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Ask A Pittsburgh Fashionista: Hottest Fall Fashion Trends

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Whether you're school shopping or simply want to update your closet, fall is the perfect time of year to get onboard with the season's hottest trends. Fall 2016 will bring with it a host of fashion trends, many of which can easily be worked into pieces and clothing that you already own. There's no need to break the bank on a new wardrobe — incorporating one or two trends into your style can be as easy as picking from the season's must-own colors or prints and adding a fun accessory or two. Budget fashion columnist for, Kayla Posney, has all the tips you need to take your style up a notch this fall by combining fashion with functionality. Check out what Posney predicts will be the season's hottest fashion trends.

Kayla Posney
Fashion Writer for
Pittsburgh, PA

Kayla Posney brings nearly five years of experience freelance writing budget fashion features for While Posney's primary focus is sharing tips and advice for budget-conscious fashionistas, she also writes about Pittsburgh's fashion trends and local styles. Posney is a 2008 graduate of Robert Morris University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in English Studies, a 2009 graduate of Chatham College, where she earned her master's in professional writing and a 2013 graduate of Point Park University where she earned her Master of Education in secondary education. In addition to, Posney also works at The Campus School of Carlow University.

50 Shades Of Grey

Posney predicts that the color gray will be huge for fall, a trend supported by Pantone's 2015 color pick of Stormy Weather, which offers an unexpected twist to traditional neutral hues. Posney expects to see both light and dark grays dominating coats, jackets, sweaters, dress, shoes, handbags and even business and workplace attire. Going grey is as simple as picking the right shade for your coloring. "Darker-haired beauties should consider the season's dark grays while blondes should look to the light grey shades," advises Posney.

Sleeves Drama

"A major trend for fall is long sleeves that fall past the hands," says Posney. "This look is figure flattering as it will lengthen the arm and add a dramatic punch to your outfit," A bonus is that you'll also be cozy and warm as you can easily work this trend into your outerwear via jackets and coats with exaggerated sleeves. If you want to add a feeling of quirkiness to your look without going overboard, pronounced sleeves are the way to go.

Mad For Plaid

Expect to see plaid everywhere this fall, from dresses and jackets to handbags and shoes, but with a vibrant twist. In fact, red will reign supreme as the season's it-color for this classic fall print. Posney recommends pairing it with a basic black for a bold look. "The red plaid will brighten up those dreary fall days and really pack a punch on a skirt of jacket," she says.

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These Boots Were Made For Walking

Bring on the boots this season! While Posney notes that boots have always been among fall's wardrobe essentials, she encourages Pittsburgh fashionistas to spring for higher style boots this year. "The higher up the leg, the better for fall. Boots that go past the knee to the thigh and can almost be mistaken for pants will be the look," she says. She suggests pairing them with dresses and tights or leather leggings, two options that lengthen the look of the leg while adding warmth. This is a simple and affordable trend to add fashion to the season's more practical pieces.

Bling, Bling And More Bling

"The motto for fall 2015 jewelry is 'sparkle and shine,'" explains Posney. Look toward big costume jewelry and statement pieces for accessorizing. She adds that sparkles and embellishments will be seen in everything from rings and earrings to bracelets and necklaces. To be even more on trend, pick up some pieces in Pantone's jewel-toned fall 2015 hues, like the wine-colored Marsala, bright Biscay Bay teal or Amethyst Orchid that Pantone has dubbed "the jewel in the crown of the fall 2015 palette."

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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for and Her work can be found at

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