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6 Trends We’re Into Right Now

6 Fall Trends We're Really Into

Fall always gets us really excited about fashion. It’s the season for layering pretty things and soft fabrics — like velvet! Here are six trends we’re really into. (Click or tap on the photos, if you’d like!)

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Ribbed turtlenecks
Turtlenecks can get a dorky rap, but the ribbed style we’re loving feels more 1970s Ali McGraw than Steve Jobs. They’d pair beautifully with wide leg pants or a leather skirt if you’re feeling adventurous. Above: 1, 2, 3.

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Velvet
A wise man once said, “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially appropriate.” And we agree: Nothing feels better. Plus, when you’re at a holiday party, and your partner throws an arm around you, velvet is the softest and sexiest ever. Above: 1, 2, 3.

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Block heel Mary Janes
We’ve been digging block heels for a while now, but sometimes they can veer a little into grandma territory. The Mary Jane version with an ankle strap feels younger and party ready. We’d love to wear them with a little black dress or the ankle jeans below. Above: 1, 2, 3.

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Ankle-length jeans
The new sweet spot for denim hems — just between cropped and boot length — shows a sexy hint of ankle. These jeans look great with flats or sneakers, but on colder days go for booties with socks (try a patterned pair, if you’re into it). Above: 1, 2, 3.

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Puffer jackets
We used to reserve puffer coats for those days when all we cared about was staying warm. (Fashion, be damned!) But this season’s down jackets are a little slimmer, a little sleeker and cute enough to pull on every day. Above: 1, 2, 3.

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Trends We're Into Right Now

Ties on things
You know that effortless look that comes from tying a sweater around your shoulders or a jean jacket around your waist? This season, we’re seeing shirts, dresses, trousers and even sweaters with tie details that add the same relaxed vibe. Above: 1, 2, 3.

Thoughts? Which would you wear? This number is high on my wishlist.

P.S. One woman’s inspiring style, and pretty gold earrings.

(Top photo via La Cool & Chic.)

  1. I have the black tie shirt pictured. I also have a green one that is similar. Its too cute. I am also into a velvet,faux fur and sequins buying frenzy. Its not a phase lol

  2. Afton says...

    Love the shoes in the first image, does anyone know where they are from?

  3. Georgie says...

    You have no idea how nice it is to see plus-size options included in this roundup. Such a little thing that makes such a big difference for this plus-sized gal!

    • I agree! It made my day.

  4. Edith deJ says...

    Hi Joanna, love your blog! Can you tell me where I can buy the shoes in the first picture? thanks!

  5. Mirella says...

    Thank you for featuring different body types! Please do more of this. :)

  6. Kristi says...

    I love the black turtle neck – it’s graceful. Iconic. Then, I love the ankle length jean with the brown leather booties – effortlessly cool. Lastly, the jumpsuit is very cool especially paired with that little blazer! Ahhhh fashion, how I love you!

  7. Vanessa says...

    So are non-mary jane block heels still in style? I just bought a pair on sale at Nordstrom. I like them and want to keep them, but now I’m nervous about veering into granny territory. Uh oh!

  8. I’ve got my on on these:
    http://www.target.com/p/women-s-diamond-by-farylrobin-celinda-velvet-embellished-flats/-/A-51074985?lnk=rec|pdpipadh1|related_prods_vv|pdpipadh1|51074985|0

    I think they’re so cute and such a great deal. They have a heeled maryjane option, too.

    I’m on the lookout for a knit sweater dress with either a fit and flare cut or some sort of elastic waist built in. The ones with a straight cut don’t flatter my build. I’ve been looking online, but no luck. That type of dress is a little something I like to call “socially acceptable pajamas”. Throw it on with boots and a scarf and it looks like you put in a lot of effort.

    • Jamie says...

      I have a skirt like that…. it is basically sweat pants fabric and it is sooo comfortable but it looks fancy-ish/work appropriate just b/c it’s a skirt :)

  9. Linda says...

    I would really do all these trends. I think I’m already wearing half of them! :) The other day some friends were venting about the turtleneck trend. I had no idea turtlenecks were so polarizing!! Haha!! I’ve always thought of them as a classic Audrey Hepburn/Jackie O thing. Definitely wasn’t into the way Steve Jobs wore them, but I think it was just a uniform for him rather than thinking about a fashion choice.

  10. Maureen says...

    Hey i just love the fack that you included thing for every kind of body! Congrats on that :)

    • Ana says...

      Me too! It was the first thing I noticed about this post and what a relief to see all shapes and sizes represented.

  11. Cynthia says...

    The Mary Janes are so pretty and feminine, and I’ve always liked and worn them. I’m not a fan of jumpsuits for myself, but the one on your wishlist would look great on you, Joanna.

  12. Edith deJ says...

    Hi, I see many requests for the brand of the shoes in the top picture but haven’t found an answer in the replies. Would love to hear the brand!

