Dressing for fall doesn’t need to be complicated. You got some sweaters, some cords, a couple of jackets, maybe a tweed blazer? You’re pretty much good to go. But sometimes, choosing to make things complicated—shaking things up just because—is necessary. Even championship-winning teams sign new players in the offseason, right? Below, we’ve outlined a dozen unknown quantities worth introducing to your wardrobe (you might even call them “fall fashion trends”). Some are hot-off-the-press, advanced-level maneuvers; some are old standbys on the precipice of a comeback; all of ’em at least deserve a look.
If you’d rather skip the latest fall fashion trends and stick to the essentials, we’ve got you covered.
No Sleeves Necessary
Vests of almost every variety—workwear, technical…basically anything other than Aladdin-esque—are popping off right now. Throw one on over a hoodie, and your off-hour fits will immediately feel about 20% more considered.
There’s no shortage of great-looking fall boots out there, of course, but the very raddest ones all look ready to scale a mountain.
It’s been a minute since the classic British duffle coat has felt this relevant. Maybe it’s some kind of residual good will from Paddington 2?
Upgrade Your Legroom
Baggy just hit the big time. Start with some enormous pants.
Unprotect Your Neck
After spending most of the decade on the sidelines, V-neck sweaters are officially back. (Just the sweaters, though—leave your deep V tees in the trash where they belong.)
Button-Ups Have Gone Boogie Nights
Shiny, silky party shirts are suddenly cool again. Disco, thankfully, remains very much dead.
Adam Sandler Is Your New Leather Jacket God
This is probably the result of us watching the Uncut Gems trailer about 40 times too many, but the leather jackets we’re feeling most right now are way bigger and boxier than the skintight rockstar bikers of yore.
It’s time to start wearing suits again. Just be sure to tell your tailor to go easy on these—they’re meant to look loose and voluminous.
All Fleece Everything
After Sandy Liang helped make fleece jackets a real thing last winter, the cozy stuff is back for another go-round in every possible form.
Your Pants Are Going Camping
Swishy Pant Summer is transitioning straight into Technical Pant Fall.
Cardigans: Still Weird!
Those trippy cardigans we told you to cop last spring? Break ’em out again.
The collar of the summer meets the shirt of the fall.