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Top fall fashion trends for women 2020

Silk and exotic prints heat up chilly days and nights.

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Along with less humidity and an excuse to drink hot lattes again, new fashion is one of our favorite parts of fall. This transition season is all about refreshing your wardrobe with light layers and unexpected details. You may even be able to repurpose some of your favorite summer pieces well into the season.

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Wild prints

Leopard, snakeskin and zebra print were everywhere this summer, and the bold trend is still on fire.

For a fierce look without the guesswork, go for a matching set or pair a statement skirt with a silk camisole or sweater. Top with a sherpa coat or oversize leather jacket when the temperatures drop.

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Woman wearing silk slip dress over velvet mock-neck top
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Silk

The ’90s are having a major moment, and one of our favorite throwbacks is a sleek satin slip dress. Throw on a pair of ankle or knee-high boots and a denim or leather utility jacket and you’re out the door. Also look for silk puff-sleeved blouses in rich jewel tones this season.

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Uneven maxi dress
Image credit: Free People

Uneven edges

From lopsided shoulders to dress hems, you’ll find asymmetric cuts on slouchy tops and sweaters as well as the prettiest prairie dresses. And nothing gives a flowy dress some edge like a handkerchief hem or high slit. Think of it as the outfit version of intentionally messy, woke-up-like-this hair.

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Woman wearing an oversized grey coat

Oversize outerwear

Whether you’re buttoned-up, zipped-up or dolled-up, slightly oversize coats and jackets are go-to looks this season. Long blazers and cape-like coats look functional for work or play. And your trench will be so loose and cozy, it can double as a blanket.

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Model carrying three little black purses
Image credit: The Zoe Report

The LBP — Little black purse

Stow your oversize tote until resort season and downsize with the tiny purse trend. Models carried small bucket bags and clutches down fall 2019 runways. With options in clean, structured shapes and surprising details like marble handles, you won’t miss the extra room.

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Woman wearing a black ribbed square neck bodysuit
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Square necklines

U and V-necks gave way to the square this summer. Square neck bodysuits and sweater tanks were warm-weather staples, but look for the trend in fall dresses and 3/4-sleeved bodysuits. And layer that sweater tank under a new leather or denim jacket.

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Woman wearing a lace bodysuit

A peek of lace

Not exactly an everyday look but still super cute — wearing lingerie as clothing is a trend that’s only grown. Pair a lacy black cami with a loose-fitting blazer and black jeans and you’re ready for a night out.

Looking for something a little more subtle? Wear a cream-colored top with a plunging neckline so bits of your bralette peek out — cute, on-trend and understated.

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Woman wearing a poncho scarf
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Cold-weather cover ups

Trade in your light summer kimono for something cozier. Oversize capes, ruanas and poncho scarves are some of the cutest ways to stay warm this season.

One of the best parts about these looks is their versatility: Throw on a statement-making layer to instantly update any basic outfit. And to stay on-trend, look for classic patterns like houndstooth.

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Woman wearing a floral print dress
Image credit: Rougeberry Fashion

Fall florals

Thought floral print was just for spring? Expect to see the ultra-feminine print on a bevy of midi and maxi dresses perfect for layering under a sweater or jacket. Side cutouts and tie-backs keep the look sweet yet a little sexy.

Instead of large, vibrant flowers a la our favorite beach-ready dresses, hone in on more subtle prints in richer, fall-friendly hues.

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