7 Micro Trends from Fashion Month We Can’t Wait to Wear (Including 1 We’re Not Convinced About)

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First New York, then London, then Milan, and finally Paris. Fashion Month is a complete whirlwind, with more runway shows, presentations, parties and brand activations than any one person could possibly attend, and street style outfits as fascinating as the collections. Once it’s over, I love to comb through all the photos I can find to see what real people were wearing to impress their fellow fashion folks while attending all these events. And while some trends were undeniably hot this season—cherry red! Preppy influences! Laidback tailoring!—others felt a bit more subtle. These seven micro trends were definitely a presence during Fashion Month, and I suspect we’re about to see a whole lot more of them as the season continues.

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1. Sheer Midi Skirts

Sheer materials were predicted to be a major trend in the coming months, and I still think you’ll see plenty of mesh turtlenecks and unlined lace dresses for the holidays. But it was the sheer midi skirts that really stood out to me as being both trendy and actually wearable. You can layer them over a minidress or skirt, bike shorts or even just your undies (if you’re feeling so bold). If you want some extra coverage, opt for a longer jacket that covers your bum.

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2. Sweaters Tied Around the Waist (or Shoulders)

This preppy styling trick is perfect for transitional weather, both in fall and spring, when mornings can be frigid and afternoons suddenly jump up 20 degrees on the thermometer. We also love the look of adding a different top layer, like a blazer or denim jacket, and then knotting your sweater over the top for even more layering options throughout the day. And while monochrome outfits will never be a wrong choice, I kind of love a contrasting pop of color, like bright red or deep navy, right at the waist.

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3. Indigo Wash Denim

An interesting new micro trend in denim has less to do with silhouette and everything to do with color. Indigo washes—very dark, deep blue with no distressing and a bit of a gray or black undertone—made a noteworthy appearance at the shows, and luckily are just as easy to wear as your existing jeans. Pair them with sleek basics for a more elevated vibe, or go casual in a plain white tee and New Balance kicks. Just note, the cool undertones of this wash don’t pair super well with warm colors, so stick with neutral hues if you’re feeling unsure.

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4. Dresses Over Pants

As a millennial I have very mixed feelings about the return of this early aughts outfit combo. And while I feel wary about trying it out for myself, I have to admit these gals look—dare I say it?—incredibly cute. If you do want to try this fun duo out yourself, I have two pieces of advice to ensure your ‘fit looks more elevated and less Disney Channel circa 2006. First, silk, wool, khaki or even lace trousers all feel innately more dressed up than denim, starting you off on a chic foot. Second, shirtdresses with adjustable buttons and sheer frocks tend to look more posh than boho minis or asymmetrical tent dresses. That said, this is one trend that’s intended to look playful or whimsical, so feel free to play around to find whatever magical combo makes you feel best.

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5. Dainty String Ties

Delicate strings tied along shoulders, on the hems of skirts or even holding together two halves of a sleeve were surprisingly common this month. Some were functional—like those used to cinch together cutouts or ruching—while others were simply cute adornments. And while there are lots of very cool clothing options to buy featuring this subtle detail, it’s also super easy to DIY with a string or pin of your very own.

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6. Sweater Vests

Sweater vests were everywhere just a few years ago, but faded to the background as polo collars, Breton stripes and sexy cutout knits came into focus more recently. This year, however, I suspect they may be on the rise again after spotting tons of Fashion Month attendees rocking Chandler Bing’s signature look. And just like the first time around, you can layer them over blouses or turtlenecks for a more traditional look, or wear them as a stand-alone top for something a bit more fun.

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7. Hot Pants

Last and certainly most interesting was the prevalence of hot pants, aka shorts so short they feel more like granny panties. Some show goers sporting these micro shorts were clearly dressed by the brand (hot pants were featured in the Miu Miu, Ferragamo and Ulla Johnson runway collections), but others were not, leading me to think this is not the end of booty-baring shorts, even as we head into winter. To be honest, they’re a little too Captain Underpants for my taste, but if you love the idea of showing off those gams, I suggest opting for a pair in a more substantial fabric (to avoid any and all confusion with actual undies) like leather, satin or cable knit wool and pair them with opaque tights to prevent frostbite.

Abby Hepworth


Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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