Style & Beauty

3 Fall Trends To Buy And 3 To Skip

08/19/2014 08:30am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

It officially feels like shearling, leather and knit season -- or as some may call it -- pre-fall.

While you may have just wrapped your head around all the hot summer fads, it's time to start thinking about the cool weather items you're going to need come September. And don't worry, because there is no shortage of trends to choose from. But some purchases will make better investments than others.

Behold, the three best trends to spend on this year, and the three trends that are best left on the runways.

BUY: Capes

Forget the statement coat, this year is all about capes. The outerwear of the moment is a worthwhile purchase as it is versatile and can easily carry you into winter (just add layers). Opt for a cape or poncho in tartan or rich oxblood to add a pop of color to your outfit.

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Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Delpozo, Ralph Lauren

SKIP: Patchwork Fur

Though we love all the crazy furs we saw on the runways for fall 2014, they will definitely set you back a pretty penny. And even if you go with faux-fur, these pieces are so trendy, it's likely you won't be able to wear them for more than a season or two.

patchwork
Altuzarra, Custo Barcelona, Topshop Unique, Roksanda Ilincic

BUY: Furry Accessories

While investing in a colorful fur coat might not be your best bet this fall, getting on board with fuzzy accessories is a smart move. A fur purse or belt is a cheap and easy way to update your look without dropping a lot of cash.

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Celine, Isabel Marant, Vionnet, Kenzo

SKIP: Novelty Purses

Trust us, the novelty will wear off quickly. Save your money.

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Chanel, Moschino, Kenzo

BUY: Long Gloves

This is one of the most practical trends to come out of Fashion Week -- the extra fabric will keep you extra toasty. Long gloves pull together any outfit, will look great with a cape and besides -- how can you possibly own too many pairs of gloves?

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Maiyet, Jean Paul Gaultier, Veronique Branquinho, Chanel

SKIP: Optic Prints

Who else is dizzy right now?

optic
Prada, Dries Van Noten, Jeremy Scott, Peter Pilotto

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