At the moment, it is all about enjoying the afterglow of the incredible fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends that were walked down that catwalk, soaking it all in and regrouping our wardrobes for the upcoming seasons. We want to have an incredibly fashionable year, after all.
While we enjoy the spring and summer months, it is the fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends that will be replaying in our minds as we shop. After all, what better way to spend the rainy or excessively hot days than in a local mall, enjoying the best of designer ready-to-wear collections?
In order to best create your fall 2017 closet looks, you will need to take a closer look at the fall 2017 fashion trends, those that have newly appeared on stage or newly become as popular as they are now. So many different looks to consider, as it appears, and so many different combinations of trends that can make for your own unique style!
As a woman, and a fashionable one at that, you deserve to not only look the part, but also to feel sexy as who you are as well. As such, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the top fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends for you to create your own wardrobe out of.
Fall 2017 Fashion Trends: Contents
1. Banker Pantsuits
2. Skirt Suits
3. The Texan Tuxedo
4. Designer Protest
5. Midi Skirts
6. Side Cuts
7. Voluminous Sleeves
8. Glittering Clothing
9. Sequined Looks
10. Chainmail, Crystal Mesh
12. Swishing Fabrics
13. Fur Sleeves
18. Daring Deconstructions
19. Puffer Jackets
20. Freely Cut Coats
21. Slices on the Clothes
24. Belted Waists
25. ‘80s Fashion
26. ‘70s Fashion
27. Wild West
28. Quilted Blanket Coats
29. Belted Coats
30. Wide Belts
31. Flute Dresses
32. High Waists
33. Statement Pockets
34. Prairie Looks
36. Bared Shoulders
37. Shoulder Pads
38. Victorian Collars
40. Free the Nipple
41. The Naked Dress
42. Track Pants
43. Cropped Winter Tops
44. Oversized Clothing
45. Repetition of the Last Year Trends
Suits are in. One of the top fall 2017 fashion trends, the pantsuit on its own has been in for a while now and looks incredibly good, particularly when tailored to fit a woman, but carrying all the power that a man’s suit would.
Calvin Klein is among the many designers across the four fashion cities to bring in the best in pantsuits, the banker grey version especially, along with Victoria Beckham’s oversized designs, and Alexander Wang’s well-tailored matching plaid designs.
Some even added fur to the mix, along with a vest and tie, as seen at Thom Browne. Asymmetrical hems came into play on Alexander McQueen.
Pantsuits take first place, without a doubt. They appear in all types of materials, colors, styles, prints and cuts. But the skirt suit is also quite common and very much a lovable fall 2017 fashion trend for the ladies in power who want to play up the midi effect.
Cinched waists appear along with the looser versions, but it is the Bottega Veneta soft leather that takes the cake. The camel colored beauty is certainly on our list of “must-buy” items from the Fashion Week collections shown off.
You guessed it right. Denim was all over the place and double denim in crisp salvage or distressed black, some with fur linings and others embroidered were sure to make their way onto the fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends list.
High waists, tucked in jean shirts and a well-established attitude were one major highlight on the Calvin Klein runway. You could also go for the dark and light jean combination collections, as seen at Public School, while laced up designs certainly caught our attention at Jonathan Simkhai.
The total denim outfits are in, so no worries about having your shirts and pants matching thus. Denim goes double for the fall and you should enjoy the absolute beauty of that.
It is possibly the biggest fall/ winter 2017 fashion trend and it is with words plastered all over the clothes appearing on the runway. With so much happening in this world, it was clear that those in the fashionable arts had decided to join in and get their voices heard in a whole other manner… through their creations.
Prabal Gurung had slogans stating such things as “I am an Immigrant”, and Ashish used glitter to make “Nasty Woman” appear even more focused. Missoni used the sign of a woman to show off women’s power, while Versace made sure that all understood what loyalty means.
Not all were slogans, but all were used as protest and this was undoubtedly what caught the audience attention best.
While some designers did bring in some minis, it was the midi skirt that really stood out among the top fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends, ending either just under the knees or more towards the mid-calf area.
