Fall Trends

Red: The Most Primary Color Style

Red: The Most Primary Color Dominates This Season

It represents both love and war, royalty and revolution. It was coveted and banned. And this season red is as seductive as ever.

To better understand how the color works on our psychology and in our wardrobe, we dove into its history and spoke to Nordstrom fashion forecaster Merrill Greene (yes, but she’s an expert on all colors) about how and why we’re seeing so much red right now.


Street Style Style

Mad for Monochrome: How to Wear Head-to-Toe Color

Photos by Indigital Images

Forget the black-on-black uniform from last winter. Instead, opt for all-cobalt office wear or ballet-pink velvet. As monochrome trends get more colorful by the season, we say the brighter the better. One-tonal outfitting may seem challenging at first. But don’t be intimidated. Just focus on the structural elements of your garb, like texture and shape, and remember that now’s the time to play with accessories—also, a statement red lip goes far in elevating your look.

Read on for some of our favorite colors and shopping options for going full-on monochrome, so you can lead the trend.


Street Style Style

From Our Friends at Who What Wear: Bold Handbags You Need Now

At Who What Wear, our editors get major outfit inspiration from fashion girls and celebs, and we love spreading the word about everything from affordable pieces we’re freaking out over to what’s trending now. Keep an eye on our guest posts for street-style looks, editor-approved must-haves, expert how-tos, fashion news and lots more.

Fall puts us in the mood for new boots, luxe layers and rich autumnal hues. It’s prime time for layering different textures and tones, but we like to take things a step further by bringing a bold bag into the mix. Grab one in a color or print that doesn’t necessarily scream fall—take a cherry red satchel or a floral crossbody, for instance—and you’ve got a chic look that’s completely unexpected. With so many colorful and embellished bags out there this season, adding a pop of color or wow-worthy detail is as easy as pie (we’ll take apple, please). Read on to see our outfit-making picks.


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Our Fashion Office Recaps the New York Fashion Week Trends

After the whirlwind of runways this New York Fashion Week, we looked to our Fashion Office to tell us what exactly happened. When it comes to fall 2017, what will we be wearing? What are the big takeaways for the season? What do we need to know? Um, help.

Associate Fashion Director Kate Bellman sifted through the crazy, beautiful style this season, breaking it down to six need-to-know trends. With our sights newly focused, we then took the liberty of rounding up some styles that you can shop—and wear—now.

 Twisted Tradition

Public School New York Fall 2017

Public School, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images 

This Fashion Week, one of the biggest looks on the runway involved reworked classic menswear. Prep codes were reinvented with generous proportions and masculine/feminine mash-ups. Tailoring introduced deconstructed layers to make suits look modern and streetwise. Androgynous hats, tweeds, checks and pinstripes all appeared on runways as distinct as Public School, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler.

Shop the trend now:

Public School stripe cotton shirtdressTibi removable strap stripe shirtdress | Victoria Beckham asymmetrical cotton shirt


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Fall Fashion Musts for the Office from InStyle Magazine

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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Top Three Must-Have Accessories | 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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.”

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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


Insta Love: ‘Grammer Mavens Take Over Our Photo Shoot

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

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Anniversary Sale: Trends, Must-Haves & Essentials

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.

ALL POSTS Interviews

Celebrity Stylist Cher Coulter on Her Fashion Faves

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.”

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