Microtrends are often offshoots of defining looks from the runways. After a few months of percolating and being adopted early by fashion enthusiasts, the key (albeit it less obvious) emerging buys are visible to the eagle-eyed among us.
What's more is that they are often easier to weave into our daily looks without resulting in side-eyes from passersby in the street. Take animal print, for example. It's undoubtedly one of fall's frontrunners (showcased at Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Halpern in the most delightfully extravagant ways), but you may find that, in reality, wearing it head to toe isn't the simplest option. Instead, we'll likely turn to hero pieces like a coat, skirt, or a sweater.
Another example of a microtrend that came to life this past summer via street style and social media was Réalisation's leopard-print skirt. Why did it become so popular? Because it's a game-changing item we can style with T-shirts and our go-to shoes.
In addition to reflecting the top trends, you'll also find that microtrends are often more affordable (win) and more likely to garner a nod from those in the know (double win). Keep scrolling to discover and shop the microtrends dominating fall and winter this year.
Style Notes: Type the words "puff sleeve" into the search engine of any shopping site, and lots of options will pop up. We're especially here for the minidresses.
This dress will work just as well with sheer black tights and biker boots as it will dainty slingbacks and a beaded bag.
Another day, another pink dress to pine after.
RECTANGULAR-BUCKLE WAIST BELTS
Style Notes: That's right—waist belts are officially back, but they're infinitely cooler than the elasticated numbers we wore back in the day. We're thankful that butterfly clasps have been replaced with much sleeker rectangular buckles.
Layer this belt over your favorite checkered blazer for a glossy overhaul.
The easy way to sass up your fail-safe LBD.
Tortoiseshell accessories achieve the same impact as black pieces but provide a softer contrast to pastel or light-colored clothing.
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Style Notes: Leopard and snake motifs are all the rage right now, but zebra print is quietly rising through the ranks too. We recommend integrating it into your wardrobe with a monochrome pullover.
Dip your toe into the zebra trend without worrying about the cost with this frugal knit.
Prefer subtler motifs? Then this minimal Mango offering is for you.
We love the flash of orange on this monochrome pullover. Why not match your bag to it? Trust us—it works.
STATEMENT PEARL EARRINGS
Style Notes: Nothing can overhaul your look quite like a pair of statement earrings. This season, instead of colored gems and hammered metal, the baubles to flaunt are pearls.
Your favorite hoops, only significantly more extra.
No one will believe how much you saved on these beauties.
We'd already lost sleep over her pearly hair slides, and now Simone Rocha's drop earrings are also keeping us up at night.
Style Notes: Standout strides always make a comeback for fall, this time in a sunny hue. Wearing a pair of wide-leg yellow trousers is the fashion equivalent of taking an Emergen-C.
Yellow strides needn't be super bright. This muted marigold pair is easier to style but still stands out from the crowd.
Just when we thought our corduroy obsession couldn't get more out of hand, we discovered these Mango strides.
Opt for wooly textures that will keep the chill at bay as we delve further into fall.
Style Notes: Commonplace on handbags it may be, but mock croc is fast becoming the It material of shoes, too. It's effortlessly elegant. Use a pair to add polish to ripped jeans, miniskirts, and floral frocks.
Wrap-around shoes are a no-fail date-night option.
Still not found the perfect pair of boots this season? Consider edgy mock croc.