The Best Fall 2024 Fashion Week Street Style Feels More Personal Than Ever

The fashion week crowd is dressing for themselves—and giving everyone outfit inspiration in the process.

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Something big is happening in New York Fashion Week street style. It's not a color trend setting a palette for the week. It's not the sudden rise of an item or styling everyone decided to wear, accidentally or intentionally, to the shows. (Though Marie Claire editors have clocked several guests in oversize leather jackets, sweaters tied over their coats, and wooly woven bonnets.) It's a return to dressing purely for ourselves.

Fashion week street style can skew audacious and over-the-top, with guests chasing a photo op in garments that pop online but are questionable for real life, offline. But all the hand-wringing and TikTok-pontificating over the meaning of "personal style" over the past year might have hit its mark this season. The fashion week crowd looks like they're shopping their own closets—wearing pieces that are luxurious with a noticeably more low-key attitude. On day one, guests tried late-winter layering with oversize leather jackets, contrasting knitwear, and full skirts; by day four, a sudden snowstorm had editors turning up in floor-length faux furs and sensible-yet-sleek ankle boots. (Drama, made practical.) Marie Claire editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike summarized it best, in an offhand observation to the team between shows: "Street style this season is very good, wearable looks."

Scroll on to see the 19 best street style moments at fashion week so far. The designer credits are impressive, but it's the sense of true personal style that makes these outfits worth bookmarking. 

A woman at New York Fashion Week in a leather jacket and white skirt

Some of the best street style moments at fashion week came with an expert sense of balance, like the way this guest contrasted a diaphanous white skirt with lug-sole boots and a leather jacket.

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Two women in street style at New York Fashion Week

"Adding a pop of color" is basically a proverb in fashion. But it works, as Marie Claire editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike (right) and a friend showed early in the season. Here, they both incorporated flashes of red—the dominant color trend of the moment—into otherwise neutral outfits.

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A woman at New York Fashion Week in jeans and a trench coat

Spotted: the so-called "wrong shoe theory" in action. Here, a guest brings summertime flip-flop heels to her otherwise wintry outfit.

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A woman at New York Fashion Week in a leather jacket and lace skirt

Count all the trends incorporated into Marie Claire fashion features editor Emma Childs' outfit—sheer! Mary Janes! Aviator jackets!—and note how she brings them seamlessly together.

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A model at New York Fashion Week in a crop top and black skirt

Outside Proenza Schouler, model Paloma Elsesser skillfully mixed semi-sheer layers with demure shapes. (That skirt!)

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A woman at fashion week in a green skirt and sweater

Casual textures, polished execution. This guest gave her cozy crewneck sweater the fashion week treatment by tucking it asymmetrically into a vibrant circle skirt.

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A woman walks at New York Fashion Week in a tie and jeans

The new business casual, as seen at fashion week: a shirt and coordinating tie with an extra-oversize coat and colorblock penny loafers.

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A woman at fashion week with a long coat and twisted top

A literal twist on polished separates, in the form of a wrap top and sumptuous blue jacket.

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A woman at fashion week in a blazer and printed skirt

Seventies suiting up top, wallpaper florals beneath, leather accessories all around. Three steps anyone can try (and put their own spin on).

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A woman walks down the street at fashion week

On colder days, fashion insiders like Who What Wear editor Yusra Siddiqui let their longline coats do the heavy style lifting. Here, a leather trench is the focal point, set against black trousers and a plain white T-shirt.

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A woman at Fashion Week in a long coat and trousers

Editor and stylist Gabriella Karefa-Johnson paired her wintertime essentials (a mid-length peacoat, white top, and slouchy denim) with pops of neon green accessories.

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A woman at fashion week with a patent trench coat and tote bag

Another instance of a coat serving as an outfit's main attraction: this shiny trench worn by Bloomingdale's fashion director Marissa Galante Frank.

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A woman at fashion week in a burgundy jacket and leather shorts

Monochromatic dressing made personal, with a shearling-meets-leather jacket and a leather skirt. (Oh, and a coordinating Dior book tote.)

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A woman at fashion week in a checked jacket and loafers

Jenny Walton's outfit for the Coach show combined a vibrant checked coat with a splash of a contrasting pattern. And the accessories? Heeled brogues and a ladylike top handle bag.

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A guest at new york fashion week in a fur coat and black skirt

Faux fur on argyle on pleats—a prep-meets-punk combination from Day 4 of New York Fashion Week.

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A woman at fashion week in a gray coat and shawl

The sweater-tying trick strikes again, this time in a tonal gray-on-gray outfit with a Scandi girl aura.

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A woman crossing the street in jeans and a work jacket

Fashion week is still work, and Instagram executive Eva Chen showed exactly how to style a utility jacket for the shows.

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A woman at fashion week with a shearling coat and skirt

An extra-oversize shearling coat made a wooly turtleneck and tweed skirt feel, dare I say, inspired.

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Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.