Whether we want to accept it or not, the reality is that August — the unofficial last month of summer — is the beginning of the end for summer style, as our thoughts turn toward back-to-school shopping and cool-weather staples such as sweaters, boots, jackets, cozier fabrics and layers.

The transition from summer style to full-on fall fashion seems to happen in the blink of an eye, and before summer even ends, we are already looking toward leather, outerwear and seasonal statement pieces. The beauty of fashion trends is that we have at least one entire season, often two, from when these trends first emerge on the runways, until these key looks make their way into stores. We can go back all the way to fall 2016 and, more recently, spring 2017, to New York and Paris Fashion Weeks to tell us what the hot color of the season will be and what textures, fabrics and patterns will be most popular.

There are several major fashion trends this fall, including pieces that make powerful statements with thought-provoking, politically charged slogans and pajama-wear — yes, our favorite PJ pieces, once reserved for evenings-only, are inspiring high-fashion street style with looks using slips, robes and other bedtime staples as jackets. Also at the top of the trend list are the color red, polka dots, statement sleeves and patchwork styles. Here are several fall trends that can transition well from summer to autumn seamlessly.


Bright, bold red is set to be the color of the season, with the fiery hue making a major comeback this fall. If New York Fashion Week was any indication, power red will be all the rage this season. Whether you opt for a beautiful, off the shoulder blouse or a structured statement trench coat, incorporating some power red is a must-do for this upcoming season.

Red trench coat, Banana Republic at The Walk by Tanger Outlets, Atlantic City ($129.99)

Gabe Blouse in saffron, Sandra & Roy’s Central Square, Linwood (top on sale now $99)


Classic polka dots are making their modern footprint these days in the world of fashion. Light polka dots against darker hues offer deep dimension for fall. If polka is too ladylike for your liking, pair the pattern with some bold, colorful, edgy accessories to step up the cool factor.

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Polka dot top from Banana Republic

Top, Banana Republic, The Walk by Tanger Outlets, Atlantic City ($59.99)


Let your sleeves do the talking this autumn and bring the drama. From bell sleeves to ruffles to off the shoulder flare, fall’s most sought-after silhouette is all about the over the top, head-turning statement sleeve.

Dress, Polo by Ralph Lauren, The Walk by Tanger Outlets, Atlantic City


Embroidered embellishments, quilt-like fabrics and patchwork will continue to have their moment in the spotlight throughout the fall. As our nights and evenings cool down, autumn is the perfect time to experiment with patchwork styles on denim fabrics, including jackets and jeans.

Ralph Lauren Polo offers the classic Americana look with bold, vintage and retro embellishments.

Denim jacket, shirt and jeans, Polo by Ralph Lauren, The Walk by Tanger Outlets, Atlantic City

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