The 7 Fall Trends Fashion People Are Actually Wearing in NYC, London, and Paris

In the past month, I've found myself walking the streets of New York, London, and Paris. They're considered fashion capitals for a reason—the people there always know what's ahead of the curve before anyone else does. And while researching them through the online lens may look easy, it can still be tricky to figure out what's being worn for a social media moment and what's actually being worn on the streets. Luckily for you, I kept a running list of things I saw everyone wearing. I might have been on vacation, but I couldn't help it. I was inspired. Since I just got off the plane 48 hours ago, I can share my research with you while it's fresh in my mind.

Each city is known to have its unique sense of style, but I surprisingly found a plethora of similarities while visiting each. My travels didn't just give me a mental refresh; they sparked the sartorial side of my brain just the same. From maxi hemlines to large carryalls, the items below will have you ready to take on fall no matter where you live. 

Maxi Skirts

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As a modest dresser, I have always incorporated maxi hemlines into my wardrobe. But with the style seeing more light in the past year, I'm chock-full of outfit ideas. New Yorkers opted for leather, Londoners wore slinky slips, and Parisians wore their skirts low-rise with some midriff showing.

Ballet Flats

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Whether you love or hate ballet flats, there's no denying that they've made a huge comeback. While Parisians have always been fond of the shoes, I also happened to see them aplenty on the streets of New York and London. Mostly, I saw them with miniskirts and straight-leg jeans. Add an oversize sweater or slouchy blazer, and you're ready to take on fall in style.

Cargo Pants

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I'm used to seeing cargo pants styled with the New Yorker sporty essence, so it was refreshing to see them worn in a more elevated manner in London and Paris. No matter what kind of look you gravitate toward, you'll get a lot of use out of the relaxed pants this season. 

Carryalls

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Gone are the day of mini bags, and in are larger-than-life carryalls. It makes sense. Why should those who trek big cities like London, Paris, and New York resort to tiny bags that can't fit their on-the-go essentials?

Silver Details

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I know this seems like a statement trend you'll only find on the 'gram, but I was surprised at how many silver details I saw in real life. Whether it was a simple locket or a full-on sequined skirt, the fun trend paired well with minimalist pieces.

Sheer Pieces

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Sheer pieces featured in almost every runway collection in New York and London. The trend presented itself not only on models but also heavily among the fashion set. It may have been styled in a more laid-back and relaxed manner than the runway looks, but nonetheless, it looked just as cool.

Sweater Accessory

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This may not be a revolutionary trend, but I've been seeing sweaters used as accessories more than ever. Mostly, I've seen them tied around the waists of dresses, serving as cozy belts. I've found it useful when a simple outfit needs a little special something, and the residents of the fashion trifecta seem to agree with me.

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Assistant Market Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.