Fall fashion: Trends you need to try

BLACK AND WHITE The trend for several


BLACK AND WHITE

The trend for several seasons now continues. Here, a Charter Club cape; $99, and top, $49, at select Macy's stores. (Credit: Handout)

These days, there are two kinds of shoppers -- those who don't mind trying on heavy autumn clothes when it's still hot and summery, and those dragged kicking and screaming from the beach.

Whichever your personality, there's no fighting it. Stores are hauling out their knits, the long sleeves, the wool and velvet and mohair.

At Scoop NYC shops in East Hampton, Greenvale's Wheatley Plaza and Manhattan, strong looks for fall include fit and flare dresses, a new silhouette that's "like a graduation of the peplum, feminine and flattering to many body types," says Heidi Hoelzer, vice president of women's at Scoop NYC.

In contrast to that feminine flounce, she notes, menswear styling is also a key trend (lots of houndstooth, herringbone and plaids).

Over at Macy's, you'll spot plenty of that menswear, and lots of black and white, either separates worn together, or prints -- from bold, optical graphics to stylized florals.

Then there's Saks Fifth Avenue, where it's all elegance gone casual -- trimmer, slimmer fisherman's knit sweaters paired with smart skirts; outerwear that's slouchy, oversized; and updated, surprisingly luxe biker jackets and sweatshirts.

Yes, sweatshirts.

"It's not sloppy, which one might think if you hear the word," says Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue. "They're in leather, fur, embellished, embossed -- and at all different price points."

Pair them with a flared or pencil skirt to counter the rounded shape up top, she suggests.

We've tallied up the top trends worth checking out for fall. Might as well start browsing -- after all, days are getting shorter.

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