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Seven Fall Trends (Will You Wear Them?)

7 Fall Trends (Will You Wear Them?)

As much as I lament saying goodbye to summer, thinking of the cozy layers around the corner definitely stirs up excitement. Here are seven fall trends we’ve been noticing (will you try them out?)…

Bright red
Red can be a little intimidating to wear, but the color is everywhere this fall. I think of it like a swipe of red lipstick — it’s a commitment, but once it’s on you feel that much bolder. A sweater or dress would be pretty, but if you’re hesitant to go all-in, a shoe or scarf can be a fun accent.

Mary Jane flats
It’s always funny when something from childhood appears again. Last year, it was these Vans, and this season’s soft Mary Jane flats were such a throwback, they made me do a double-take. I love their back-to-school vibe, and a velvet pair would look sweet with jeans.

Sweatshirts
I still wear my old college hoodie (nothing’s better for a night of Netflix), but it feels like time to add some new sweatshirts into the mix. With fun details like graphics and embroidery, this season’s sweats are meant to be worn off the couch.

Check pattern
I’m always looking for things to wear to work, and the checks I’ve been seeing everywhere is totally office appropriate. A blazer feels full-on business casual (very Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, minus the shoulder pads), but I’d love to try a check dress, a skirt or even a pair of earrings.

Statement booties
Every few years, I invest in a black ankle boot, but lately I’ve been drawn to those with a little something extra. Whether colorful, metallic, velvet or pointy-toed, a statement boot has the power to turn basic jeans and T-shirt into a special outfit.

Tea-length skirts
While short skirts are fun for summer, this skirt feels just right for fall. The tea length, which gently grazes the mid-calf, is totally work appropriate (it’s named because women in the 1920s wore skirts like this for tea), and I’d also love to wear one on the weekend with a chunky sweater.

Dark florals
Just because the trees are losing their leaves, it doesn’t mean we have to stop wearing florals (not giving up on white either, FYI). For fall, we’ve been spotting darker, moodier floral dresses. Wouldn’t they look pretty with tights and a leather jacket on a crisp fall evening?

Thoughts? Would you wear any of these? (This has two trends in one.)

P.S. Last fall’s trends (still into them), and teeny tiny earrings.

(Floral dress in top photo from Madewell.)

  1. Abesha1 says...

    It’s funny, I’ve always found skirts warmer than pants, and more friendly to layers (add tights, leggings, slip, boots), in cold weather… but many people seem to feel the opposite!

  2. sadie says...

    Yes, dark florals. <3 <3 <3

    • Hanna says...

      Great article, thanks for pointing it out!

  3. Allie says...

    I was doing the black, white, and red thing before it was cool. Now it feels super strange to be accidentally on trend. :P

    As for the rest… pointy shoes that squish my toes, garish patterns, skirts when it’s cold out, no thanks.

  4. Lauren DeMarco says...

    Hell no with the red! Hell yes with the dark florals! I have always hated red. Its a thing.

  5. Katie says...

    I had just ordered those gold Madewell booties! They’re comfortable and true to size but are not as gold as the photo suggests. They’re much more dull (wearable?), but not what I wanted, so back they went :/

  6. Not the red – I work for Target and so I’ve had that color forced on me over the last few years – and not the tea-length skirt (I’m too short, it hits me at the wrong spot). I love everything else though! We have these blue tapestry booties at Target that I’ve had my eye on since they got put out, and my inner 90’s girl is secretly SUPER PLEASED that velvet has come back in style. I love the dark floral trend also – our new brand A New Day has a kimono cardigan which is dark floral AND velvet so it’s like all the trends in one piece!

  7. I always wear a red coat. I love dark neutrals like black and navy with lots of denim and my coat brightens the whole outfit. In the cold, gray days it is uplifting to wear color. I also always dress my daughter in a red coat too. So easy to spot her if she wanders. People do comment on our matching coats colors but it doesn’t bother me. ^_^

  8. Claire says...

    Also- I used to think shoes needed to be neutral to go with as many clothes as possible, but I have come to see the error of that. Colorful shoes go with everything and make for chic spiffy feet.

  9. Claire says...

    Love a dark floral print any time of year! I can’t do a ton of bright red, but I like the darker garnet shades as smaller splashes of color. Thumbs up on the suede Mary Janes and below the knee skirts too.

  10. Trisha says...

    Viva la Velvet!

  11. Kate says...

    How did you KNOW that I was just looking at that red J. Crew coat hours before this post??!

  12. Gabrielle says...

    LOOOOOVE the dark florals. That Zara blouse is my jam. Just ordered it. Thank you for the link!!

  13. Katie says...

    Just ordered the Loft dress! Thanks for great links, as always! You’ve never let me down!

