Early September ushers in a spate of media on what’s new for fall. The goal is to sell, but do the forecasters really expect us to go out and buy each and every prediction? Not really. Even the most seasoned trend-pusher knows that we want what we buy to reflect who we are and our way of life–not merely to mirror Seventh Avenue. Before we hit the malls we comb the media for suggestions, choose what we like and take a look into our closets for what we already own. Then we open our pocket books.
Price is another consideration most of us take into account before purchasing. Despite the fact that a majority of trend forecasters promote high-end fashion, only 4% of the world’s population buys and wears elite designer fashion, such as Chanel, Gucci and Chloe. The cost is prohibitive. In addition, designer styles generally don’t fit the average woman’s lifestyle and taste.
Similarly, the majority of shoppers shy away from high-end brands such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade and eschew expensive stores like Saks Fifth Avenue. Hear again, price may be a factor, but so is the consideration of how, where and with whom the styes will be worn.
I was excited to find an article on Who What Wear featuring the leading fall trends from places where you can buy them at reasonable prices (http://www.whowhatwear.com/affordable-transitional-fall-shopping-2016). Below, I’ve taken WWW’s suggestions and paired them with my personal needs, taste and existing wardrobe.
I’m into Velvet. Our falls don’t invite woolly clothes. Velvet adds the look of cozy texture without adding warmth. Although I like the multi-colored velvet blazer (Zara) shown in the WWW article (left), I gravitate toward unstructured, solid-colored jackets. The pink one works better for me (Soft Surroundings).
No sleeveless, body hugging tops for me, tank you very much! But I’m drawn to the look of this Everland spice-colored sweater from the WWW article. The one from Nordstrom (right) suits me better. It’s roomy enough to wear with a t-shirt and is looser over the hips.
Really? I wear my jeans for years and love them to the end. So why spend money on new ones (Urban Outfitters left) that someone else has given up for dead? If I want the look (which I don’t) I’ll dive into a pair of old ones with a pair scissors.
This example of a trend leaves me nonplussed. Brown is a color, not a style. I like brown well enough, but I’m nixing this Asos turtleneck because I don’t care for it.
I love the pink purse from Dune (top). If I had a basket of $$ and no conscience I’d buy it. But I don’t need to spend money when I already have two furry bags (bottom). I bought the blue/maroon one in China several years ago and the white rabbit one late last winter.
Again, it’s a matter of loving the look of the WWW’s shoes from Zara but not needing another pair when I’m covered in my own closet (flats and heels below).
Long Sleeve Dress
You who follow me know that this is my kind of dress. WWW suggests this great floral print from Target. However, I’m not much of a floral person, and the print is too large for me. I prefer the more subtle dress on the right (Nordstrom).
Over the past seasons dusters have become classics, which is fine with me. Few items can change an outfit faster than adding a duster. Too, the same one can go with everything from morning to evening. I already own several and bought a new one from Chico’s (right) a few days ago, so I don’t need the one featured in the article from Topshop (left).
I buy more leather jackets, and I’ll need a new closet. That’s what living in LA for 25 years will do to you. No doubt the jacket from Mango (left) is fab, but I’m happy with the similar one I already own (right).
I haven’t had a pair of Bass Weejun’s since my freshman year at college and haven’t owned a pair of loafers since the preppy early 80’s. The look is great but will sit it out this season.
This is another classic look that’s making a return. Did it ever go out??? WWW features one from J Crew (right). I’ve had mine for some time and don’t need another.
I had to buy socks to wear in Iceland in July and can’t wait to wear them again (right). Socks always are good with boots, but this year you’ll see them being worn with sandals. How 70’s is that? WWW from Need Supply Co. Mine from Target
Bwaaaaaaaaa! (BDG above)
Almost as lol for me as the mini-skirt. I’ll pass! Above from Aritzia.
Cropped Flared Trousers
Now, this is a style bandwagon I’m hopping onto. These Madewell pants shown in the article are made for me! I ordered them late last week and can’t wait for them to arrive tomorrow.
You’ve seen what’s up for me this fall. I hope the ideas about taking what’s out there and making it my own will help as you wend your way through the limitless info about trends this fall. As always, let me hear from you.