The best Fall 2016 trends

by Sylvia

The best Fall 2016 trends for women over 40 |

Although summer for many of us is still in full swing, shops are filling up with the latest fall 2016 trends.

This season looks to be an interesting one, as the runways showcased a balance between structured and flowy pieces. There was a seemingly obvious carryover from spring to fall looks (think one shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops, bright pinks and yellows, floral patterns, and silky thin pieces). A sartorial rebellion against cooler weather, perhaps.

In today’s article, we go over 11 of our favorite Fall 2016 trends that are easily replicable and translate well to what you already have in your closet. (Faux) fur, capes, and golden tones made the cut from the previous Fall trends, while chokers and a commitment to blatant and subdued pinstripes joined the Fall trend lineup (amongst others).

The Capelet

Fall fashion trends for 2016: Capelet coats by Burberry, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Brandon Maxwell

The runways were filled with numerous takes on the eponymous cape, which does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and only seems to be getting stronger.

What took the spotlight, however, were the interpretations of the capelet. A shorter and sometimes faux) cape style, they grace pieces ranging from sweaters (such as in the case of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini) all the way to to Burberry‘s interpretation of it on a structured coat.

Ruffles Galore

The Stella Mccartney ruffles collection for Fall 2016 |

Stella McCartney presented loose and flowy ruffles that were quite prevalent on the runways, while Sonia Rykiel and Jill Stuart graced us with more structured interpretations of a ruffled look. Both approaches are great for creating whimsical or edgier spins on classic cuts. Keep body shape in mind as you opt for ruffle filled pieces this fall and use it to strategically highlight your assets.

Tan Hues

Michael Kors' Fall 2016 collection featuring tan and beige pieces |

Grab all the shades of tan from your closet and put them on prominent display this fall. Tan was a celebrated hue for Fall 2016 styles and was seen across the various fashion house personalities.

The great appeal of this trend is that it is essentially timeless. As usual, Michael Kors embraced the universally flattering (and appealing hue), while other brands such as Carven paired the hue with jewel tones. A great take on this trend for the Fall is the classic camel coat, which will last beyond one season and is always a classic and stylish look.

Statement Choker

Accessories trend for Fall 2016: Statement choker necklaces |

Prior to the Fall 2016 runway shows, chokers were slowly creeping in jewelry boxes and across celebrities’ necks.  During the Fall shows, they made quite a prominent display as large statement pieces that harkened back to a 70’s and 90’s crossover.

There are two approaches to wearing this attention grabbing pieces. Go for an almost overdone look by pairing them with statement earrings, which brings a bit of attention to your face. You can also let the statement choker hold court on its own by selecting very low-key earrings (or none at all).

Pinstripe Styling

Trends for Fall 2016: Pinstripe patterned suits, blazers, and pants by Max Mara, Tibi, and Calvin Klein |

Before you write this trend off as the resurgence of 80’s power suits with boxy shouldered blazers, think twice.

The well-tailored blazers and flattering trousers you already enjoy are now making waves in pinstripe patterns. Some are a bit more subdued, such as in the case of Tibi, while others like Max Mara have put them on prominent display.

If you’re feeling bold, go with the pinstripe from head to bottom. However, you can also wear it as a visually intriguing highlight by selecting one piece (blazers or trousers).

Navy Coats

 Fall fashion trends for 2016: Navy coats by Burberry and Galliano |

Another piece that will prove timeless in your wardrobe: navy hued coats. They were pretty consistent across runways.

Whether you opt for a classic piece (like those from Burberry) or go for Sonia Rykiel’s edgy take, there was something comfortable, classic, and chic in navy for everyone.

Puffy Jackets and Coats

Fall fashion trends for 2016: Puffy puffer jackets by Balenciaga, Carven, Stella McCartney and Burberry |

Fall 2016 proved how much fun you can have with puffy jackets (and the myriad of styles and colors you can imagine). Both practical and stylish, you don’t necessarily have to take Balenciaga’s approach and swallow yourself up in the jacket.

To make this look more wearable beyond the runway, select a style with coloring that flatters your skin tone and daily life (bright red might not be for you in this case).

Belted versions allow you to create a more flattering silhouette, while varying lengths allow you to select looks that are as low key as needed.

Bold Fur

Fall fashion trends for 2016: Fur coat by Michael Kors, Carven, and Sonia Rykiel |

Fur was a statement on the Fall 2016 runways showcased in unabashedly full coats. From jewel tones and animal prints to your basic black, faux and real fur alike were worn over very classic and edgy styles.

As usual, Michael Kors’ take on the look was a clean white that was both bold and glamourous. If you’re looking for a low-key approach to this look, go with Sonia Rykiel’s approach by selecting a dark shade that is both minimalist and luxurious.

Golden and Gilded Age

Fall fashion trends for 2016: Clothing with gold tones and hues by Michael Kors, Burberry, and Baja East |

Trousers, jackets, coats, dresses, blouses, and many other pieces were encased in gold tones. It makes for a warm fall and winter with very covetable pieces.

Michael Kors’ gold coat was probably the most desired piece (or the more practical gold and cream trousers). To achieve this look without an overbearing amount of gold tones, consider pieces with slight gold hues as accents or light gold embellishments.

Shearling Coats

Fall fashion trends for 2016: Shearling coats by Carven, Altuzarra, and Katespade|

Another 70s flashback, the shearling coat was given an update for Fall 2016. Whether opting for a looser fit (a la Altuzarra) or a more fitted and sleek approach (like Kate Spade), it was refreshing to have a season of a number of comfortable pieces. If you want to dress up your look with a shearling coat, consider luxe materials (like shinier leather or high quality suede) to take your looks up a notch. You can also dress it down with jeans and boots for an effortless, yet well put together look.


Fall fashion trends for 2016: Velvet clothes by Gucci, Vanessa Seward, Adam Selman, and Jill Stuart |

Velvet pieces were probably the most one of the most prevalent trends on the runway. From blouses to trousers, velvet showed up in a number of styles and colors. To keep the 90s style hit appropriate for 2016/2017, stick to one velvet piece per look and make sure it’s a figure flattering number (this requires paying a significant amount of attention to both quality and cut).

You can check out some of my favorite looks on my Fall 2016 trends pinboard.

What Fall 2016 trends do you have your eye (and wallet) on?


P.S. Some of these trends can already be shopped at the Nordstrom anniversary sale where a lot of NEW products are discounted. Only a few days left!

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Blythe Bauer

Thanks for the trends report! It is great to see all the inspiring ideas!



With a heat index of 108F today, I just can’t get into fall clothing yet, but pinstripes, shearling and navy are always nice choices, IMO.



Thank you very much for getting me up to date. I am all for the golden hues. Nice and warm. Haven’t got anything but that stands to be corrected. Velvet: got a tailored red velvet jacket (vintage haha). That I can use. Tan hues.. Got that knife pleated Max Mara skirt. Winter is looking bright.



Wonderful. At least you know what to look out for in Turin 🙂


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