Gorgeous floral dresses had leather jackets thrown on at Calvin Klein, high slits appeared at Prabal Gurung, hems were asymmetrical at Jason Wu, and there was a rather warmth in neutral tones appearing at Michael Kors. Even the ‘80s trends rock quite a bit of the midi skirt for the fall season, with or without boots underneath for leg warmth.
It might not appear like much of a trend at first, but as we see designer after designer utilize this cut, we can honestly say it is certainly an intriguing fall 2017 trend. Proenza Schouler plays with layers, ensuring an opening towards the waist and hip.
Prabal Gurung also shows off waist on an otherwise entirely covered body. As for Jonathan Simkhai, undone lacing on the denim shows off the waist nicely.
It has been a totally ‘80s effect for a while now, but the voluminous sleeves are a standalone fall/ winter 2017 fashion trend themselves. It is incredibly popular, growing more so by the season it appears.
Romantic sleeves appeared on dresses and shirts all over, with Antonio Marras and Elisabetta Franchi really adding to the love of the trend, while Jil Sander and Francesco Scognamiglio added the effects to their hoodies.
There has been a trend on Instagram of late where brooches and stick-ons have been created in glittering styles to attach to shirts, sweaters, dresses and more. It appears that the runways are also full of similar products, with icons appearing on dresses and jackets at Gucci, geometric shapes and pins coming into effect on Emporio Armani, and intriguing stone effects added to Stella Jean and Ermanno Scervino.
All in all, it is a funky built-in or not so built-in addition to your wardrobe that sets you apart from all the rest.
Sequin and glittery embellishments appeared all over the runways, and the shiny effect in general was a top fashion trend for fall 2017. New York saw ‘80s music video style shine, while London was focused on everything shining.
Glitter was on, from the silver and gold clothing to the sequin edges to black outfits seen at Christopher Kane, the colorful effects on Mary Katrantzou’s runway a must for sequin effects, while Ashish Gupta made glitter a top priority on the London Fashion Week.
It is one thing to have sequins and glitter and another to create dazzle with chainmail, crystal mesh and totally drama-filled creations. Blinding boots, shiny clothes, bedazzled everything.
Whether it is a golden dazzle dress with suede leggings on boots at Balmain or starry chainmail dresses at Isabel Marant, changing out of your streetwear into something a lot more alluring for the night is one of the best fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends. Your life begins after 6 pm anyway, when you throw off the pantsuit and don on something that will surely dazzle all at the club.
This is the second year in a row that velvet is key to a great fall wardrobe. It is soft, warm and hugs the body in a spectacular manner, making it a very much sought after fabric when creating new clothes.
Whether it be jackets, tops, skirts, dresses and anything in between, velvet was high on the list of fall 2017 fashion trends in all the four fashion cities, particularly New York and Milan. Max Mara introduced sumptuous velvet trousers, while costumes of all types in velvet were a Giorgio Armani specialty.
Looser fabrics that are luxurious to look at and wear as well appear all over the runways, swishing about the legs especially. Ryan Roche has some particularly spectacular creamy designs, while Tory Burch plays with cropped trousers in white adorned with golden initials.
Neutral colors and swishing fabrics seem to go well together, as per Brandon Maxwell, with long sleeves and long hems. We even see some swishing soft leather at Valentino, though it is nowhere near the softness or looseness of some of the pantsuits that appear all over the Fashion Week catwalks.
It is a funky trend to say the least, but it seems that appearing to have bear arms is trending at the moment and it would be intriguing to see people walking about with furry sleeves. Haider Ackermann, for example, has some incredibly good looking designs with the fall 2017 fashion trend, while Carven plays with the decades and gives us caramel colors in plaid and furry off-white sleeves from the shoulders down.
Nina Ricci goes for more coquette styles, and Dries Van Noten simply plunges into this fall/ winter 2017-18 trend all in. There are fur sleeves on some suits and others on coats, some on dresses and others just making it all bulk up. It is a fun look, that is for sure.
Fur always makes any piece look more fall- and winter-appropriate. That said, we have been seeing shearling and multicolored furs appear on the Fashion Week runways as part of the fall 2017 fashion trends throughout the past month, playing up leather jackets and denim apparel, appearing on footwear and on funkier designs by the artists.
