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My Favorite Runway Fashion Trends of the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Season

It’s that time of year again! The time the leaves change, the smell of pumpkin spice and bonfires are in the air, and the time when fall fashion begins to take over!

All of the fall fashion shows have showcased what they had to offer, and they did not disappoint. So, without further ado, here are some of my must-have favorite trends for fall of 2015!

Themed Trends

New Classic – Victorian Detail

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We’re all used to fashion’s present drawing from fashion’s past, but normally it’s from somewhere in the last few decades. This season, however, it doesn’t seem like that’s the only place in time being drawn from. We’re talking straight 19th century feels on the runway at New York Fashion Week for this upcoming season. High collars, ruffles, lace, and even the poofy pagoda sleeves all made an appearance in the fall/winter 2015 collections some way or another. Tied in with some more modern trends, like bright colors and leather details, this trend is medievally modern in all the right ways.

Glam Geeks

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Geek Chic is no stranger to the runway, and here we are again. Another season, another take on glamorizing geek style. I’m most definitely in. It’s got me feeling all kinds of ways about the crazy-cool bookworm look – I’m ready to go back to school and start posting up in the library.

That 70’s Style

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70’s style has made a huge comeback lately, and that trend looks like it’s continuing into this season at full force. We are talking full fashion flashback – bohemian aesthetics, billowing fabrics, ribbed knits, chiffon dresses and the most infamous 70’s trend of them all – bell-bottoms. For anyone obsessed with That 70’s Show, this is the greatest news since Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reunited and had a baby.

Color Me Trendy

Shades of Grey

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Let’s all be real here, Grey is a color that has been a long time coming. It’s always there, but in the background. However, for the past year or so Grey has started climbing the ranks; from grey/silver hair to grey manicures. Now Grey has taken over the runway, not that I’m complaining. Grey has slowly become tied for my favorite color (with purple!) It’s classic and it just looks … elegant. Always. It adds a bit of chic sophistication to any look that I just love. Plus it looks good with everything, like white does, but unlike white, grey is a little less stain-able (which is extremely important for someone like me).

Marsala Wine

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Marsala is Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, and as someone who wanted to learn more about it, I (obviously) Googled it. I was able to find PANTONE’S Color of the year page, and the below quotes are how they introduced Marsala to the world.

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

-PANTONE, Introducting Marsala

Basically, it’s an amazing color and you should definitely go for adding some to your wardrobe during this fall/winter season.

Dusty Violet

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“It may have been the color of 2014, but the pinkish purple hue of Radiant Orchid seems to have even more staying power than 2015’s Marsala. Still, the pastel shade of lavender is an unexpected hue for Fall, but these soft takes on everything from evening gowns to dusters are too sweet not to try.”

– POPSUGAR, The 12 Fashion Trends You’ll Be Wearing this Fall

I have to agree with POPSUGAR. Dusty Violet is an amazing color, and it has some serious staying power. I may be a little biased because of my undying love for anything even remotely close to the color purple, but I’m assuming POPSUGAR isn’t. (although, who knows? I could be wrong.) Either way, Dusty Violet is a color that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. It popped up on the runway, so I’m betting it’s going to be popping up in stores this season very soon (if it’s not there already).

It’s A Pattern!


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Plaid is having it’s moment in the spotlight on the runway this season. I can’t really say plaid is back since it never really went away, but I’m glad it’s still here! Specifically, red plaid seemed to really shine this season. Plaid is versatile and stylish, and you can either class it up or dress it down. The possibilities are endless.

Windowpane Plaid

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Speaking of plaid, windowpane plaid is also here for the fall/winter 2015 season. I love this pattern but had no idea it was called windowpane plaid until now. Seems to me like I’m not the only one who’s totally feeling that windowpane vibe – check out what FASHIONETPASSION, a Fashion and Lifestyle Blog, had to say about it below.

“What gingham is to Spring, windowpane plaid will be to Fall. The hatched print is going to have a major moment in a season filled with buffalo plaids and tweedy tartans. The wide windowpane checks in smart black and white feel more sophisticated than the rest and have thusly been placed on everything from trench coats to evening gowns while still looking right at home on slouchy cool-girl separates.”

– FASHIONETPASSION, Trend Alert: Windowpane Print

Fall Florals

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I know what you’re thinking; “Florals in fall? Florals in WINTER???” I know, I know, but hear me out. I’m not talking your typical spring/summer florals here. Florals in darker hues made an appearance on the runway, and something about it just works. Not only is it a refreshing revival of a played out pattern, but the vibe it puts off leaves me with the sudden urge to take off running into the woods to get in tune with Mother Nature.

Wanna Be On Top?


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In other news, poking your collar over your sweater is a thing again – and I can say I’m not overly nor underly excited about it – but I’m content with it. Here’s a more in-depth analysis from someone with a little more passion for this trend;

Of all the allegations leveled at Rebekah Brooks, this may not be the one you remember, but in 2012 the fashion industry accused the former News of the World editor of killing off the Peter Pan collar. Finally, fashion has recovered enough to offer a similar look – pointed collars in interesting fabrics (chain-link metal, chartreuse silk and striped cotton at Prada, Dior and Miu Miu) layered over snakeskin pinafores or thin-knit jumpers, offering all the joys of a collar with none of the Leveson-inquiry associations.

– theguardian, The 20 autumn fashion trends you need to know about by Hannah Marriott

Not-Your Average White Blouse

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The white blouse has been a staple of any fabulous wardrobe since most of us can remember. It’s a fashion tale as old as time. However, this season, the run-of-the-mill, white (usually button-down) blouse got a serious makeover. There were bows, ruffles and frills that were so chic they gave me chills!

