During the course of fashion month, hundreds of major brands display their visions for the next season, and while each show and presentation highlights designers’ creative visions, together they forecast a new wave of fashion trends that will certainly be taking over street style—and your closet—in just a few months. Though so many looks have made their way down the runways, we’ve found a few Fall 2020 trends that seem sure to be everywhere later this year.
Ahead, we’ve listed some of our favorite Fall 2020 trends straight from the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. We think many of these will eventually make their way onto the streets, red carpets, and ultimately, most likely on your Instagram feed.
Over the years we have seen plaids come in many popular categories such as grunge plaids, uniform-dressing plaids, and now the Fall 2020 trend, in which plaids are styled in courageous, eclectic colors, with designers trying out head-to-toe plaid dressing and unconventional mixed patchwork patterns.
Bows! They aren’t just for kindergarten anymore. The rise of childhood-inspired and retro dressing has only grown over the past year.Designers placed bows on top of hats, repeated them as patterns on dresses, used them as neckties, and much more. If you’re still a bit weary, some modernizing of the Fall 2020 trend, such as textured bows in muted palettes and sharper, bow-tie like shapes as seen at Christopher Kane, offers a bit more versatility and perhaps makes integrating bows into your outfit a bit more approachable.
A puff-sleeve or shoulder has been on our trend radar for the past few seasons now. Though in spring shows the puff shoulder felt soft and ladylike, this past month, designers were a bit more specific for Fall 2020 by focusing on a strong shoulder, paired with a more straight sleeve for a more editorial finish.
Though various formal gloves were seen accompanying all kinds of looks, opera-length gloves were especially prevalent. Perhaps it is a bit of escapism to brighten up a mundane day, or perhaps it is just an overlooked accessory that has a lot more potential than we give it credit for. Either way, these gloves add a touch of drama that pairs well with a strapped or sleeveless dress, suit jacket, or short-sleeved blouse.
Fringe has been making its way into a range of collections as of late, and one thing is for sure in Fall 2020: fringe is for way more than just denim and cowboy boots. In fact, fringe seemed to be everywhere at Milan Fashion Week, accessorizing a range of aesthetics. Engulfing everything from pants to dresses and bags, the trend has taught us one major takeaway: any occasion is appropriate for a dose of fringe.
Could it actually be possible to not love a matching set? We didn’t think so either. The ease of having an outfit all put together for you, while having the versatility to wear the separates styled on their own, is a big reason we are happy to see more designers work them into cold-weather collections. The updates? Exciting new prints, slightly relaxed silhouettes, and taking the trend further with optional matching jackets.
There’s just something about getting dressed for a special occasion that just makes you feel – well, special. Designers amplified that sentiment this season to ask the question: why wait for an elusive occasion to look and feel your very best? Not only did designers show a seemingly unprecedented amount of eveningwear in their ready-to-wear collections, but the real bravery seemed to be in the colors and silhouettes chosen.