From Decor to Food, These Are the Fall Trends You Need to Know About

A key component of staying up-to-date on what's trending is being able to tell the difference between a trend with staying power and a fad that will be over in a few months. The easiest way to do it? Focus on the broad themes that are gaining traction this season, rather than individual microtrends.

For instance, this fall, the rise of maximalism can be seen in everything from mismatched patterns in home decor to over-the-top flavor profiles in trendy recipes. Here are six macro trends that are worth your time (and money!) this fall, from style to food to decor.

Early Aughts Fashion
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Early Aughts Fashion

The bucket hats, low-rise jeans, and babydoll tees of the Y2K era are back, thanks in part to Gen Z's fascination with a time period they were too young to experience the first time. This fall, look out for pieces that could have been plucked out of a 2002 mall, from brightly colored sweater vests to oblong baguette bags. Since so many '00s-era pieces are still in millennials' and Gen X's closets, thrift stores and vintage shops are ideal places to nab this trend — and save a little money while you're at it.

Amped-Up Flavors
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Amped-Up Flavors

From pickles coated in ranch seasoning powder to spicy birria ramen, dishes bursting with flavor are taking over the food scene. The bolder the flavor, the better: condiments like Tajin, chili crunch oil, and pickled garlic are also gaining cult followings.

Grandmillennial Interiors
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Grandmillennial Interiors

After years of neutral color palettes and the modern farmhouse aesthetic reigning supreme, maximalism is finally having a moment. This fall, expect the grandmillennial vibe to gain traction. This design style feels cozy, welcoming, and a bit nostalgic — think mismatched floral prints, quaint antique pieces, and snuggly fabrics like curly wool. Plus, since so many of the key components of this trend can be found secondhand, you don't need to spend a lot to turn your home into a vintage dream.

Crafty Hobbies
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Crafty Hobbies

With cooler weather on the horizon, crafty hobbies that can easily be done at home will once again spike in popularity. If you're handy with a needle and thread, you might try embroidery or even sewing your own clothes. More into shopping? Scour thrift stores for vintage furniture that you can transform with a fresh coat of paint or new drawer pulls. It's a satisfying way to refresh your decor without going over budget.

Creative Nail Art
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Creative Nail Art

The days of plain, one-color manicures are behind us: This fall, the more creative the nail art, the better. Ask for multicolored french tips for a fresh take on a classic style, or find a specialty salon for more elaborate patterns like sliced fruit, neon smileys, or designer logos.

Retro Desserts
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Retro Desserts

What's old is new again when it comes to sweets. Home cooks everywhere are finding new sources of inspiration in retro recipes like layered trifles and old-fashioned fruit pies. Try making your own version of an icebox cake with your favorite store-bought cookie, whipped cream, and sliced fruit, or build a rainbow jello cake out of several different flavors.