Women’s fall runway fashions

With the change in temperature rippling through the northern hemisphere and social media flooded with chunky knitwear, shearling coats and knee-high boots, there is no doubt that fall has arrived. This can be a daunting time for island dwellers – under pressure to stay on trend while keeping cool in the sunny climes of Cayman.

While the runways were laden with leather dresses, tweed capes and plaid hoods, there are a few trends that Cayman fashionistas can channel without overheating. Here are our top picks of the season’s trends to style up in the heat.

Animal instinct

Animal print is absolutely everywhere this season. Leopard, zebra and snake prints graced the runways at Tom Ford and Max Mara earlier this year and have quickly filtered down onto the high street. A snake print skirt or shirt is a perfect way to nod to the trend while dressing appropriately for the Cayman climate.

Handkerchief silk

The vintage equestrian throwbacks have been circulating for a couple of years, most notably with Alessandro Michele’s lavish Gucci renaissance. Handkerchief scarves are back too, as seen on the runway at Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci. Turn a vintage scarf into a top a la Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 13 collection and pair with denim shorts for a quirky yet cool take on this trend.

Sequins

Since the festive season is just around the corner, it is time to dust off the sparkles hiding at the back of your wardrobe, with Paco Rabanne and Balmain showing sequins in a variety of colors and shapes on their runways. Don’t keep your glitzy delights just for special occasions; try to incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe. Opt for a matte bronze sequin camisole with jeans to elevate a simple outfit into a stylish understated look.

Earth tones

This season, brown is the new black. Shades of rust, beige, camel and chocolate are the colors of choice. These rich earthy tones work perfectly together but can be worn as an accent with denim or white. As seen on the runways at Chloe and Tory Burch, these autumnal tones look great in luxurious silk when knitwear is not necessary.

Pleated skirts

Still on trend from last year, this season’s pleats are back in the form of midi-to-full-length floaty dresses and skirts. As seen at Balenciaga, Lanvin and Valentino, this feminine silhouette oozes style and sophistication.