7 Trends We Already Know Will Be Huge at Fashion Week

With fashion month on the horizon, a new season of runway shows and collections designers have been crafting is in store. That isn't all, though. Fashion month also means that street style is returning, and insiders will be test-driving some of the coolest trends set to be huge this fall. While the runway shows are still a month away, the style set is already planning their wardrobes, and we wanted to get an early look at what we can expect to hit the streets of NYC, London, Milan, and Paris.

We tapped stylists, fashion directors at the biggest luxury retailers, and Who What Wear's very own editors, and it's clear that the street style scene is set to be very stylish this fall. With items ranging from new twists on classics to risk-taking sheer dresses already set aside for their fashion-week looks, there will be a lot of sartorial inspiration to feast your eyes on soon. If you want to get a head start on the trends that will be huge next month, shop each of them here.

The Trend: Skirt Suits


Megan Reynolds, Fashion Market Director, MatchesFashion
(Image credit: Getty Images/Edward Berthelot)

"Everyone that knows me knows I'm not hugely driven by trends and veer toward a minimalist, but I absolutely love making classic pieces feel new. The skirt suit is top of my list this season, which definitely was a common theme on the runways. Tailoring, in general, always runs the risk of looking too serious, so I will balance it with trainers or color-pop ballet flats depending on the skirt length. Jil Sander's and Miu Miu's versions were my favorites, as they both really get the proportions right so the set doesn't feel strictly office bound."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Jil Sander)

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The Trend: Sheer Pieces


Eliza Huber, Editor, Who What Wear
(Image credit: @elizagracehuber)

"Since it'll still be wildly hot in NYC during fashion week in September, I'm planning on taking advantage of the current sheer-clothing trend as much as possible, starting with this dress by Aya Muse that I just bought on sale. My inspiration comes from both the '90s runways—which always featured a fair share of sheer dresses and skirts—and designer Jessie Andrews, who wore this dress on her Instagram and immediately made me want one of my own."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Coperni)

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The Trend: Chain Belts


Sylvie Mus, Stylist
(Image credit: The Style Stalker)

"I'm planning to wear a chain belt during fashion week. I will either style the belt over a maxi skirt or some denim jeans. I'm taking inspiration from the '90s and things I used to love wearing when I was younger. I'm planning on wearing a golden Loewe chain belt, and in shoes, I'm excited to wear my Gucci GG slingback pumps to spice up my minimal looks."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Chanel)

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The Trend: Baggy Pants


Géraldine Boublil, Designer and Creative Consultant
(Image credit: Getty Images/Edward Berthelot)

"I am more and more into timeless pieces and looks. However, I have been loving baggy pants lately. I love a bodysuit worn with them and a statement belt, with a blazer if it's chilly."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Khaite)

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The Trend: Pretty Things


Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, Editor, Who What Wear
(Image credit: Imaxtree)

"While there are many trends I'm excited about this season, I fell the hardest for the return of romantic dressing. Fall/winter 2022 collections were filled with pretty things, from Fendi's ruffled sheer slip dresses to Miu Miu's satin bralettes paired with matching ballet flats. Frankly, in my humble opinion, there's no other trend that's better to wear to fashion week than this one. Give me all the ruffles, satin, sequins, and feathers because I'm starving for beauty. I think I'd spice up the more delicate pieces by either pairing them with heavy-duty leather or other grunge-adjacent pieces to add a little edge. Think a feather dress paired with a moto jacket and platform boots."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Fendi)

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The Trend: Purple Pieces


Tatiana Hambro, Editorial Director, Moda Operandi
(Image credit: Getty Images/Anna Webber)

"I'm very much ready to embrace purple. I know, I know. It's a polarizing shade, but—love it or loathe it—it's happening for fall. Everyone from Bottega Veneta to Khaite and Stella McCartney sent lilac looks down the runway, and we all immediately had to reconsider if the color warrants a place in our wardrobes for fall and beyond. I love how the color feels easy and fresh while it's still warm out (looking at you, NYFW) and takes on an icy, edgier vibe for winter. (Follow Khaite's lead and contrast with inky black sequins or patent leather.) Designers have demonstrated its versatility, offering a broad range of shades for every skin tone—plus numerous ways to incorporate it into a look."


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta)

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The Trend: Heavy-Duty Leather


Sierra Mayhew, Associate Editor, Who What Wear
(Image credit: Getty Images/Edward Berthelot)

"During fashion week in September, it usually still feels like summertime, but I won't let that stop me from showing off fall's biggest trend—heavy-duty leather. I've been so excited for the weather to cool down so I can put on my take on the oversize leather jacket I saw all over the runways last season. A look I know I'll be wearing involves the aforementioned jacket, a white tank, and a micro miniskirt. In my dream world, I'd top that off with the Balenciaga Cagole mules to make sure this is a head-to-toe ensemble." 


On the fall/winter 2022 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Marni)

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Next: 4 Handbag Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Fall

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.