We all know it although we don’t want to say it so I will…Summer is almost over! I know, it makes me sad too. But while I’m no fan of being cold, I am fond of chunky sweaters, tall boots and fur (faux or real you decide!). The best pieces of the season start to trickle into the stores this month and the style savvy run to snatch up the limited editions now while the rest of us are still sunbathing. Don’t fret though, I’m going to arm you with info on fall’s HOT items.
We know fashion is cyclical. This year’s new skirt length is a trend from the 1940’s finding its resurgence into our lives and the fashion runways in 2013/2014. Its ladylike silhouette is a little longer than the pencil skirt; hitting either just below the knee anywhere to as low as to the mid-calf. The MIDI’s appeal is cross-generational. It’s the perfect cover-up that’s elegant in length and works day to night.
The Big Cat/Animal Effect
I always love a good graphic pattern but this year it seems like the bigger the better! Many designers have animal prints on everything from scarves to outerwear in giraffe prints, leopard, tiger, you name it! I’ve found that one bold piece can make an outfit soar – or in this case, it can make it roar! Tame the rest of the look with solids or simply cut, easy pieces like a turtleneck and skirt or pant in the same tone.
Ice Ice Baby
In addition to white, ice blue is a soft yet electric color for the season. Paired with the dark hues of black or navy are key color trends that give deep and cool touches to your style. Invest in a few pieces this fall in textures that are thick and nubby or perhaps suede silk.
Whether you are a faux fur wearer or a real fur wearer, there are equally fabulous options out there. It’s prominent in runway accessories and featured as part of many ready to wear and outerwear ensembles. Make a simple outfit pop with just a scarf! If you have an old fur coat, sweater or blanket, take it to your local alterations shop/dry cleaner and have them make scarves out of them. Take one for yourself and gift the rest for the holidays…you’ll look like a superstar sharing her gift of style!
Pamela Watson is an experienced stylist who currently works as the trend expert for Builders of Style, where she prepares A-list clients for red carpet events, music videos, concerts, and award shows.