By Ali Boknevitz   Published Feb 26, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Your favorite designers once again took to the runways to show off their 2017 fall collections at New York Fashion Week. If you were stuck in Milwaukee like I was, you stayed at home with a box of Girl Scout cookies, interminable regret and a severe pang of jealousy as you watched your friends post their New York Fashion Week photos to Instagram. Inspired by these Instagram posts showing this year’s fashions, here are some great pieces of clothing to try and where to buy them.

Trench coats

If there is one article of clothing that will never go out of style, it’s the trench coat. Amidst the endless sea of khaki at New York Fashion Week, Dion Lee’s trench coats stood out. Unlike the fitted trench coat you already have hanging in your closet (and maybe got to enjoy wearing during Milwaukee’s unseasonably warm 50 and 60 degree February days), this year’s trench coats are draped for a looser fit. You’ll also spot trench coats with wider belts and collars.

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Left: Horizontal trench blazer, $1,4900 AUD (about $1,1147 USD), Dion Lee. Top right: Trench with oversized styling, $121, Asos. Bottom right: Oversized trench coat, $595, Sandro.

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Left: Mango double breasted belted trench coat, $59, Asos. Right: ‘Estelle’ cotton poplin trench coat, $284, Velvet by Graham & Spencer.

Shearling flight jackets

There is something so fabulously badass about wearing a shearling flight jacket. This warm, comfortable classic seems to come back in style every five or ten years or so, and fall 2017 marks its next return.

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Top left: Brown faux shearling buckle strap jacket, $34, SheIn. Top right: Brave Soul faux shearling aviator jacket, on sale for $47.50, Asos. Bottom right: Acne Studios shearling moto coat, $2,800, Shopbop. Bottom left: Off-White aviator bomber jacket, $1,213, Forward by Elyse Walker.

So much plaid

This fall, expect to see plaid jackets, tops and trousers in bright colors and earthy hues alike. The assortment of tartan and madras at Marc Jacob was especially fantastic. If edgy with a hint of avant-garde is more your speed, Thom Browne paired dramatic makeup with exquisite plaid jackets and overcoats, each with their own element of surprise.  

There is absolutely no need to wait until September to don your plaid apparel. Preppy plaids are always appropriate for springtime.

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Left: Houndstooth wool a-line coat with sculptural panel, $2,895, Burberry. Top right: Barbour telescoping tartan umbrella, $45, Nordstrom. Bottom right: Thom Browne madras plaid Oxford-cloth sheath dress, $809, Barneys New York Warehouse.

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1970s plaid wrap coat, $84, 1919vintage (Milwaukee-based Etsy seller).

Neutral hues and shades of gold

Run a quick Instagram search of "#nyfw" and you'll see endless photos of neutrals, khakis and gold metallics. Mix and match some metallic pieces from your holiday wardrobe with a couple of fresh, new items in shades of camel and taupe.



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Not feeling oversized trench coats or gold metallic dresses? Don’t worry. If Yeezy Season 5 or the Philipp Plein show were any indication of the months to come, stylish sneakers, baggy sweatshirts and ready-to-wear tees will still be in style this year. With clothing this well crafted, the "athleisure" label just doesn’t seem appropriate.


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Top left: ‘Midnight Cowboy’ fringe sweatshirt, on sale for $20, Hyde Park MKE. Top right: Adidas Originals trefoil pullover sweatshirt, $60, Urban Outfitters. Bottom right: Vintage Greenwood ringer tee, $25, FreshtoDeathVintage (Milwaukee-based Etsy seller). Bottom middle: SeaVees ‘Maslon’ mid-cut sneaker boot, $119, Stephanie Horne Boutique. Bottom left: Niagara backpack, $1,745, Philipp Plein. Middle left: Yeezy Season 3 camouflage sweatshirt, $128, FarFetch.

Wide leg trousers

Don’t worry. This isn’t about JNCO jeans or Lee Pipes. However, wide leg trousers are going to be huge this year, and I mean that literally and figuratively. Alice + Olivia showed a variety of these roomy pants in soft velvet material, fabric covered with sequins and everything in between. J. Crew took the trend to the next level with pant legs of colossal proportions.

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Left: ‘Lucille’ Pant, $308, Silvae. Right: Wide-leg jumpsuit in bright dahlia, $228, J. Crew Collection.

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Wide-leg lace jumpsuit, $298, J. Crew Collection.


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Left: Handmade wool pants with large pockets, $96.87, ROTETULPE on Etsy. Right: Superbly unique pants, $49.99, Modcloth.

Which trends are you most excited about?