So goes my fall-shopping season. See it, love it, buy it—only to let it die a long, slow death in the back of my closet once next year's hot new thing comes along. To avoid making the same mistake again this year, I cornered O 's creative director, Adam Glassman, and asked him for advice on what trends will be forever known as "Fall 2009" and which ones will stick around for a while.
Trend: Harem Pants
"We say no to the MC Hammer-pant look at all costs," Adam says. "I've seen people—tall, young, skinny people—look really chic in them, but the droopy drawers are tricky to pull off for most real women."
Here to Stay: The Classic Khaki
Take a basic trouser into '09 with a colorful bag and coat.
Next: Strong shoulders