Trend Report: Fall 2020 RTW at NYFW

Posted on February 12, 2020 by Stephanie Triplett

Fashion Month is off to a great start with NYC at the forefront. The trends, fabrics, prints, and colors that we saw on repeat are listed below. There was no shortage of your fall favorites but we saw some fresh takes on old favorites and we think you’ll love them as much as we do. Keep reading for our NYFW style report for Fall 2020:


If the length is midi, then it’s in. The midi-length is continuing its takeover from the streets to the runways. It’s functional and adaptable to a wide variety of occasions. Chiffon dresses in a midi length are transitional from cooler weather to spring. Pleated skirts are also making a huge appearance in the midi length, as well as accent details in other garments. For a more fitted look, a knitted sweater dress in a midi length is a perfect base layer for fall. 

Accent Bows

It doesn’t matter if you wear it subtly or in-your-face, bows are still here from past seasons. They’re getting bigger, ranging from hair accessories to statement pieces. There was also a notable amount of bows at the golden globes in January and they didn’t stop there. Over-sized bows are being seen on skirts and dresses as an exaggerated accent but Chocheng, Claudia Li, and Red Valentino incorporated bows into their collections around the neck in a handkerchief style fashion. Cinc’ A Sept really took the bow trend to the top with their over-sized yellow tank paired with a sheer long-sleeved top and tiered floor-length skirt.


The power suit is gaining more acceptance and it’s becoming more versatile. Suits were once considered an office-appropriate, formal event kind of attire but the suit is getting a major revamp. Suiting on the runway was spotted as 3 piece sets in tailored and over-sized fits as well as skirt co-ords and single pieces. Strong shoulders were prominent but the slouchy blazer with a relaxed fit is having a moment, too. Some designers incorporated fun twists like a ruched sleeve or fringed trouser cuff. It was spotted in solid, sequined, animal or floral printed and velvet varieties, to name a few. At the very least, a nice staple blazer can make your look instantly more polished.


A tidy way to explore all of the shades that a single color has to offer but all at once: monochrome styling. At NYFW the suit sets mentioned above were loud and proud, full of the monochromatic scheme but they were especially prominent in pastel hues. Other variations included layering effects in neutral colors like gray and beige where a chunky sweater or bodycon dress was used as a base while overcoats, scarves, and accessories topped off the looks.

Slouchy & Over-Sized

Upon drooling at Stoud’s runway garments I saw their 2 piece knitted co-ord and set out on a search to make one for myself. Comfy, warm, and easy to throw together: that’s a combo that I want in my life. Along with this over-sized trend, I also noticed an increasing amount of extra material appearing around the sleeves, pant cuffs, sweater hemlines and collars, which is literally the best idea for the fall/winter months when you want to keep the warm in and keep the cold out. Linder’s 2 piece set which featured a satin midi skirt and ultra cropped top with slouchy cuffs was a stand out display that was beautifully balanced.


Floral is a classic print that doesn’t seem to age, but on the runway for fall 2020 it’s taking on a painterly effect with an abstract and watercolor vibe. Florals are appearing in small prints and larger-scale ones in color schemes ranging from deep colors to more pastel hues. Add a bit of feathered trim for a fun spin like Pamella Roland or opt for a more whimsical floral print with a structured style with one shoulder.

There’s a ton of hype around NYFW but I especially enjoy seeing what is cohesive from show to show and what differs. It’s fun to see typical spring trends like pastels and florals also emerge into fall fashion in a very warm and autumnal way. Suits for all are definitely a trend that I’m super excited to see expand and continue. What runway shows are you living for?

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