People may tell you that the only thing separating fashion victims from fashion trendsetters is confidence, and while that might be true in some ways, oftentimes "confidence" is code for having Ryan McGinley-crew good looks, access to big-budget brands, and a bevy of followers who'd "like" an #ootd even if you were wearing a pillowcase. But, those of us who don't have all that to work with need to be a little more careful.
As for this fall's batch of trends
, most of them aren't really all that new
, which means you have to give these throwbacks a modern spin to avoid looking like you're on your way to a By The Decades party. Learn the tricks, understand the guidelines, and then start experimenting. (As Picasso once said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.") Ahead, find six thrilling fall challenges, and tips on how to make them work for you.