5 Fall Trends You Can Wear Instead of Jeans

Listen, I’m not suggesting you retire your jeans any time soon, or ever for that matter. In fact, after a long, hot, and pregnant summer, I’m probably among the most excited to start wearing them again in postpartum life come fall. However, that doesn’t mean that every day for the next three months needs to be a denim day. There’s something to be said about the refreshing feeling that comes along with the simple act of switching things up, even if it’s just once in a while.

So, what should you wear in those moments where you’re ready to give your favorite jeans a break? While there are (literally) millions of options, if you’re looking for a fashion-forward choice, today I’ve got five suggestions for you straight from the F/W 20 runways. They’re the trends that are not only about to be everywhere but are actually worthy of your favorite pair of jeans’ place in your wardrobe. To see, read about, and shop each one, simply keep scrolling.

1. Stirrup Leggings

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Isabel Marant F/W 20
(Image credit: Courtesy of Isabel Marant)

Stirrup leggings are a trend we didn’t just see on the fall runways but have also seen already start to bubble up on Instagram too. With that, we’re certain the comfy-but-chic jean alternative is poised to blow up in the coming months.

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2. Skirt Suits

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Eckhaus Latta F/W 20
(Image credit: Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta)

Any version of tailoring will really make for a forward-feeling fall look, but the skirt suit is one of the fresher iterations we saw all over the runways and are looking forward to wearing most this season.

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3. Leather Pants

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Jil Sander F/W 20
(Image credit: Courtesy of Jil Sander)

All forms of leather separates dominated the runways, yet again, for the season ahead, but pants feel like the closest alternative we can actually imagine comfortably trading in our denim for. 

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4. Fringe Dresses and Skirts

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Bottega Veneta F/W 20
(Image credit: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta)

There’s no escaping the omnipresent fringe trend for F/W 20, so you might as well be ahead of the curve and embrace it early by snagging skirts, dresses, or anything really that features the fun detail.

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5. Knit Sets

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Altuzarra F/W 20
(Image credit: Courtesy of Altuzarra)

From pants to skirts paired with everything from bra-style tops to cardigans (and both), knit sets are already hitting our favorite shopping sites in countless forms. Snag your favorite before it’s gone and prepare for a chic and cozy season ahead.

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Cote Anglaise Ribbed Wool Maxi Skirt

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Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour
Senior Market Editor

Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently senior market editor. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.