The fall ready-to-wear runway shows bring great joy in the fashion world—brand new designs and trends emerge from well-known designers and we prepare to add those to our wardrobe come September, but the ensembles they showcase aren't always wearable. Today, I'm going to give you the rundown of the runway shows that actually contain ready-to-wear outfits for fall 2016. How do I know which ones are the most wearable? I went through every single show on vogue.com. I may have seen enough fashion shows to last me a lifetime.
Designer Andrea Lieberman created one of the most wearable collections this season. With laid back pieces and strategic layering, she created looks that were still high fashion, but not outrageous. Choosing sneakers for the shoes instead of heels also adds to the casualness and wearability of the collection. I could definitely see myself and other millennials owning and wearing many of these pieces.
Alice + Olivia
The '70s vibe that this collection gives off is one of the hottest trends of the season. We're seeing a lot of "throwback" collections to decades past like the '70s and the '90s. The bold patterns are grounded by the simple silhouettes, and, surprisingly enough, I do love the bright colors that Stacey Bendet uses throughout this collection to really drive home that '70s style. This is by far my favorite collection of the season and one of the most wearable.
This collection is the working girl's dream. Michael Anderson really knows how to design for the everyday working woman. This is definitely the most wearable collection for anyone with a 9-to-5 job and is at a relatively low price point compared to other designer collections.
Stuart Vevers took some cues from the back to school trend we always see come August and September. The jackets are really the most wearable items in this collection. I love the varsity jackets that are reminiscent of high school football players and the patch-filled coats that many people have been DIY-ing as of late.
More work-appropriate pieces done in the fall trends. Velvet ruled this show and made for an interesting contrast to the simple color scheme. This is the perfect show for someone who wants to be on-trend even at work.
Elizabeth and James
Thank goodness for the Olsen twins bringing their eternally cool style to us. Their collection is all about the cool girl and how she dresses on a day-to-day basis. I'm loving the jeans and relaxed sweaters and styling these outfits with Converse adds to the laid back/cool vibe.
This is fall done the girly way. This collection is perfect for anyone who prefers more feminine pieces, but needs to update them for fall. The dusty pinks and burgundy done in velvet and corduroy—fall's "it" fabrics—make for a refreshing and wearable fall collection.
Bohemian and Victorian vibes alike are all over this collection. With the floral prints, suede and flowy fabrics, this is the boho girl's dream collection. Joie's collection is exactly what the feminine boho girl wants in her wardrobe, and it's all very wearable. Just lose the beret and you have the perfect outfit for classes.
This collection is very much military-inspired and has a focus on outerwear. Oak was actually a company owned by American Apparel, but when they filed for bankruptcy, designers Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena claimed the brand. You can see the influence American Apparel had on this collection with it's simple T-shirts and jeans, but the outwear is really the standout part of this collection.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren has stayed very true to his aesthetic since the beginning. This collection is no different, but that's the appeal. Lauren's classic pieces in a fall color palette are still versatile enough that they could be worn for several seasons and no one would even know it was from the fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Can I also say that I loved the monochromatic brown looks more than the black ones. Who am I?
This is yet another collection that pulls from some '70s inspiration and has cross-seasonal wear. I love the versatility of this collection and how "real" it is compared to other runway shows. The jackets are the perfect layering pieces for the cooler weather ahead.
I had to include this one because Topshop is my favorite brand. Maybe this collection isn't super wearable, but I would wear it. Topshop is always on-trend since they're considered a fast fashion brand, but this runway collection shows that they're able to be ahead of the game and cater to the cool girl.
Another great show to take workwear inspiration from. The silhouettes are timeless and these pieces are able to transfer from season to season, so there's no need to continually update your wardrobe with items this versatile. And can we just talk about that olive green suit for a moment? Beautiful.
Victoria, Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham was Posh Spice for a reason. This collection is playful and colorful. I love the matching sets and the mint shearling coat. Pieces like this can really brighten up a typically dark and neutral-hued fall wardrobe.
Yet another fall collection inspired by the '70s. This decade has shown the most influence for the fall 2016 season, but Jane Shepherdson kept the '70s influence light so that these items remain wearable even when we no longer see the decade's influence. Classics like the turtleneck sweater, fur coat and flirty mini are redone in '70s-inspired prints and colors, but this collection also contains the very on-trend items like culottes and a bomber jacket in a long version.
Stella Ishii has perfected the basics, especially for the tomboy. Many of these pieces are items you could find in any store or they may be pieces that you already own. The minimalism of this collection allows it to be wearable for college students and weekend lovers alike.
The simple color scheme and loose silhouettes of Paula Gerbase's collection keep the overall feel light and fresh and wearable. I've really been into the wide leg pant trend and the looser fits, so this collection to me is very wearable. I also love the lack of color in this collection.
And finally, some miscellaneous designer looks I LOVED.
I hope you enjoyed my rundown of the most wearable runway shows of fall 2016! Let me know what your favorite shows were in the comments and tell me what trends you're most excited about for fall!
Please excuse me while I start going through the spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows.
Photos: Vogue Runway