Let’s just admit it. The top autumn/winter trends come as a breath of fresh air after the winter of isolation. Back in January, no one could have predicted that fluffy slippers and multi-coloured sweats would become the ultimate uniform of the next 12 months. Luckily, this year is the perfect opportunity to throw off our slumber ensembles with the top AW fashion trends. Sure, the fashion week might have been digital, however, there was no shortage of enviable outfit combinations that highlight the trends for fall and winter.
I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it’s time to retire that Y2K aesthetic you’ve been rocking since 2019. According to the top runway fashion trends, sequins, feathers and ruffles, and all things statement-making are the only options—and to be honest, I am here for it.
For starters, functionality and comfort are at the top of the list of every designer. The top autumn/winter trends are evidently a celebration of practicality. Nonetheless “practical dressing” might have a different meaning for every one of us. Some prefer to feel extra cozy during their weekly hicks, while others simply enjoy warm, soft knits. No matter what the case may be, the runway fashion trends offer the best of both worlds. Think outdoorsy patchwork puffers, statement buttery soft knitwear, and nostalgic throwbacks to the roaring seventies. Learn how to style oversized shirts because it may be a staple look for you.
The Knitwear AW Fashion Trends
Traditionally, the gloomier, colder months are a time for layering. But I think we can agree that we need to move on from our standard hoodies and sweats. The chilly temperatures graciously offer us an opportunity to get cozy wrapped in our chic, oversized cable knitted sweaters, layer into outfits that work for all our future city strolls, and snuggle up to our favourite muted fall-appropriate chunky sweaters.
For the ultimate cool-girl vibe, opt for a loose knit and cinch your waist with a statement belt to meet the aw fashion trends.
Padded Coats and Puffer Jackets
Over the past couple of years, padded coats were the “it” thing. Luckily for us, this ultra-cozy trend has made its way into the top autumn/winter trends as well. No matter you are heading for the slopes, or for a casual meeting with some friends, puffer coats for women are a must. Whether you are a classic gal or looking to make a statement, opt for jackets that feature deep-set side pockets, cinched waists, and non-traditional zipper placements to battle your way through the sub-zero temperatures.
A special thank you to Allison Kuhl for the most amazing photos. ❤
The 70s Autumn/Winter Trends
The 70s are arguably one of the most emulated decades to this day. And, honestly, who can blame the designs for growing so much fashion inspo from this era? The 70s trend ruled the runways that boasted argyle, paisley, flares, and ruffles. If you are looking to serve the ultimate retro look, this is the perfect time to do so. I would suggest diving deep into the nostalgic aw fashion trends while they are still prominent.
Just like Celenie Seidel, Senior Womenswear Editor at FARFETCH, mentioned “While a summer favorite, stripes are seasonless and make just as much sense for the cooler months. I personally find a ’70s color palette to be perfect for stripe-centric fall looks”
Leather Autumn Winter Fashion Trends
Leather has been a prominent fabric for numerous seasons, however, are here to shed light on the importance of sustainability. Vegan leather is at the top of the autumn/winter trends list. Buttery-soft leather shirts, sleek maxi coats, boots, and, of course, trousers will be absolutely flooding the streets. Nothing is stopping you from layering your chilly-weather-appropriate leather dress with a comfy turtleneck or matching a slouchy pair of pants with your trusted cropped hoodies.
Logos and Monograms
Whether you love them or despise them, logos and monograms are once again here. Granted, most fashion-savvy editors already predicted the comeback of this trend. However, this time is all about head-to-toe-monogram looks with a retro twist to them. The 70s throwback has dominated the runways in many different forms, giving us plenty of inspiration to pull off the ultimate all-over-logo yet retro fashion ensemble.
Ponchos and Capes
Even though we already know that trends are constantly in rotation, the autumn/winter fashion trends come as somewhat of a surprise, bringing back ponchos and capes. Many designers included these unexpected outerwear pieces. Slip it on over any everyday autumn and winter outfit, and you are good to go. The never-ending stream of runway poncho-related photos showcased the glam that vibrant-coloured outerwear has to offer.
Glam Up with Sequins
If you’ve always wanted to flaunt your most glamourous fashion pieces around throughout the day and night, this is your chance. This kind of 1920s-meets-1980s dressing is a breath of fresh air after months of comfy-casual uniforms. While many previous aw fashion trends that featured sequins were focusing on statement, evening wear, this time the looks are glimmering but covered up. We see everything from trousers and tailored blazers to coats and sequins-covered dresses. The styling possibilities are seemingly endless.
Faux Fur Autumn Winter Trends
Just like leather, faux fur never stays away from the spotlight for more than one season. However, this time it’s much more than simple coats adorned with fur. Furry boots, hats, scarves, and traditional coats are making a comeback. You can go all-in with a vibrant-coloured fur coat or keep it simple with a pair of fur-adorned wither boots. One thing is certain. More and more brands are giving up their questionable practices in order to focus on creating vegan, cruelty-free collections that look exactly like the real thing without the tremendous impact.
Top Shoe Trends for Fall and Winter
As soon as the digital fashion shows started, an array of enviable shoe trends flooded the runways. We’re seeing a slew of short hiking and waterproof boots making a comeback to keep us comfy and ward during the chilly months. Nonetheless, staying true to the glam trend, fringes and feathers are also here to add a statement feature to all your future night-out looks. Lastly, for every over-the-knee-boot lover out there, super fitted patent leather boots are, once again, one of the top autumn/winter fashion trends.
You Might Also Like
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.