2023 Fresh Fall Fashion Trends to Fall For

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell

Fall is in the air, and with it, fresh fall fashion trends to, well, fall for! So, what’s new for fall? What do you have in your closet that’s still good? What do you need to donate or resell? I’m going to answer all of those questions and more! There are lots of new fall trends out there, and today, I’m sharing the top five that you need to know.

First of all, before you dive into this post, I highly recommend that you read my 2023 Fall Color Palette post! You need to know the trending colors, the colors that you might want to move away from, and the shades that are still current! While you’re at it, be sure and check out all the Empty Nest Blessed’s Guide to Fall section of the website! We’ve pulled together all of the fall content we’ve shared so far—including fall decor, how to dress for the fall transition, and even my favorite fall chili recipe!

We’ve done our best to choose well-priced items to save you time and clicks! For more information on anything (including pricing and color options), click the pink text links or any image.

About the Fall Fashion Trends

The first thing you need to know is that fashion really isn’t all that complex! It follows a pretty predictable cycle!

Cycling Through

Most fashion trends have about a 4-year cycle. In year one, it’s on the fashion runways, in designer collections, and on celebrities (Read that: it’s expensive!). In year two, you’ll see it at some of the department stores and mid-price brands like J.Crew, Talbots, Loft and Chico’s. In years 2-3, you’ll see it hit the mass marketers like Target and Walmart. By year 4, you’ll still be able to find it, but you’ll see it begin to fade away.

Classic Fall Fashion Trends

All of these styles are classics that come back every fall! I’m telling you how to wear them this year.

Amazon Two Piece Sweater Set (A dupe of THIS one from Free People.) Available in tons of colors! I just ordered it in black! | J.Crew Neutral Trainers | Tory Burch Logo Huggie Earrings

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  1. Plaid – Wear it as a jacket or a skirt, or incorporate it into this season’s shirtdress trend.
  2. Houndstooth – Another fall classic. This year, wear it as a blazer.
  3. Animal Print – It never really goes out! This year, incorporate it with another trend or micro trend, like fringe. This belted cardigan is so chic!
  4. Loungewear – I don’t think loungewear will ever go out of style! (At least, I hope not!😊) This year, wear elevated two-piece sets like the one I’m wearing above. (These are HUGE this year and almost made our must-have fall fashion list!) and utility joggers meant to be worn at home and out and about.

Fall Fashion Trends to Keep Wearing

These may not be cutting-edge this year, but if you have them in your closet, by all means, keep wearing them! (They’re probably in year 2-3 of their cycles.) If you love them, consider adding them into your wardrobe in one of fall’s hottest hues.

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Fall Fashion Trends to Stop Buying

These trends on on the way out. Don’t buy any more of these! And if you’re downsizing, consider donating or reselling.

  • Snake Prints
  • Severely Distressed/Deconstructed Jeans
  • Skinny Jeans

5 Major Fall Fashion Trends You Need to Know

Of course, there are more than five, but we’ve chosen the ones that we think are most relevant and wearable for empty nesters. (But, of course!😊) Within each trending style, there are variations, which make the trends wearable for various body types. 🙌

1. Wide Leg Pants

Talbots Greenwich Pants (25% off right now & also in tan & black) | Amazon’s The Drop Sweater (The Drop is my favorite Amazon in-house brand. The quality is always so good! I own this sweater in 3 colors!)| Sam Edelman Nude Pumps | Tory Burch Huggie Logo Earrings

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It’s no secret that wide-leg pants are everywhere this season! If you’re not quite ready to embrace them yet, I get it! Work your way up to them by buying straight-leg pants or jeans, then maybe go for a waist-flattering bootcut. Finally, find a quality pair of wide-leg pants in a basic color like black or navy. They can be wide-leg cropped or full-length. I really like this pair of tailored indigo wide-leg pants. They hit the sweet spot between jeans and slacks perfectly!

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Suzy’s Pro Tip: When you’re looking for wide-leg pants, look for other features that make the silhouette flattering. The Talbots Greenwich Pants I’m wearing above are a good example! The wide leg is balanced out by a high waist and a flat front with a side zip and waist framing buttons on the side. (Giving them a slightly nautical look.)

2. Midi Skirt

J.Crew Midi Length Slip Skirt | Amazon Puff Sleeve Tee | Amazon Pointed Toe Booties

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The midi skirt is THE trending skirt of the season! Look for midi skirts in just about every color and fabric you can imagine! Here are some great examples:

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Even though the midi skirt might be the latest look, you’ll still see lots of darling above-the-knee skirts this year. They’re cute paired with tall riding boots or heeled boots when it gets chilly. To keep it current, look for ones that incorporate another trend, like my skirt with the button fly front.

