Like, Love, Lust After: Your Ultimate Guide to Fall/Winter 2017 Trends

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If you’re not working in the fashion biz, the fashion show vs. fashion retail calendar can be pretty tricky to get your head around. Sure, you’ll have heard terms like SS, FW, Pre-Fall, and Resort throughout the year – but deciphering what you should be buying and exactly when it’s available can be super confusing. But here’s the good news: it’s September!

What does this mean – besides a new Starbucks menu – you ask? Well, firstly, New York Fashion Week kicks off this weekend, which means designers will be showing their Spring/Summer 2018 collections. Simultaneously, your favorite stores are now filling their rails with the Fall/Winter 2017 goodness that was shown on the runway back in February of this year. Still following? Good. Basically, what this says for you is summer dressing is officially over, making way for plush fabrics, warm tones, and cozy silhouettes to fill your wardrobes.

And because the last Fashion Month now feels like a million years ago, here it is: Savoir Flair’s definitive guide to every single trend you’ll be wearing over the coming months, plus where to shop the pieces right now. It’s the only thing you’ll need to curate your Fall/Winter wardrobe so bookmark it, share it, bore your beau with it – the new season starts here.


Heavy Metal

All that glitters is gold, silver, and copper.

This season, an abundance of designers took a real shine to all things metallic. Be it lamé fabrics, sequins, or beading – if it looks like it belongs in a treasure chest, then it deserves a space in your FW17 wardrobe. And while some may consider this trend exclusively for evening events, an embellished piece will look great paired with a plain T-shirt for daytime, too.


Power Suiting

It wasn't just acceptable in the 80s.

Ah, the 1980s: when the hair was big, but the shoulder pads were even bigger. For many, this decade was packed with fashion faux pas. For fall, however, countless designers made tailoring a huge part of their collections. Synonymous with the blazers worn in Working Girl or the oversized trousers in The Breakfast Club, suiting is all about going baggy this season.



Red, red hemline, you make me feel so fine.

Red has been trickling into the wardrobes of both street-style stars and celebrities for a little while now, and we’re pitting this color as millennial pink’s more daring older sister for this season. Whether you favor a deep cherry or bright crimson, it all works for fall. And if you think it’s a little too head-turning for you? Begin by experimenting with finishing touches like boots or scarves.


Global Traveller

Because not everyone who wanders is lost.

This one’s for all the Bohemians out there. Whether you’re on your gap year or just love dressing to express yourself, you’ll be thankful for the eclectic undertones that many designers brought to their collections for fall. Not only is this the perfect trend to try when traveling to cold climates, but elements like patchwork, crochet, and embroidery also hit the spot for crafty girls who like to look a little undone.


Polka Dots

It's time to sign on the dotted line.

As Savoir Flair’s Fashion Features Editor Grace Gordon rightfully put it, polka dots are the new gingham. The runways were awash with spots in all shapes, sizes, and colors, meaning this trend (much like gingham) is one that works for all ages and styles. If you’re a lover of bold prints, clashing polka dots with winter florals makes a case for real FW17 trend credibility.


Midi Lengths

The noughties called; they want their skirts back.

Remember those uneven “hanky” hemlines you wore about a decade ago? They’re back. This time around, however, the spotlight isn’t just on pointed and unfinished hems, but also a plethora of finishes including asymmetric, fluted, and ruffled – as long as they come below the knee. The great thing about this trend is that it’s perfect for those who favor modesty in dressing and a real winner for your work – and weekend – wardrobe.



Get into rhythm and (all shades of) blues.

Powder, electric, and sky blue are tones usually reserved for the catwalks of Spring, and therefore a surprising addition to the Fall/Winter color spectrum. Christian Dior dominated this trend by far, with the label’s runway show featuring multiple shades of blue across bedazzled gowns, cozy knits, and interesting denim styles. Our guess is that this will replace the popular LBD come party season.



Cozy without compromising cool.

If there’s one fabric that screams “season change”, it’s velvet. Okay, it’s not an easy trend to pull off if you live close to the equator, but it is a luxurious option come November and December. Although you may not feel the heat-holding benefits of this material, it’s an opulent way to add a dash of winter coziness to your closet. Expect to see velvet across everything from gowns and blazers to trousers and skirts.


Supersize Quilting

Make every day a duvet day.

You know those mornings during which you hop out of bed and wish for the kind of workplace that allows you to show up with your comforter in tow? Thanks to Chanel, Altuzarra, and Kenzo this season, your dreams will be a reality. No longer just a piece reserved for ski holidays in the mountains and snow days in the city, the quilted coat takes center stage as your go-to choice of outerwear. Have fun and play with quirky shapes, or keep it simple with a traditional puffer style.