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9 Fall Fashion Trends

9 Fall Fashion Trends (Will You Wear Them?)

The first day of fall is September 23rd, but there’s already a hint of crispness in the air. So, just for fun, here are nine big fall trends…

1. Super high waistlines. Brands have been knocking it out of the park with their 1970s-style jeans all year, and I have spotted approximately 857,923,164 pretty girls in New York wearing them. Bonus: They make your waist look tiny and your legs miles long. Picks: These and these.

2. Plaid everything, from coats to dresses to backpacks. Plus, of course, tomboy shirts that look adorable on pretty much everyone. They make me want to head straight out for apple picking and a hayride. Picks: This and this.

3. Big bling. Sparkly earrings, chunky necklaces and cocktail rings. I mostly wear small jewelry, but Caroline, for one, is psyched. “My grandma brooches can finally come out again,” she says. Picks: This and this.

4. Fringe. A little cowboy, a little boho and a little sexy. Perfect for dinner with friends or a playful date. Picks: This and this.

5. Bucket bags. These bags were big in the 70s, but nowadays the shapes are simpler and more minimalist. Throw one over your shoulder and you have an instant look. Picks: This and this.

6. Faux fur. I’m not totally sold on shaggy pieces (this number looks like the rug in Toby’s room). But maybe a fur vest would make jeans and a tee look glamorous, like you just returned from a Swiss chalet? Thoughts? Picks: This and this.

7. Ponchos are fashion’s ingenious solution for how to wear a comfy blanket in public. These were cool back when I first moved to New York and I remember my friends saying they were just “poncho-ing around.” They’re so cute with rosy cheeks. Picks: This and this.

8. Slip-on sneakers. These streamlined numbers are the first sneakers in recent history to actually look good with jeans. They’re perfect for cool girls kicking it around town (obviously less so for actual jogging). Picks: These and these.

9. Loafers. Similar to nerdy glasses, these shoes are both smart and chic. (Think: Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.) Plus, they’re equally well suited for work or play. Picks: These and these.

Thoughts? Would you wear these? Thumbs up or down? I’d love to hear…

(Photo from Madewell’s fall catalog)

  1. Love the plaid Dolman dress. The high waisted jeans look fabulous if you are tall and skinny but sadly :( can’t wear them myself anymore. Loafers and sneakers and panchos would wear for sure – so comfy and easy to put on! Very interesting blog, Joanna, will come back for more.

  2. Happy many of these fav styles are coming back ( I wore most of them) except the high- waisted pants! They are not comfortable nor very flattering even with a nice figure. They cut in when you sit in not so comfortable places! Ponchos, loafers, bucket purses, vests, all good. Check out old pics of Sonny & Cher to see some great ponchos and vests with fringe that we young people all wore back in the late 60’s- very hot! Enjoy your blog very much, it is unique.

  3. Some great fashion tips here – thanks for posting. Excited about the high waisted jeans, especially if flared. Bring back the 70s vibe! Love it. Off the shoulder tops and dresses are another fun 70s trend to look out for this season.

  4. Paula says...

    There was a reason us 80s girls stopped wearing high waists. THEY SUCK. They aren’t comfortable, and if you have even the tiniest bit of tummy, you will look fat.
    I will keep my mid-rises and never look back, thank you.

  5. Maria says...

    I am from the 70’s and I love these styles especially the high waist jeans and ponchos. So glad my comfort clothes are back in style.

  6. I think most of these trends are incredibly wearable! I have a poncho and faux fur vest and have worn both but the reaction I get from coworkers is quite annoying! “Are you the wife of Thor?” (the faux fur vest) and “You look cold.” (the poncho). I wish I could just smile and chuckle but I give a dead stare, “nope”. – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com

  7. Jaime says...

    LOVE this post, Joanna. What a fun way to get excited for the changing season – I’ve been getting anxious about Summer ending and this really helped make me feel like Fall will be fun :)

  8. I’m not a huge fan of the 70’s revival, but I think it does look great on some people. I am however consider picking up a pair of loafers. There are some really cute prints out now. And of course, plaid will basically be my uniform this season. I can’t get enough. I actually just wrote a post all about the great plaid pieces out right now.

