The Major Fashion Trends You’ll Want To Wear This Fall
August 28, 2018
Fashion, as many would argue, has become outrageous. In a season that was anything but predictable, with unexpected elements at every turn — who could forget the severed heads at Gucci, the parade of Jackie O clones at Moschino or those purse-serving drones at Dolce & Gabbana? — if there’s one thing the Fall 2018 runways have taught us, it’s that individuality is in. Blurring the lines between the seasons and genders with clashing color palettes, playful prints, loads of layers, and some serious throwback moments, it’s less about being prescribed our new seasonal wardrobe, but rather how we choose to work these statements into our everyday style. Glance around, confidence is the look of the moment.
Below, the standout fall 2018 fashion trends to shop now.
Giving the ‘70s and ‘90s a much needed break, this decade is having its moment, picked up in its various guises by many of the major designers. Ruffles, power-shoulders, shimmering lurex, bandage mini dresses, splashy colors — you name it, the runways reincarnated it. Think The-Matrix-meets-Working-Girl power dressing at Alexander Wang, color-blocked, oversized suiting at Marc Jacobs, all-out ‘sleazy’ faux furs from Claire Waight Keller at Givenchy, and slinky mini dresses at Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. The trick to this trend? More is totally more.
In a season that roars with color and texture, fall makes its case for animal prints. A Noah’s Ark full of snake, zebra, cheetah, leopard, faux croc and spliced-together hybrids was unleashed across Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, and Victoria Beckham, to name a few. Not always literal adaptions either, with neon, rainbow, and monochrome shades to really up the game. No holds barred, whether a more gentle take via separates or all-out head-to-toe prints, whatever your flavor, walking on the wild side never looked so chic.
For those of us who live in the more arctic-inclined climates, this should come as welcome news. One coat is not enough these days — rack it up to four or five a la Balenciaga, Simone Rocha, and Missoni. Blanket coats, puffers, windbreakers, trenches, parkas, long overcoats, and the season’s shaggy teddy and shearling coats all layered up in a chic sartorial bundle… Okay, not necessarily totally translatable IRL (Joey Tribbiani in Friends anyone?). Instead, scale up your outerwear, starting with say a longline vest, blazer jacket, or thinner coat, topped with a more practical all-weather coat. Try contrasting the colors and playing on the layering and you’ll nail it. Bonus points for adding an oversized plaid scarf too.
With royal wedding fever in the air at the time of the runway shows, it seems only fitting that Prince of Wales checks, Balmoral plaid, herringbone, and other borrowed-from-the-Queen fabrics should reign supreme for fall. Tweed was championed at Chanel of course, but also at Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, while suiting featured heavily throughout with Alexander Wang and Dion Lee putting pleasure before business via daring cut-outs and thigh-skimming hems. With stores like Zara and ASOS already stocking heavily on this trend, if there’s one key piece to invest in this season, it’s got to be the heritage herringbone oversized blazer.
Brown is the new black this season…50 shades of tan came courtesy of Chloé while Fendi played hard to beige and chocolate monograming. Not everyone’s sartorial cup of tea, if the murkier shades are less to your liking, opt for camel, beige or even burnt gold and bronze, and mix and match the textures from silks and linens to wools and glossy leathers.
Pretty In Pink
Meanwhile, on the other end of the color spectrum, hot pink had its moment at Jason Wu, Tory Burch, and Chanel, while neons in just about every electric shade made a big splash at Balmain, Moschino, Prada, and Brandon Maxwell, and as recently displayed by Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively.
If the ’80s knew how to do one thing, it was to have a good time, and that’s exactly what this season has nailed. Party dresses in all shapes and mini sizes are given a retro twist, with legs taking the starring role. Think silks, velvets, brocades, crystal-embellished, jeweled, and sequined dresses. Some even came with statement shoulders or flouncy ruffles, as detailed by Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Saint Laurent.
Finally, if there’s one major shoe trend well worth the buy-in, it has to be leather, lace-up Doc Marten style boots. Actually practical and super versatile, working with day or evening looks, there’s a huge array of styles out there to meet all budgets.