The Unexpected Fashion Trend Making A Major Comeback

Fawnia Soo Hoo
·3 min read

After a seemingly endless spring and summer that paradoxically also flew by, fall has finally arrived. And about time, right? But as we look forward to new, layering-forward wardrobe opportunities, the hottest trend is actually revisiting the best of decades past.

Let's call it “modern heritage”: time-honored preppy essentials that feel fresh and exciting with updated silhouettes and boundless styling options. We're talking about a staid loafer transformed with a stacked-heel platform, a white button-down taken to a whole new level with mod scalloping, or a '60s-schoolgirl tunic made rebellious with an infusion of '90s grunge accessories. It's all about getting lost in fashion nostalgia, and at Macy’s, you have the freedom to mix and match and play around — all in one place.

Click through for four head-to-toe looks (beauty notes included) to build your own modern heritage this season — and beyond.

A midi dress feels dreamy and romantic with ‘70s-reminiscent elements toughened up with a glam tall boot and a bucket bag. To counter the dry fall weather, don’t forget to repair and moisturize your skin while you sleep via a hydrating night serum.<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Metallic Thread Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fmango-womens-metallic-thread-midi-dress%3FID%3D11026776%26CategoryID%3D118%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26sizes%3DDEPARTMENT_TYPE%21%21Dresses" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Steve Madden</strong> Showbiz Stovepipe Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fsteve-madden-womens-showbiz-stovepipe-boots%3FID%3D11355481%26CategoryID%3D25122%26swatchColor%3DCognac" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Lauren Ralph Lauren</strong> Dryden Debby Leather Drawstring, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Flauren-ralph-lauren-dryden-debby-leather-drawstring%3FID%3D11324895%26CategoryID%3D26846%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26isDlp%3Dtrue%26swatchColor%3DLauren%2520Tan%252FMonarch%2520Orange%252FGold" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Estée Lauder</strong> Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Compl, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Festee-lauder-advanced-night-repair-synchronized-multi-recovery-complex-1.7-oz.%3FID%3D11215901%26CategoryID%3D30078%26isDlp%3Dtrue" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
A midi dress feels dreamy and romantic with ‘70s-reminiscent elements toughened up with a glam tall boot and a bucket bag. To counter the dry fall weather, don’t forget to repair and moisturize your skin while you sleep via a hydrating night serum.

Mango Metallic Thread Midi Dress, $, available at Macy's

Steve Madden Showbiz Stovepipe Boots, $, available at Macy's

Lauren Ralph Lauren Dryden Debby Leather Drawstring, $, available at Macy's

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Compl, $, available at Macy's
A surprise mix of vibrant pinks, blues, and mustard puts a twist on traditional checks, while updating a cozy longline coat you’ll want to wear over everything. Here, that's a classic-with-a-twist white shirt and black trousers, paired with cap-toe sling-backs (and a sophisticated fragrance) to bring all the elements together.<br><br><strong>Avec Les Filles</strong> Plaid Walker Coat, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Favec-les-filles-plaid-walker-coat-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11249550%26CategoryID%3D269" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Calvin Klein</strong> Scalloped-Trim Blouse, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcalvin-klein-scalloped-trim-blouse%3FID%3D11334353%26CategoryID%3D255" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>DKNY</strong> Stretch Crepe Essex Straight-Leg Dress Pants, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdkny-stretch-crepe-essex-straight-leg-dress-pants%3FID%3D9757294%26CategoryID%3D157%26swatchColor%3DBlack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Marc Fisher</strong> Laynie Slingback Pumps, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fmarc-fisher-laynie-slingback-pumps%3FID%3D10125863%26CategoryID%3D26481%26swatchColor%3DTropic%2520Violet%252Fblack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Carolina Herrera</strong> Good Girl Suprême Eau de Parfum Fragrance Collection, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcarolina-herrera-good-girl-supreme-eau-de-parfum-fragrance-collection%3FID%3D11184853%26CategoryID%3D31620" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
A surprise mix of vibrant pinks, blues, and mustard puts a twist on traditional checks, while updating a cozy longline coat you’ll want to wear over everything. Here, that's a classic-with-a-twist white shirt and black trousers, paired with cap-toe sling-backs (and a sophisticated fragrance) to bring all the elements together.

