Fall Fashion Trends

Old favorites make their return

By Taylor Shillam

With the leaves beginning to turn and temperatures making their way back down, the arrival of fall invites a breath of fresh air and a feeling of renewal in many aspects of life. The closet is no exception.


In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old favorites back into the spotlight with a new twist. Tailored silhouettes, familiar patterns and new takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of comfort alongside the newness—in a year marked by uncertainty, many of us could use a bit of both.


From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of 2020 invites you to choose your level of change from your usual attire. Read on to discover the season’s top trends.


Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your staple items a new twist with a touch of heavy metal. Pieces like collared blouses, cardigans and purses will find their edge with accents of metallic, sequins and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear and playwear. The metallic trend can be played up or down; embrace the look with a full-metal sequin dress, bodysuit or button-down top, or simply add a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory.

Gold and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of accessories this season, from jewelry to bags and belts, so pick your level of metal and bring some shine to your autumn.


Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will have you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is making its way into stores this season, with statement coats and shearling of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear departments. The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it comes to fur, and designers have become more creative than ever with crafting options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.


Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired attire. Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle accents made their way across runways this year, making way for a return to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or cardigan to throw an instant prep in your step.


Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest. With jewel-toned knits and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.


Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more than the classic biker jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including leather trousers, tops and lengthy trench coats.


If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for versatile pieces in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.


Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the end of the year, the long-sleeved glove will be highly available in a variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event wear.


Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles, the suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full two-piece set with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette with a swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the equestrian-inspired look by matching a fitted blazer with trousers tucked into riding boots.


Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding out a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers will be available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues, with options ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options just as stylish in a single piece.


Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color palettes this year, with many looks opting for just one single color throughout an entire outfit.


Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds, vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing crisp pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than ever, with deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee browns holding their own in versions of these classic hues that are anything but boring.


When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance of versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play with dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color, pairing colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing with bold belts and bags.


Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this year, flat boots are having their moment. With trending styles including low-maintenance and slouchy to the straight and sturdy riding boot, put a little ease in your step with shoes that keep you lower to the ground.


This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity and self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the seasons, true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall fashion trends emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like leather, deep colors and tailored silhouettes, take this season as a chance to reimagine your look with a bit of ease, and hopefully, a bit of fun.

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