The Top Trends for Fall/Winter 2018

I don’t know about you, but I grew up excited at the prospect of ‘back to school’ clothes. Now that I live somewhere where we really don’t need fall clothes until late October, that same August/September shopping time frame no longer exists. But I still find my thoughts turning to fall around this time of year and retailers don’t disappoint.

Here's what designers showed on the runways for Fall/Winter 2018. I can't promise that I've covered everything, nor that I've chosen the best representations of the trends. I can say that like most runway shows, there was a mix between 'completely unwearable, I'm not even sure how that would translate to my life' styles and 'oooh, I want one of those!'. How many of these looks have filtered down to the stores we frequent AND how many of them are we willing to incorporate into our wardrobes? I’m not sure I want to revisit the 80’s with as much zeal as this, and I don’t know that I agree that hot pink is a good color for fall! (I’m good with it for our gray winters though – I have a hot pink boiled wool jacket that I wore a lot last winter.)

So without further ado, I present to you:

What Fashion Insiders Think We Will be Wearing for Fall 2018

1980’s (in all sorts of ways)

Folk Inspired Ensembles

Deconstructed suits (they needed reinvention since most of us don’t wear suits anymore!)

Although I might argue these are less de-constructed and more re-constructed!


Faux fur and shearling

Neon, especially as animal prints

Shiny coats

Metallic suit from Balmain. I kinda like it!

Metallic suit from Balmain. I kinda like it!



Metallic (as in space age metallics, not supremely neutral shoes)

Hot pink








Classic plaid (think menswear, not highland fling)

Long, lean and white

As I reviewed the Fall/Winter 2018 looks that turned up at show after show, I was struck by how many of these we saw last year. Well any fall/winter season really. Wouldn’t you agree that ‘folksy’ looks and plaid make a regular appearance in the fall season? As does fur (faux or otherwise) and shearling, in some form or another.  What’s perhaps different this year is how many on the list really speak to warmer weather in my mind. I’ll be keeping an eye on how these ‘trends’ play out in the wardrobes of real women like you and me, but I don’t see myself rushing out to find a neon animal print any time soon.

Unfortunately fashion has become a little like car design; there really isn’t anything truly new being conceived or produced, but things that are tweaked just enough for us to perceive them as new. Yes, the haute couture and high-end designer markets push the envelope more, but that style extremism rarely trickles down to the average shopper.

Perhaps the biggest changes will continue to be in the materials - more and more technology is being used to produce fabrics that do more and that can't be a bad thing. I’ve heard that warmer layers created with technical fabrics are being made by Yves St Laurent to be worn not just on the ski hill, but around town too. Now that’s a trend I can get behind!

Just for fun, and for bonus trend points, these runway styles that combine more than one of what seemed to be on trend for Fall/Winter 2018. Enjoy!

So I guess it’s up to us to create our own trends with what’s comfortable, flattering, and perhaps a little bit different than what we wore for the past few fall and winter seasons.

When you’ve had a chance to have a look at your closet and are sourcing pieces for your fall/winter wardrobe, share it with us in the comments. It might be fun to see how many things that we are buying actually meet the ‘official’ trend forecast from the designers!

All images in this post from Harpers Bazaar.