This fall, designers are bringing back color, plaid and a new kind of sexy conservative. From runway to real life, get all the details on the hottest trends for fall.

chic leather skirts Fall Runway Trends

(credit: Bloomingdales)

Chic Leather Skirts

If you thought leather skirts were only for bikers, think again. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs showed off uber-feminine skirts with pleats and skinny belts on the runway this season. Fitted leather pencil skirts were also popular and can be worn to the office with a simple blouse. This Alice + Olivia leather tulip skirt has a very feminine feel to it and its gathered waistband, pockets and exposed zipper add a sweet touch to this already girly skirt. Pair with a solid colored sweater and tights this fall.

Get the Alice + Olivia Leather Tulip Skirt for $495 at Bloomingdales.

3000 SE Ct
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-2500
Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

colored pants Fall Runway Trends

(credit: Express)

Colored Pants

Color was all over the runway and pants were no exception. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Karen Walker were just two of many collections that showed us that tangerine and rose colored pants can look good without being too over the top. If this trend seems a little ‘out there’ for you, start with a darker pair of jeans (like this ruby pair) instead of an ultra bright pair. Choose a skinny, fitted leg and pair with a neutral top.

Zelda Jean Legging in Ruby for $70, available at Express.

9140 Hudson Rd Ste 502
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-2022
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

royal blue Fall Runway Trends

(credit: Ralph Lauren)

Royal Blue

If you wear lots of grays and blacks in the fall, mix things up by wearing one of the hottest colors this season: blue. The rich sapphire color looks flattering on all skin types and needs very little accessorizing- the color speaks for itself. This Lauren by Ralph Lauren jersey dress is the same stunning blue that that we saw on the runway earlier this year and the rich, bold blue will add a nice touch of color to your wardrobe. Pair with a simple black pump and minimal accessories.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jersey Sheath Dress in Cannes Blue for $124, find it at Nordstrom Rack.

Nordstrom Rack
324 W Market
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-3131
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:50 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

plaid1 Fall Runway Trends

(credit: Tommy Hilfiger)


Plaid was popular on the runway with plaid blazers, dresses and floor length plaid skirts shown by designers like Adam and L.A.M.B. Avoid wearing head to toe plaid (this look was shown on the runway, but doesn’t translate well to everyday life) and start with a simple plaid jacket or blazer. This Tommy Hilfiger is a great transitional piece as the weather gets colder this fall and can be worn over a neutral t-shirt. Long plaid dresses are a nice fall wardrobe addition, but be sure to choose a fitted, belted dress to avoid looking like you are wearing a bed sheet.

Find the Tommy Hilfiger Jacket, Long Sleeve Plaid Patch Pocket Blazer for $110 at Macy’s.

Macy’s Minneapolis
700 On The Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 375-2200
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

sexy slits Fall Runway Trends

(credit: Michael Kors)

Sexy Slits

Long skirts and floor length dresses may have added a conservative feel for fall, but thigh-high slits made for ultra sexy runway looks. Tulip skirts with a slit up the front and long, flowy skirts and dresses with a side slit showed just the right amount of leg to keep it sexy, yet not too revealing. If you’re looking to splurge this season, try this Michael Kors gown. The scoop neckline is flattering without showing too much skin and the thigh-high slit is sure to turn heads. Prepare to spend a little on this dress, or shop around to find the same look in other stores.

Michael Kors Open-Back Gown for $3,295, available at Neiman Marcus.

Neiman Marcus
505 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
Hours: Mon – Fri 10-7, Sat 10-6

Nicole Crosbie loves fashion and shopping, she has lived in Minnesota her whole life and loves finding new places to shop, eat and explore in the Twin Cities. She has degrees in public relations and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Comments (2)
  1. LindaLu says:

    Tell me something Ms Crosbie, do you wear the $3295 open back gown to work? Probably not. How about providing some useful items for women in the workforce to wear each day to the office and items that are affordable. Not everyone working has an unlimited bank account and can afford to shop the stores where you gather your limited information.

  2. beingzhenya says:

    Who writes the style column? Fall runway trends are great, but how do you play them down to earth? I haven’t seen one woman in a leather skirt in downtown Minneapolis. And I think you are to blame! You love shopping? Great, well share some of your latest finds, and not something you dug out on The New York Times! Ugh, that’s why fashion in MN is such a disaster! And I am trying my best to bring some style into this city!

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