9 Fabrics That Deserve a Place in Your Fall Wardrobe


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With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to refresh and reevaluate our wardrobes for the cooler season ahead. Along with fall's latest trends, fresh silhouettes and change in color palette to keep top of mind, one of the most crucial aspects in switching up our wardrobe with the changing weather is the fabrics we choose. From cozy cashmere to sumptuous suede and trending leather, below we’re sharing the 9 fabrics that deserve a place in your wardrobe this fall. These fabrics will not only keep you feeling comfortable and warm as the temps start to drop, but also hit on some of the bigger trends we spotted on the F/W 2020 runways. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite pieces in fall’s best fabrics.



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Whether you opt for a wool coat, sweater, or dress, wool fabrics will trap in heat, insulate, and protect you from the wind. (They also retain their insulation properties when wet—making it ideal for outdoor activities). While some wool fabrics can be heavy, we particularly love merino wool and cashmere in fall, which are lightweight, soft, comfortable, and perfect for the autumnal temps.




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Leather made a dominant appearance on the F/W 2020 runways, continuing to ride its wave of popularity among the fashion set. From dresses to skirts and jackets, the fabric is durable, flexible, and most importantly, warm. 




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Soft and sumptuous, suede is a fall favorite—leaning into the prevalent late '60s and '70s trends we spotted on the runways. It's lightweight yet resilient and ideal for temperate autumnal days. (Just don't get caught in the rain!). 




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The textured woolen fabric has become synonymous with the cooler months—adding sophistication and polish to every autumnal look. Opt for a tweed blazer, coat, or skirt this season.




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Is there anything more luxurious and plush than velvet? It's soft, warm, smooth, and looks elegant—ideal for the cooler fall and winter months ahead. Moreover, the fabric was all over the F/W 2020 runways in the form of jackets, dresses, trousers, skirts, and even shorts.




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The fabric behind the iconic Burberry Trench coat—gabardine is a woven twill fabric (that can be made up of worsted wool, silk, and most commonly, cotton). It's durable and has a water-resistant finish—ideal for lightweight fall trench coats.




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The thick cotton ribbed fabric is warm, durable, and breathable as it absorbs and releases moisture quickly. Try a chic jumpsuit, pants, or jacket for a cool '70s look.




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We all know denim is a year-round staple, but there's no question we love to refresh our denim collection in fall with the latest trends and silhouettes. 




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A huge trend for fall, shearling (made of wool) is seriously warm and cozy—perfect for cool fall nights. Plus, we love the cool retro look of it.


Up next, the seven biggest jeans trends of fall 2020.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.