Runway to Real Life – How to Wear This Season’s Hottest Trends

Summer has sadly come to an end, the kids are back in school, no more summer Fridays and vacations are officially over. Along with heading back to reality comes the cool weather, fall clothing, and the coveted pumpkin spice latte. With all that being said, fall is one of my favorite times of the year because New York Fashion Week is in full swing and I get to see a glimpse of what will soon be trending in the fashion world and in stores near you. Some of the looks we see on the runway are incredible but not so practical or relevant to our everyday lives. This season, I wanted to take some of my favorite designs and convert them from the runway to real life. In other words, how to wear your favorite runway looks on a daily basis. Here are some of the looks that stood out to me this season and quickly made their way into my closet:

Chunky Knit Sweaters:


chunky sweater new york fashion week 2018


It may not be sweater weather yet but it’s time to start shopping for knits and oversized sweaters, as they are one of the hottest looks on the runway. Let’s be clear, oversized sweaters have been a trend for quite some time but one aspect that has changed is the way in which they are knit. It’s all about the oversized, chunky large knit. Bright neon colors were seen on the runway this season but if we are making this look realistic and relevant to our everyday lives, I would highly suggest opting for a more neutral tone.


kristen taekman chunky sweater


This is such an easy and seamless look to style out and can be worn numerous ways. I opted to wear my oversized sweater with knee-high boots and a pair of hoops. I know it sounds a little basic but sometimes less is more! This look can often be overpowering so I personally like to keep it a bit simpler. One great aspect of this recurring trend is that it can be worn from fall to winter and into spring. You can style an oversized sweater with practically any other item in your wardrobe and create a layered look that will keep you warm in the coldest winter days. The oversized sweater is ideal for achieving that baggy chic look we constantly see on the runways and on our favorite celebrities.

Chic Athleisure:


Athleisure at NYFW 2018


This may just be one of my all-time favorite trends: the chic athleisure tracksuit. I mean, what’s better than rocking a comfy tracksuit in public? It is officially an acceptable look that is actually considered as “high-fashion”. Count me in!


kristen taekman athleisure


Since I do quite a bit of walking in NYC, I often wear my tracksuit with a pair of sneakers and sunglasses. Sunglasses are the perfect way to take any outfit to the next level; the ultimate accessory. What I also love about the latest trend is that you can completely transform this look by swapping out your sneakers for a pump or stiletto. A heel will take this tracksuit from casual to chic in a matter of seconds. I also love that you can get a second look out of this tracksuit by paring the pants with a heel, silk cami, and oversized blazer. There are numerous ways to wear the athleisure tracksuit but these are the most practical ways to wear them on a daily basis.

Monochromatic Suit:


monochromatic suit nyfw 2018


It’s safe to say that bold colors and monochromatic looks were seen across almost every runway show and presentation this season. I am a sucker for a classic suit in general but add a bold color to the mix and I feel like I’m having a Carrie Bradshaw moment. This pink just takes the outfit to another level, creating a major fashion statement.


Monochromatic suit worn by Kristen Taekman and inspired by NYFW 2018.


Monochromatic dressing means wearing separates of one color that have different textures or similar shades of that color to create an overall solid toned look. This may sound a bit boring but trust me, wearing one color is anything but boring! In fact, the outcome of a monochromatic outfit can be just as striking as wearing a pattern. I paired my suit with a nude pump, making it the ideal way to take this look from the runway to real life.

Mad for Plaid:


Plaid New York Fashion Week 2018 Kristen Taekman How to Wear the Season's Hottest Trends


Fall is all about the trench coat! If the weather is hot one day, cold the next and you’re not so sure what to wear over your outfit… go for a classic trench coat. Although trench coats were a major hit across the runway, it was really all about plaid. Designers are mad for plaid and I don’t blame them. Various types of plaid made their way down the runway in every shape and form. From pants to skirts to coats, garments were covered in shades of plaid. Some designers opted for more neutral tones such as greys and blues while other designers went all out with vibrant reds and yellows.


Plaid look sported by Kristen Taekman inspired by New York Fashion Week 2018.


I love plaid but wearing it from head to toe is not very realistic. I find that wearing one garment is just enough to make a statement; it’s my way of meeting runway looks half way. I styled this look with a pair of cropped plaid trousers, a silk cami, and my go-to trench coat. If you plan on walking a lot, definitely wear a loafer instead of a heel (mine are actually in my tote).

So whether you’re mad for plaid this season, vibing the chic athleisure tracksuit or ready to snuggle up in your oversized sweater, you will be fashionably on trend this fall and have a head start on spring. Ok, now that we have transformed runway looks to real-life, who wants to go grab a pumpkin spice latte?

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