The 7 Biggest Fall 2023 Trends, Straight From Paris Fashion Week


(Image credit: Dior; Balmain; Saint Laurent)

And just like that, fashion month has come to a close. If you're thinking that it feel like this season has lasted for a year, then you're not alone. The sheer number of shows that toured all four fashion capitals this fall/winter 2023 season seemed to be its highest yet.

Even though New York, London, and Milan all gave us plenty to talk about, Paris remains the pinnacle of the industry with some of the most highly anticipated shows of the whole month. We eagerly awaited what the runways at Miu Miu, Loewe, Saint Laurent, and more would bring, and now that Paris Fashion Week has officially ended, it's time to sit down and discuss everything we just witnessed. 

The overall mood in Paris was one of everyday wearability, with an emphasis on refined and ultra-polished takes on wardrobe-building staples like tailored coats, sharp blazers, and tights. But this season also embraces the weird and un-chic. At Miu Miu, models paraded down the runway with disheveled bedhead, and many went sans pants entirely. At Loewe, silk dresses were screen-printed with trompe l'oeil designs that looked like completely different garments.

Fall '23 in Paris also ushered in Schiaparelli's first ready-to-wear collection under the direction of Daniel Roseberry, and the designer brought his couture-level craftsmanship to the space. At Vivienne Westwood, designer Andreas Kronthaler lent the late visionary a moving tribute. The first looks at fall are already exciting us, and below, you'll find the seven most important trends to know about now. 


(Image credit: Balmain; Saint Laurent; Balenciaga; Lanvin)

There's no question that the '90s have been fashion's greatest influence in recent years, and while the era will probably always resonate, the runways in Paris are turning the clocks back even further. Designers presented a number of ideas, such as the nipped-in hourglass suiting at Balmain and the strong-shouldered blouses at Saint Laurent, that have us taking a second look at a previously glossed-over decade: the '80s.


(Image credit: Coperni; A.W.A.K.E. Mode; Stella McCartney; Loewe)

All fashion month, our editors have taken note of one especially cool theme of ultra-tactile fabrics, and when it comes to the last collections we saw this past week, it was all about luscious coats in thick, furry, fuzzy, and touchable fabrics.


(Image credit: Victoria Beckham; Rokh; Isabel Marant; Miu Miu)

Here's a reason not to forget about that random pair of tights that's probably shoved into the back of your top drawer as we speak. If the designers in Paris have anything to do about it (which they certainly do), then a humble pair of tights—whether they be fishnets, lace, colored, or sheer—will be a key buy this fall. 


(Image credit: ACNE Studios; Loewe; Y/Project; Schiaparelli)

This season, what you see is not what you get. Trompe l'oeil designs featured prominently on the runways, coming in the form of silk dresses screen-printed to appear like completely different garments at Loewe, lace-up-looking details at ACNE Studios, and surrealist accessories at Schiaparelli. If there's one thing these conversation-starting pieces are going to elicit, it's a double take.


(Image credit: Alexander McQueen; Valentino; Schiaparelli; Dior)

Some micro-trends seemingly pop up out of nowhere, while others take a minute to fully develop. The former is true for menswear-inspired ties, a detail that was echoed throughout the fall/winter 2023 collections. Most notably, it was at Valentino, where nearly every one of its 74 looks featured a skinny black tie and a collared shirt. We haven't even had to wait long for fashion people to adopt the trend since our social media feeds are already popping with this styling combo.


(Image credit: A.W.A.K.E. Mode; Chloé; Givenchy; Schiaparelli)

Is it the roaring twenty-twenties? Is it not? Cultural commentary aside, history is repeating itself in one narrow area: the drop-waist dress. The silhouette that defined 1920s dressing is emerging as a potential decade-defining look of our time as well with updates like peplum hems and body-hugging fits that emphasize the romance of these dresses.


(Image credit: Balmain; Schiaparelli; Saint Laurent; Ester Manas)

All across the collections, designers from Saint Laurent to Schiaparelli finished off plenty of looks with similarly bold, oversize earrings that are reminiscent of the clip-ons our grandmas used to wear. They immediately piqued our interest since we can't remember the last time that any earring style dominated more than our tried-and-true hoops. But fall '23 stands to change all of that with a spate of oblong and dome-shape studs that we're not waiting for a second to shop.

Next: The Milan Fashion Week Trends We'll Be Talking About for the Rest of 2023

Senior 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.