Fall Trends 2014

OrangeDoorAt the end of each summer I produce a card of fall trends, a reference of the biggest trends of the season, in anticipation of fall fashions which begin hitting the stores at about that time.  I simply love fall fashion, the rich colors, the textured fabrics and the beautiful leather goods.  To me, fall fashion is worthy of investment.  Trends come and go, but if you purchase wisely (read: not too trendy) and you take care of your things (yes, pay attention to care instructions), your investments will last you several years (at the least!). 

If you love something but cannot afford it, look for the best version of the knock off or scour vintage stores for something similar.  As you know in fashion, everything old is new again, so it is quite possible what you love has been done before in a previous decade.  One fall I really wanted a moto jacket, but I did not have the budget for a leather jacket.  So, I purchased a pleather version and wore the heck out of it.  A few years later, I got the real thing.

My fall 2014 trends card does not cover all the trends, so below is an extensive list .  If you would like a trends card and a couple of extras for friends, message me.  I would be delighted to send them to you!

Colors:  cobalt, steel, dark red, moss green, pastels, orange and jewel tones

To see a list of the Pantone fall 2014, click here.

Fabrics: shearling, leather, tweed, knits, fur, metallic and velvet

Prints/Patterns: plaid, abstract, color blocking, patchwork and diagonal lines

Oversized: coats, collars on coats, dresses, sweaters (including turtlenecks) and pants

Office:  midi skirts, pant suits, sharp blazers, pin stripes, menswear and neck tie blouses

Details: feathers, accordion pleats, fringe, sequins, western and puffy sleeves

Top layer: ponchos, capes, varsity jackets, bombers, blanket coats and fur-trimmed parkas

Bags: bucket, totes, jeweled clutches and fur top-handle handbags

Shoes: sneakers, flats, ankle boots, brogues and ankle-strap heels

Beauty: ponytails, braids, oversized buns, colorful cat eyes, nude and berry lips and nude and Bordeaux nails

Whew, I probably missed a few, but not many.  If you need assistance finding what suits you, call me.  I love making the shopping experience quick and easy.  I especially enjoy helping people find pieces they would have never considered if they had shopped on their own!  Happy Shopping!

Confessions of a Fashion Copycat – Part I

You might be asking yourself, “What is style and why is it important I discover my style?”  The way you dress and put yourself together is a reflection of many things including how you feel about yourself, how you expect to be treated and the impact you wish to make.  Style transcends size, age, race and social standing.  In a nutshell, your style is a reflection of who you are.  It demonstrates to the world your authentic self.  Often, style casts aside fashion rules and forges its own.

How do you discover your style?  Here is my suggestion for a starting point, the place where I started and where I continue to learn: take note of what strikes your fancy in other peoples’ style.  Here’s the straight scoop.  I consider myself a ‘fashion copycat’ of sorts.  I love observing what others are wearing, how mannequins are styled and the fashion spreads in magazines and catalogs.  Many times, you and those around me are the sources of my fashion inspiration.  I consider all of you potential muses.  Constructing an interesting outfit is sometimes a result of an inspirational image you have given me.  My observations of you cause me to push the boundaries of my style and continually discover new things about my style.

That is the exciting thing about personal style: it is an ever-evolving process.  One’s style shifts over time, much as life changes.  I may not like what I purchased as recently as a couple of years ago (although I hope that doesn’t happen often!).  The reason may be that my style is shifting.  As I mature, so does my style.  I am refining my style all the time.

So, start observing others.  In your oberservations, you will discover what you’d like to try with your style.  Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve seen someone else doing, even if it is vastly different than what you have been doing.  You won’t know if it works for you until you try it!

In Part II, I will tell you a funny story of getting caught in the act of observing one guy’s very unusual style.  Stay tuned…