  14. Cazmina says...

    I feel too childish wearing mary-jane shoes, but I really like the dark florals – any dress that can be worn in summer but transitioned into colder weather with tights is a winner! In fact my plan is to embrace the recent resurgence of 90’s trends and layer a long sleeve t-shirt under my camisoles and dresses as a way to get more mileage out of what’s already in my wardrobe.

  15. Alice says...

    Gold boots for Autumn, YESSS! On it.
    Always a fan of the tea length, too.
    Love the velvet shoe look but, seriously, mine would be ruined in a week. Scottish weather + young kids + fairly regular tea spillage = no no.

  16. Anna Rafalski says...

    Do you guys wear long sleeve dresses? Somehow, I feel weird in them. I always wear short sleeve dresses – in the winter, I just wear a cardigan over top.

    • Claire says...

      I do like a long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve on a dress, especially in winter. But I like your cardigan idea too and have done that as well.

  17. Anna Rafalski says...

    Tea length skirts hit me in the wrong place, though I think they look so chic on others! I love Mary Janes though – so glad they’re in style again so that I can stock up. I usually wear grey and black, but I might try some red … not sure I can pull it off though!

  18. Emily says...

    I love the dark florals and the checked pattern, especially for a skirt or blazer. I can also always count on my college sweatshirt– it’s a good thing i bought one in a nice neutral gray color!

  19. Clare says...

    I have a red Tignanello mini backpack that I use every fall/winter, so I guess I’m all set! But recently I was thinking about switching up my purse situation (since I’ve been doing the same 2 Tignanello mini backpacks for a few years now…) but I get so stuck on purse colors! Could you maybe do a post on different handbag colors and the statements they make? Maybe show some people with their signature purse and why they chose the color they chose, and how they go with their outfits? Not sure if that’s too vague but I thought I’d throw it out there. I was thinking about it and I was like, “Joanna would know.” LOL

  20. Yes to a dark floral dress. It’s still warm here in LA but I can wear a lightweight dark floral dress now with some sandals and then later with tights, boots and a sweater. If I could find a sleeveless one, that I could layer a fitted turtleneck under, then it would be good for 4 seasons. So I should definitely buy the Rebecca Minkoff one I’ve been admiring every day on my way to and from work. =>

  21. I have a red leather prada bucket bag I found at an outlet 5 years ago. I never wear it. I will try it out this fall! :). Thanks for the idea, gotta love shopping in your own closet.

  22. I bought a red leather bucket purse and I NEVER wear it. I will bust it out this fall, I think I like that trend :).

  23. Rebecca says...

    All of it! I want to wear ALL OF IT!!!
    :)

  24. Em says...

    The red and the tea length skirts, both so elegant and feminine!
    I have a bright red vintage coat that is dying to get out of the cupboard !

  25. Laura C. says...

    Tea—length? Haha I have a tea-length skirt since May, sort of very soft denim, and it rocks with wedges! I won’t try the bright red, it’s not my colour at all.

  26. Love a lot of these, very wearable (apart from the bright red, I’m too afraid of colour to embrace that!)… the velvet though, and the check print – I’m in! And the boots and florals. I just did a round up of some of the things I’m looking at on the high street – https://themumandthemom.com/2017/09/14/new-season-updates-and-an-ode-to-zara/ – think the cooler weather has got me ready to freshen up my autumn/fall wardrobe!

  27. ellen says...

    I was admiring that embroidered Madewell sweatshirt in the store just the other day – it’s SO SOFT. I’m already having fall shopping withdrawals because I’m currently 6 mos pregnant and trying not to buy things that aren’t bump/breastfeeding friendly. But dang I want that red coat and some velvet boots!

  28. Angela says...

    I love the dark florals. I bought my baby daughter a dark floral dress last fall that was to die for…so cute.

    I love other stuff on here, but mostly, it makes me want to cry because I have AT LEAST one more month before it’ll be cool enough to wear fall attire here in Texas. I’m from the Midwest and this time of year in Texas makes me cry hot, hot tears.

  29. *every one…

  30. Yes! I have everyone of these “trends” in my closet already (less the Mary Janes) so count me in.

  31. Maire says...

    I love all the Mary Janes and the velvet trend. I also love all the statement sleeves, but they are not very practical to wear with my librarian lab coat, i.e. cardigan, so I only have one dress with them. Layering is key to a successful librarian workday! :D

  32. Amy P says...

    I think I need turtlenecks to come back. Not because they look good on me (I’m not sure they do), but because my neck gets so dang cold and scarves flap around and distract me.

    • A black turtleneck is always classic, IMO. Just look at pics of Audrey in them and you’ll run out and get one! I’m in Minnesota and couldn’t survive without them.

