From 3D Rosettes to Leg Warmers, Fall's Micro-Trends Are Cool as Hell

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Here at Who What Wear, we focus a lot of our energy on the biggest trends of the season, and while we'll never stop covering the heavy hitters, there are several micro-trends worthy of honorary mentions. These aren't making major style moves yet, but we firmly believe that it's only a matter of time until they graduate from micro to macro or, in other words, from niche to mainstream.

After hours of online shopping (all in the name of research!), we're sharing the micro-trends on my radar at the moment. We've spotted these pieces on the feeds of the most influential women we know and stocked at several key retailers, which tells me that each is on the brink of becoming huge. Keep reading for fashion's most exciting micro-trends of fall 2022, from the floral embellishments that were all over the 2023 runways to the striped sweaters that everyone in Paris is wearing right now.

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While leather jackets are a fall fixture that resurfaces every year, this season's trend landscape is bringing a range of cool updates. Among them are sleek jackets with minimal hardware and front-zip closures that are reminiscent of the '90s. The beauty of these toppers is in their simplicity—style one with other basics like jeans and a white tank for an easy but of-the-moment feel.

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From New York to Paris, the spring/summer 2023 runways were flooded with one pretty little detail: rosettes. We spotted these 3D floral embellishments across plenty of collections, from Prada's rose-adorned totes to the floral chokers that featured in Mirror Palais's debut runway and the satin floral update Sandy Liang made to her ballet flats. It may be a small detail, but we're certain it will make a big impact. With rosette pieces already hitting the market, there's no need to wait until 2023 to wear the trend.

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Once deemed a "tacky" finish, metallics are back and even better. From patent handbags to silver slingbacks, it's all about metallic accessories right now that make any outfit really pop. 

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We predicted that denim midi skirts would make a resurgence this fall, and Bella Hadid's recent outfit in Paris confirmed it. We've since been spotting the piece on the Instagram feeds of our favorite stylish women, and cool versions are stocked at Mango and Reformation, which tells us it's on the rise.

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We had a feeling that striped sweaters would be having a moment this fall, but a viral TikTok only confirmed that the knit is already proliferating on the streets of Paris. Here in New York, we can confirm it's getting just as popular as the weather cools. The simple item lends a preppy, polished feel, and even the affordable versions look luxurious, so it's not hard to understand its mass appeal.

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Nobody has an influence on our wardrobes quite like Bella Hadid does, and while plenty of her outfits have single-handedly sparked widespread trends, some of her more experimental styling choices fall into micro-trend territory. Enter leg warmers. Hadid styled the unexpected accessory with a miniskirt and kitten heels, and while we don't anticipate this one will reach a fever pitch, it's definitely resonated with a subset of edgier fashion girls. 

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Speaking of upcoming trends, this fall jacket style is giving leather toppers a run for their money.

Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.