Published on February 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

5 Wearable Fashion Week Trends (Yes, Really!)

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merch_hp_nyfwThe space-age outfits strolling down New York Fashion Week runways are incredible to watch, but if you’re like us, you’d never conceive of actually wearing them. (Even super-fit, super-fashionable celebrities don’t end up wearing a lot of them!) But as anyone who saw Meryl Streep chew out Anne Hathaway’s sweater in The Devil Wears Prada will recall, the colors, patterns, and shapes from these high-end ensembles do end up trickling down to the wider market– and soon enough, you’ll be seeing certain combos on the shelves at your favorite stores. To give you a head start on the biggest new looks, we’ve chosen five unquestionably fashion-forward trends from NYFW, along with eminently wearable pieces from thredUP that make the look work on a budget.

1. Fall neutrals: BCBG Max Azria, Creatures of the Wine, Josie Natori, and Nicholas K breathed new life into neutrals this season, using unexpected quilting, lace, leather, and color blocking to give a boost to classic black, gray, cream, and camel. This black Express cocktail dress or this super-soft gray New York & Company dress rely on all-over ruching to put a new spin on timeless shades.Check out all our thredUP fall neutrals picks.


2. Vibrant red: There’s nothing hotter than a rich, brilliant red, and the shows for Kye, Josie Natori, Tome, and Mark and Estel were filled with candy-apple shades for the fall. Pair this bright red Luli motorcycle-style jacket with dark denim or this sleek red BR cocktail dress with black tights to make a memorable style statement. Check out all our thredUP vibrant red picks.

3. Shimmer & shine: Everyone loves a little glimmer and glamour, and modern takes on shiny metallics were all over the runways this year. Lisa Perry, Organic by John Patrick, and Tia Cibani utilized both classic neutrals (silver, gold) and vibrantly colored pieces in their designs, with options ranging from a head-to-toe “wow” statement (like this gorgeous gold BCBG Max Azria cocktail dress) to printed metallic pieces paired with one-color neutrals on top (this shimmery J. Crew metallic pencil skirt would look killer with a silky chocolate brown blouse). Check out all our thredUP shimmer & shine picks.
4. Bold prints: Fun and exciting geometric prints were a Fashion Week favorite this year, served up by Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Richard Chai Love in shades of modern plum, camel, bronze, and black. Touches of velvet and color-blocked piecing made knockout complements to the stylish patterns. Put a toe into the trend by slipping this patterned BCBG Max Azria silk shell under a business suit or over dark-wash jeans, or give it your all with this swirling patterned H&M dress. Either way, you’ll want to modernize the look from the feet up with a simple bootie or solid textured pump. Check out all our thredUP bold print picks.
5. Black & white: Orange may be the new black on TV, but black is the new black when it comes to the runways this season. The always-chic shade showed up everywhere, especially in combination with its longtime best bud, a clean winter white. The eternally dynamic duo stayed fresh thanks to intriguing patterns and fun shapes from the likes of Helmut Lang, Jill Stuart, and Alice + Olivia. We know these two can be found in abundance in every woman’s closet, but try giving them an update with a fun Willow & Clay dress with a roll-neck collar or a ruffled, polka-dotted J. Crew blouse over jeans. For the most up-to-date look, add a metallic accent in the form of a silver, gold, or bronze belt or handbag. Check out all our thredUP black & white picks.
Have a favorite look or trend from the NYFW runways? Let us know, and we’ll give it an everyday spin in a future post.