The 7 Fall Trends That Are Worth Your Money, Even If It's Just $30

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.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide — Bourgeoisie


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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.

A belted jacket not only adds polish to your outfit but also makes layering (which can often get bulky) more flattering by way of some waist definition.

Leave it to Alexa Chung to design the perfect, cool take on a plaid miniskirt that will be so easy to style all season long.

Thought a polo-style knit with the addition of pearl buttons would be overkill? Think again. This sweater is perfect and, frankly, all I want to wear with jeans next season.

By Far has cornered the classic-with-a-twist accessory market, and this bag is no exception. Wear it every day this fall, and you still won’t tire of it.

Pro tip: Opt for slightly oversize blazers to ensure that layering is a breeze.

News flash: Smocking isn’t just for summer.

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.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Pistachio Green


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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?

At first glance, you might want to pair this statement coat with simple, neutral pieces, but why not try it with other pistachio separates for a high-impact look?  

This isn’t another basic button-down. Aside from its color, it’s rife with little details that make it far from boring.

Everyone needs a good slip skirt in their arsenal, and this affordable option from ASOS is ideal for the season ahead.

Have you gotten acquainted with Staud’s newest It bag yet?

An affordable Reformation tee is the simplest and most approachable way to make incorporate the pistachio trend into any wardrobe.

This ethically produced silk dress is cut on the bias for a fit that’s as flattering as it is forward.

Cult Gaia’s architectural heels would have been amazing in any color, but somehow, they look like they were made for this trend.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Dark Romance


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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.   

Give your fall night-out looks a touch of dark romance with this ultra-flattering and perfectly detailed LPA top.

Not for the faint of heart, Orseund Iris’s lingerie-inspired skirt is a surefire way to make a statement this season and will pair perfectly with a simple silk blouse.

Sometimes, subtle touches (like a cinched waist and tie details) are the difference between a basic blouse and a beautiful one.

A lot of trends don’t necessarily translate into eveningwear, but this dress is definitely editor-approved and cocktail attire–ready.  

Is it just me, or could you see Bella Hadid or Kendall Jenner stepping out in something like this in the near future?

Is it even a trend if Zara isn’t endorsing it? I don’t think so. As expected, the retailer’s recent Punk 2.0 editorial is very much aligned with the runways.

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.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Knits


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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.

I know what you’re wondering right now, and yes, the white tank-looking part is, in fact, connected to the sweater. How’s that for easy layering?

Style tip: Wear this dress with another sweater tied over your shoulders or around your waist for a knit-on-knit effect.

Known mostly at one point for her miniskirts and Western boots, Isabel Marant now designs some of the best knitwear every season.

Just one of several items in this roundup that I have already purchased. I plan to wear this cardigan with everything from jeans to a printed miniskirt.

The cardigan is a good start, but may I suggest opting for the affordable belted top and side-slit pants as well? This is one monochrome look that will definitely be far from boring.

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.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Houndstooth


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.

Leave it to Alexander Wang to add some edge to this classic print.

Fun fact: The cape on this dress is removable so you can also wear it with other outfits.

The best way to make any print trend work for the office is usually by way of a polished midi skirt.

From the brand that is always worth the investment over the years, these Manolo mules are at the top of my wish list.

Swap your summer bike shorts for this tailored, trouser-inspired pair, and wear them with anything from tees to oversize blazers.

Even if you stick to the same silhouette, updating your suit with an of-the-moment print will make it look much more modern.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Military


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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.

I wish, for the sake of my wallet, that I was making this up, but I actually did already purchase this top, too. I just couldn’t wait!

This dress is the perfect transitional piece that you can start wearing now and well into fall. Style it with anything from sandals to slingbacks to ankle boots.

On-trend and comfortable? Sign me up for these combat boots immediately, and throw in a utility jumpsuit for me to wear with them.

The cape that had everyone doing a triple take as it went down the runway back in February.

Wear this alone or layered over a turtleneck when it gets closer to winter.

As one of the biggest backers of this particular trend for the season ahead, Miu Miu is a trove of military-inspired finds. This bag is just one of many on our radar.

I’m still surprised by this, but cargo pants have been looking so good lately they make me almost want to get rid of all my jeans.

Fall Trend Shopping Guide—Party


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?

Channel your inner party girl no matter what clothes you’re wearing with these festive-yet-elevated earrings.

Style this semi-sheer dress with a short slip or a black strapless bra and bloomers. Then add your favorite kitten heels in any color.

Alessandra Rich is constantly reminding us that even the best party dresses could benefit from a statement accessory or two.

Why settle for average, placed crystals when you can have fringed crystals?

A classic silhouette meets of-the-moment iridescent fabric to create the perfect party dress.

NYC-based emerging brand Retrofête is the latest fashion-girl destination for all things party-ready.