The 5 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends for Back to School

Pleated Skirts

Chanel’s collection from Paris Fashion Week in March reintroduced the pleated skirt, while Yves Saint Laurent staged a ‘90s revival featuring all of our grunge favorites. Delicate pleated skirts also graced the Giambattista Valli runway.

Crop tank


Black pleated skirt
$12 -


ASOS cross body
$34 -


“The infusion of ‘90’s style will be a definitely trend for fall,” Garcia says. If you fell in love with Cher’s fashion sense in Clueless, then you’ll be happy to know that this fall is your time to resurrect those pleated skirts! Not only are they professional enough to wear to your internship, they come in tons of different patterns and colors, making it impossible to not have anything to pair them with.

You can either stick with the classic pleated skirt like this one from Target ($15) or you can opt for a chiffon skirt with a little more flair, like this one from American Apparel ($29). If the classic style suits you best, dress up a pleated skirt with a polka-dotted sweater and pair of girly oxfords. Throw on a pearl collar necklace and you’ll have a classy look with some modern touches. The chiffon skirt can be worn with a simple button up or collared shirt, then topped with a large statement necklace and your favorite flats. As it starts to get cooler, wearing different colored tights underneath these skirts can definitely add some spice to your plain skirts, while neutral tights can calm your louder pieces.



This fall, take a cue from Alexander Wang’s fall collection at New York Fashion Week and infuse some leather pieces in your wardrobe. Maison Martin Margiela’s collection also presented leather pants, boots, and other accessories.

MbyM t shirt
$38 -


Zip tote
$31 -


From traditional jackets to knee-high boots and everything in between, leather is absolutely everywhere this fall. Plus, there’s always a way to wear leather, whether you’re feeling preppy or edgy. “Leather pants, leggings, and skirts should all be options besides the staple leather jacket,” Garcia says.

However, authentic leather pieces can be pretty hard to find, especially on a collegiette’s budget! Opt for some of these options that will still give you the feel of leather, but for half the price. A skirt like this one from LuLu*s ($43) can be worn multiple ways. It could be combined with a chambray shirt and a J.Crew-esque bubble necklace, and completed with a thin belt and flats. Or, you could style it with a printed pair of heels, a plum or burgundy colored shirt, a jean jacket, and tons of spiked accessories.

When we think of leather jackets, normally what comes to mind is the really cool rocker chick who always seems to throw together stylish outfits effortlessly. This season, leather jackets can suit everybody from the rockstar-in-training to the law office intern. This jacket from Forever 21 ($24.80) works for the more demure young ladies who want to have a sophisticated look.

Regardless of how you incorporate leather into your wardrobe, Garcia has some advice for all of you leather lovers: “The only people who should wear all-leather outfits are people with motorcycles,” she says.


Looking for a few more fall items to pick up? Check out our list of a few more trends to try this semester! Which trends are you most excited about from this list? What else are you looking forward to wearing this fall? Let us know in the comments below!