie says, “Menswear-inspired pieces can work on any body type.”
The Bold Botanical Minidress
Aubree Ashtyn isn’t afraid to show off her style. As a ballet and hip-hop dancer, she loves to express herself and isn’t afraid to push her boundaries. She’s accomplished a lot in her career, including launching her own successful YouTube channel, as well as learning a Beyoncé dance routine in 24 hours—with no instruction.
Whether it’s through dance or what she’s wearing, personal expression is her A-game, which is why she chooses outfits that show off her personality. An example: this bright floral minidress that’s such a show-off piece, it needs little to no adornment.