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  9. I’ve noticed that these things like bucket bags and slip on sneakers are coming back in style. I kind of like it because I feel like they are coming back in better/more perfected versions than from the 80’s. I have a pair of black leather slip on sneakers and they make me feel more dressed and chic than traditional sneakers do. I’m into it! :)

  10. I LOVE slip-on shoes like those for summer (although mine are a $5 Kmart version) and I am definitely going to stick with them into fall for as long as I can, although they are pretty unpleasant when it’s rainy, no?

    And, I cannot get on the high-waisted jeans bandwagon! I agree that they look pretty awesome, but it’s a comfort thing for me – I can’t stand having a waistband cut into me at that point on my body. Low-rise jeans 4evah, muffin top and all :)

  11. Melissa says...

    Interesting post! I’m currently living in Madrid and I’m spotting the EXACT same trends! Looking forward to buying a pair of loafers this week.

  12. Leah says...

    Loafers have never gone out of style for me, so bummer that they’ll be on everyone this fall. I prefer to be off trend and on classic. Haha!

  13. Prudence says...

    Personally, I like the look of good faux fur designs as I think they add sophistication to an outfit! Fringe pieces are fantastic too, their boho chic vibe is so charming!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  14. Kate W says...

    Wait, what? I’m “in-style”?
    I just bought those exact Madewell jeans this past weekend. (and wearing them now!)
    High-waisted pants are “normal waisted” on me, so I just thought I scored a great pair, which were on sale!

    Don’t worry though, I’ll go back to wearing old yoga pants, a college tshirt, and mismatched sweatshirt this Fall to walk the dog.

    Thanks for this post! And for the comment with the cheaper alternatives up above!

  15. Annis says...

    The slip on sneakers were a trend this spring and summer in europe. Now brogues are the new shoe trend. Funny how this is different in the states!

  16. During the last Poncho Revival, a good friend of mine wore ponchos a lot, and guys were always hitting on her. I pointed out to her that guys always hit on her while she was wearing ponchos, which flew in the face of conventional wisdom. “It’s the mysteriousness of the poncho!” she said. “Guys love the mystery! They have to find out… what’s under the poncho?” LOL.

  17. Laura says...

    I think it’d be fascinating for Cup of Jo to do an investigative article or analytical essay on dressing for trends in general. Like if clothing is an expression of yourself, what does dressing to fit trends say? Or why do some individuals care and some don’t? Is it something you do for yourself or others? Are you trying to fit in or stand out? I think women in general have a complex relationship with trends and it’d be interesting to explore it more deeply. Just a random thought :)

  18. MissEm says...

    It’s so funny – I love good style but I don’t tend to look at fashion blogs and magazines (stresses me out), but somehow almost every one of these things was on my to-find list for fall! They get into our heads (or capture the zeitgeist, or a little of both)!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s so funny, right? the collective unconscious is fascinating to me — when i was pregnant with toby, we were brainstorming baby names, and we really liked milo. i thought we basically came up with it out of thin air. but lo and behold, it’s one of the most popular names nowadays. so odd how that happens!

  19. Rosie says...

    well because of this post I just pulled the trigger on a bucket bag on shop bop – hope I love it! eeeek. fall shopping is too much fun.

  20. Ok, well, I love to dress well but I’m far from a fashionista. I typically dress in simple lines and basics but high waisted jeans? Isn’t that the same as “mom jeans”? I just can’t picture it although of course the models in the examples you provided looked far from mom jeans ;). Also, fringes were popular when I was in middle school and that’s what the “stoners” were really into. I have such a hard time getting into trends because of these preconceived ideas in my head (SNL “Mom Jeans” skit comes to mind immediately. Anyone else? )

    I am always excited about plaids though!