  13. Ashley says...

    Have you watched the new series Divorced on HBO? I am loving the long sleeve, dark midi/maxi dresses SJP is wearing xox

  14. Yes yes yes yes yes. Into everything here. This fall season’s trends really are killing it – I feel like more so than any other year. Now, I just gotta go get me something velvet. ;)
    I also shared a fall outfit – restyling a “summer” piece – if you’d like to take a look. :)
    https://wonderlandsam.com/2016/11/16/seasons-change-restyle/

  15. Oh I really love those Mary Janes!

  16. Alaina says...

    Silly question… I have a pair of nude Mary Jane block heels that look great with just about everything. But now that it’s getting colder and going out with bare legs is less doable, can I wear them with tights? Would that look funny? Hate the idea of having to retire them for the year!

    • Rachel says...

      Having considered this issue at length myself, I don’t really think so… Maybe with navy or burgundy tights or something, but not sure it works.

    • Heather says...

      Absolutely! Rachel has a good idea to pair them with navy; I think opaque black tights might be a bit too stark with nude. A nice deep charcoal would look cute too depending on what you’re wearing.

      I really liked this guide for ideas on how to wear tights as a grown-up lady this fall/ winter: http://www.purewow.com/fashion/how-to-wear-tights-like-a-grown-up

      Happy day!

    • Alaina says...

      Thank you both! I think you’re right..navy/burgundy/charcoal tights would look nice. Mind made up :)

  17. Okay, I feel excited because 1) I’m wearing a ribbed turtleneck RIGHT NOW; 2) I own a puffer jacket, several items with ties, AND ankle length jeans. I like these trends ;)

    Also I noticed the velvet dress is available in regular, plus, AND maternity sizing! Nice!!

  18. I’m not one to usually follow the trends but I’m loving these too. I’m so happy about the lower block heel- chic and comfy! I also love the the updated classic of the tie neck blouse- modern and feminine.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  19. Emma says...

    Omg thank you so much for sharing all different body sizes and shapes. It made my day to see stunning women of all shapes and sizes.

    • Kelly says...

      I noticed – and appreciated – this as well. Thanks, CoJ team, for showing options for bodies of all sizes!

    • beth says...

      came on to say the same– nice to see a few plus sized models in the mix- and the fact that it didn’t require a separate post- like that they are built right in. Way to normalize all body sizes!

    • Hannah says...

      I was so happy to see this as well!

    • Heidi says...

      Yes, me too!!!! Thanks for being on top of the body positivity movement. Just one more reason to love this blog even more.

    • Marcy says...

      It totally made my day–and increased my love for Cup of Jo. You ladies are the best!

    • Elga says...

      Yes! I always missed it a little here. I’m glad they’re putting more effort into being more inclusive in this. As a definitely-not-skinny person I appreciate it!

  20. Katie says...

    This isn’t totally related to the post, but IS a fashion related question! I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding next month and we’ve been given the chance to choose our own dresses. She’s provided guidance on color (blush, champagne, gold, beige) and length (long), but we’re otherwise on our own! Any recommendations for where I should shop or general guidelines to follow? Thanks in advance!

  21. Sandra says...

    I agree with the others about loving seeing a variety of body types in this roundup! Yay Cup of Jo! Also, I’ve learned over the years that you should never KonMari shoes since they always come back in style. I have some cute block heel Mary Jane’s from the late 1990s that I’ll be pulling back out. :-) And I’ll be missing the block heel loafers that I foolishly purged from my closet before I learned to never get rid of shoes.

  22. Jessica says...

    I love the shoes in the top photo (without the ankle strap). Where can I find those? Thank you!

    • eg says...

      I’ve seen similar ones to those from Free People and Aldo; and more expensive versions from Rachel Comey, Jeffrey Campbell.

  23. Ankle jeans make me so happy! I am fairly tall and most jeans are ankle length on me by default! It’s very exciting that “floods” are now in style and not just a side effect of being too tall. :)

  24. I love ribbed turtlenecks. I mostly thrift, but I am envious of that Everlane turtleneck. Wool is the perfect winter material.

    waltzandwillow.com

  25. Laura says...

    Loving how we are all celebrating different body types and sizes- so many blogs still don’t. Thank you, Cup of Jo. This made my day a little happier.

  26. I guess I like basically the same things. Have been looking for a velvet dress everywhere, rolling up my jeans to ankle length (should get an actual pair that is that length) and buying ribbed turtlenecks lately!
    – Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

  27. Vicki says...

    I really appreciate you featuring women of all shapes and sizes lately! (Also, I am loving that Madewell sweater! I may get one for me and my mom!)

