New York Fashion Week: Favorite Trends for Fall 2014

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There is something special about Mercedes Benz Fashion Week—the parade of cutting-edge styles, the bustling crowd of industry leaders, the glimpse of fall designs. Whether or not the hoopla is your thing, Fashion Week sets the stage for what we'll find on the future department store racks. It affects us all whether we like it or not, lest we forget that iconic Devil Wears Prada moment when Meryl Streep gives Anne Hathaway the smack down over the influence of "Cerulean Blue."

The truth is you get to choose what you want to take from Fashion Week—take the good and leave the bad. You don't have to be beholden to trends; rather simply have fun with the new styles that speak to you.

Plus, if this nasty winter vortex keeps up, you could  take a cue from the past week's Fall 2014 shows and step ahead of the curve by test-driving the trends today before the weather warms up. (Although I'd prefer if it did soon!)

Below are our favorite takes from this week, which actually give us reason to be excited for the next wave of colder weather.

long-layers

Voluminous shapes are a hard sell for women, which is certainly justified. Long, loose layers bring us back to the 80s (think Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink) and are a feat to pull off without looking frumpy. Karen Walker and Derek Lam displayed stunning collections that were perfectly balanced by crisp, clean lines and expert tailoring.

This trend may be best for taller frames, but if you're petite, have no fear! You can just add a touch of volume to one part of your outfit—i.e. a midi-length skirt and form-fitting shirt, or a boxier top and form-fitting, tailored bottoms.

geometric

The stark black and white combo has been a pattern trend the past few years, and we aren't complaining. Whether classic stripe or eclectic tribal, black and white is simultaneously timeless and modern, as shown here by Tracy Reese and Derek Lam. Pair with pops of color in your accessories and you'll be fresh and stylish any time of year.

highwaisted

We couldn't help but think Kathyrn Hepburn may have worn these ensembles from Rodarte and Milly. High-waisted, wide-legged trousers were a hit, and the heavier fabrics and knits make them suitable for the season. The trick to pulling off this look is height, height, and height. Don't be afraid to wear heels! Especially booties and sturdy wedges.

gold-green

Buttery yellow, marigold, emerald, and green chartreuse—not the typical color palettes for fall and winter, but Lela Rose, Thakoon, and Creatures of Comfort brought little bright spots to the abundance of dark blacks and greys of the season.

flannel

Flannel plaid isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and Tommy Hilfiger made sure of that. From day dresses to pleated skirts and heavy coats, plaid in warm, flannel fabrics and bright, punchy colors are a cold-weather staple. And you don't have to be in the Rockies to rock the trend!

Images via Style.com