Our resident southern editor has been reporting on the trends women of the South are skipping this fall, and as someone who has extended family in the Midwest, I thought we’d also give the Central Time Zone a little love too. To find out the trends they are and aren’t into this season, I took to my IG story and polled all the stylish Midwesterners in my audience. Their responses weren’t 100% uniform, as can be expected when canvassing an area that crosses thousands of miles, but there were some clear wins and equally hearty “hell nos.” One interesting factor that came into play: When choosing Midwestern clothing styles, women from Wichita to Chicago have to consider things other locales do not (spoiler alert: The reality of harsh winters are definitely taken into account). Keep reading to see how this played out among their choices, as well as the wear-anywhere trends they’re loving and hating.
HARD PASS: Tiger Print
“I just wouldn’t ever wear it. I prefer leopard I guess.” — Blakely from Kansas
“The tiger is a little too ‘fierce’ for me, and I’m already in a relationship with leopard print.” — Mackenzie from Kansas
“I can’t not see Tony the Tiger.” — Morgan from Wisconsin
“Animal prints are just not my jam.” — Lauren from Michigan
HELL YES: Fall Florals
“Florals for life, especially if they are dark and moody.” — Morgan from Wisconsin
“I like florals because I enjoy incorporating that feminine touch into my wardrobe.” — Mackenzie from Kansas
“I love floral, but I don’t love a cliché spring floral. This is a great option.” — Morgan from Indiana
“Florals are seasonless and great transition pieces.” — Patricia from Illinois
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Available in sizes IT 36 to 44.
HARD PASS: Oversize Outerwear
“I wouldn’t wear the oversize coat because I’m a petite girl and that would swallow me whole.” — Mackenzie from Kansas
“That oversize coat is too much. We get enough overdone winter as it is.” — Lauren from Michigan
“I love Balenciaga and Demna, but I just will never do a puffy coat! Too basic.” — Anonymous from Illinois
“Winters here are hard enough. Getting on the train wearing a massive coat would be miserable.” — Morgan from Wisconsin
Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 42.
HELL YES: Shearling
“Wearing shearling started for functionality and luxury, and even though I err on the side of maximalism, I still constantly return to functionality, especially when it feels luxe.” — Kinsley from Ohio
“Shearling is chic, cozy, and timeless.” — Patricia from Illinois
“Shearling is a classic and great for cold Midwest winters.” — Anonymous from Illinois
“I’m very on board with any trend that allows me to wear blanket-like fabric outside the house.” — Morgan from Wisconsin
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Available in sizes IT 36 to 44.
Available in sizes 0 to 6.
HARD PASS: '80s
“Not an ’80s fan (maybe someday?). I do love the music.” — Lauren from Michigan
“I prefer soft colors and romantic silhouettes to neons and shoulder pads.” — Morgan from Wisconsin
“Minimalism is in. The ’80s was the rise of big hair and flashiness.” — Morgan from Indiana
“It’s a quicker cog in the fashion cycle than other classic styles.” — Kinsley from Ohio
Available in sizes 36 to 44.
HELL YES: Updated Tailoring
“Plaid tailoring is sophisticated and something I could confidently wear to both work, happy hour, and a work dinner.” — Mackenzie from Kansas
“I love a modern twist on classic silhouettes. They’re so flattering!” — Morgan from Indiana
“Tailored looks exemplify proportion, which is another theme I constantly return to when styling. It creates hard lines, geometry, and points of aesthetic interest for the eye. Tailored pieces are crucial to my wardrobe.” — Kinsley from Ohio
“Any fresh update on tailoring that makes it practical for the office yet fashion-forward is a win.” — Anonymous from Illinois
Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
Available in sizes IT 38 to 46.