Tis that time of year for thick magazines sporting the latest fall fashion which can be both inspiring and overwhelming. Fall is a time for new beginnings but not necessarily for couture fashion in our everyday lives, so I’ve scoured the mags and pins and bring to you 10 fall fashion trends for REAL women that you can find at the thrift store and wear in real life!

Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I went to the thrift shop last weekend and found several examples of these 10 trends!

Fall Fashion Trends #1 – Animal Print

It seems to me animal print always makes an appearance as a Fall fashion trend but this year it seems to be particularly prominent. That does not mean you have to wear head -to-toe leopard print. Rather, wear an animal print top or skirt with a neutrals or choose shoes , a belt, or a bag in animal print. I have leopard print flats and a leopard print belt and a couple long sleeve tops. I am looking for a tank top in animal print since that’s what one wears in Houston in the “Fall.”

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Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I hoped this would be the animal print tank top for me but alas it was too tight. I’ll keep looking!

Fall Fashion Trends #2 – Metallics

I love metallics but, like animal print, find them more wearable in small doses or in my accessories. Silver is particularly popular this Fall so I’m keeping my eye out for a silver top and a bold silver bag. I already have silver shoes otherwise that would be on my thrift-hunting list list too!

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If those metallic green shoes had been in my size, they’d be on my feet as I type.

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I almost got this silver sleeveless top but it was badly stained and I wasn’t confident I could it clean, plus it wasn’t on sale.
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I liked this Seven silver/black metallic tee but it was too big (in person).

Fall Fashion Trends #3 – Tweed

I am not exactly sure how I can translate this trend into Houston-appropriate attire. I do have a couple tweed blazers and coats which I love but wore maybe once last winter. But for everyone else, there is plenty of tweed at the thrift store and I think it would look great with a plain tee and ankle boots. I might just have to look out for a tweed bag or break out my tweed flower brooches.

Fall Fashion Trends #4 – Plaid

Plaid is another Fall staple but I saw more variety in colours this year in the fashion files. My husband LOVES me in plaid – I guess I look rustic, snuggly and lovable or something. I wasn’t really paying attention but apparently the plaid tops sold out in a jiffy at the Nordstrom sale so there will be a bunch of people with the same top walking around and the rest of us can look in the thrift stores for something more original.

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I liked these bright colours but this “large” wasn’t large enough for my girls.
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
This plaid top was a nice lightweight rayon but the colours were a bit dull for my liking. I’ll keep looking.

Fall Fashion Trends #5 – Rust, Brown and Pastel Blue

Fall colours are another “trend” that seems to repeat itself though, this year, I noticed that green wasn’t as prominent. I decided to focus my search on 3 colours that I’d like more of in my wardrobe: rust, brown and pastel blue.

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10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
This long sleeve tee was so soft and nicely tailored but TOO DANG TIGHT.
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I thought this was going to be the brown top of my dreams!!!!!
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I do not like the back opening style. This one opened up so far you could see back flesh. NO thank-you.

Fall Fashion Trends #6 – Statement Sweaters

At first, it seemed this trend was only about logos which I think is nonsense. Wearing a garment with the brand name boldly depicted seems like attention-seeking to me. BUT I can get behind the idea of “statement” sweaters – sweaters with some kind of graphic that makes some kind of ‘statement’ that speaks to your personal style. Now, there weren’t many sweaters in the Houston thrift shop, but I bet there are plenty up north. The mags showed them half-tucked which is an interesting notion (one that I prob won’t try during the 2 days per year I wear a sweater).

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Fall Fashion Trends #7 – Scarf Prints

This is one of my favourite Fall fashion trends because there is plenty of room for interpretation! What is a scarf print? Well, think of your scarves as tops, pants, dresses, skirts. I like it!

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10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I LOVED this scarf-print bomber jacket but, like everything else, too small across the bust. Very Grease Lightening.
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
Liked this top but I have one quite similar so I left it behind.

