Calling It: These 5 Fall Trends Will Still Be Relevant in 2021

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Don't get me wrong, I love a good trendy buy as much as the next person, but this year, I'm especially focused on building a wardrobe that will last well beyond the current season. With so much uncertainty in 2020, it feels more important than ever to look ahead at the trends that will be relevant now and still work well in a year (or more) from now. Long-term investment buys and building a wardrobe of fewer but better-quality pieces is top of mind.

Looking ahead to fall, I'm thinking about what I want to wear in the next few months and what I'll still want to wear well into 2021, too. I've come to the conclusion that the following five classic fall trends are some of the reliable styles that I won't regret later on. From easy knitted dresses to chic knee-high boots, I'm certain that these trends are in it for the long haul, so keep reading to see why and to shop my pick for each.

Knit Dresses

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While knitted maxi and midi dresses are far from new, they've gained renewed traction in recent seasons as the dress of the moment. A handful of designers from Dion Lee to Simon Miller showed knit dresses in their fall/winter 2020 collections, including creative cutouts and ribbed textures.

Leather Outerwear

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Usually when someone refers to a leather jacket, the first image that pops in your mind is a motorcycle jacket with plenty of hardware, but this fall, we're seeing the start of a new class of leather outerwear. Trench coats, blazers, utility jackets, and more are all being reimagined in leather and faux leather, giving a modern update to the timeless toppers.

Tall Boots

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Fans of ankle boots need not stress—they're not going "out," but there is a new go-to boot that could rival them. Knee-high silhouettes are quickly earning a spot as the latest staple shoe for the colder months and the street style set is showing us just how many ways there are to wear them, though the combination of slim jeans and a structured jacket like in the above image is the casual look du jour.

Plaid

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If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that plaid is a safe bet. Each year, the print resurfaces in a slightly new way, but it never fails to be relevant each and every fall. This year, we're going to see a lot of '70s-inspired plaids in warmer tones that are reminiscent of the decade.

Chunky Chains

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If you make a bet on any single accessory for this year and next, it should undoubtedly be all of the chunky gold jewelry that's currently trending. Whether you wear a single chain link necklace or even several stacked up, it makes a chic impact even with the most casual of outfits, which tells me it's a trend with some serious staying power.

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