Talbots Denim Above the Knee Button Fly Skirt | Avara Emersyn Top | Black Patent Tory Burch Sandals | Tory Burch Pave Stud Earrings | Similar Fall Wreath | Fall Doormat

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3. Utility/Cargo Styles

No Boundaries Wide Leg Cargo Jeans (Elastic back for a perfect fit!) | No Boundaries Cap Sleeve T-Shirt (Not stretchy, so order your normal size.) | Celebrity Pink Puff Sleeve Denim Jacket (Has a little stretch for easy movement.👍) | Madden NYC Rhinestone Chain Lug Sole Booties | Silver Tone CZ Stud Earrings

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Utility style started emerging last year as a trend, and this year, it’s hitting its stride! (Read that: It might be time to buy in—even if just in a small way!) Characterized by things like large side (and sometimes front) pockets—often with flap closures and snaps, this style is here to stay (for women and men) for a while.

cabi Compass Pant (Twill Cargo Joggers) | Talbots Ruffle Trim Raglan Sweatshirt | Allbirds Tree Runners (Machine Washable!)

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In addition to classic cargo pants, look for utility/cargo style:

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4. Johnny Collar

If you only buy one style this season, make it a Johnny Collar sweater!

Talbots Johnny Collar Sweater (45% off and in 4 colors) | Talbots Montauk Pant (Flat front, high waist, kick flare leg, ankle length knit)50% off | Franco Sarto Tassel Lug Sole Loafer (Mine are last year’s style. Linking to this year’s nearly identical pair.)

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The preppy look is back, and with it, the polo-style Johnny Collar! This face-framing, not-too-fussy style is universally flattering! Look for lots of Johnny Collar sweaters (¾-sleeve & full-length sleeve, and even well-priced cashmere!), as well as sweater dresses. Even though this style is preppy, look for Johnny Collar sweaters with feminine detailing like scalloped edging or pointelle stitching.

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5. Shirtdresses

The shirtdress is trending! Bonus points if it’s utility style!

Free Assembly Women’s Belted Utility Mini Dress (also in Black & Denim) | Sam And Libby Women’s Brighton Faux Suede Western Bootie | Silver Tone CZ Stud Earrings

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Shirtdresses are having a moment! Typically, we see a few every year, but this year, they’re a must-have item. They’re flattering on everyone, can be worn with or without a belt, and they can also be worn open as a long shacket! That versatility put it on our 2023 fall fashion trends must-have list!

You’ll find short ones and long ones, and many of them will be utility-style, but not all of them! Look at THIS pretty Tencel shirtdress, with a feminine fit & flare style. and this puff sleeve, flounce hem shirtdress.

If you’re new to the shirtdress, try a conservative tan or black one, in a length that is flattering to you. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a corduroy shirtdress or a faux leather shirtdress!

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I can’t wait to hear what you think about the fall fashion styles! Let me know your thoughts in the comments, okay? Also, if you have any specific questions, let me know those as well!

Oh, and BTW, if you’re a devoted Amazon shopper, you might want to check out the Fall & Winter Fashion page on the Empty Nest Blessed Amazon Shop! We’ve incorporated these trends in our selections!

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In the boutique below, you an take another look at all of the 2023 fall fashion trends that we shared in this post! Click on any item to check on pricing (so miuch is on sale!), alternate colors, fabric descriptions, and more!

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8 Comments

  1. We can see all the research you put into this. Thanks for doing the work for us.
    I’m liking the denim midi skirts but not sure I can pull them off.
    My problem is I get cold easy. I need jackets that are comfortable to put over anything I wear.
    The Johnny collar sweaters are nice too.

    1. Juliet,

      Thank you for your sweet comment! I am so happy you enjoyed the post! I get cold easily also, Juliet, which is why I DO like the longer denim skirts! I will wear fleece tights (https://amzn.to/48pO69V) under mine when it’s cold and pair them with a cashmere sweater!

      I hope that helps! Thanks again for your comment!

      xoxo
      Suzy

  2. A johnny collar sweater is definitely on my shopping list for this year! And maaaybe a shirt dress – cute look, but my hips are a bit wider than my shoulders, making it harder to find something that fits on top AND on bottom. I love the midi skirts with boots. Reminds me of my younger days! Thank you for showing us all of these wonderful fall looks.

    1. Melanie,

      You’re right on track! The reason I share so many trends with you all is so you can pick and choose the ones that are right for you and your body! The most important thing is to stay true to your personal style and your authentic personality. That is how to dress with confidence, my friend! (I’m working on a post about that very thing for next week!)

      I’m so grateful to you for shopping with my links! That’s how I get paid, so when you click through to a website, even if you don’t buy the exact item I recommend, I make a small commission on whatever you buy. (And it never costs you any extra!)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

      xoxo
      Suzy

  3. It took me a few days to find time to sit down, read & enjoy this post, but ENJOY it, I did! 😍 I say this all the time, but your hard work is SO APPRECIATED! I love how you’re so thorough every. single.time.!! This post was super helpful to know what’s coming in (and going out) -and I’m so excited to get some new super cute pieces! Absolutely LOVED this post! THANK YOU!

    1. Amy,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to make your way through it. I know it was longgg! I am really grateful that you enjoyed it and feel so up-to-date! We’re working on shoes now, so take a breather and get ready!

      Don’t worry, it won’t be nearly as long!

      xoxo
      Suzy

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