Fall Fashion Trends #8 – Pleats

Pleats are fun and sexy and classic! I have one pleated skirt and always keep my eye out for more! This year, I’ll be looking for pleats on tops too but not pants – that’s still a hard no.

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
All the heart eyes for this vintage cobalt pleated skirt… that was miles too big. So I spent some time with it then cried then put it back.

Fall Fashion Trends #9 – Statement Bags

One article called this trend “Carrie Bradshaw” bags! Fun! How I interpret this trend is this: carry your “fancy” bags every day. Don’t save them. Just do like Carrie and use them. There are plenty of cool statement bags at the thrift store, not necessarily designer but most real women don’t care about that.

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10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
I couldn’t resist this cute little tin Prezzo bag! My daughter took one look at it and asked if it was for her. Uhhhhh, I suppose we can share.

Fall Fashion Trends #10 – Slouchy Boots

I did not spot slouchy boots on this thrift trip but it really is early for boots in Texas, however, I have thrifted them in the past…

10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
Purple suede slouchy boots!
10 Fall Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
Kenneth Cole slouchy suede brown boots. I don’t have these anymore. Let’s just have a moment of silence for them.
10 Fall Fashion Trends for Real Women by The Spirited Thrifter
Arnold Churgin leather slouchy boots. I wore these out and no longer have them.

There are some trends that are too ridiculous for real life – for example, apparently wearing 2 coats is trending, and no I’m not talking about a jean jacket worn like a blazer under your winter coat. I’m talking two substantial coats worn together for fashion as opposed to arctic living. NO. I am Canadian and though I missed one winter, I can still attest that wearing two coats at the same time will be too hot and will likely render you unable to bend or move. I also had to pass on the leather dress trend because just looking at leather dresses makes me feel like a hot sausage stuffed in casing, however, IF I find a leather dress at the thrift store for a good price, I might buy it anyway just to give it a try.

I found more laughable trends but I’m saving those for something I have up my sleeve… maybe just maybe there might be some pinspired weekend posts coming soon! Stay tuned because it is going to be VERY high fashion.

Which of these Fall fashion trends are YOU going to try this year? No matter what you wear, go forth with confidence!

xoxo Nicole

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5 Comments

  1. Fall is my favorite, but I feel like I rarely follow trends (possibly the blessing of being an art professor?) – I’ve spent the summer thrifting more leggings and fun, soft sweaters than I can count. I have dubbed this the “No-Pants November” collection. I’ve also picked up a lot of chunky, vintage jewelry in Fall colors and themes, solid tanks in autumn leaf colors to layer, and my boot collection is impressive to me, shamefully large according to my SO. Longtime reader, first time “caller,” – keep blogging, it gives me something to look forward to!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement!! Makes my day! I can get behind No-Pants November!! TBH, I’m not much into trends either because I’m over 40 and just wear what I darn well please. However, it’s fun to note what’s “trending” and then consider how that plays into my personal style aesthetic. I think the older I get, the more I am interested in style and the less I’m interested in “fashion.” Art Professor sounds like a dream job. During my BA I did some art history classes and loved them – education for the pure enjoyment of learning about something new. Though I ended up with a science degree and profession, I (used to) call myself an “arty OT” rather than a “sporty OT”! My BA major was actually music! Ah life leads one down interesting paths! Thanks again for the comment!

  2. I had the same feeling about the animal print trend..I’ve seen mules at Banana Rep and they were fun. I plan on possibly soon wearing an animal print and black leather bag 🙂 But probably deeper in the fall season, as right now I’m on the hunt for neutrals like black, gray.. that go with everything. I can’t believe fall is here..

    • This summer did seem to fly by! I still find it disorienting that the leaves in Houston don’t change colour. My gigantic earthly visual cue for Fall is absent! Neutrals are a staple… I was a little surprised brown was so trendy right now – prob my least fave neutral but I’m trying! I prefer to eat my brown in the form of chocolate!

  3. I love your “insulted by brown shirt” face so much! I don’t think I could’ve resisted that $3.99 blue bag. Too cute! Nice trendspotting!

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