Avec Les Filles Plaid Walker Coat, $, available at Macy's

Calvin Klein Scalloped-Trim Blouse, $, available at Macy's

DKNY Stretch Crepe Essex Straight-Leg Dress Pants, $, available at Macy's

Marc Fisher Laynie Slingback Pumps, $, available at Macy's

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Suprême Eau de Parfum Fragrance Collection, $, available at Macy's
Mix decades, prints, and textures for Britannia-meets-Americana prep — with a dash of bohemian Paris. First, coordinate a double-breasted check blazer with a pleated scarf-print skirt. Then, add a plush leather shoulder bag for polish (and stashing all your essentials). This chic outfit will take you from morning to night, along with your "Whoa, you look like you're airbrushed" complexion, thanks to a long-wear foundation.<br><br><strong>Cotton On</strong> Slouch Blazer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcotton-on-slouch-blazer%3FID%3D11500248%26CategoryID%3D35786" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Tommy Hilfiger</strong> Printed Pleated Midi Skirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ftommy-hilfiger-printed-pleated-midi-skirt%3FID%3D10323656%26CategoryID%3D131" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Steve Madden</strong> Cinderella Horse-Bit Platform Loafers, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fsteve-madden-womens-cinderella-horse-bit-platform-loafers%3FID%3D11262831%26CategoryID%3D16108%26swatchColor%3DCognac%2520Multi" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Radley London</strong> Devonport Mews Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fradley-london-devonport-mews-leather-shoulder-bag%3FID%3D10648656%26CategoryID%3D26846%26swatchColor%3DIndus%2520Tan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Too Faced</strong> Born This Way Matte 24 Hour Foundation, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ftoo-faced-born-this-way-matte-24-hour-foundation%3FID%3D10989707%26CategoryID%3D30077%26swatchColor%3DCocoa" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Mix decades, prints, and textures for Britannia-meets-Americana prep — with a dash of bohemian Paris. First, coordinate a double-breasted check blazer with a pleated scarf-print skirt. Then, add a plush leather shoulder bag for polish (and stashing all your essentials). This chic outfit will take you from morning to night, along with your "Whoa, you look like you're airbrushed" complexion, thanks to a long-wear foundation.

Cotton On Slouch Blazer, $, available at Macy's

Tommy Hilfiger Printed Pleated Midi Skirt, $, available at Macy's

Steve Madden Cinderella Horse-Bit Platform Loafers, $, available at Macy's

Radley London Devonport Mews Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at Macy's

Too Faced Born This Way Matte 24 Hour Foundation, $, available at Macy's
Marry mod academia and ‘70s power dressing by layering a glen check tunic over a printed blouse — but stop short of the prerequisite loafer or pump. A croc-embossed lug-sole boot makes for a less predictable footwear choice that’s also practical for winter, while a chain bracelet lifts an otherwise neutral look.<br><br><strong>Tommy Hilfiger</strong> Plaid A-line Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ftommy-hilfiger-plaid-a-line-dress%3FID%3D11328785%26CategoryID%3D5449" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>INC International Concepts</strong> Jolie Printed Ruffled Blouse, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Finc-jolie-printed-ruffled-blouse-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11248800%26CategoryID%3D255" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Naturalizer</strong> Callie Mid Shaft Lug Sole Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fnaturalizer-callie-mid-shaft-boots%3FID%3D6877434%26CategoryID%3D56233%26cm_kws%3D6877434" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Lauren Ralph Lauren</strong> Gold-Tone Textured Link Flex Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Flauren-ralph-lauren-gold-tone-textured-link-flex-bracelet%3FID%3D10986739%26CategoryID%3D78232" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Marry mod academia and ‘70s power dressing by layering a glen check tunic over a printed blouse — but stop short of the prerequisite loafer or pump. A croc-embossed lug-sole boot makes for a less predictable footwear choice that’s also practical for winter, while a chain bracelet lifts an otherwise neutral look.

Tommy Hilfiger Plaid A-line Dress, $, available at Macy's

INC International Concepts Jolie Printed Ruffled Blouse, $, available at Macy's

Naturalizer Callie Mid Shaft Lug Sole Boots, $, available at Macy's

Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone Textured Link Flex Bracelet, $, available at Macy's

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