21 Runway Trends We’re Buying Into — & You Will Be Too

We may not have a crystal ball, but the runways in New York come pretty close. Even though it’s starting to feel like fast-fashion can almost beat the industry at its own tricks, fashion week is still the first place we see trends take shape before they’re available to the masses. And this season at New York Fashion Week, there were more than a few looks we’re sure will be showing up at Zaras before you can even say “add to cart.”

While some of these must-haves are continuations of trends we’re already familiar with, others are less about actual pieces and more about inventive styling combinations. But regardless of how convinced you are, there’s no doubt the 11 looks ahead have major potential — they’re wearable, replicable, and perhaps most importantly, widely appealing. And knowing how on-point the pieces and styling have been at our favorite fast-fashion retailers lately, we actually can’t wait to see what they do with them. Let’s just hope they differentiate enough to call the designs their own, eh?

The Sweater-As-A-Scarf
Sick of your usual blanket scarf? Us, too. Turns out your boldest sweater does good tied high and tight around your neck, keeping you warm and stylish simultaneously.

Tibi

R13

Creatures of Comfort

The Imminent Return of Leopard
It’s back, and it’s more modern than ever. And though the leopard coat seems to be the item of choice, we’re seeing the print take over pants, bags, and so much more.

Miaou

Collina Strada

Tom Ford

(More) Polka Dots
Call it the Jacquemus effect, but it seems designers can’t get enough of polka dots this season. If you already have some in your closet, embrace it. And if you don’t? Time to invest.

Nanushka

Tanya Taylor

Saks Potts

Long Skirt + Tall Boots
It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a look we’ve been seeing all over the runways…and it kind of works.

Tibi

Rosie Assoulin

Zimmermann

The Chic Baked Potato
Psychedelic, shiny, and reflective? This fabric may have you looking like a fashion-y piece of tinfoil, but you certainly won’t go unnoticed.

Sies Marjan

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Calvin Klein

The Quilted Skirt
For a more specific piece we’re sure will pop up everywhere, consider the quilted skirt. It feels like you’re at home wrapped up in a comfy blanket, but looks like a million bucks.

Prabal Gurung

Dion Lee

Tibi

Spliced Colors
Think colorblocking went away? Think again. This season’s dresses and coats are spliced in every which way with sections of bold, bright hues.

Adam Selman

Prabal Gurung

Esteban Cortazar

Even Bigger Shoulder Pads
We’ve already seen the return of the ’80s power shoulder, but blazers are getting even more dramatic come fall (if that’s even possible). These should be fun on the crowded New York City subway.

Marc Jacobs

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Vaquera

Checker(board), Mate
We’ve had or fair share of plaids, so we’re moving on to a more literal checked pattern that’s sure to bring out the Hot Topic in all of us.

Christian Cowan

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Vaquera

The Sexed-Up Turtleneck
Add it to your basics arsenal for layering under blazers. Or if you’re feeling brave, wear it all by itself.

Jason Wu

Alexander Wang

Eckhaus Latta

Bows, Bows, & More Bows
Dainty ribbons popped up everywhere from hair accessories to sleeve adornments. We’re all for a trend that’s cute and easy to D.I.Y.

Bevza

3.1 Phillip Lim

Oscar de la Renta

The Belted Coat As A Dress
The soon-to-be day-to-night uniform of boss ladies everywhere.

Marni

Antonio Marras

Jacquemus

Silky & Slouchy
Comfort over everything (without compromising style, of course).

Bottega Veneta

Marques’Almeida

Roksanda

’80s Prom
Finally, your dream dress can be yours — now you just need a school dance to go to.

Saint Laurent

Marni

Natasha Zinko

Clashing Neons
Caution: Outfits look best under black light.

Marni

Prada

Missoni

Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy
Is funeral fashion a thing?

Erdem

Marine Serre

Mary Katrantzou

Dripping In Jewels
Quite literally.

Attico

Erdem

Huishan Zhang

Wallpaper Florals
Some worthwhile inspiration for your next home decorating project.

Zimmermann

Emilia Wickstead

Natasha Zinko

Blending Pastels
Like a palette of watercolor paints running together, don’t be afraid to mix your watered-down hues.

Sies Marjan

Emilio Pucci

3.1 Phillip Lim

Long Live The Bloutfit
Read: The black outfit.

Dolce & Gabbana

MSGM

Saint Laurent

The Fair-Isle Sweater
It’s just one of those pieces that withstands the test of time.

Prabal Gurung

Michael Kors

Prada

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