Fall, come on in! We are expecting you.

If I had to pick just three concepts to summarize what this upcoming season is all about, it would be: beyond basics, volume exploration and fantabulous fur. And boy am I excited!

Starting with color, we will continue to see pink, in clothing and accessories, such as handbags. Red, specifically oxblood, is at the forefront. Blues, greens and earth tones share the scene. And the infamous black and white duo are still going strong.

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The vibe of the season is two-toned — relaxed sophistication. Prints take a backseat to solids. Among the typical fabrics for fall, there is no denying the attraction to leather and fur. And embellished goodness graces the department stores.

Pants gain volume, both by way of a high waist and wide leg for a loose fit. Jumpsuits become a ‘want to wear’ situation, the best styles by Thakoon Addition and Veronica Beard. Hem lengths vary from shin sweeping to short. More pleats are present this season, as are flirty skirts and dresses worn with thigh high boots. And the return of the sweater.

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Interesting side cut-aways, as seen by Opening Ceremony and Theory, allow for playful proportions. Go for length in layers — cropped sweaters over super long tops and blouses. Billowy sleeves are ever present this fall, and a few cropped trapezoid shapes (Sally LaPointe). Cropped and shorter length jackets are great for visual interest, as are sweaters around the waist and neck. However, proceed with caution with regard to voluminous-atop-voluminous garments.