Fall 2016 Fashion Odds – How High Can You Heel?

[UPDATE: The original article has been updated. Updates are noted in square brackets.]

Last season, I set the odds on what would be the hottest trend for summer 2016. You’ve still got a little time to sport your boho chic hats and sheer fabrics, but you’ll also want to start thinking about fall. The changing of the leaves isn’t as far off as it seems, and you don’t want to be left out in the autumnal zephyrs of the fashion hinterland.

Fear not. I’m here to help with predictions and odds on the hottest fall trends for 2016.


Odds to be the hottest 2016 fall fashion trend:

Precious Metals: 3/1

Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, and Suno showcased copper gowns, silver separates, and everything in between. Spice up your wardrobe with a shimmery mini, or add a sophisticated touch to your evening look with a head to toe gown.

[UPDATE – Nail Art: 7/2

It’s still here. We can probably stop calling it a trend now. The constant introduction of more tools, tricks, and brands will only help propel the art of nails to the next level of fab. This fall, have fun with it. There will be no shortage of bold metallics and bright, airy shades on display this season. Everything from deep greens to 3D charms and minimalist patterns are ready for your discovery.

Ladies, make your nails a canvas; men, there is nothing wrong with dressing up your thumb or middle finger. Skulls? You know you want to.]

Fantabulous 80s: 6/1

The 80s are like totally back and in a big way. Designers like Moschino and Isabel Marant tapped into their inner Stellas, giving us everything from one-shoulder dresses to vinyl pants. Complete the look with some geometric jewellery and a pound of hairspray (we’re assuming).

Nautical Overcoats: 9/1

Summer’s nautical run looks to extend well into fall 2016. Trade-in your Breton stripes for long, structured jackets. Ankle-length military overcoats were spotted on the runways of Coach, Michael Kors, and Prada. Look for stand-out details like silk stripes, gold hardware, and braided fastenings.

Velvet Crush: 10/1

Designers’ love affair with velvet continues for yet another year. Although hardly a new trend, Ralph Lauren, Prabal Gurung, and Derek Lam were all showing the season’s must-have fabric in a range of bold colors. To keep it current and modern, stick to long and flowing gowns.

Ornate Gloves: 12/1

There’s no better way to combat the cold-weather blues than with over-the-top gloves. Flaunt a range of embellished mitts this fall from jewelled cuffs to chic evening gloves. Looking to upgrade your evening look? Try a sheer or lace style for some couture glamour.

Menswear: 18/1

Suit up, because this fall is going to be LEGEN … wait for it … DARY. Menswear is trending, which means ladies will be donning all manner of suiting from pinstripes to plaid. To keep your look up to date, pick a looser-fitting suit that doesn’t look overly tailored.

Glitter Eye Makeup: 20/1

That’s right, glitter is no longer reserved for preschoolers (and Mariah Carey). Fall 2016 runway models dazzled us with sparkles, sequins, and rhinestones. If you’re looking for a tasteful take on the craze, opt for a shimmery liner or shadow. Use sparingly to avoid looking like a craft project.

Clunky Shoes: 30/1

The Spice Girls may be defunct, but their mile-high footwear lives on. Platform shoes clogged fall 2016 runways including knee-high disco boots and sky-high sandals. Just because life is short doesn’t mean your heels have to be.

[One modern twist on this trend is the penchant to pair the shoes with socks. In particular, look for socks matched with clunky, blocky Geta-style sandals. Thom Browne recently trailblazed this look for men, pairing the traditional Japanese footwear with their customary white tabi socks.]


(Photo credit: Mainstream (flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode]. Photo has been cropped.)

  • One of my favorite things to wear in the fall has always been button downs, so I think I’ll have to invest in some nicer ones so I can wear them to work. I’m also loving the nail art trend so I’m excited to see what fall themes people will come up with. Thanks for sharing!