7 Accessory Trends Hitting Their Expiration Date This Fall

There’s nothing like a statement accessory to take even the simplest of outfits to new levels of chic. And the new season does not disappoint when it comes to head-turning embellishments. There’s no doubt we’ll be adding chunky chains in all forms to our ensembles, slipping on sophisticated long gloves when the temps start to cool and tying a statement belt over our jackets and blazers for a polished look. But with a whole host of new fall trends coming at us faster than we can refresh our Instagram feeds, it means it’s time to say sayonara to certain passé accessory trends (we need to make some room our armoire, after all). Scroll below as we share the accessory trends we’re saying goodbye to this autumn—and, of course, the ones we’re saying hello to instead.

Goodbye: Delicate and Dainty Jewelry

Hello: Chunky Chains

Chunky chains continue to reign supreme this fall (especially oversize versions), but this season they go far beyond the ubiquitous statement necklaces we’ve been sporting since the beginning of the year. Along with chain chokers, bracelets, earrings, and bag straps, we’re seeing the hardware built into clothing—exuding a fresh and modern take on the trend.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Chloe)


Goodbye: Baseball Caps

Hello: Long Gloves

Baseball caps have had a major moment this spring and summer but for fall we’re tossing them aside in lieu of elegant long gloves. From leather to cozy knit options they're the chicest accessory to add a touch of sophistication to your fall ensemble.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Givenchy)


Goodbye: Pointy Heel Pumps

Hello: Chunky-Sole Rubber Boots

When it comes to shoes this fall, we’re leaning into all things practical. Set aside the pointy high heels for now and opt for chunky sole boots instead. We’re particularly loving the rubber boot styles spotted all over the runways.


(Image credit: Dior, Peter White/Getty Images)


Goodbye: Animal Print Bags

Hello: Textured Bags

While we'll never get rid of our animal prints entirely, this season we're shifting towards textured handbags—woven, braided, and quilted in sumptuous leather fabrics—guaranteed to add interest and polish to every fall look.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta)


Goodbye: Shell Jewelry

Hello: Unique Pearl Jewelry

Think beyond the classic string of pearls. This season’s iterations come in unique silhouettes, mismatched shapes, new proportions, and mixed materials like gold-chain details—giving the sophisticated jewelry a modern touch.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Chanel)


Goodbye: Skinny Scarves

Hello: Blankets

Forget skinny scarves, this fall we’re seeing cozy blanket-style scarves dominate in a myriad of colors and styles from fringe detailing to cape hybrids and warm stoles—they’re perfect for snuggling into at home or on the street.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Rag & Bone)


Goodbye: Belt Bags

Hello: Statement Belts

The one accessory that dominated the fall runways is undoubtedly a statement belt. Cinched at the waist over blazers, coats, high-waisted skirts, and dresses, bold belts were spotted on practically every fall runway in all shapes and sizes from square metallic buckles to mock-croc fabrics.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Saint Laurent)


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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.