    I love the idea of trying these trends and posting them somewhere… maybe a hashtag that we could all use for Instagram? That would be fun. It would force me to actually try some of the trends…. maybe. I am so stubborn.

    • Paula says...

      I agree! No high waists!

  21. Jill Palumbo says...

    Ugh! I guess I will be out of fashion, because except for the plaid (and maybe the loafers) I’m not ready to relive all these styles again. It’s funny, being older, seeing everything old become new and trendy again. Some of them I love, and some, I just can’t do again.

    • Ann says...

      I could not agree more. I will be saving lots of $$ on the new clothes I don’t buy this fall!

  22. love! Could you do a fashion trends for the broke girls out there. (me) I can’t afford $200 shoes. I’m a old navy kinda girl. LOVE the jeans. xoxo

  23. Twyla says...

    As a size 14 lady – I’ve always worn higher-waisted jeans. Anything lower gives me a major muffin top! So I’m glad the fashion industry has finally caught up with me… ; )

    • jen says...

      Size 12 here says amen to that!

  24. It sounds like the antithesis of Normcore (thank God!:-) I recently moved East from out West where I started wearing all of the above, and I love the hippie look. So bring on fringe, ponchos, and big bling!

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  25. Thalita says...

    Hello, I wear all the trends you mentioned without knowing it was a trend.
    I love love love high waist line jeans, plaid shirts, loafers and slip-on sneakers. Everything you listed is so me!
    Im going to NY and Im very happy that im trendy haha

  26. Courtney says...

    I had my first (and probably only) PSL of the season yesterday! I usually stick to my black coffee, but it made me feel a little festive :)

    Anyway, I just received a pair of dark, high-waited flares in the mail and they are great! I included the link below for anyone looking for a great bargain. I personally have resisted the bucket bag. I have a leather bag in both black and brown that already serves that purpose, so it feels too excessive. Very tempting though.

    I say no to the poncho. The farthest I will go is my Cuyana over-sized sweater, which I wear constantly.

  27. Celeste says...

    I made a faux fur vest a couple years ago that I love and wear as often as I can in the fall. It adds some weight to my top but I just counteract it with skinny jeans or a short skirt and tights! One of my favorite looks.

  28. bisbee says...

    I took my 10 year old granddaughter shopping for school clothes the other day. Bought her 2 plaid shirts – I showed her how she could wear them over another shirt like a jacket. Adorable…and I had to tell her that I wore shirts like that when I was in college in the early ’70s…of course, those shirts belonged to the boy who eventually became her grandfather (my ex)!

  29. Tawnie says...

    I’ve been telling my husband for almost 2 years that ponchos are cool. Now they are every where! I savor that “I’m right!” feeling.

  30. When a new season starts and I see the fashion trends, first I’m always in shock and think NO WAY, I won’t wear this… But after a couple of months it’s like I get used to see the new trends on the street and then I finally take the bait and buy some trendy jean, bag or boots that I’ll only wear that season and I will forget it in the deep of my closet the next year. Still, I go on and on…
    I love 70’s boho trend by the way!

  31. Noooooo to high waisted jeans. I’m way too leggy/small hipped for those. I’ll stick with skinny jeans. Always a huge fan of plaid, though! That will be my one concession to the fall trends, mainly because it’s something I wear anyway. Some years just don’t speak to you a personal level, you know?

  32. I was just examining my leather bucket bag (that I scored at H&M about 3 years ago) and wondering if I still wanted it. Now it’s a keeper thanks to this!!

    Also just purchased some ankle booties rockin the fringe. I had a feeling that would be in!

  33. Uniqlo has just released plaid leggings that look like trousers are they are the rage right now in Paris, it’s incredible how quickly they fly off the shelves!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      plaid leggings! i remember wearing them in high school. so crazy how trends always come back around.

