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6 Fashion-Forward Trends to Try Immediately

How to think and shop like a fashion editor this spring.

Jeffrey Graetsch

Keeping track of what's in style can seem like a full-time job. For some of us, it actually is. After taking in the recent Fall 2016 runways, we're showing you how to get a jump start on the burgeoning trends. Read on for six fashion editor-approved ways to look flawless now through fall.

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1 The Touch of Lace
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The Trend: Romance is in the air! Frothy lace details are turning up here, there, and everywhere on the catwalks. Whether you're channeling a nouveau Victorian vibe or going for boho, a short and sweet lace dress will be your go-to now through the holidays.

The Styling Tip: When temps drop, simply slip on a biker jacket and black tights. Leather + lace = failproof chic.

The Look: Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2016 (left); KENDALL + KYLIE Lace Detail Babydoll Dress, $178, nordstrom.com; choker and rings, stylist's own

2 The High-Fashion Hoodie
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The Trend: The streets are talking. With a nod to hip hop and skate culture (not to mention Silicon Valley), the once-humble hoodie has gone from gym class staple to fashion status symbol.

The Styling Tip: Get creative with layers—like topping one sweatshirt with another. A short skirt pulls the look back into feminine territory.

The Look: Lacoste Fall 2016 (left); Barbour 'Renishaw' Stripe Hooded Sweatshirt Dress, $119, nordstrom.com; Thread & Supply 'Mason' Crewneck Sweater, $35, nordstrom.com; Topshop MOTO Stripe A-Line Skirt, $55, us.topshop.com; bracelet and watch, stylist's own.

3 The Show-Off Shoulder
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The Trend: No contest. Shoulders are the erogenous zone of choice for 2016. Try out one of this season's skin-baring; they flaunt just the right amount for a totally sexy result.

The Styling Tip: The perfect complement for a shoulder-baring top? Dangly earrings that make a statement.

The Look: Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2016 (left); Cupcakes and Cashmere 'Lisbon' Cold Shoulder Top, $105, nordstrom.com; Tosia NYC Palma Pant, assemblynewyork.com; A Peace Treaty 'Gela' Earrings, $275, apeacetreaty.com.

4 The Platform Shoes
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The Trend: Seventies references have been kicking around for some time now. This season was all about platforms like those worn by musicians like David Bowie (and later, the Spice Girls.) Groovy!

The Styling Tip: Give chunky-soled heels a quirky-chic twist by slipping on a pair of thin socks.

The Look: Balenciaga Fall 2016 (left); Zara Frilly Blouse, $50, zara.com; M.i.h. Jeans 'Marty' High Rise Crop Flare Jeans, $265, nordstrom.com; Topshop Cropped Glitter Rib Ankle Sock, $6, us.topshop.com; Marc Jacobs 'American' Ankle Strap Platform Pump, $450, nordstrom.com.

5 The Choker Necklace
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The Trend: Dress your neck! If there's one piece of jewelry you need right now, it's a nineties-inspired choker. Some like their collars black and gothic; others like them ornate and metallic. Whatever your taste, the new chokers are a bold alternative to delicate pendant necklaces and feel 100% current.

The Styling Tip: Instantly glam up a casual top with a delicate gold choker. A little daytime flash never hurt anyone.

The Look: Loewe Fall 2016 (left); BaubleBar 'Night Fever' Choker Necklace, $42, nordstrom.com; Zara Jacquard Dress, $50, zara.com.

6 The Cropped Flares
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The Trend: Stash those skinnies for later. The coolest jeans out there now are kicky flares that have been clipped a few inches above the ankle. The vibe is very Jane Birkin meets Alexa Chung, and we're all about that.

The Styling Tip: One great thing about this cropped pants silhouette is it's ideal for showing off a killer pair of shoes—like those aforementioned platforms.

The Look: Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2016 (left); Topshop Eyelet Tie-Side Crop Sweater, $75, us.topshop.com; Rag & Bone/JEAN High Rise Raw Edge Crop Flare Jeans, $195, nordstrom.com; Madewell Pivot Pendant Necklace, $38, madewell.com; Nine West 'Carnation' Platform Sandal, $99, nordstrom.com.

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