Bow Blouses

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As any sorority-girl alum, I love bows. Bows in my hair, bows on my clothes, bows on my shoes. Just, bows. Bows everywhere. So when I saw that bow blouses were upon the runway this season, I had to make my fragile, girly-girl heart be still. It’s fashionable and sophisticated wardrobe item, and I would like twenty of them, please.

Bottoms Got Me Like…


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Folks, it took me a long time to get into this trend, but once I realized the benefits, I was all for it. It makes your legs look longer and your waist look slimmer.For me personally, as someone with the flattest most virtually non-existent butt out there, it also gives the illusion that you have actual curves. Overall, it creates a look that is both sleek and sexy, and I have to say that makes me a fan. High-waisted bottoms have been something that has been slowly creeping up on us for a while now, but with the trend being so big on the runway this season, now it’s official. High-waisted is in and people with no butts everywhere are rejoicing because of it.

The Return of The Mini-Skirt

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Who wears short skirts? We wear short skirts! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am beyond excited to announce that the mini-skirt is back! The hemlines have been moving on up on the runway, and I can’t think of anyone (aside from men with teenage daughters, maybe?) who wouldn’t be excited to hear this. We women have amazing legs, and as Queen B says, “If you got it, flaunt it.”

Specific styles of short skirts I noticed are denim (another throwback to my teenage years!) and mod-styled skirts. But generally, any type of short skirt will do! It may be cold, but buck up and sacrifice the feeling in your toes for Fashion! Jk, I hate the cold more than anyone. Short skirts indoors? Yes. But outdoors? In Winter? Unless I have a cocktail and some tights, I don’t necessarily see that happening.

Outer-Wear? Outer There!

As anyone from anywhere with fall and winter weather will tell you, outer-wear is one of the most exciting things about the fall/winter season. So I’m alway excited to see what the fashion world has to offer when it comes to outer-wear. The peacoat has been one of my favorites for many years, but these are the three most prevalent outer-wear styles on the runway this season. They’re all amazing, and they’re all giving the peacoat a run for it’s money.

Duster Coat

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Duster coats were seen all over the runway for this season. For those of you that don’t know, the Duster Coat is what you call a longline coat. It’s the A+ all-star of the coat world. You could throw it over any outfit for a look that is cool and sophisticated that will keep you safe from the cold.

Cape Coats

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One of the chicest, fashion must-haves this season is the cape coat. First of all, who doesn’t like to feel like a badass, style-icon royalty? That’s exactly what a cape coat looks and feels like to me. Plus, it’s a way to stay all bundled up and warm while also rocking a coat with a far-from-typical silhouette. This coat’s slow comeback is getting stronger, and more glam each season. Which means not having to trade being cozy and comfortable for being fashionable, so women everywhere can finally have it all!


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Along the same lines as the cape coat, the poncho is also in for the upcoming fall/winter 2015 season. Which is great because, as Joanna Goddard puts it, “Ponchos are fashion’s ingenious solution for how to wear a comfy blanket in public.” (From her blog post, 9 Fall Fashion Trends, which was published on her blog called A Cup Of Jo.) There is literally nothing wrong with this, in my opinion. Hell, if it was fashionable, I would be wearing a snuggie out in public. Alas, it is not fashionable, nor is it even normal (or so I am told), so the poncho will have to do.

Stomp It Out

OTK Boots

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“Get ready ladies: You will never have to be cold again! These boots go up, really high up and they are everywhere. The look of liquid legs is the one you will want to get for fall.”

– ELLE, The Complete Fall 2015 Trend Guide

ELLE said it best; over-the-knee boots are here – and anyone who’s anyone will be rocking them like a model on a catwalk this season. This is one trend you definitely want to get on board with before it’s too late. We all know those boots were made for walking, so don’t let them walk right by you without snagging a pair for yourself.

Classic Patent Boot

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We all love the OTK boot, but sometimes you need something a little more practical. A classic patent boot is another good footwear choice for fall. It’s a good look, and it will protect you from those inevitable puddles and slushy sidewalks.

Fashion Accents

Glamorous Gloves

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Once more, ELLE said it best in their Fall 2015 Trend Guide; “You guys, she did it, Amal made gloves happen. You can say it’s a coincidence, but you would be wrong.” There were long glamorous gloves on the runways, and I have to say it’s such a high-fashion, classic look. It’s very Holly Golightly, and I’m so down for that. So thanks, Mrs.Clooney, for inspiring fashion designers to show some glove love this season!

Hold On Tight

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Apparently, sheer black tights are back in – but I don’t think they ever left. It is one of my absolute favorites and honestly one of the most classic trends there is (second only to the classic, white blouse). Sheer black tights will always be in, but I’m glad the fashion world recognizes it as well. Patterned tights are in as well this season, which is another thing I absolutely love. I have everything from floral to zebra-patterned tights. They add an extra oomph to any outfit and are a great choice if you are looking to take a walk on the wild side!

Structured bags

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The bucket bag has been in recently, and they look great, they do. My only problem is that it’s so easy for purses like that to turn into a Mary Poppins purse – you literally never know what you’re going to find in there, but it’s probably not what you were originally looking for. Structured bags are in this season, and I’m relieved to know it. They give the contents of your purse a little more order and organization.

There you go! The list of my favorite fall 2015 trends! There are plenty more on the runways, but I don’t necessarily love them all, and if we were to go through them, you might end up reading this all night. What do you think of my list? Do you agree or disagree with anything on the list? Do you have a fall trend you think is so glaringly important that it is an outrage I have not included it on this list? Comment below and let me know!

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