  34. No to big earrings, and no to fur even faux fur.
    But fringe…I will be covered in it!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  35. Laura C says...

    It’s all so Nineties!! I don’t know if I like it…!
    High waist is nice, but it is true, you definitely need a flat stomach to get into the jeans and look great.
    Those loafers are wonderful.
    xxx

  36. Definitely the high waist jeans! They are so flattering!

  37. Yes, yes, yes. I also love how people are experimenting more with mixing summer colours with dark fall ones to switch it up!
    Creativity, what a beautiful thing.

    http://www.mademoiselleaventure.com

  38. I’m all about the 70’s fashion hype right not. Loving the dark mustard yellow and bucket bags!

  39. Great list! I am all about the high waisted jeans. I have a pair I love from paige and a short woman they make me feel super tall (the heels I usually wear them with help too). I am also a big lover of plaid, especially that high and low look when you pair it with something bling or fancy like a tuxdo style jacket. I haven’t gotten into bucket bags (I think I have just too much to carry). I am excited for fall on one hand and terrified about the fact that it means winter is coming. I will switch out my capsule wardrobe on 10/1 to get me through December so this list will come in handy as I pick out my 33 items for Q4. http://www.peonyandgrahams.com/2015/08/the-dream-closetthe-simple-chic-capsule.html

  40. Casey says...

    I think you have to be beautiful to pull off loafers. Otherwise they look too masculine. I can’t pull them off. That Farah F. puc in the Nikes, you know J.Crew sells those old school Nikes. I got a pair last year at Christmas and wore them with jeans all the time. Love them.

  41. Heather says...

    I personally think way high waisted jeans require a flat stomach and ponchos look best with small busts… So I’m out on those! But I love loafers and I’m on the hunt for just right leopard print slip on sneakers!

  42. Anne says...

    Oof. Not sure if I’m ready for 70s/90s part 2. Maybe I’ll just wear a lot of pajamas this fall

    • Amy says...

      Hahaha! I’m right there with you. Maybe plaid pajamas? ;)

  43. Christie says...

    I just can’t get on board with fringes… fringes, tassels etc, they all feel too trendy for me when I’m always looking for timeless. Just today I bought a cute little bag and cut the tassel off because it felt too childish/silly.

  44. Aga says...

    Faux fur vests (not the rug-looking ones) is how i survive winter!, loafers and a couple of plaid shirts i’ve had in my closet for years, but i’m not eager to jump on the 70s band wagon. I find it strange how all of the sudden seemingly everyone’s closet have been transported to the 70s and/or covered in plaid. I might try the flares but in the past i’ve found them difficult to wear, the high waist make my latin behind look huge, and the bottoms get yucky in the winter.

  45. GoldenMoon says...

    I detest trends but I love classics that are comfy and smart. Digging the plaid for fall, love high waist-ed jeans for post baby wearing (miracle pants I tell you. I heart Madewell’s) and I love my ponchos since they look good and handy for transitional weather (plus they can warm up a child in my arms on a chilly day too). I’ll pass on the fringe, big bling and fur!

  46. Darla says...

    I knew if I gave in & started wearing skinny jeans that flares would come back. You’re welcome. No thank you to high waist though. If you have any sort of stomach that’s a no-go in my opinion. Explain why I’m wrong, please.

    Question: cape vs poncho? Cape = round and poncho = square? Will I be ostracized by fashionistas if my blanket garment is circular?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good q!! i think you’re right: capes are rounder, ponchos are more square. also i think capes might typically be shorter?

    • Darla says...

      This blogger answered the question very nicely. I’m going to assume she’s got it right.
      http://theavant-gardist.com/capes-vs-ponchos/

      Cape vs cloak vs. poncho. Poncho is rectangular, originated in South America. Cloak is European, circular. Cape is the shorter version of the cloak. #themoreyouknow

    • KC says...

