The Top 7 Fall Fashion Trends for 2018

There are always tons of new trends as well as the regurgitated ones that show up every year (spring = stripes and florals; fall = browns and layering; holiday = sparkles and jewel tones). And, as I always say, it’s not about buying every new trend, as they likely don’t all look good on you AND who has the money to reinvent their wardrobe each year? It’s about being aware of the what’s more current, developing your own style and buying a few key pieces.

The Top 7 Fall Fashion Trends for 2018

(All images are courtesy of the brands showcased. These are mostly high-fashion brands as they do set the tone for the trends. To shop these in your hometown, please click any link to see where each is carried locally. And, consider this a guide to shop trends, as opposed to these items only!)


As the fashion world continues its love of pink, this is the new “it” pink for the season. Magenta is a rich, bright pink that looks fabulous with browns and camel colors, making it a perfect color to make your fall outfit pop. With statement earrings still very much in, you can add some magenta there, or buy a silk blouse or even an oversized coat. If you love magenta, it’s your year to stock up. If you love red, there’s tons of that as well.

Magenta gloves, a magenta bag and a black dress make quite the statement from Chanel. The gloves are fingerless, and this conjures up the image of a modern-day ’80s Madonna (keep reading as yes, the ’80s are back). Image: Chanel

Magenta-all-over takes center stage at Carolina Herrera. Image: Carolina Herrera

Animal print

While the most adventurous among us can get away with wearing animal print from head-to-toe this season, it’s fair warning to say that most people can not. But, if you’ve had a hankering to wear your leopard blouse with leopard shoes with a leopard jacket … well, this is your season to throw caution into the wind and do it. Or, if you see your friend do this and wonder if she’s lost her mind, just know that it’s actually a thing. That said, maybe just going for a dress that is all animal print might keep you in the “safe zone.”

Two examples of leopard dresses by alice + olivia

This black and white leopard topper coat is gorgeous — just as you would expect from Carolina Herrera. Image: Carolina Herrera


Ah, the lovely ’80s. Nods to the decade this season include metallic, shiny, foil fabrics; acid-washed denim; big coats; plaid, color blocking; neon and that certain glammed-up ’80s vibe. Think a silver jacket or shiny pants are too much? Not this year. Wear black leather pants with a boldly patterned shirt. Wear prints … glorious, big, bold, not-matching prints! All of these are back. If you want to embrace the look a little more subtly, perhaps try a bright clutch, a color-blocked shoe or a silver foil blouse. As far as acid-washed goes, I lived through the ’80s and can’t imagine ever wearing acid-washed anything again. If you didn’t live through the ’80s, now is your time to experiment.

You’ll see color-blocking and pattern-blocking this season. Lots of it. Image: Tory Burch

Combine orange and magenta for a statement-stopping piece. You could also tuck an orange blouse/turtleneck into a magenta skirt. This dress features flattering ruching, another big trend this year. Image: Carolina Herrera


“You can’t tell fold from fat” — this is the way ruching was once described to me and likely a reason so many women are embracing this trend. Add a little ruching to the side of a fitted shirt, and goodbye muffin top. Add some ruching to a skirt and little extra bulges are minimized. Don’t have anything to camouflage? Ruching stills adds interest and style. Ruching, done right, is a sooth-saying flatterer. Hands to the sky that there is so much of it this season.

This dress, by Roksanda, showcases ruching from neckline to hem for a super-flattering silhouette. Image: Roksanda

This mint green shell, from DVF, is ruched at the neckline which is a way many blouses are updated for fall. Image: DVF

Faux Fur

Faux fur has never been bigger or bolder. With several fashion houses pledging to abandon real fur, faux is more prevalent than ever before. Available in any color under the sun, the reds, pinks, magentas and burgundy ones are making us the happiest for Fall/Winter 2018.

DVF goes big and bold with this deep red, faux fur jacket. Image: DVF

Add a magenta dress and lighter pink faux fur coat, and you are so Fall 2018. Image: Greg Kessler for Milly


Blouses are decidedly buttoned up. There are lots of ties at the neck. The midi-skirt is a bit longer. That’s not to say that all of these things aren’t pretty, as there does seem to be an embracement of romance in many of them, but modesty is in. Look at every photo included in this article for confirmation of that.

You’ll see lots of ties at the neck and a decidedly covered-up look this season. You’ll also see a lot of head-to-toe one color, or variations of a color: all white, all red, all various browns. Image: Tory Burch

Tie-neck blouses are flirty and fun. This one also includes some subtle ruching on the sleeve and across the top. Image: Ann Mashburn

A Nod to ‘The Queen’

Speaking of modesty, do you watch Netflix’s “The Queen”? It’s over-the-top expensive to produce as the attention to detail is extreme. The interior design, the architecture, the fashion … oh, the lovely fashion! Similarly, as to when “Mad Men”‘s fashion spilled over into real life, fashion from “The Queen” is now jumping from screen to the street, with a put-together woman leading the way. And, she’s leading the way with tweed. The biggest trend in tweed is the oversized menswear-inspired topcoat worn by us women, which is also a nod to the late ’80s. Yep, once again, tweed is hip. And, speaking of royalty, tartans and plaids continue to reign.

Chanel leads the way with beautiful tweed. Note the fingerless gloves and foil fabric accents as well. Image: Chanel

Michael Kors combines multiple prints in this look (which is a very on-trend thing to do). The tartan skirt with stripes, camo and animal print. Who knew it could look so fabulous?! Image: Michael Kors

Speaking of ‘The Queen’, Megan Markle will have an immediate effect on the fashion world, just as Kate Middleton did — and still does. They both exude a modern, classic style that is feminine, modest and approachable to many generations of women. If you ask yourself, “Would Megan or Kate wear this?” and your answer is yes, it’s a safe bet that you are looking fabulous.


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