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!

Pregnancy Chic

Readers, please welcome my dear friend Deborah Hill to the blog.  Deborah is one of the most fashionable persons you’ll meet.  To top it off, she also manages to look chic even while pregnant.  I asked her how she does it?  Here’s what she had to say.

Dressing chic during pregnancy is very easy, actually.  The key is to NOT dress like you’re pregnant.  In other words, dress your normal style in an accommodating size.  If you do not normally wear mumu dresses or baby doll tops, pregnancy is not the time to experiment with those looks.  They may result in a much frumpier look than you intended.  If your casual style is t-shirt and jeans, then look for the same, in larger or maternity sizes that will fit your growing belly. Preferably, look for a t-shirt that is generous in the belly but close fitting everywhere else rather than one that has elastic or tie strings in the back with a swing hem. That could result in a tent like silhouette, shortening and widening your frame.

For a dressier look, black is very flattering.  A simple black top and black pants/leggings/skirt can be the base of many outfits by alternating jackets that you already own.  Wear your jackets over the basic black column you have created, although the jacket may no longer button or zip.  Wear it open as a great statement piece and it will slenderize your frame.  If you worry about being cold because the jacket doesn’t close in the front, wrap yourself in a pretty, colorful scarf to fill the open area.  This look will be much more flattering than a maternity coat, which could make your frame look bigger all around.

Although it sounds logical to think that you “could” wear some of your maternity clothes after the pregnancy, it’s not likely that you will.  So, don’t invest too much in a maternity wardrobe.  High heels are generally not recommended for pregnant women (although some women continue to wear them) because your growing belly alters your center of gravity, and it could be dangerous if you become off balance.  Therefore, a really great pair of comfortable flats with a feminine flair that can be dressed down or up will be well worth the investment!

Choose your maternity pieces wisely.  Comfort is key!  If you can attain comfort AND look chic by following these simple guidelines, you will feel confident in your style.  That feeling is priceless.