Fall Women’s Fashion: What’s Hot and Where to Shop

There’s one thing that not even a pandemic can end: fashion

Olivia Strang (10) sports a classic style cardigan while on a picnic with her friends

Becca Youngers, Staff Writer

As online shopping has become the new norm and Pinterest boards are being used for more than a New Year’s health kick, fashion trends, especially in the younger population, have evolved immensely over the past six months, including mask fashion. Here are five of my predicted fashion trends for the fall and winter seasons this year.


Tora Peterson (11) and Anna Barnes (11) rock the baggy jeans in the best way: with your best friend

1. Patchwork and personalized baggy jeans: Baggy jeans, especially the mom jean, have become very popular over the

past few years. In the upcoming fall months, I predict more of a switch to wide leg jeans. In particular, patchwork denim has made a huge resurgence with brands like Jaded London and The Ragged Priest having popular styles throughout social media like TikTok and Instagram. Patchwork denim itself was created and worn in the 60s and 70s, being a versatile clothing item that could be worn by multiple style aesthetics. Alluding to the personal jean designs, quarantine led many people to be creative and paint, bleach, or alter their jeans to fit their personal styles more.



2. Fluffy, spring colored (and just in general) cardigans: I know what you’re thinking, “spring-like in the fall? What is going on?” but I have a feeling these colors will be big this fall. Browsing through my social media the past month or so, I have seen a lot of kelly green and pale yellow clothing items. In particular, House of Sunny’s “Peggy Cardi” in green and blond seem like a must-have sweater style to have in your fall wardrobe. Though the House of Sunny one will set you back a lot, I can see this style of sweater becoming widely available from more affordable stores. The best part about cardigans? Making a cute outfit that also happens to keep you warm just got that much easier.


3. Brown or multicolored neutral looks: This prediction is a lot more “fall-like,” and I think it will be huge. Brown in particular, whether you enjoy it or not, has made a comeback during quarantine. A rich, dark cocoa brown has become a staple color in a lot of wardrobes (including mine). Even though it might seem to be difficult to pair colors with brown at first, baby pink, pale green, and other neutral tones pair extremely well with brown and gives an effortless “wow I can’t believe those colors look good together,” vibe.


Olivia Strang (10) sports a classic style cardigan while on a picnic with her friends

4. Over sized crew necks with polos: Well, this should come as no surprise to everyone. The crew neck-polo look overtook social media this quarantine, evolving the “basic girl” style to be a little deeper. The duo could often be seen paired with tennis skirts, mom shorts, Nike crew socks, dainty jewelry, and sneakers like air force 1s, converse, and high top Jordan 1s to name a few. For the fall months, I don’t see this trend declining in any way, I just think the pairings will change and instead of tennis skirts or mom shorts, it will be the wide leg or baggy jeans. This trend works so well, especially at Dowling, because it is jeans day legal, and easily accessible yet customizable. Plus as an added bonus, you don’t need to buy another polo to go under your crew neck.


Lauryn Frerichs (10) sports her Jordans with a casual summer outfit to give it a little bit of character

5. High Top Jordan 1s: This sneaker became super popular over the spring and summer for most teen girls as the Jordan 1 Retro High Obsidian UNC model exploded in popularity, but most sneaker lovers have been on the Jordan train for years. Though the original Air Jordans were released in 1984, it was seen as a male sneaker as the products the sneaker industry was making were predominantly targeted for male consumers. It also didn’t help that some women and girls couldn’t even fit into the male sizes. The first Air Jordan for women came out in 1998, directed towards female basketball players, but the typical Jordan consumer has changed a lot for both men and women in the past decade or so.

Many people wear Jordans as street style shoes, and some just collect them, as a big part of sneaker culture is the “sneakerheads,” which has caused the culture to become extremely competitive. As for women, more styles are being added and colorways are trendy, exciting, and going away from the classic pink and purple. I don’t see Jordans losing any popularity, in fact I see them growing for a while, especially for women’s styles.