  33. M says...

    If anyone is looking for a more affordable velvet bootie, Target has a very similar pair that I found when I was looking around! The link is super long so I won’t post, but just google “Women’s Dania Velvet Bootie.”

  34. LB says...

    (peeks through fingers over her eyes and asks cautiously) “are ruffles gone yet?”

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahaha

    • kaela says...

      LOL right?

    • Charli says...

      SERIOUSLY.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha

    • Emily says...

      Lol. This comment is SPOT ON.

  35. Carly says...

    Can I just say that the bright red twist dress is AMAZING! And when I found out they only made sizes 14-28, at first I was bummed, but then I realized I felt how I’m sure plus sized girls feel all of the time. You see something you love, only to find out it’s not in your size. So, I hope some seriously fabulous ladies go buy that dress and wear the hell out of it!

    • kaela says...

      This is a very insightful observation. I agree… I hope the 14-28 ladies rock that dress. :)

  36. Colleen S says...

    I might do the red, and that’s it. I survived the nineties having attempted some of these things, and it did not work for me. With that said, I’m happy that there are people that can pull these off.

  37. Statement booties for life! I love ’em.

  38. Emm says...

    I just discovered that I’m in love with dark florals.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same!!

  39. I love the dark florals and Mary Janes! :)

  40. Maywyn says...

    Good trends this year.
    For me over 60…Yes (very) to dark floral (with a Moroccan flair), tea length skirts (no pleats), checks, booties (a lower heel), sweatshirt (with a classy quote), red lipstick (deep matte), and faux leather moccasins (instead of Mary Jane shoes unless they are satin in deep tones).

    • Trisha says...

      Umm, can we get a week of outfits from Maywyn please? :-)

  41. Summer says...

    I love those mary janes and the dark florals!! So pretty.

  42. Life is so different out in Hawaii! It’s still so beastly hot and humid, fall attire looks 0% different than summer. At work we encourage each other through the heat by talking about “those few weeks in winter where everyone wears sweaters in the mornings.” But when I read these posts I find myself looking for flights to the mainland just for a few days. Boots and lipstick and scarves?! Seasonal FOMO is real.

    • Simone says...

      I moved from the midwest to socal earlier this year and I can now relate. I never thought I’d miss colder seasons, but I definitely have FOMO now thinking of crisp breezes, orange leaves, dresses with tights and scarves.

  43. Lashley says...

    Those dark florals are right up my alley. The Rifle Paper Company Keds are on my to-buy list this week. (The Queen Anne pattern is black with gold!)

    • MarlaD says...

      Those Rifle Paper Company Keds are my dream come true!

  44. Beth says...

    I love all the new sweatshirts and those plaid earrings! Never been a Mary Jane fan, but I have many, many pairs of oxfords! Those dark florals are lovely.

  45. kiki says...

    Don’t forget about the classic-standby Champion hoodies! they are coming back in a big way and SO cozy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! love that sporty look.

    • Summer says...

      I just got a flash back to my teal blue Champion hoodie that I wore in 8th grade!!

  46. Leigh says...

    I never understood how to wear booties with work pants. They always fall at an odd spot. Am I missing something?

    • TJ says...

      I tend to wear cropped pants all year long and they looks super cute with booties.

    • Jen says...

      I agree – i can’t get it right. Jeans FINE, dress pants (even skinny cut to mimic jeans)…it looks so off on me!

    • Caitlin says...

      I wear them almost everyday! But maybe I do just look odd? I get boot cut dress pants that have a tiny bit of flare to go over the tops of them. And hem them to just touch the floor but not bunch up at the front of the shoe. Maybe give that a go?

  47. Escondista says...

    Everything feels so autumn appropriate. I love this time of year *sips PSL WITHOUT feeling basic*

  48. yes to the sweatshirts and mary-janes! ( OMG Fall! <3 )

  49. Cynthia says...

    I’ve always loved Mary Janes. Last winter I made a checked skirt with a pleated ruffle hem, and I have some tea length skirts which are so feminine. I also have a dark floral dress, and I wear florals year round. I have black booties but I can’t say they are statement booties, unless you count the strap and buckle trim which gives them a motorcycle vibe. The styles you’ve shown never go out of style. I have a rolling briefcase, because I have too much to carry to use a tote, although leather totes are so attractive.

  50. brianna says...

    How cute would a pair of Mary Janes look with a tea length skirt?

  51. Sara says...

    For me, Mary Janes never were out. They’re my signature shoe! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cute!!

  52. Alex says...

    I have a Ralph Lauren dark floral dress that I can’t wait to bust out! Bonus; it’s tea length!