Coats, especially, saw a furry lining or even full arms. Fur is certainly a fall 2017 trend to enjoy come the colder season. Anna Sui’s blue tinted fur coat is positively delicious, while the Marc Jacobs Gold looks incredible with golden accessories and equally shiny golden miniskirts.
Leather jackets, leather sleeves, leather pants, leather everywhere. It might be simple or embellished but for the fall season and we are positively grateful for that. Shearling lined leather jackets are particularly handy, and matching warmth with style is all we have wanted.
Calvin Klein has some lovely floral embroidered leather jackets to choose from. The leather also includes the softer versions that were huge on the runway, from Tod’s to Valentino, Alexander McQueen to Hermes.
Soft leather pants are a must, while the Bottega Veneta leather skirt suits are simply too lovely to pass up. We even get some peplum and zigzag asymmetrical skirts at Loewe as one of the coolest fall/ winter 2017-18 fashion trends.
Velvet to one side, we get a whole lot of corduroy back on the fashion market and cannot help but love it. During the 2000s, it was a huge hit with the youth, particularly the parents of the youth who wanted to keep them warm and fashionable at the same time.
The Corduroy comeback can be seen on coats, pants, matching sets, and otherwise. We even get corduroy bra tops.
Marc Jacobs combines corduroy with shearling, Lemaire with matching coats, pants and shoes, Sportmax with leather boots, Prada with bare bodies, Ermanno Scervino with gorgeous shades of blue, etc. It is lovely, it is warm, and it is perfect for the fall and winter months.
If you do not want to go for the fur or the leather, the very synthetic nylons are certainly an option for you. They were seen as coats and pants and shoes and tops, looking chic and lovely oftentimes, while super wearable and convenient as well. The fear of wrinkles is nothing to worry about as well with nylons.
Coats came in lovely colors, Michael Kors in a gorgeous khaki, Topshop in a rich caramel brown, Celine in gentle green-grey, and, of course, your typical blacks at H&M and Christian Dior. This fall 2017 fashion trend was a top for the Paris Fashion Week.
This is a fall/ winter 2017-2018 trend that is a work of art, but many cannot understand. It is like a painting in modern days where abstraction is desired much more than clear imagination.
Textiles were put in wringers it seemed, and mixed materials with topsy-turvy classics became the new norm as a fall 2017 trend that will probably not take off, particularly among those with a perfectionist streak and obsessiveness with uniformity in everything they see or do.
Burberry has some prettier looks, while Ports 1961 looked like someone cruelly took the scissors to a perfectly normal power pantsuit.
It was a huge trend about 15 years ago. Puffed up coats were all the rage and to an extent have always been a top seller on the market. It is especially lovely that we get to see so many designer puffer jackets appearing on the runway as part of the fall/ winter 2017 fashion trends.
Balenciaga gives us greens, Versace goes for blue and orange mixes, Tod’s plays on the black vinyl and leather with white, and Coach just enjoys funky embellishments. And if you want to go all black, Haider Ackermann has the collared look for you. Just like the shearling trend, there is no shortage of variety among the puffers.
Asymmetrical hems, funky sleeves, straight cuts or tailored to the body, it matters not. Coats did not have one single style, but instead reveled in the imagination of the designers creating them.
Classic colors or otherwise, we saw some gorgeous pieces on every runway show, from short sleeves matched with calf lengths, bulky creations with not-so-straight finishing, extra pads on the shoulders for a square male effect, volume on the arms, fur edges, and more. It would be pointless to name designers because nearly all had coats on their runways and each had their creator’s specific touch.
Slices and slashes everywhere, this trend slightly differs from the deconstruction. It appears like someone has made cuts here and there or merely pulled on the fabric so much that it has a clean rip in it. The slashes are sharp and make the perfect statement, even featured on certain cocktail dresses.
Everything is made sexier with these tears to the clothing, from Monse’s sweaters to Balmain’s leather creations. There is even a bit of slashing done to an Each x Other pantsuit with a plunging neckline.
