The 8 Fall Trends My Fashion Colleagues Will Be Politely Declining

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Emilia Wickstead; Dion Lee; Coperni

Over the past few months, we've made predictions based on the fall trends we'll want to wear and planned out the outfit combinations we'll be trying. But now that we're actually placing orders for our cooler-weather wardrobes, we have to admit that, well, we've been playing favorites. Of all the new silhouettes we saw on the runways this season, each of our editors has cherry-picked the best fall trends that speak to them the most, and they will be prioritizing those top picks. 

Naturally, we can't try every single trend we spot (nor would we want to), so we'll politely be declining to wear the eight fall trends you'll read about below. They simply aren't speaking to us as much as certain styles are. Namely, flat knee boots, simple slip dresses, and cobalt-blue pieces are currently filling up our carts and closets. 

Skipping: Pinstripes

Wearing: Baby Pink


Coperni; Fendi; Miu Miu

"Though I'm pretty much obsessed with the corporate officewear trend that was featured on the fall/winter 2022 runways, I can't quite get behind pinstripes. Ties, pencil skirts, and tucked-in button-down shirts, yes. But something about pinstripes just doesn't appeal to me. (Talk to me in a few months, and perhaps I'll have changed my mind.) One fall aesthetic that does, however, is the pretty trend, specifically all of the baby-pink pieces that will be popping up this season." — Eliza Huber, editor


Nobody gets cool '90s staples quite like Helmut Lang.

This on-sale skirt set isn't the kind of buy to wait on.

Zara has a number of pretty sheer pieces right now, and this is our favorite among them.

Skipping: Riding Boots

Wearing: Waders


Tods; Celine

"I absolutely love the look of waders—so cool and forward. But I'll probably hold off for now and favor taller flat boots or chunky Chelsea boots." — Bobby Schuessler, market director


The new-to-us shoe brand that needs to be on your radar. 

These boots certainly won't be in stock for very long.

This French brand makes some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.

Skipping: Translucent Dresses

Wearing: Semi-Sheer Skirts



"As eye-catching as all of the super-transparent dresses are from the fall/winter 2022 collections—including the sequined piece from 16Arlington Hailey Bieber recently wore—I'm not ready to embrace totally see-through clothing. A more approachable way to wear the translucent trend? Semi-sheer skirts, as endorsed on the Prada runway." — Kristen Nichols, senior editor

Skipping: Bubblegum Pink

Wearing: Cobalt Blue


Christian Siriano; Dion Lee; Koche

"I'm not big on wearing loud colors, but I was so excited to see that cobalt blue bubbled up in a number of fall collections, notably at Dion Lee and Christian Siriano. While Barbie pink is certainly having a moment right now, I'll be skipping the super-sweet hue for shades of electric blue. It's just as striking of a color to wear but also leans more timeless, so I know that any cobalt-colored additions to my wardrobe will have longevity too." — Anna LaPlaca, editor


Christopher Esber can do no wrong if you ask us.

What we'll be wearing on repeat all season.

There's nothing like a basic item in a trendy color to zhoosh up your wardrobe.

Skipping: Crystal Netting

Wearing: Long Silk Dresses


Emilia Wickstead; Jil Sander; Saint Laurent

"There was a lot of beautiful crystal netting on the runway, and while it's certainly a head-turning look, it's not something I'll personally gravitate toward this season. One trend I will be fully embracing are long, silky slip dresses. They're unquestionably chic and so easy to dress up or down. I'll be styling mine à la Bottega Veneta—with a sweater wrapped around my waist along with a large tote bag and boots." — Judith Jones, senior market editor


This sleek maxi is so stunning.

Zara just brought back its TikTok-viral dress in even more neutral colors.

Skipping: Maxi Skirts

Wearing: Leather Bomber Jackets


Lemaire; Maryam Nassir Zadeh; Erdem

"Although I'm intrigued, I can't see myself embracing the maxi-skirt trend. At 5'4", I've yet to find a way to pull it off that doesn't make me look like I'm drowning in fabric. On a completely opposite trend note, I'm definitely on board with oversize leather (or faux leather) bomber jackets and am very much looking forward to adding one to my wardrobe." — Allyson Payer, senior editor

These fuzzy collars were a prominent detail on the fall runways.

Skipping: Excessive Layering

Wearing: Statement Coats


Coeperni; Roberto Cavalli; Stella McCartney

"As fun as it was to see excessive layering play a prevalent part of fall/winter 2022 collections, I don't think the look is for me—I'm too prone to overheating. That being said, there are so many standout outerwear trends worth adopting this fall. From heavy-duty leather jackets to coats with fuzzy fold-over collars to dramatic floor-length coats, there's an endless array of statement coats to choose from this fall to fit my many moods. I'm looking forward to playing with my outwear this season, as it's the ideal way to get the extra-layered look without all the extras." — Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, editor

Style it with a miniskirt like so.

Skipping: Soccer-Inspired Sneakers

Wearing: Coordinating Suit Sets


Blumarine; Coperni; Jil Sander

"This fall, I'm really into all things suit sets. I have been seeing lots of blazer-and-miniskirt sets from Zara that I'll definitely be wearing until it gets too chilly for short hemlines. I'm also loving the look of a matching vest and trousers. Something about it feels office chic but also a little bit scholastic, which is always a vibe I like to lean into for the fall months. I know everyone is loving Samba sneakers, but I'm a little more into boots and loafers for fall. Bella Hadid looks so cool wearing them, but I'm going to have to pass." — Grace O'Connell-Joshua, assistant shopping editor


Two staples you'll wear together just as often as you will solo.

Shop the matching Low-Rise Skirt ($46).

Nordstrom's in-house brand does it again.

Shop the matching Zip Front Miniskirt ($34).

This tweed effect feels so right for fall.

Shop the matching Cropped Tailored Blazer ($179).