Even the most cautious shopper can’t help but venture into a favorite department store or boutique at this time of year to gaze longingly at the racks of gorgeous fall merchandise. Then, for most us, reality sets in: Yes, we will be buying a few new items this season, but only a few. So they’ve got to be versatile, stylish, and on-trend — without being too trendy.
So, what to buy? We talked to fashion experts to learn what key pieces should make it into your wardrobe this fall, compiling 14 of the hottest trends. While military-inspired jackets are important this season, as are those cargo pants you bought this summer, menswear-inspired pantsuits also make the list, as long as they’re paired with multistrand pearls and a feminine top.