But it is the Roalnd Mouret masterpieces with the slashing that really capture our attention. Perhaps it is the use of lovely colors and flattering fabrics.
One fall/ winter 2017 trend that we see literally everywhere is the knit sweater. Stretched cozy pieces or form-fitting knits, high collars or off-the-shoulder designs, all come into play in the coming cooler days towards the end of the year.
Ashley Williams, Topshop Unique, Ryan Lo and practically every other designer on the Fashion Week runways featured at least one sweater, combined with volume, prints or just about anything. The idea is warmth and comfort and that we can easily buy into. The extra-long arms on the sweaters create a cozy effect bonus.
Seen on all the runways, but especially in Milan and Paris, the capes are a top fall 2017 fashion trend. They come as part of coats, sweaters, on their own or every which way. They are fun and practical, lovely to look at and warm to wear out.
Derek Lam combines the cape trend with knits, while it is a silver quilt the ladies carry on the Chanel stage, covering an entirely silver outfit, down to the shimmering silver boots. Capes were generally a New York and Paris staple it appeared.
While oversized is still a top fall 2017 fashion trend, the cinched waist and tailored looks are even more applicable. Whether we are looking at belted sweaters at Miu Miu in a gorgeous ‘40s blue or long-belted coats at Celine, baggy trousers with high-cinched waists at Lemaire or tailored waists at Stella McCartney, the waist is back, even if the rest of the body parts are presented with volume and extra material.
Feminism has taken to the stage, and it is clearly displayed with the sculpted silhouettes and womanly waistlines that are outlined everywhere. There is power dressing and then there is power dressing; this time we are clearly looking at the latter.
It is a new wave of neo-romanticism and the ‘80s styles are all over the runways, from New York to Milan, London to Paris. Draperies, padded shoulders, lurex, sequins, velvet and more are all part of the movement to bring back the ‘80s to modern day fashion.
Bright prints and bulky shoulders along with overalls are in at Altuzarra, Nicole Miller, Ulla Johnson, etc., while colored velvets, sequins and rhinestones are the fad at Vivienne Tam, among others.
This is a huge fall/ winter 2017-18 fashion trend in its own right and definitely belongs on this list. From what we can tell, it might stay on the spring and fall trends lists for another few seasons yet. Not that we are complaining, of course.
There were pieces from every era it seemed on the catwalk, but one era other than the ‘80s that really stood out was the ‘70s as a top fall 2017 fashion trend. It included everything from corduroy to shearling materials, sticky toffee, caramel and camel color palettes, and a preppy or disco-perfect glamor that is reminiscent of the peace-inspiring decade.
We can say that corduroy was the best indicator of the era’s return though, along with the abundance of floral prints everywhere. Chloe, Prada, Max Mara, Calvin Klein and Lemaire easily embodied that particular segment of fashion loveliness.
Cowboy-inspired looks are a dime a dozen on the runways, all around the world as it appears. From cowhide-pleated skirts at Bally to fringed cactus sweaters on Tommy Hilfiger, the old-timer trend is in, and that means everything from wide-brim hats to jeans in leather styles.
Ashley Williams goes total cowgirl, while we can fall in love again and again with the Balmain cow-hide dress. As for Calvin Klein, it is all about a Western Chic that we can easily get into without looking overly like a cowgirl.
Somehow, Queen Elizabeth II has become the season’s unlikely muse with the presence of continental quilts. The blanket coats appear all over with wallpaper prints or in jeweled satins, multicolored and appearing to have no matching pieces on the outfits at Dries Van Noten or in gentle velvets at Isabel Marant.
Stella McCartney’s quilted coats are by far the coziest, while Chanel’s capes are as bright and silver as those glittering boots. Double layer coats come into play at Roksanda, matched coat and pants appear at Mulberry, while Coach 1941 exchanges the trousers with frilly midi skirts.
Just think quilted coats and anything you can imagine to match with this fall/ winter 2017-18 fashion trend. Even a coatdress!
Belts in general are in, but they look especially lovely on the coats that come in leather, nylon, fur, etc. A major styling tip from all the top designers for the fall season is to cinch in the waist of your coat with a lovely belt, matching or otherwise.
