One of the prevailing messages on the fall/winter 2023 runways was wearability. “Wearable” carved itself out as the buzziest word of the fall/winter 2023 collections, with an overwhelming shift toward pieces such as slinky satin tank tops, tailored outerwear, and hooded jackets. The runways were stocked with pieces that are truly ready to wear, and designers made a case for investing in beautifully constructed wardrobe pieces, emphasizing quality, craftsmanship, and pieces that are designed to withstand trends. In part, this anti-viral fashion feels like a reaction to the pace of the trend cycle, which is now moving at hyperspeed on TikTok with viral “micro-core” aesthetics that are inherently fleeting.
Fashion for fall 2023 looks decidedly more wearable but also more grown-up. It feels like a mindset shift centered around building a wardrobe with beautiful separates that can be worn for years ahead, as opposed to trend-specific purchases. The Row put sophisticated coats and gloves on display, while Miu Miu was a master class in casual yet directional dressing with easy hoodie looks. White tank tops got the cool-girl effect at Ferragamo, and Saint Laurent took them to an elegant, polished place, styling them with satin pencil skirts and sharp pumps. Perhaps the look that embodies this spirit of wearability most is the finale look at Bottega Veneta—a riff on the opening look for Matthieu Blazy’s debut F/W 22 collection—featuring a white tank top and jeans. Blazy has been including a new take on the look in each collection since, which proves that the smart, seasonless buys are meant to be collected and restyled season after season.
Ahead, see six wearable essentials, from low-key basics to sophisticated staples, to invest in now that will define fall 2023 fashion.