We’re just going to say it: Fall 2018 is the season of going big or going home as far as trends are concerned. While athleisure and minimalism have had long runs—and, frankly, aren’t losing popularity anytime soon (or ever)—the latest looks we’ve see trickling down from the runway into street style and women’s closets everywhere don’t shy away from soaking up the spotlight, making a bold statement, or leaning into vintage styles we haven’t considered popular in quite some time. Flashes in the pan, perhaps, but fun and exciting. If you’re hesitant to dive in headfirst, you might regret it come spring, so we say dive now.
With this attitude, we’re showcasing seven trends of the season below that may come with some risk but certainly promise even greater rewards. We’ll break down some of the easiest and most inventive ways to wear them, as well as shop out the products that will take you from spectator to participant in no time.
Ease into the Western trend with a modern update to a classic cowboy book. Pair it with your favorite seasonal frock in place of your go-to ankle boots or heels.
If boots aren't your thing, option for structured leather pieces and paisley prints to help achieve the Western look.
An ensemble with a strong emphasis on black, shiny leather may always carry a bit of a Matrix reference, but we happen to think the super-slick fabric is perfect for any piece of outerwear.
And yes, patent pants are also a must-try. C'mon—your standard black skinny jeans could never.
Every few years, neon seems to slip back in and out of popularity, and this fall, it’s returned in a subtle, thoughtful way. While bold colors such as red and yellow were big statement fashion trends last year and often worn head-to-toe, try wearing these Day-Glo colors as an accent to your other neutral pieces this season.
Your average layering pieces will feel forward and unexpected next to a bright flash of color.
Hot pink, polka dots, bloused sleeves—feel free to tap into '80s themes that you missed or maybe weren't even old enough to enjoy the first time around.
Yes, it's time to really lean into all the Working Girl fashion inspiration.
Animal print is a timeless trend, as far as we're concerned. The boldest way to wear it for fall 2018? Doubled up. Two animal prints are better than one. To ease into it, start with shoes and accessories.
Then, if you're craving more of a thrill, go for head-to-toe wild patterns.
Some people love the spotlight, and some people like to reflect it. This textural trend truly speaks to both.
If you want to pare back the can't-be-missed look, pair it with casual classics such as denim jackets, cotton tees, and combat boots.
The prairie dressing trend was a bold style move for summer, and now, for fall, the sweet aesthetic continues in both subtle and bold ways. For instance, an embroidered top eases into the theme, especially when paired with jeans.
A full, ruffled skirt, however, is a bolder choice, but one that remains modern with the addition of a structured blazer and statement jewelry.