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Embracing Fall’s Hottest Fashion Trends Now

Yes, I’m starting to talk fall fashion today. You might be thinking, “What? Fall fashion already? In the middle of August?” Well, it is totally reasonable to think that. In fact, we in Houston are in the midst of the most sweltering heat and humidity of the summer. So, you might think I’m crazy for talking about fall now!

However, as a fashion person, there’s always an urge to be a step ahead. There’s something satisfying about embracing the next trend or the next season before everyone else. Early adoption lends a feeling of Avant-garde to one’s look. When you adopt trends early, you look like more of a trend setter than just a trend follower.

Perhaps you are in the same boat as I… While the thermometer says summer, your fashion leanings are screaming fall. So, let’s talk about how you can start to incorporate two of fall’s hottest trends into your looks now!

Two Tips for Wearing Fall Trends in the Summer Heat

The secret to embracing fall trends early – even in the heat of August – is to do so with accessories.

Specifically, here are two tips for doing so:

1. Play with texture.

2. Play with color.

Remember: it’s all about the accessories. You don’t need to break out the heavy sweaters and overcoats yet. You can keep your clothing light in terms of fabric. For example, I stuck with this lightweight Equipment silk shirtdress, which is very summer friendly. But it appears completely fall appropriate because of the accessories I chose.

Keep reading for how exactly I highlighted two of fall’s hottest trends through my use of texture and color…

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Velvet Boots

Mark my word… Velvet is the texture for fall. In fact, velvet will be the standout trend of the season. From clothing to accessories, you’ll be seeing it everywhere – particularly with footwear. Velvet boots were all over the fall 2016 runways back during fashion month in February. At that point, I immediately added it to my list of trends I’d want to adopt for the fall.

Before you think I’m crazy for fast forwarding to velvet boots already, you should know that several notable celebrity models have already been rocking the look. Gigi Hadid stepped out in the velvet boot trend way back in June! She wore these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Bordeaux boots. More recently, Kendall Jenner was spotted wearing these fabulous blue velvet Gianvito Rossi ankle booties. By the way, in case you are interested, I found a great budget friendly alternative to Kendall’s blue velvet boots here.

When I spotted these exquisite Laurence Dacade embroidered velvet ankle boots (exclusive to Net-a-Porter), I do believe my heart may have skipped a beat. I have a soft spot for all of Laurence Dacade’s unique footwear designs, and these boots are no exception. Not only is the velvet on trend, but so is the block heel, as well as the embroidery.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best in velvet boots for fall. Note that we’ve included both designer and high street (i.e., lower priced) options.

The Color Wine

Last year, we called it marsala, since Pantone deemed marsala the 2015 color of the year. Though it’s now 2016, wine hues will continue to play an important role in fall wardrobes. The rich, warm tones play so well with the traditional tones of fall.

Though we’ll be seeing all sorts of sartorial selections in this color, I’ve especially noticed it is prominent in the handbag department. Thus, I decided to try this Chloe Georgia leather shoulder bag for fall. I love both the size and style, and I look forward to wearing it frequently.

Much as with the velvet boots above, we scoured the internet and found both high end and high street handbag options for you. Shop our favorites here:

For more ideas on how to wear this delicious color, check out our article from last fall titled 6 Ideas for Wearing Marsala.

So, readers, are you ready for fall? Or are you still in a summer state of mind?

Thanks as always for being a part of the Wear + Where + Well community! Leave us a comment. Let us know your thoughts. And as always, have a great day!

PS – be sure to check out the updated boutique and the updated Carrie Curates section of the homepage.

Photos by Maritere Rice

Details of My Look


  1. Bella B says:

    Love love this look, Those boots are killer!!! Cant wait to see you.. be there in less in couple hours!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      So glad you’re here! Xoxo

  2. Hannah says:

    How amazing are those shoes! I love this look! XX

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Hannah!

  3. Jane says:

    Such a beautiful fall look! Love the color and texture!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Big thanks, Jane! I’m loving the look you posted today.

  4. Laura says:

    How fabulous are those boots! I’m obsessed with this look-see fall perfection!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, big thanks, Laura!

  5. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I love that bag. That colour is an all time favourite. And I do love fall….my birthday is in November, perhaps that is why it holds a special spot.

    Take care,

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Sheri. When in November is your birthday? I’ll have to add it to my calendar. 😉

      Have a great week.

  6. Sheri says:

    My birthday is November 16 🙂

    Turning the big 49! Yikes….

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, that’s great! Noted. 😉

  7. Sydney says:

    I just adore those booties!! I am so excited for velvet!! I am gushing over fall style right now!! So many great things to come and play with this season! Amazing outfit Carrie!! Can’t wait to see what else you will be wearing this fall!


    1. Carrie says:

      I’m glad you are as excited as I am, Sydney! Have a great day.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Those floral velvet booties are just fabulous! Love playing with color and texture!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t they? Thanks as always for stopping by, Jennifer.

  9. Michele says:

    I’m so in looove with those booties! Very stylish look. Perfect pairing, inspiring!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Michele!

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