WITH autumn well and truly upon us, it’s time to stash away the cute summer dresses and tops, and give your wardrobe a bit of a seasonal refresh.
But with so much conflicting fashion advice on social media, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to investing in trendy essentials.
So one helpful TikTok influencer has created a series of videos informing viewers of “outdated fall trends”, and advising them “what to wear instead”.
Kaitlin, who posts on social media using the handle @MommaModa, is a trendy mum-of-two who loves sharing her fashionable, affordable outfit ideas with her 25k TikTok followers.
In a recent clip, she described three autumn fashion trends you’re best to avoid this year, and suggested some more finger-to-the-pulse looks to swap them for.
“Go ahead and save this so you can reference it when you’re doing your fall shopping,” Kaitlin advises her viewers.
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The sartorial guru’s first no-no is knee-high riding boots, which she says are “definitely out for fall 2023”.
“It’s been done,” she adds. “It’s been around.”
Instead, Kaitlin says, “we have the return of the sock boot”, while showing off a snap of some black heeled boots that morph into calf-high socks at the top.
“I’m loving it,” the fashion whizz says of the quirky footwear, especially in “bold colours” like fuschia.
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Her next warning is against peasant skirts – the loose boho style that have been a popular autumn staple for the past few years – and shorter pleated skater skirts.
Insisting that they’re no longer in vogue, Kaitlin instead recommends mini skirts with a sheer overlay extending down to the knee or ankle.
In the clip, she shows off a stunning black version with a mesh overlay that skims the calf, and a show-stopping pink one with a glittery top layer that would be perfect for festive parties.
It's the perfect way to try out a more conservative version of the mesh looks rocked by Dua Lipa and Kendall Jenner this summer, who have both recently donned fully translucent skirts and dresses over their undies.
“If that’s not your speed,” the style buff adds, “you can always stick true to the classic pencil skirt.”
The last trend she debunks is the “carrot pant”: trousers that are loose at the top of your legs and around your thighs, and then tighter at the bottom around the calves and ankles.
“Instead, you’re going to want to hold onto those tailored trouser pants like this,” Kaitlin recommends, whole pointing to a pair of more structured bottoms tapered from the thigh down.
“And of course,” she concludes, “cargos are also here to stay.”
The fashion maestro shared the clip to her TikTok, adding the caption “these trends were big on the runways and I think they will be everywhere come fall.”
Her clip has racked up a whopping 340k views, with users flooding the comments with thanks for the handy heads-up.
“Absolutely love this series! Thank you,” one wrote.
“Love the sheer trend,” another added.
But some disgruntled TikTokers took issue with one of her recommendations in particular.
“Sock boots are criminal,” one commenter joked.
“I will never wear a sock boot,” another pledged.
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But given supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber have given the divisive clogs a whirl, it might be worth heeding Kaitlin's advice.
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