Can you believe fall is finally almost upon us? Here at Who What Wear, we’ve been feverishly anticipating the most stylish season of the year, using our content as an outlet for our fashion fix. You’ve likely already read a handful of these articles, covering everything from the outfits we’d like to wear in the coming months to the style mistakes we hope not to repeat. Naturally, however, we can't help but focus the majority of our attention on the trends.
While basics and even some go-to outfits can span seasons (and, in some cases, years) in our outfit rotation, trends and particularly forward looks are changing constantly, and this fall was no exception. Not to worry, though, because as always, we’ve rounded up the most important trends of the season just for you. To see, read about, and shop the biggest themes and runway moments for F/W 19 all in one place and at every price imaginable, just continue scrolling.
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While I’ve already discussed this only seemingly boring trend and my appreciation for it ad nauseam, I can always find more to say because I’m rather excited about it. By definition, the French word bourgeoisie means middle class, and the trend (which has come and gone countless times over the years) alludes to that but also elevates it through suiting, skirts, shirts, overcoats, and other separates as well as a restrained use of ruffles and heritage prints such as plaid and tartan. With an emphasis on good taste over a reliance on discernible It items, this trend, we hope, is ushering in a new era of what is considered stylish dressing.
I’ve yet to find a brand with better vegan leather than Nanushka. Plus, this wrap silhouette takes a traditional leather miniskirt and makes it exponentially more flattering and fun.
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While, as you'll soon see below, houndstooth is F/W 19’s standout print, pistachio green is the season’s must-have color. If you like a literal interpretation of what was on the runways, then we’d suggest wearing the hue from head to toe with varying textures to break things up. If you’re more about a subtle reference to trends, then simply work a piece (or two) into your wardrobe, and you’re golden—or should I say green?
Cult Gaia’s architectural heels would have been amazing in any color, but somehow, they look like they were made for this trend.
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It’s no secret that the fashion set loves an all-black look, but don’t think these are your basic monochrome outfits. This season’s dark-and-stormy trend is a goth-meets-glam take on wearing all black that I like to describe as a hybrid between Wednesday Addams and Marie Antoinette. Dramatic lace dresses will achieve the look, but black, Victorian-inspired separates will also do the trick.
Of course, this would look amazing with jeans, but I implore you to try wearing it with a leather or lace skirt for some edge.
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Here’s the rundown: Knit-on-knit layering and prints such as fair isle, argyle, and patchwork are the pillars of fall 2019 knitwear. You can opt for one at a time or all three at once, and I can pretty much guarantee you won’t get it wrong. Similarly, you can invest in Chanel’s take on the trend or hit up your favorite mall brand, all while achieving a similar effect. Don’t you just love that? Now, the ball is in your court as to how you’re going to make knitwear yours this season.
Leave it to our friends at Revolve to make a sweater that also doubles as a going-out top. Style it with ecru jeans and strappy sandals for an easy-yet-effective look.
Courtesy of Gucci; Courtesy of Area; Victor Virgile for Prabal Gurung/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
What’s polished, classic, and endorsed by the likes of Gucci, Area, Chanel, and more for F/W 19? You guessed it: houndstooth. Similar to the animal-print resurgence of seasons past, the trend is one you might already have in your closet, and if not, it’s still a worthy investment. Much like what is happening now, it’s due to make a comeback every so often, and when it does, it’s found in all types of pieces. So whether you’re busting out your old treasures or buying new ones, the time to bring back the print is now.
Even if you stick to the same silhouette, updating your suit with an of-the-moment print will make it look much more modern.
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From literal interpretations in the form of utility jackets and combat boots to slightly more elusive takes such as a tightly knotted cape or a touch of camo, the runways were rife with references to duty, which tells us that the military trend is very much active for fall 2019. Adding a piece to your go-to jean-and–T-shirt combo or throwing a utility-inspired jumpsuit into your fall layering mix are two surefire ways to tackle the trend, but the opportunities are endless.
Courtesy of Paco Rabanne; Courtesy of Christopher Kane; Lev Radin for Christian Siriano/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Whether you’re game for a good time or simply like to dress like it (hello, me), the party-girl trend is here to make your wardrobe exponentially more festive this fall. What does it encompass? Think crystal embellishing of pretty much anything, lamé and other metallic materials, statement dresses, fun accessories, and more. Of course, the trend is backed by plenty of the usual suspects for fun frocks, such as Christopher Kane, Paco Rabanne, and Alessandra Rich, as well as a handful of more unexpected and accessible brands.
Trying to select just one Area item for this section was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do all year, but in the end, I opted for these lamé trousers because what is life without party pants?