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As fall quickly approaches, we’re looking forward to a new collection of seasonal trends. Keep an eye out for balloon sleeves, patchwork, sheer pieces, the return of fringe, and pairing longer, flowing blouses with light-wash denim. Today, though, we’re honing in on three fall trends that are easily executed and will likely remain in style for some time. We’ve included pieces from well-known brands to showcase styling tips as well as shoppable items from Southern stores Oak Hall, Gus Mayer, Draper James, Hampden Clothing and Capitol to encourage you to always shop local when you can. These items range in price and are meant to spark inspiration and provide easy-to-find options for taking on a new fall trend.

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  • Cropped blazers
  • Rust & golden hues
  • Drop-waist silhouettes


The blazer is a timeless fashion piece that seems to shift in popularity between oversized and cropped. And although an oversized blazer is a great, relaxed addition to your wardrobe, a chic, cropped option elevates any ensemble. Perfect for tricky transitional weather, a cropped blazer keeps you covered without being overbearing as we ease into colder temperatures. This season, consider a cream blazer or add interest to your look with a plaid option. If going plaid, we suggest a fall-inspired color palette with orange, brown or red shades. For a cropped blazer that continues to pop in winter, opt for a gray/blue shade that adds subtle color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

For a casual look, we suggest pairing your cropped blazer with your favorite white t-shirt, a pair of jeans in any wash, and white sneakers (another trend that will continue through the year) or flats. To dress it up a bit, throw a satin tank or blouse on underneath, opt for darker wash skinny jeans, and don some heels. Or wear your blazer and blouse with some tailored trousers and pumps for a great classic look.

Fall Trends: Cropped Blazer

This cropped blazer at Gus Mayer features a fun and flattering cascading lapel ideal for styling through this transitional weather.

Here, we’ve included options to shop online. The white cropped blazer is found online at Memphis and Nashville’s Oak Hall, the checked cropped blazer is found online at Nashville and Birmingham’s Gus Mayer, and the blue blazer is available at Anthropologie.

Cropped blazers, a 2020 fall trend

Find this white cropped blazer at Oak Hall, the checked cropped blazer at Gus Mayer, and the blue blazer at Anthropologie. Images: Oak Hall, Gus Mayer, Anthropologie


It’s no surprise that fall-inspired shades like rust, orange, red, gold and yellow will make a comeback this year. As blue and white scream summer BBQ, these hues scream autumn outing, and there are plenty of ways to wear these colors without feeling over-the-top. Throw the rust-colored cardigan pictured below over any casual or dressy outfit for a light layer of warmth and a touch of fall. Or go for the gorgeous golden yellow dress paired with either sandals or boots and a warm brown leather jacket once the temperatures drop. Continue with the golden hues with the satin tank that pairs perfectly with a new favorite cropped blazer and the Mary Jane buckle heels — a great way to switch up your fall footwear. If marigold and rust aren’t your colors, you can still incorporate them into your wardrobe through a handbag, scarf, bandana or jewelry like the statement earrings included below.

Fall Trends Rust

This gorgeous rust-colored set from Oak Hall, with locations in Memphis and Nashville, as well as online shopping, is perfect for a dressier fall outing.

fall trend rust

This geode print blouse can be found at Gus Mayer, with locations in Nashville and Birmingham. They also have online shopping here.

Here are some options that can be shopped online. The rust-colored cardigan and marigold tank are both from Nordstrom, while the golden yellow dress is from Oak Hall. The statement earrings are found at Charleston-based designer boutique, Hampden Clothing, and the heels are from North Carolina’s luxury clothing boutique, Capitol.

Rust and gold clothing and accessories

Find this rust-colored cardigan at Nordstrom, the marigold dress at Oak Hall, heels at Capitol, earrings at Hampden Clothing and the golden tank at Nordstrom. Images: Nordstrom, Oak Hall, Capitol, Hampden Clothing

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Drop-waist silhouettes are no newcomers to the trend pool, but they do dip in and out as seasons pass, and this fall, you’ll be seeing plenty of skirts and dresses in this flattering shape. A drop waist style is great because it’s flowing and comfortable and suits any body type. Of course, the most common form of a drop waist silhouette is a classic tunic dress, which you simply can’t beat when it comes to comfort and versatility. Dress it down with some mules, or dress it up with heeled boots or booties. We love pairing a shorter tunic with taller heeled boots and a scarf — the ultimate fall ensemble. If you’re partial to a midi-length dress, you’re in luck because drop-waist silhouettes are just as popular in tiered maxi dresses or calf-length midi options. And don’t forget a skirt! A drop waist skirt is a great alternative to last year’s satin midi-length skirt trend, especially the asymmetrical option below.

Fall Trends Dropwaist Silhouette

We’re loving how this red drop-waist dress from Gus Mayer looks with a long statement necklace.

Here are some styles that you can shop online. This precious navy drop waist midi dress is from Draper James, which has locations in Nashville, TN; Southlake, TX; Lexington, KY; and Atlanta, GA. The asymmetrical drop waist skirt is from Oak Hall, and the rust-colored tunic dress is from Anthropologie.

Drop waist silhouettes, a 2020 fall trend

Find this drop-waist dress at Draper James, the skirt at Oak Hall, and the tunic dress at Anthropologie. Images: Draper James, Oak Hall, Anthropologie

Whether you have these stores near you or not, you can always look for these fall trends in the locally owned boutiques in your town. We hope these selections have inspired your autumn wardrobe!


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