We still have summer planted firmly in our minds. But as our favorite retailers are replacing lace dresses and crochet bikinis with over-the-knee boots and wool skirts, the idea of fall is slowly creeping in. For fashion editors, there is nothing quite as exciting as finally seeing the pieces that walked on the runways IRL and getting the chance to wear them. But which trends will matter most this fall and which popular summer pieces should we ditch?
Curious to find out, we tapped Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director of Net-a-Porter, to give us the inside scoop. Interested in finding out which popular pieces we will stop seeing this fall? Aiken shared two key trends she predicts will be fading in the next few months. First, she told Who What Wear, “We’ve seen a shift from off-the-shoulder to exaggerated sleeves.” That means it’s a good time to invest in tops with oversize cuffs and off-kilter proportions.
Next, she explained, “Fall is no longer all about the bomber. We’re seeing these styles share the stage with other trophy jackets such as the blazer, deconstructed denim jackets, and the trench.” Reinvented classics will be stealing the show for fall, so make room in your closet for these investment pieces.
But what else is on the horizon? Ahead, Lisa Aiken is breaking down the top six fall trends that you can start wearing now. Consider this your insider’s guide to fall shopping. Keep reading to find out every trend that will matter in the next three months.
“The way we’re wearing tailoring this season has evolved hugely, and the trend has shaken off its very polished persona. To make a statement, opt for a coordinated pantsuit in a bold shade or heritage check, or to keep it more relaxed, team a double-breasted blazer with vintage denim and a tee. Skirt suits are also coming back amongst trendsetters and are the best way to wear this trend while it’s still warm. One of my favorite skirt suits is from Helmut Lang.”
Layer a graphic tee under a skirt suit.
Style high-waisted jeans with a black blazer and loafers.
Wear a clean pair of sneakers with a pant suit to dress down the look.
“For those of us who are very reluctant to give up flats, kitten heels are the perfect balance this season. The kitten heel updates anything and everything, from vintage denim to a midi skirt.”
A pair of slingback kitten heels are timeless and classic.
Wear these red heels now with summer dresses and into fall with a denim and a turtleneck sweater.
Pair these ruffled kitten heels with a black slip dress for a streamlined look.
Wear these white mules with vintage denim and a graphic tee.
“With all the bold trends coming through this season, the idea of classics reinvented is the perfect counter balance. Designers are cleverly working with items considered investment-worthy for their longevity. We’re seeing the wardrobe staples being updated with a fashion twist—the denim jacket, the blazer, shirting, knits, and plaid shirts are being deconstructed, cropped, cut away and even worn backward.”
A trench coat is a necessary piece for layering. The exaggerated cuffs put a new spin on this classic.
Oversize, extra long, and off-kilter. The styling choices are endless.
Denim jackets get a makeover with an off-the-shoulder silhouette.
The button-down, reinvented.
“In recent years, wearing a dress has felt so proper and often too put together, so we’ve preferred separates. However, there’s a crop of cool designers giving into the power of the one-piece wonder and bringing back the edgy dress. For a grungier aesthetic, we’re seeing dresses left open, over vintage denim, and layered slip styles. In order to keep this look fresh, we’re pairing our dresses with flatform sandals, and if you’re a tomboy, a sneaker.”
Wear a floral dress over denim with statement booties.
Statement sleeves will remain a huge trend in the fall.
Pair a slip dress with pointed flats for a daytime look.
“We love seeing the resurgence of tan for fall. No longer associated with the boho aesthetic, this softer palette of tan speaks to our minimalist customer. The easiest way to wear this trend is through tan accessories like an understated bag.”
Carry this versatile bag like a crossbody or by the top handles.
The ultimate investment piece.
Style this saddle bag with a sweeping floral dress.
“After several seasons of minimalism dominating the trends, it’s little surprise we’ve become so confident with color. To me, this is the perfect transitional trend, as it’s all about playing with color that feels relevant now, such as fuchsia, and pairing it with a soft neutral or tan. As we get into colder months, bring in darker shades like burgundy to replace the tan. Pair bold color combinations with white shoes and accessories to keep colors looking polished and fresh.”
The cutout shoulder and exaggerated sleeves look chic with denim.
A pair of pleated pants is both classic and flattering. Pair these with a red jacket to make the colors pop.
Wear a blush bag with neutrals.
Don't hesitate to play with color this fall.
Don’t be afraid of white shoes—it’s a cool, statement-making accessory.
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