Fall Fashion 2017: The Most Wearable Trends of the Season

From the little red dress to exaggerated sleeves, seven trends you will actually want to wear

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The best thing about feeling that first nip in the air in September? The giddy realization that sweater season—and all the other heady joys of fall fashion—are right around the corner. But let’s face it: Deciphering which new fashion trends are actually worthy of an investment can be tricky. Just because something is blowing up your Instagram feed—or you’ve seen the exact same item in five different fashion magazines—doesn’t mean it belongs in your closet. With so many purchases now just a click away, you need to ask yourself some hard questions. Like: are you really going to wear those glitter ankle boots a few years down the road? And how often do you actually have an occasion that calls for a cropped cowhide top? Ultimately, you want to invest in pieces that are going to look fresh—and on trend—for more than just one season. Here are a few of my favorite styles that are trending for fall (and no doubt many years to come).

2. The investment piece: An amazing shearling jacket

Joseph Witham reversible oversized shearling jacket, $3,395, 

3. The pattern: Plaid (with a nod to The Royal Tenenbaums)


Theory York Plaid Cuffed Crop Pants, $345.00, 

3. The spring trends that are still going strong for fall: exaggerated sleeves & cold shoulders

Jonathon Simkai Fluid Off Shoulder Top, $575, 


4. The most festive way to dress up a LBD: feathers.

Milly Feather-Trimmed Shift, $450, 

5. The accessory color worth investing in: Burgundy

Zara Bucketbag Convertible in Backpack, $40, 

Alaia Bombe studded velvet sandals, $1,260, 

6. The trend that swings both ways: Fringe

Sometimes you need a little….

Adam Lippes Fringe Trim Satin Crepe Asymmetrical Jumpsuit, $1,550.00,

And sometimes you need a lot…

Stella McCartney Fringe Skirt Stretch Cady Dress, $1675, 

7. The color of the season: stop sign red

La Ligne Le Tuxedo Pant Rouge, $325,  

Zara long Crossover Coat, $199, 

Alexis Silk Bell Sleeve Asymmetric Ruffle Hem Dress, was $539.00, now $215.60, 

8. The best pattern for high/low fashion pairings: Camo

J. Crew Camouflage Foundry pant, $78,


Rag & Bone Camo Flight Jacket with Geniune Shearling Collar, $795.00, 

9. The trend that will hopefully last longer than our current presidency: Statement Ts with a strong point of view

Prabul Gurung, $195, 


Amy Synnott

Amy Synnott

Founding Editor
Amy Synnott is the founder of The Beautiful Edit. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Amy spent most of her career at InStyle magazine, where she worked as a the Beauty Director from 2000-2013 and the Executive Editor from 2013-2016. Originally from Boston, Amy currently lives in NYC with her husband, two children, and Labrador, Lucy.