NYFW Trends to Know

Ruffle your feathers and hold on to your buttons: this is a runway party of big earring’d proportions


I am currently picturing you guys as Jerry Maguire (which is such a compliment because 1996 Tom Cruise is so handsome) shouting passionately into your phones — only instead of yelling about how you need a visual aid for money, you’re exclaiming, “Show me the trends! SHOW ME THE TRENDS!”

So fine! Jeez. No need to get loud. Ready? At New York Fashion Week, it was all about…

Buttons That Reach


Toggle loops without the Paddington Bear buttons; an elegant way to show skin in moderation; a fantastic fashion hack for too-tight clothes.

As seen at: Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, Derek Lam

Swimsuits For the Street

Body Suit

Trust: these are the new wardrobe staple, great for high waist trousers but more than okay to sling low below the hip holes.

As seen at: Baja East, CG, Cushnie et Ochs, Edun, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Rosie Assoulin

Fringe for the Pun of It


The fabric doesn’t matter so long as it shimmies as you shake.

As seen at: Edun, Dion Lee, DVF, Tory Burch, Rodebjer, Baja East, Delpozo, Altuzarra, Givenchy, Christian Siriano and Marc Jacobs

Chic Schlubbing For When You’re Over and Under It

Slip Dresses Over Pants

You can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just…whelmed? Your pants can when paired with a tunic a la Portland post-grunge circa 10 Things I Hate About You.

As seen at: Creatures of the Wind, Baja East, Derek Lam, Creatures of Comfort, Dion Lee, Tory Burch, BCBG, Givenchy, Opening Ceremony, Public School, Sally LaPointe and Tome

Paper Bag Your Pants Even If You Don’t Pack a Lunch

Paper Bag Waist

You can try this now if you own a pair of trousers two sizes too big and a belt that fastens tight.

As seen at: Public School, Trademark, BCBG, Creatures of Comfort, Tibi, Tome and 3.1 Phillip Lim

Carwash Skirts for the 1-2 Punch

Carwash Box Pleats

Length that lets your legs breathe for once.

As seen at: Marc Jacobs, Edun, CG, Michael Kors

Thanksgiving Pants to Wear to Sunday Brunch

Knit Bottoms

New York wants you to relax — and who are you to argue with New York? It’s the next wave of athleisure: let’s call it couch-core.

As seen at: Baja East, Ryan Roche, Creatures of Comfort, Public School and Derek Lam

Waists That Dip Low With Pride

Drop Waist Bottoms

A rebellion against the 70s; the 2000s are officially back.

As seen at: Ryan Roche, Public School, Derek Lam, Baja East and Creatures of Comfort

Shoestring Laces With Nothing to Hide

Exposed Lacing

They’re exposed and they don’t care who know it. Corset-up.

As seen at: Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte and Rosie Assoulin

Slits That’ll Make You Shave Your Upper Thigh

High Slit Skirts

Or not — these slits are so sexy they may empower you to do just the opposite.

As seen at: Altuzarra, Baja East, Cushnie et Ochs, Dion Lee, Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez

Dresses That Are as Much of a Catch as You Are


They cast a wide net if you’re in the market for a cool update on the summer dress.

As seen at: Dion Lee, Proenza Schouler, Eckhaus Latta, Adam Lippes, Rag & Bone

Dangling Earrings So Others H(ear) You Roar

Big Earrings

And even if they can’t hear, they’ll be able to see. These baubles are bold.

As seen at: Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin, Tome, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Cushnie et Ochs, Derek Lam and Jason Wu

Something to Slip Into for Day or Bed

Slip Dresses

It doesn’t matter where you’re going so long as whatever you’re in plays the coy role of, “I just threw this on.”

As seen at: Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, Givenchy, Maiyet, Narciso Rodriguez, Sally LaPointe, Tibi, Tome, Victoria Beckham and Wes Gordon

Clothes That Embrace the Beauty of Loose Ends

Dangling Straps

Doesn’t every startup owner say that nothing gets done if you’re too tied up in the details?

As seen at: Derek Lam, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Public School and Rosie Assoulin

And Ruffles Fit for a Queen — Which Concludes Our Trends!


Big in New York, bigger in London. Who wants to bet they’re going to straight up explode in Milan? See you there…

As seen at: Delpozo, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Cushnie et Ochs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Rosie Assoulin, Tibi, Tome and Zimmermann

Now tell us your favorites below. You guys complete me.

Collages by Patrick Keohane of @RSTheory, Elizabeth Tamkin and Krista Anna Lewis

Photographs via Vogue Runway and NowFashion.com


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  • love the thigh-high slit trend, i can’t get enough of it! i can’t believe low-rise pants are ALREADY making a comeback though… is it me, or are trends cycling in and out faster these days??? great nyfw round-up!
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    • Amelia Diamond

      i love a thigh slit too!

  • Allie Fasanella

    noooo I am not about the low rise pants. don’t get me wrong the 2000s are fucking peachy (2002 is my personal fave) but ugh that has not been a good look for ya girl since, well, 2002?

    exceptionally into everything else though. especially aroused by the thanksgiving pants, slip dress, and high slits (Im not sure if I see shaved thighs in my future though.)

    thanks for the recap. “help me help you.”

    • I’m kind of cringing that the early 2000s are creeping back in style. The slip dresses remind me of the lingerie tops that were a thing – so much shiny fabric!

      • Allie Fasanella

        I know so weird dude! like it all comes back around. I refuse to do low rise tho. my love handles are not about them

      • Amelia Diamond

        you guys it’s GONNA be ok. i’m gonna walk you through it in another post. stay with me ok?

    • Aydan

      high waisted pants are a dream!! What will I do if my belly button is set free?!!?!?!

      • Allie Fasanella

        you will DIE Aydan. we both will

        • Amelia Diamond


      • Amelia Diamond

        you can keep wearing them!!!

  • I find the idea of swimsuits for the street terribly creative and interesting – I hope the materials can be worn outside water for a few hours.

    Hm, should I, will I … *murmurs away*

    • Amelia Diamond

      ahha i know my first thought was my mom saying DON’T EVER STAY IN A WET BATHINGSUIT

      • Yes! .-) It’s quite a strange reaction! A swimsuit is a great piece of clothing if there ever was one (don’t like bodies, for example) and there’s no reason to wear it for swimming only. On the other hand, the inescapable association with a wet, cold, clingy piece of something you want to take off as soon as possible is relatively strong … Sigh.

  • Givenchy definitely took fringe to a whole new level this season.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Sita Sunar

    1)Dangling earrings! I have always been a big fan of these dangling beauties.
    2) I think thigh high slight, I can totally rock this trend with my super toned legs
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  • Love it! Thank you for putting it all together in one place.

  • erin

    anyone know the name of the model to the far right of the dangling earrings pic? girl is gorgeous. i’m fangirling.

  • Allie Fasanella

    just listen to the words. you’re welcome

    • Amelia Diamond


  • very nice write up.

  • CK

    Oh my! The low dip waist is giving me such teenage flashbacks of Britney, Christina and my worn out extremely low dip Lee jeans. But actually really love this new flared-loose-low-rise-cool-girl version.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Denise

    LoVE all looks so much.


  • Ooh, my favorite are the pair of burgundy paper bag trousers! So perfect for the holiday season (flexible sizing for optimal snacking conditions) and that color is so pretty!!

  • Best trend caption/headlines ever

  • Paper bag pants! Alas!!