Velvet It’s clear, velvet is the fabric of the fall. The woven, tufted fabric is back, and, I guess, so is the word ‘‘velvety.’’ Gals, try Theory’s new Velvet Tank Dress ($295, Bloomingdales, Roosevelt Field Mall) that boasts a sexy racer back and scoop neck. Guys, try Alfani’s Velvet Jacket ($250, Macy’s) that features a two-button closure, and ticket pockets.
Plaid One big look for men this season is plaid. Head to Brooks Brothers for the Dunblane Tartan Cummerbund Set ($155, Brooks Brothers, Manhasset). The silk bowtie and cummerbund are sure to spice up party attire.
‘60s Yep, the ’60s are back in style this season. One great place to get your fall ’60s fix is Banana Republic. The store’s new MadMen Collection boasts an array of different options like the jewel-colored Full Circle Skirt ($110, Banana Republic, Woodbury). For men, try the Tailored Slim Suit Pant ($150). The pants feature a slimmer and more custom fit, inspired by the ‘sharp tailoring of 1960s style.’
Animal Print It’s a jungle out there, and you don’t want to be at the bottom of the food chain, right? Girls, pick up the leopard-print Rebecca Minkoff Buckle Clutch ($350, Lonny’s in Hewlett, Woodbury, Great Neck, Huntington & Merrick). This animal-print bag is adorned with two buckles and a flap closure. Guys, go for crocodile and ostrich prints with Stacy Adams Shoes, Animal Print Oxfords ($80, Macy’s). The pair features a lace-up closure and makes a statement with every step.
Double-Breasted Double-breasted styles are back, and men can get one option at J.Crew stores. The Ludlow Double-Breasted Peak Lapel Blazer ($450, J.Crew) features a double-vented back and instantly takes fellas from frumpy to fancy.
Thigh-High Slit Sexy slits are in this season. Opt for Helmut Lang’s Torrent Asymmetrical Knit Gown ($655, Saks Fifth Avenue, Huntington). The gown features a v-neckline and show-stopping thigh-high slit.
Lace Lace isn’t limited to Kim Kardashian’s wedding gown; it’s everywhere and on everyone this season. Valentino’s ‘Bridal’ Platform Pump is a great piece. The stiletto heel features a platform and black lace detailing ($795, Nordstrom, Garden City). Another option, Chantilly Lace Cuff from Stella & Dot ($98, stelladot.com/loriwalters). The gold-plated filigree cuff was inspired by vintage lace.