Hot Fall Fashion Trends

Get the lowdown on the best looks of the season, as selected by PEOPLE's style director, Susan Kaufman. By Serena Kappes

01 of 11

TREND: BLACK

TREND: BLACK
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"Black is back in a big way, in every shape and form," says PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman, "from the little black dress, which can be very romantic with detail like lace or velvet ribbons, to the satin evening suit," like Reese Witherspoon's Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti cocktail dress, Halle Berry's pants ensemble and Jessica Simpson's Yves Saint Laurent jacket. And it doesn't take skill to mix and match: "Anything goes with black."

02 of 11

TREND: FULL SKIRTS

TREND: FULL SKIRTS
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Form-fitting pencil skirts aren't out of vogue, but for a more relaxed look, full skirts are "a very wearable trend," says Kaufman of the style, modeled by RampB singer Amerie in Luca Luca, Mischa Barton in tweed and actress Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta. "And it's not just for evening – it's for daytime too, and looks great with a high boot."

03 of 11

TREND: STUDDED BAGS

TREND: STUDDED BAGS
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This fall, oversized, studded handbags – an updated version of the suede, fringed boho bag – are the carryall of choice for such stars as Sienna Miller and Sharon Stone. "It's all about the hardware – locks, studding – and dark colors," says Kaufman. The look is now "a little more heavy metal."

04 of 11

TREND: BOOTS

TREND: BOOTS
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"Boots are the most important footwear trend of the season," says Kaufman. And they're comfortable too: Skinny stiletto heels have been replaced by the wedge (as seen on Nicole Richie), the slouchy style (on Eva Longoria) and the flat heel (on Lindsay Lohan). "The look is easy."

05 of 11

TREND: MILITARY

TREND: MILITARY
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It's "really about the detail – like a brass button or a braided trim," says Kaufman of the look (on Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Osbourne). "The shape of the jacket is shorter, more fitted, a little bit boxier." And the sailor pants (on Cameron Diaz) are "a carryover of spring's nautical theme."

06 of 11

TREND: PRINTED DRESSES

TREND: PRINTED DRESSES
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As seen on Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst, "It's an all-over print, not a strong graphic print," says Kaufman. "It looks newest when it's on a chiffon dress." And you can make your printed summer dresses fresh for the season: "Mix them with a boot or put on a long-sleeved sweater or layer it under a jacket," says Kaufman.

07 of 11

TREND: NEWSBOY CAPS

TREND: NEWSBOY CAPS
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"On every runway for fall, newsboy caps were the topper of choice," says Kaufman. "It can be very chic or a little more casual" – from the high-end leather Dior version on Elle MacPherson to a soft, pinstriped look on Lucy Liu to a houndstooth pattern on Jessica Alba.

08 of 11

TREND: FOLKLORIC

TREND: FOLKLORIC
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The rich, textured designs "are the fall version of the summer boho trend," says Kaufman. The European-inspired look has many moods: a multipatterned frock on Kate Hudson; "velvet mixed with embroidery," as seen on Paris Hilton; and vibrant colors on Sanaa Lathan's Diane von Furstenberg dress. "It's luxe folkloric – not a peasant-girl look."

09 of 11

TREND: JET-BEADED NECKLACES

TREND: JET-BEADED NECKLACES
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"The season's not about minimal jewelry," Kaufman says of the chunky beads. "It really is about throwing on these necklaces." Wear the versatile accessories as a single strand or several at a time (on Molly Sims, Garcelle Beauvais and Jessica Biel). "They go with everything."

10 of 11

TREND: VELVET

TREND: VELVET
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All hail the return of the fall-fashion staple – velvet. "It reflects light; it's a very rich texture," says Kaufman of the fabric (on Jessica Alba, Mischa Barton and Jaime King). Be sure to look for plush velvet, not a heavy, matte version. One key piece to invest in: a black velvet jacket, which "would get you through the entire fall and winter."

11 of 11

TREND: ROMANTIC TOPS

TREND: ROMANTIC TOPS
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This fall, your basic white button-down has been replaced by romantic tops – from lacey (on Nicole Kidman) to a Victorian-inspired high neck (on Hilary Swank) to a crystal-buttoned variety (on Eva Longoria). The shirts "look great with jeans," says Kaufman. "And they also look good under last year's cropped jackets."

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