beautiful ladylike woman in elegant clothes posing in autumn parkIf there’s anything that socks with sandals and violet lips have taught us, it’s that some trends aren’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re up for a date and you consider yourself pretty fashion savvy, you shouldn’t be afraid to try anything new. The trick to making fall 2015 trends look natural is by making them your own. Don’t get stuck trying to copy the pages of your favorite magazine; add your personal twist with color, texture, and one of these advanced fab fall trends.

Grey on Grey

Blame Christian and Ana: Grey is having a moment. Sure, you could go 50 shades for a cool monochromatic look, but we’re loving it as a fall anchor for jewel tones. Try layering a slim grey pencil skirt with a perfectly draped slate blouse, and then add a pop of color with oxblood heels or a rust satchel. The look is fall-perfect without being too costume-y. And who knows? You might scoop up your very own Christian in the process.

High-Waisted Throwback

High-waisted pants are back in the mix, so all you low-rise haters have cause to rejoice! And while it’s true that high-waisted pants can tuck in some of your trouble areas, they can be tricky: The wrong cut can veer dangerously into “mom jeans” territory. Keep your 70s-inspired look from being frumpy by pairing dark-wash denim with a crisp, white button-up and blazer. By adding tailored pieces to high-waisted pants, you give the look more structure and a fresh, 2015 take on an old classic.

Combat Boots

G.I. Jane, anyone? Combat boots are going to be everywhere this fall, but as with many substantial pieces, they can overwhelm an outfit. The trick is to contrast hard-edged combat boots with feminine details. We love the idea of a heavier boot with a sundress and jean jacket, or swap out your usual ankle booties and wear chunky boots with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater for cooler weather. Just avoid stuff like khaki or camo, lest you end up looking like you’ve just enlisted.

Victorian Chic

A few ruffles never hurt anyone, which is why we’re totally onboard with the Victorian styles shown at Paris Fashion Week this year. Lush velvet, lace galore, and shiny patent? We’re in. But it can be a case of too much of a good thing if you go overboard on Victorian fashion. You’re not an extra on Pride and Prejudice, so temper heavier pieces with light fabrics. A raspberry velvet blazer worn with a cream chiffon blouse would have us swooning (and reaching for the smelling salts, natch). Not on board with Victorian clothes? Try adding some black lace-up ankle boots to your closet: You can wear them with skirts and tights through the fall.

Class is in session, and it’s hard not to be excited about fall trends. What separates the fashion experts from the novices, however, is knowing how to translate trends from the catwalk to the sidewalk. Choose a few elements you like, and then mix them into your current wardrobe for a totally personalized style.