The ELLE Guide to Fall 2016’s Top Fashion Trends

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From statement furs to velvet everything, this is what’s trending for fall 2016.

Oct 3, 2016


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Renaissance Woman

Velvet, bell sleeves, corsets and more make up a uniform fit for a modern day madrigal singer.

As seen at Gucci, Vanessa Seward, Chanel, Ellery, and Lanvin

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Puffers and evening wear

Who says you need an evening coat just for dressy occasions? ELLE editors, including both our fashion director and market director, absolutely loved this fresh and unexpected pairing.

As seen at Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Sacai, and Vivienne Westwod

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Shine on, ladies! With these sparkly coats, dresses, and skirts it should be more than easy to do.

As seen at Adam Selman, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Marco de Vincenzo

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Embellished Guitar Straps

Bags really got the rockstar treatment this season with extra wide embellished straps that make carrying yours just a little easier.

As seen at Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, Fendi, and Lanvin

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For those days when you need just the tiniest cover up possible, designers present you with these capelets. A little retro, but also very chic.

As seen at A Detacher, Brandon Maxwell, Christian Dior, Burberry, MSGM, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini


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The Statement Choker

We’ll always have love in our hearts for the thin, velvet ribbon chokers of the ’90s, but this season it’s all about major statement chokers that fully cover your neck.

As seen at Lanvin, Loewe, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten

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Pinstripe Suiting

What’s this? A trend anyone could wear? Yes! Cool pinstripes (as opposed to your dad’s boring suits-type of pinstripes) lengthen and slim every body type.

As seen at Max Mara, Trussardi, Calvin Klein, Tibi, and Sies Marjan


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David Bowie Boots

Imagine our surprise when these uber chunky-sole boots popped up on the runways. Once relegated to mega musicians like David Bowie and the Spice Girls, these boots were spotted at no less than four shows.

As seen at Margiela, Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs


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Extra Long Sleeves

What can we say about this trend? Kind of functional (hoorah for covered hands) kind of not (they’ll definitely get in the way), extra-long was the perferred sleeve length for many designers this season.

As seen at Fenty, Jacquemus, Hood by Air, Vetements, and Marc Jacobs


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You’re in luck, luxury comfort is still key for fall 2016. Snuggle up in options brought to you by everyone from Lacoste to Anthony Vaccarrello.

As seen at Vetements, Each x Other, Lacoste, Alexander Wang, and Anthony Vaccarello


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’80s Power One-Shoulder

The ’80s have (somehow) made it back into the collective consciousness again. One-shoulder dresses and tops with loads of ruffles reigned supreme at many shows over the month.

As seen at Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and Moschino

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Patent Leather Trench Coats

In the market for a raincoat that’s equal parts chic and functional? Look no further than next season’s patent leather trench coats. Once relegated to only accessories, the shiny finish was spotted on jackets at many of our favorite designers.

As seen at Proenza Schouler, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Dior, Beaufille, and Simon Miller

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Metal Details

In an unexpected twist, these silver details were placed on pieces by both edgy and demure brands.

As seen at Ji Oh, Alexander Wang, Damir Doma, Dion Lee, and Michael Kors

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The Navy Overcoat

Pre-fall’s nautical trend continues strong into fall 2016 with Navy-inspired calf and ankle-length coats. If you’re on the shorter side wear yours with heels to keep it from swallowing your frame.

As seen at Prada, John Galliano, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and RED Valentino

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If you aren’t feeling yourself already, come fall 2016 you definitely will. The fabric of the season is so wonderfully soft you’ll want to touch these chic pieces constantly.

As seen at Alberta Ferreti , Monse, Rochas, H&M, and Giorgio Armani

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Schoolgirl Jumpers

Longing for the days when getting dressed meant putting on a simple uniform made up of a pinafore and top? Well come fall 2016, you’re in luck. This was the go-to combo for everyone from Jil Sander Navy to Suno.

As seen at Tomas Maier, Each x Other, Trademark, Jason Wu, Suno, and Jil Sander Navy

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One-Arm Tops

Off-the-shoulder shirts have had their day in the spotlight. Now it’s time to make room for a new shape. Spotted at no fewer than five different shows, this cut was popular on the runway, but we’ll see how it translates to real life.

As seen at Aquilano Rimondi, Herve Leger, Rodarte, Chalayan and Self-Portrait

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Gray Plaid

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, boring gray plaid. This is a total upgrade in the form of unexpected cuts and silhouettes.

As seen at Creatures of Comfort, Jason Wu, Arthur Arbesser, Sophie Theallet and Carolina Herrera


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Weird Ways to Hold your Bag

Carry your bag any other way than you’re actually supposed to: around your neck, under your armpit, wrapped around your wrist, or on your hip.

As seen at Prada, Céline, Proenza Schouler, and Céline

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Cross Body Fur Stoles

Designers have always had a love affair with luxe fur stoles, but the asymmetrical draping styling trick makes it different than ever before.

As seen at MSGM, Katie Ermilio, Monse, Tome, and Diane von Furstenberg

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Cold weather sucks, but at least you’ll have a good reason to wear these embellished, ornate, and over-the-top gloves.

As seen at Delpozo, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, and Prada

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Statement Furs

This season’s furs (both faux and real) are not for the meek. Be prepared for all eyes to be on you when you walk into a room wearing one of these numbers.

As seen at Salvatore Ferragamo, Derek Lam, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta and Rodarte

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Pink & Yellow

It’s not often that designers inject such bright colors into their fall collections, but this season a few brands really went for it. The interesting color combination is a welcome contrast to the darker hues we regularly see during the cold weather months.

As seen at Sies Marjan, Brock Collection, Creatures of Comfort, Delpozo, and Ulla Johnson


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