I am most happy to report that Fall 2013 is stocked with trends worth trying out. Aside from the hip high slit skirts, extreme embellishments, radical florals and animal prints gone wild… most of this seasons trends can be workplace friendly in addition to social or evening attire.
Some trends have made it to the next season with an ever-strong presence still on the runways and soon again on the streets. PEPLUMS, FURS/FUR ACCENTS and LEATHER are going to stay in high demand at least for now through fall. They were shown in almost every runway show and are certain to make a mark on all our style for a little bit longer.
Outerwear has taken a more voluminous shape for fall where “the bigger, the better” really applies. Rounder shoulders and overall loose silhouettes are leading the style mark with big designers like Hermes, Thierry Mugler, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang who were one of several fashion shows that took it right the runways strong.
Drop those hemlines ladies! Skirt lengths below your knee to about middle of your calf is called the MIDI LENGTH skirt, get familiar with it now because it’s a super-hot trend this season. I don’t expect this to be a long lasting trend however the great option you can have with the midi-skirts is that they can me altered to accommodate most future lengths needed later down the calendar. Note: this skirt length isn’t complimentary for all so if you are vertically challenged stick to the pencil skirt; it will give you a similar silhouette without shortening your overall appearance.
Velvet Dresses were a huge presence on the runways by the likes of Emporio Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg and Phillip Lim among countless others; from crushed velvet to low pile velvet almost mistaken for suede and in a myriad of deep jewel tones were showcased.
Black & White and Plaids are still making waves in fashion and I believe they ALWAYS and FOREVER will be a staple in fashion past present & future! Color on color or monochromatic ensembles mixed with varied textures like furs and tweeds or cashmere and silks all the same hue is a savvy way to be subtly stylish yet still strong in trend. The top color this season is emerald green according to Pantone and the fashion world must have gotten the memo! Emerald and Army green were plentiful lending great variety and depth to many of the military inspired pieces being previewed.
One accessory that stood out this season was head wear. The lineup of millinery options was endless and is definitely going to be a big trend this fall. From cutesy skullys with pom-poms to fedoras in a plethora of fabrics, colors and patterns; the options available will be yours for the choosing! Have fun with it.
The key to wearing trends to the office for any season is the balance between finesse & restraint (if you are unsure about whether your look is appropriate for work…know less is more!)