Monday, November 3, 2014

Trending for Fall

Here in Calgary our fall was a bit different than in most other places. While the leaves turned golden and fell from the trees, the weather remained sunny, gorgeous and warm. So I kind of skipped over fall clothing. Now our true "fall" is here and we have snow on the ground. I am coming around to the idea of wearing fall clothes and have packed away all my summer things. So for you today I have rounded up some of what I think are the best trends for fall 2014.

I cannot get enough of fringe. Continuing with the western vibe we saw this past spring, fringe is still going strong. Along with the western iterations we are also seeing a more glamorous flapper-influenced fringe. This is perfect way to add movement, texture and visual interest to any outfit, which is why I love it so much. Fringe can really work on almost any garment; tops, jackets, dresses, skirts, handbags, and shoes. I have even seem fringe trimming jeans! That might be a bit too much a literal cowgirl interpretation of the trend, but if you want to give it a go, then go for it.

Michael Kors suede fringe sandals.

A fringed shawl or cover up is the perfect way to inject some boho flare into any ensemble. This one is from Forever 21, and works equally well with leather pants or jeans as it would in summer over some denim cut offs.

Kate Moss for Topshop fringed leather jacket. This needs to be seen on. Amazing.

Valentino fringe clutches. I think one in each colour is an ideal situation.

Coloured Leather
Leather clothing has definitely become more than a passing trend over the last few years, with leather skirts, dresses, pants and jackets becoming wardrobe staples. The new leather is being reintroduced in a variety of neutrals other than basic black. Bordeaux, forest green, and navy are subtle updates that will work equally as well as black in your wardrobe. Think of these shades as neutrals. My personal favorite is a longer pencil skirt in one of these interesting colours.

Long pencil skirt in forest green from Zara.

A flared miniskirt option from Banana Republic in burgundy.

A fit and flare navy dress from Iris and Ink. This dress is a perfect blank canvas to wear in a number of different ways.

The Swinging Sixties
Last spring it was all about the seventies, and to be honest for me it is kind of always all about the seventies. For fall though, a number of designers have turned their attention to the sixties. The miniskirt is back in a big way, as well as the shift dress, and tall boots. As with any vintage-insired look, be sure it keep in the realm of inspiration, not exact replica. This can lead to a look that belongs more at a costume party than on a runway.

Ralph Lauren plaid shift dress. I love it styled with ankle booties, a turtleneck and stockings, but it would look equally good with a jacket over top and tall boots or dressed up with bare arms, tights and pumps.

Swinging sixties looks from the Gucci fall 2014 runway. I am loving the snakeskin boots!

Over the knee black suede boots from Stuart Weitzman.