Every season, a new selection of soon-to-be bestsellers hits our favorite fashion retailers. With so many products and trends to keep up with, it’s hard to know what to “add to cart” when the time comes. In our New Arrivals series, we consult the buyers, editors, and fashion insiders at our go-to shopping destinations to find out their best bets for the season’s MVPs (most valuable products).
With cooler temperatures quickly on the way, it’s time to swap our summer dresses and sandals for some of fall’s biggest fashion trends. To find out which boots, coats, and knits are trending this season, we’ve tapped buyers and editors at some of the most popular retailers.
Statement jackets — “coats that not only look great but are also functional when spending more time outdoors,” according to Liane Wiggins, Head of Womenswear at MatchesFashion — will dominate in the outerwear department. Meanwhile, summer’s party dresses will be swapped for more practical frocks. “Knit dresses are starting to trend as the weather gets cooler,” says Libby Page, Net-A-Porter’s Senior Market Editor. “A cult piece this season is Khaite’s black knitted cashmere A-line dress.”
Ahead, the other fall trends that fashion insiders are adding to their shopping lists now.
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“Traditional craftsmanship, such as patchwork and crochet, see a resurgence in unexpected colors and modern techniques. Cozy sweaters and amplified outerwear are tactile and 3-D, while exuberant prints make statement-makers out of dresses and tops.”
Kate Bellman, Fashion Director at Nordstrom
The Phluid Project Quilted Patchwork Jacket, $, available at Nordstrom
Baum Und Pferdgarten Cicilla Mixed Stitch Crochet Vest, $, available at Nordstrom
“Utilitarian boots are the must-have shoe of the season. These shoes are a smart investment because this trend has staying power. A great pair goes with everything in your closet from voluminous dresses to bodycon knits.”
Divya Mathur, Intermix Chief Merchant
Ganni Recycled Rubber City Boots, $, available at Intermix
Staud Bow Lug Sole Sock Ankle Boots, $, available at Intermix
“Printed turtlenecks are a major must-have for the fall/winter season. From basic colors to printed knits, these are THE perfect layering pieces. I love styling mine under dresses, knits, hoodies, and jackets!”
Caroline Maguire, Shopbop Fashion Director
La Double J Floral Print Turtleneck, $, available at Shopbop
Baum Und Pferdgarten Jodi Turtleneck, $, available at Shopbop
“We are seeing jackets trending in all shapes and sizes for fall, in the form of both lightweight drill jackets, tweed shapes, overshirts, and denim jackets from brands like Saint Laurent, Loewe, and The Row. However, the biggest trend of the moment is the quilted/padded jacket.”
Libby Page, Net-A-Porter Senior Market Editor
Frankie Shop Quilted Padded Ripstop Jacket, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Sea Gloucester Quilted Gingham Cotton Jacket, $, available at Net-A-Porter
“I love seeing how designers take a perennial classic and give it just enough spin to feel fresh, but not too much that it feels dated after one season. This fall, the coolest way to wear denim is mixed with other denim. Details like denim-on-denim patches in different colorways is an artful approach.”
Taylor Tomasi Hill, Creative and Fashion Director at THE YES
Ba&sh Apolo Two-Tone Jeans, $, available at The Yes
Nili Lotan Marseille Patchwork Jean, $, available at The Yes
“Knitted dresses are one of our highest growing options across dresses this season — the category has grown +220 percent versus last year. For fall, knitted dresses take a new form in super feminine, modern silhouettes to evoke a subtle sexiness. We love styles from Thebe Magugu, Khaite, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Gabriela Hearst, and Chloe, especially in soft tonal shades or bright color pops.”
Liane Wiggins, Head of Womenswear at MatchesFashion
Thebe Magugu Fringed-Hem Wool Dress, $, available at MatchesFashion
Staud Shoko Buttoned Ribbed-Knit Dress, $, available at MatchesFashion
“A reliable staple that comes returns to the spotlight time and time again, cargo pants are experiencing another undeniable resurgence. The key is the mix, subverting this utilitarian classic with an unexpected element like a going-out top, or a stiletto, or both.”
Celenie Seidel, Farfetch Senior Womenswear Editor
JW Anderson High-Waist Cargo Trousers, $, available at Farfetch
Adidas Loose Fit Cargo Pocket Trousers, $, available at Farfetch
“Vests and crop bra tops are amazing layers that provide so much versatility. Wear them over a classic white shirt, a dress, even a fitted turtleneck, or alone under a blazer. They can be styled so many ways you will be surprised how much you are wearing them all season long!”
Anu Narayanan, Anthropologie Chief Merchant
Reath & Wren Embellished Knit Bralette, $, available at Anthropologie
Anthropologie Ribbed Cashmere Poncho, $, available at Anthropologie
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