      If you’re responsible for bringing not-skinny jeans back, thank you, thank you, thank you. (signed, another hold-out)

  47. Kinda psyched to do the 70s thing this fall! <3

  48. Susan M. says...

    Great picks — loved the first jeans. haha, rugby shirts. Rugby shirts!!! And remember rugby pants? Those will never come back. That fringe purse looks perfect! Plaid is always good for fall; it’s amazing how every year plaid looks fresh and different. That dress can work at the office.

  49. Ainsley says...

    Crispness? It was 97 degrees in NYC today!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Was it 97? Wow, didn’t feel that hot, crazy. But still, no humidity! This weekend had that awesome fresh clean air. So excited for fall.

  50. Charlotte K says...

    70s Adidas were the first sneakers to look good with jeans ;-)

    I know ’cause I was there!

  51. Sarah says...

    You just described my high school wardrobe, and my mothers. Welcome back 1975 & 1995. Can’t wait to rock the high waisted jeans again. Don’t forget about rugby shirts and and signet rings?!?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha you’re so right. i LOVED rugby shirts. i haven’t seen a single one since high school.

  52. Mary Jenkins says...

    Slip on sneakers, high waists, plaid, bucket bags = YES. Big no to faux fur and fringe. But who knows I might be convinced. I hated Birkenstocks when I first saw them and now I have three pairs lol

  53. Yes to bucket bags! I bought one on sale at Madewell as a treat yo’ self gift and I use it daily. Perfect with every outfit and is so roomy. Looking forward to taking advantage of the poncho trend and all plaid everything.

  54. Laura says...

    I could get on board with casual sneakers and the higher waist jeans… honestly I never really did get on board with low-waisted ones anyway. But other than that, I am just ignoring fall trends this year because I hate almost all of them. FRINGE? Are we serious?

  55. Michaela says...

    I love those loafers and street shoes from Everlane. Has anyone tried them? They’re more of a splurge for my budget, I’d love to know if they are worth it!

    • Christie says...

      I have the loafers and they are definitely worth the splurge! They make any of my outfits instantly 70% more chic. I am debating about the street shoe though – the price seems a little steep for something I’m expected to wear on the weekends running around with my kid.

    • Courtney says...

      I have the Everlane loafer in patent leather and I’ve heard they are a little tougher to break in than the original leather, but they are so beautiful! I say totally worth the investment.

      I did order the street shoe when it came out but returned it. They were very tight around the tops of my feet, but extra long and narrow. Very light and airy, but maybe a little too “foamy” for my liking. I think I may just be too married to my Keds, which I went right back to :)

  56. Jenny Rose says...

    Converse sneakers have always looked great with jeans in my style book.
    As for the other trends, I can’t get my head around the faux fur (have too many Ikea faux fur lying around the house as decor to think of wearing it and high waist jeans just aren’t as comfortable on me as hip riders. The other trends are pretty good.

  57. finally! fall trends that are (almost) all in my wheelhouse.

  58. I can not wait to wear jeans and long sleeve shirts again. It is currently 92 degrees in my Los Angeles non air conditioned apartment. I am reading your site in undies with a fan blowing right on me. Warm air of course.

    I love the jeans with the higher waist, much more flattering for anyone that isn’t shaped like a bean stalk. I would also love to see you guys try out all these ideas and write about how they feel and look on you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s such a fun idea!! we will see if we can do that. And good luck staying cool! Xoxoxo

    • Jody says...

      I love that idea Maggie!

  59. Oh man, I’m all about high-pants done right. They do great things for the tush!
    I also love ruanas! I have one from a few years ago, dark green plaid with a fringe bottom, it’s perfect for trips to the pumpkin patch and baby wearing!
    I hope you ladies have a dress up day and post wearing all the trends of fall. At once. I’m only half kidding.
    I’m officially ready for sweaters, cold fingers holding hot drinks and pumpkin everything!

  60. AGREED on the flared jeans! haven’t busted them out since the 90s, but looking forward to giving my wardrobe a 70s revamp ;)

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