Louis Vuitton allows the dress to peek out from under the coat, Hermes ensures a thick belt, Sacai makes belts out of fur over a fur coat, Miu Miu matches it all in blue, and others like APC, Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti and Rochas enjoy the trend fully. We have to admit that Sacai’s fur on fur creation is by far the most entertaining and desirable of them all.
Belted coats aside, we see wide belts appearing on the runway left right and center, from the tie belt style to the corset, the corduroy belts as per Prada or studded on dresses as seen at Bottega Veneta.
Matching colors with the outfits appear as well, from Roksanda to Nina Ricci, while plain thick belts are on the market at Michael Kors and Isabel Marant. Skirts, pants, coats and dresses all see the wide belt makeover. It is a comeback we had been waiting for.
Versatile dresses were all over the runways, including the flute dress that looks incredibly wonderful on the tall and shapely woman. It is great for the day as well as the night, liquid satin appearing on stage along with the gentle flowing materials, embroidered velvets, and even pairings with leather riding boots as per Valentino.
Floral designs and leather vests appear at Isabel Marant, flowing gold at Valentino, translucent midi dresses at Christian Dior, single sleeves at Tibi, green stripes on black at Loewe, plunging necklines at Altuzarra, and ribbon skirts at Louis Vuitton.
A whole slew of lovely flute dresses made their way down the runway throughout the Fashion Weeks all over the world as one of the best fall 2017 fashion trends.
Maximum comfort is achieved with high waists, especially for those of us with thicker body parts; the seating in particular. The olden eras came into play here, and we are quite happy to know that low waists are still not back.
High waists lend to lengthen and a slim down the figure, which everyone from Sportmax to Philosophy Di Lorenzo capitalized on. High waists appeared on everything from sportswear to pencil skirts to denim and swishing silky trousers.
It is not your typical fall/ winter 2017-2048 fashion trends, that is for sure, but we see a whole lot of pockets that are made to inspire instead of simply being functional. On the contrary, it might be best not to really use many of these pockets that appear extra-large and with stitched designs on many runways.
We absolutely love the side buttons of one particular Christopher Kane coat, with a lovely flower added to the statement pocket on one side, while Peter Pilotto’s and Simone Rocha’s pockets are nice and big and awesome for carrying around what is necessary, so long as it holds no bulk.
Pockets are in, so add them to your coats and dresses with ease. You will enjoy the ability to go bag-free because of them.
Victorian ruffles and high necks are seen on the runway, along with long hems and long sleeves, modest fashions and gorgeous prints. Touches of lace add to the prairie wife look, with pinstripes appearing at Temperley London, florals and accentuated waists at Huishan Zhang, and layered pieces at Erdem, among many others.
London was especially full of this gorgeous fall 2017 fashion trend that revels in the loveliness of covering up versus baring it all. Surprising, since we see such trends as nipple freedom on the same catwalks as well! Mulberry and Bora Aksu also offer some rather appealing prairie dresses.
The necklines saw the most ruffles, as well as the chest areas. Paris was best known for the ruffles, but Milan and New York were not far behind.
We got a lot of beauties in ruffles appearing in black and white, with Jacquemus and Lanvin leading the fall/ winter 2017-18 trend, while others played with ruffles on prairie dresses and fantasy gowns. While it is not as strong as it has been in past seasons, the ruffle still holds its position as a top trend on this list.
You think sweaters are too warm for you? You might want to opt for the bare shoulder trend then. It may not be as common as the warmer alternatives, but it is still a season favorite it appears, with stylized baring of the décolletage, often with single sleeves or playing with invisible straps.
Chalayan’s open shoulders added sexy to an otherwise boxy fit, Temperley London brought in off-the-shoulder sleeves held up by a halter strap, while others like Burberry stretched one side down over the shoulder, being only slightly more revealing than a regular sweater.
While bare shoulders were certainly on display, it was the padded square shoulders and the pointier shoulder effects that caught our attention. Mugler’s silver dress certainly comes to mind, while the rather voluminous shoulders at Jacquemus are hard to avert the eyes from with their rounded effects, versus the squares everywhere else.