  28. I love velvet especially velvet maroon or Green Party dresses. I remember a friend who bought one ages ago and she looked divine, I’ve been on the hunt ever since!

    http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

  29. Charlotte K says...

    I had size 9.5-10 feet at the age of 11, so my mother had to give in and buy me grown up shoes for when I wasn’t just wearing Keds. My first pair was a patent leather yellow Pappagallo pump with a floppy flower on top and a low block heel. I still dream about those shoes. (This was in 1969, if anyone is counting!)
    I’ll definitely steer clear of the pussy bow blouses (lower left photo), forever, tied or untied. I’ve always found those a bit granny and this election season finished ’em for me.

  30. I love ankle-length jeans! The only problem is that I’m 155 cm high and even petite jeans are never ankle-lenth for me. Sigh!
    xx,
    E.
    ww.theslowpace.com

    • Nectar says...

      Urban Outfitter’s Grazer Twig Jeans have an insteam of 26″. They actually look like “ankle” jeans on my short legs.

  31. I wanted to come here and comment on how I notice and appreciate the variety of colors, shapes and sizes of the models in these photos. I know you can’t control who is posing in what, and I appreciate if you paid attention to the message you were sending with these photos! Thanks, cuopofjo!

    abbyschiavello.wordpress.com

    • Oh, I’ve just seen other readers commenting on this same thing! This blog makes a difference. :)

  32. Colleen S says...

    I desperately wanted a velvet bell-sleeved dress when I was a kid, but by the time I was a teen, velvet had basically had its day. I’m 33, and I don’t think I could pull it off.

    • Natalie says...

      You can, Colleen! Do it in an understated black or navy with tights or over-the-knee boots!

  33. Theresa says...

    Love your blog and love that very first pair of shoes. Do you know where to find those beauties?

  34. Reina says...

    I looove the gray shoes from the cover photo. Where are they from?

    • Sandra says...

      Me too! They are similar in style to a pair my grandma wore for her wedding in the 1930s or 40s! I would also love to know where they are from.

  35. I guess I’m on trend…the only thing I don’t own right now are the Mary Janes, and they are just adorable!! Not good for the winter though-when it snows!

  36. I love those velvet loafers. Dreamy!

  37. The block heel Mary Janes are so cute! I will also echo the sentiments of others and say that I love seeing diversity expressed in the images on your site! I don’t know if I could bring myself to wear a turtleneck… but I guess I never saw myself wearing a top knot or thinking overalls are cute. With fashion, anything truly is possible. ;)

    http://www.thewefiles.com

  38. Clare says...

    +1 for all the different body types you’re featuring, that’s great!

    As far as the fashions themselves, I feel like this is my childhood/early teens all over again – the 1990s have seriously returned with the velvet and block heels. I’m not really a huge fan, it makes me feel awkward and pimply all over again to relive those styles. I love the puffer jackets though! I’m all for anything that keeps me warm since I’m one of those people who is perpetually cold.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “awkward and pimply all over again” = made me laugh out loud :)

    • Laura says...

      I was thinking the same thing! All of these are items I owned in junior high and early high school.

    • Megan says...

      Bravo for adding diverse body types. It is always good to see a like sized model.

  39. Yup, I’ve noticed that ‘ties on things’ is a trend nowadays and honestly, I don’t know if I will invest many something like this or not. Although, I just bought a ‘ties on things’ blouse yesterday haha. Maybe I just stick to a piece of clothes to align with this trend. Love this post xo

    http://www.pastelfreakgirl.blogspot.my/

  40. Yes to all of these things!! <3

  41. Emily R says...

    I wish I felt the same. I feel so unattractive in fall/winter clothes. I wish I could find something that doesn’t make me feel like a man and keeps me warm. In the meantime I’ll be shivering in my cube….

  42. Julie says...

    I live for block heels! Great compromise of height and comfort!

  43. Emily says...

    Fun fact: my husband is Aspergers and has an aversion to velvet (apparently it’s common for aspies?) So even though I LOVE VELVET the party scenario you’ve described couldn’t happen for me!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh that’s so interesting! quite a few of my relatives are on the spectrum and i didn’t know this. thanks for the head’s up!

    • Amy says...

      I’ve long wondered if my sister has Asperger’s, and she can’t stand anything glittered or sequined or similar in feel/appearance. Just looking at it gives her the heebie jeebies. But then again my mom can’t handle textures that make a sound (like swishy synthetics), and she definitely isn’t on the spectrum :)

  44. Carmen B says...

    I love the block heel mary janes. I’ve been wanting to get a pair for a while.
    Thanks for including the plus size chiffon tie blouse.

  45. Sadhbh says...

    Just in relation to the “plus” items in this round-up — noticed and appreciated :)

    • Eileen says...

      Agreed!

  46. Amy says...

    I really appreciate the fuller figures you’ve been featuring lately. I’m a size 16 and I could never see myself in the slimmer styles you used to highlight. Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad to hear it, thank you so much!!

    • Melissa says...

      Yeah, seriously – thank you for including plus sizes!

  47. Lauren says...

    Love seeing different body types in these images!