We get it: It’s hella hot out. Nobody wants to hear about puffer coats and shearling boots. In the midst of a late-summer heat wave, though, it can be comforting to do a little daydreaming about the cooler season ahead—or, more to the point, about all the new clothes we’ll get to wear when the weather isn’t bringing out our inner nudists.
Fall fashion is almost upon us—just look at all the September issues hitting the stands for proof—and that means soon we’ll see a whole new slate of trends trickling down to our favorite stores and filling our Instagram feeds.
Some of the biggies you’ll recognize already—streetwear-inspired sweats; reconstructed denim—but others, like metal hardware and asymmetrical sleeves, feel especially fresh.
And sure, we could wait till after Labor Day, but why would we, when we can satiate our desire for instant gratification with a few considerations of fabric, styling, and future layering possibilities? Heavy jackets and wool dresses may not see the light of day for a while yet, but tartan mini skirts, cropped hoodies, and patched denim are perfectly suited to late summer. Ahead, shop seven of the biggest trends of Fall ’16—with pieces you can wear right this very moment.
1. Statement Sleaves
After years on the straight and narrow, sleeves are finally starting to show a little personality. For fall, you’ll see them cinched at the cuff, flared and bell-shaped, adorned with bows, and extra-voluminous; in a lightweight material, there’s no reason you can’t start to incorporate the look now—especially if shoulder cutouts happen to be involved.
Whatever your feelings about nipple barbells or septum rings, you have to admit a little bit of hardware goes a long way when it comes to style. Adding some to your wardrobe this season in the form of a ring-embellished top or a grommeted sweater is a low-commitment alternative to a trip to the piercing parlor.
Everyone’s favorite back-to-school print was as popular as ever this season, with designers like Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Acne putting plaid front and center in their fall collections. Find pieces you can wear on their own now and layer with chunky knits and turtlenecks a few months down the line.
4. One-Sleeve Wonder
Ready to switch things up from off-the-shoulder? Opting for an asymmetrical look is unexpected—and at least 50 percent more ventilated, making it ideal for the days when two sleeves are too damn many.
5. Fall Florals
Darker, moodier, and sometimes a little more grunge than their summery counterparts, autumn’s floral prints pair well with a white tee and slide sandals now, and a leather jacket and chunky-heel boots later.
6. Reconstructed Denim
The wardrobe staple is a designer’s playground right now, with jeans patched together and transformed into something totally new—and refreshingly wearable.
7. Streetwear Sweats
We haven’t seen the last of the fashion hoodie—from no-frills Champion to big-ticket Vetements, the year’s comfiest trend is here to stay (which is really just an added bonus, since we’d be wearing them on chillier summer nights anyways).