Fall Trends

There is nothing more exciting than the lush textures, printed layers and rich colors of fall dressing. InStyle partnered with Halogen, available exclusively at Nordstrom, and Executive Style Correspondent Dana Avidan Cohn to get schooled on the style staples that will keep you fashionable all season long.

Read on to the end for three simple tips to update your fall wardrobe.

Lusting for Leather

Halogen leather shift dress

Key piece: leather shift dress

A black leather shift is essential for those chillier fall days. Wear now with bare legs and lace-ups and add tights when the temps drop. Add dimension by wearing  a thin fitted t-neck underneath to create a sleeve and add a silk tie at the neck in a sophisticated print in lieu of jewelry.


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We asked Shannon Schafer, our Fashion Office accessories director, to handpick her favorite fall trends and pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.


Patricia Nash Fringe Bucket Bag

“The fringe and suede bucket bag is the most-wanted handbag silhouette for fall.”



Three of a Kind: Sweater Trends

Look on the bright side: as temperatures drop, it’s time to get cozy in fabulous sweaters. Here are our favorite ways to update your cold-weather wardrobe options.

Graphic & Novelty styles give plain-Jane knits a shot of personality.

Prints and patterns—from classic to folky and floral. Yes, please.

With eyelash knits and shaggy textures, new fuzzy sweaters may be the comfiest of them all.

SHOP: Sweaters

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We invited a handful of our favorite NYC Instagrammers to collaborate with us on our fall trend accessories and shoes campaign. They joined us at an Instameet-style shoot in the Big Apple because, party! We filled the studio with next season’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and hosiery, and let them do what they do best. It was a photo shoot match made in heaven, and we’re in love with the results. It’s a little bit of catalog and little bit of Instagram. We’re calling it Instalog! Here’s our partnership lineup:

Sara Zucker @SARAZUCKER | Laurel Pantin @LAPANTIN

Liz Eswein @NEWYORKCITY | Alice Gao @ALICE_GAO

Rachel & Nicole Effendy @RACHELETNICOLE | Madeline Poole @MPNAILS

Susan Joy @SUSANJOY | Anthony Danielle @TAKINYERPHOTO

Jessie Artigue @STYLEANDPEPPER | Hilary Rushford @HILARYRUSHFORD

Caroline Harper Knapp @HOUSEOFHARPER | Getting the shot behind the scenes.

Check out the fresh perspectives of our 11 featured Instagrammers in our fall handbags, jewelry, boots and hosiery shops.

Jeff Powell


Our yearly Anniversary Sale is officially on! In case you haven’t heard about it: we like to do our annual sale a little differently. Every July, to celebrate another year of being able to serve our customers, we bring in the next season’s most covetable pieces and essentials—from Designer Collections to beauty products—and mark them down. Yes, that means new items on sale.

If it sounds a little backward, that’s because it kind of is. But hey, it’s a celebration! Join us both in store and online now, before prices go up on August 4. To give you a head start, here are some of our favorite trends, must-haves and essentials to watch out for while you’re getting your #NSale shop on.

Placed Lace: Dark neutrals and unexpected items show off their softer sides with lacy details and embellishments.

Boots & Booties: From Western-inspired to peep-toe, your new favorite pair is waiting to call your closet home.

Uptown Brown: Combine rich shades of brown to add depth to fall textures. Mix different tones—or pair one item with something black—for unexpected intrigue.

Cashmere: Embellished, striped or solid, a little something cashmere is always a sweet treat.

Handbags: Who was it who said, “A woman can never have too many handbags”? Oh. We just did.

Everything Leather: On skirts, tops, dresses, pants—no one can stop the leather trend. But when it makes everything look so fresh and edgy, why would you want to?

Intimates: Bras, panties and lingerie—don’t forget the everyday essentials.

Moto Rising: Elements from the rebel biker jacket get deconstructed and are showing up on anything and everything. We’re not complaining.


If you think design and styling don’t go hand in hand, meet fashion star Cher Coulter. This Central Saint Martin’s grad launched her own line in 1996 and five years later found herself in Hollywood catering to the likes of Nicole Richie, Kirsten Dunst and Emily Mortimer. The stylist reveals her must-haves for fall and more!


Fashion Friends: Nicole Richie and Cher Coulter pop a pose at a Nordstrom store-opening gala in Glendale, California.

Longtime friend and client Kate Bosworth dons a look styled by Cher.

On going from designer to stylist: “When I moved to L.A. about 11 years ago, I immediately began visiting all the top local magazines, one of them being Flaunt, to present my clothes to the editors. Then randomly I bumped into Orlando Bloom at a concert, who happens to be an old friend, and Flaunt was planning to shoot him for the cover. I let them know that I was a friend and they asked me to style the shoot. From then on, I became heavily involved with styling rather than designing.”



In preparation for New York Fashion Week, our global trend reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, photo documents some of her (and our) favorite upcoming trends for fall.

The fashion Olympics are here again, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this season! September Fashion Week is one of the wildest—and most fun—events of the year. Although you can always count on the Fashion Week elite to bring out the big guns, I think we’re in for a change of pace. I’m excited to see the trends shift from crazy mixed prints and color to a more minimalist palette. I’ll make sure to chase down the best looks for you, my blog friends. Thank goodness sneakers are still in style!

Layer It On: Nothing says fall more than textural layers. I am definitely looking forward to moving away from silky summer dresses into nubby knits, fuzzy mohair and chunky jumpers.