The manly style was fun, to be sure, and looks great with the bare legs trend. Oversized blazers were seen at Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, and Off-White, Saint Laurent, Jacquemus and Isabel Marant.
Speaking of royals, we get a whole bunch of interesting Victorian-style collars appearing among the designer collections, the turtleneck’s fancy older sister as it is sometimes called. Some were closer to the neck and others ruffled out, but the looks were certainly in.
John Galliano went super high, Kenzo gave it breathing room, Frame added pinstripes, Valentino kept it shorter and sitting against the neck, while Lemaire gave it a modern edge as a crisp poplin. It is a lovely fall 2017 fashion trend, and we cannot help but shop for the Victorian collar for this fall.
Lacing is heading out and we say it is about time. As much as we love the trend, it cannot compete with the elegance of buttons that are replacing the look.
We see buttons on slit skirts as per Adeam, sideways on coats and dresses seen at Sies Marjan and Christopher Kane, creating symmetrical lines on pants in accordance with the Jonathan Simkhai designs, or just plain, adding some decorative love as we can see at Rosie Assoulin and John Galliano. Buttons are everywhere, and it is a thrill to have it be the new fall 2017 trend focus.
Nipples are showing again for the fall season, despite all the looser pieces that cover one up so perfectly or the trending materials on the catwalk. We get to see some rather sheer materials as well, with an emphasis put on the nipple show without it always appearing like that’s where the emphasis lies.
Calvin Klein had some interesting looks showing off the nipples as well, with high-waist midi skirts and knit sweaters with transparent chests appearing among the collection. Max Mara played up the caramel with similar midi skirts and translucent tops, while others threw on some lovely sheer materials and called it a day. Not seen as often as the covered up options, but definitely a style that continues on!
Freed nipples are one thing, whole dresses that are totally sheer are another. Accented sheer dresses that show off everything underneath are what we are looking at here, with Off-White appearing on stage to show off a lovely tulle dress over pants, sporting a lovely white dove over one half of the chest.
The tulle is seen over other dresses as well that do not show off the nipples but play with the thigh-high slit and plunging neckline trends that are still in, but not so much so that they would be included on this report. Add in some ruffles and a black coloring and you have a gorgeous Lanvin masterpiece.
Alexander McQueen plays with sheer reds, Simone Rocha layers lovingly, while Versace spells out Loyalty on the body presenting dress.
Once upon a time, they were made to run track and field. Now they are a ready-to-wear trend that has taken the fall 2017 fashion trends list by storm and made it onto the versatile day or night category.
They are sporty but also not so much, include stripes of all colors and are all about comfort. Comfort and warmth, my friends! After all, that is the top thought in designer minds for the end of the year fashion looks. Definitely an exciting find!
Winter crop tops were seen all over, but most particularly in London and New York. They may be a generally spring feature, but they kept cropping up on the different runway shows, enough to be considered a fall 2017 fashion trend, at least to some extent.
It is one of the more unlikely fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trends though, since we can more easily see ourselves donning clothing that covers us head to toe than showing off our midriff. Warm materials are used often enough on the crop tops as well, which only adds to the confusing nature of this look for the cooler seasons.
One fall 2017 trend we really cannot ignore is the oversizing of nearly every type of clothing, from the pantsuits to the coats, the pants that are wide all the way through, and the dresses that seem to devour the petite ladies within them.
Though the first thing that comes to mind is the duvet coats… who wears oversized duvet coats? Apparently we will be doing so over the coming fall and winter though. This will be rather interesting. At least we can easily hide bodily imperfections with this trend.
The final fall/ winter 2017-2018 fashion trend on this list is the use of trends from 2016. While many of those mentioned on this list are indeed repetition from the past years, it appears that everything from floral prints to fringe to plunging necklines and thigh-high slits will be fine to wear out during the coming fall and winter.
Practically every trend from last year appears once again, albeit in smaller dosages, on the 2017 runway shows. So pick up your velvet looks and show off your chest under something sheer. We do not exactly know why, but this trend makes us rather happy. At least we can easily recycle what we already have.
Photos via Vogue