Moto Edge: The motorcycle jacket is hands down the jacket of the year. This standout pink version is the perfect hero piece to make an all-white ensemble pop!

His & Hers: I love a good tomboy look, and this vintage-inspired getup is right up my alley. The full-fit, tailored trousers, paired with a nipped bomber, are flyboy perfection. The sexy stilettos give the silhouette a major feminine boost.

Fancy That: There’s something awesome about mixing edgy styling with sweet, feminine shapes. The balance of tough-girl boots and black with ephemeral, sheer volume is eye-catching and subtly dramatic.

Here are a few more looks I’m loving.

White-on-White: I love the clean, chic look of an all-white ensemble, especially one with a bit of edge.

Shades of Grey: Grey scale is super on-trend at the moment. This look is a master class on updated, mixed prints and urban palette.

Rebel Without a Cause: There’s something both contemporary and nostalgic about an urban-punk look. T-shirts paired with leather, boyish accessories and casual layers are always cool.

Sport Luxe: Sport trends are moving in a more modern direction. Mixing a logo sweatshirt with a tux blazer and leather pants is sleek and contemporary.

xo, Crystal

See all our favorites in our Fab 5 Fall Trend Guide.


Mix and match your accessories like a pro with our selects for maxing out the season’s most stylish trends. Whether you crave color or have a taste for texture, we’ve got you covered in our shoe and handbag trend shop.


Our Anniversary Sale is officially in full swing. Now you can shop our newest collections, merchandise and exclusives before prices go up on August 5. Need somewhere to start? Our Anniversary Sale Trend Guide has all of our favorites to keep you looking style savvy. Get inspired with our Blog Editor’s Picks below.


Jeff Powell


Sarah, our Personal Stylist Manager at Nordstrom Waterside in Naples, FL shares her 10 essential trends and tips for your best holiday season shine.



1 – Novelty Suit Separates. Mix-and-match suit separates will take you through your holiday season seamlessly. Whether you choose a bold metallic like the Topshop blazer pictured, or a luxurious velvet, you can wear them with classic pumps to an evening event, or separate the pieces to dress up your favorite black pants or classic white blouse. (Pictured:Vince Camuto blazer | Topshop blazer)

2 – Bright Lip. The easiest way to elevate your look—and get noticed—is to slide on a saturated, bright lip. Choose a classic red, or sass it up with a berry or pink: you’ll shine either way. My favorite this season is NARS in ‘Heat Wave’; it stays on day to night, so you can go straight from the office to hosting a holiday gathering with no transition necessary. (Pictured: NARS lipstick)


3 – Smoking Slipper. Not just comfortable, the smoking slipper is a throwback style that will give you a finished look, whether with your favorite skinny jeans during the day or a flirty skirt at night. I love their playfulness with a pantsuit, and they can give your feet a rest from the party heels when you need it! (Pictured: Jimmy Choo Slipper | Miu Miu Moccasin | Prada Smoking Slipper)

4 – Peplums. This vintage flair gives a little extra feminine shape, adding curve to your figure while still being comfortable. Pair with your classic black pencil skirt for cocktail, then finish it with your novelty pants and smoking slippers for effortless hostess style. (Pictured: Vince Camuto TopYigal Azrouël Blouse)


5 – A Beautiful Clutch. Your day bag just won’t cut it for holiday parties, so embrace the vintage romance of the season and find your favorite embellished clutch to carry to all the get-togethers. Choose one that you can easily fit in your day bag for when you’re on the go. Bonus: you can pull this jewel out during the day to fancy up a casual dress. (Pictured: DVF Leather Clutch | DVF Minaudiere)

6 – Stiletto Pump. If you don’t already have a clean-lined, pointed-toe stiletto, this season is the perfect time to find yours. Always a classic, it’s an important basic when pairing different patterns, colors and textures. If you want a little shine, find one in patent or with a hint of metallic finish. The sky is the limit with this style, so go with the tallest heel height that you can handle. (Pictured: Ivanka Trump Pump | YSL Metal Heel Pump)


7 – Embellished Button-Down. If you’ve already invested in bold colors and patterns, try a simple white blouse in a feminine material, like silk: it makes a seamless transition to evening. Or you can go with a patterned blouse to create interest around more neutral pieces. Wear these tops buttoned up, and if you’re feeling daring, add a brooch or necklace for an opulent finish. (Pictured: Ted Baker London Top)

8 – Bold Jewelry. Fun, bold jewelry can fit easily into your lifestyle, whether it’s an oversized cuff or a strong necklace. Have fun with your pieces, and don’t be afraid to wear them anytime as a way to punch up your casual, everyday wardrobe. (Pictured: Cara Accessories Cuff)

9 – Hostess Gifts. Make the party rush easier by filling up a gift drawer ahead of time for all of your holiday soirees. Along with being the best dressed, you should never arrive empty-handed. Grab one of these fabulous goodies that any of your friends or family will love, and be on your way—no last-minute stop for flowers this year! (Pictured: Ben’s Garden Note Pads | kate spade paperweight)

10 – Cozy Sweater. Even when lounging at home after a big holiday meal, we still want you looking chic and finished, so the last piece on my list is a cozy cashmere sweater, perfect for winter nights with family and friends. I suggest something with a metallic finish so you can look complete with very little accessorizing. Style over one of your favorite dresses or with leggings and boots. And most importantly: Have fun! (Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Sweater)