Tuesday, September 2, 2008

12 Fall & Winter Trends: Integrate Style Trends into your Wardrobe

Each season women are perplexed by new trends they see in the stores and magazines. Professional women are looking for an easy way to update their look by adding these new ideas. Many women are not sure what to buy.
This fall season sees a return of the sophisticated elegant looks from the 1940’s—bold, shouldered suits and the classic touch of a hat and gloves worn with a tailored coat. When you shop this season follow these 12 trends. Be sure to find the trends that resonate with your signature style to update your fall wardrobe.
1) Cozi Cardi’
The cardigan is the new alternative to the jacket. Styles vary from big chunky knits to long sweater coats. One of the hottest looks of the season is the cardigan worn with a belt, a tailored shirt and dress pants for a smart business casual ensemble.
2) Retro Suit
The suit trend is about curves with the waistline accentuated by belts. Pinstripe suits return. Their vertical lines make you appear slender and tall. Be prepared: suits with strong shoulders reminiscent of the 40’s are making a comeback.
3) Shine On
Shine returns with striking metallic hues—gunmetal, titanium, platinum, bronze, copper, and old antique gold. Fabrics with sheen and shimmer can be worn day or night. Choose sequins and radiant satins to add sparkle to your holiday gala apparel.
4) Graphic Designs
Geometric prints and color blocking continue to be high fashion for blouses, dresses, and coats. Add one or two of these prints to your wardrobe, but be cautious. One geo print goes a long way!
5) Old Country Fabrics
Texture in fabrics reappears this season. Retro looks show old country fabrics—tweeds, hound’s-tooth, tartan plaid and herringbone.
6) It’s About Hue
Color is back. This season if you wear black, wear it with colors like burgundy, claret or red. Grey is another classic color for fall. It looks fabulous when worn with black to soften the look. Green is the hot color of the season, in hues from turquoise, kelly, forest, and teal.
7) Born to Be Wild!
Exotic animal prints and skins appear in clothing, handbags, belts, bracelet cuffs, and shoes. Use an animal print to accent a neutral suit to look stylish and chic. Remember to only wear one animal print at a time.
8) Zipped Up
Zippers are the hardware of the season. Zippers will be on everything—clothing, handbags, shoes, and gloves.
9) Belt Driven
The wide belt is the hottest accessory for fall. These big belts come in an array of styles from quilted, colored leather obi belts, and leather belts trimmed with multiple buckles. This must-have of the season is a great accessory to dress up a look and create an hourglass shape.
10) Get a Patent
Patent leather is the new accent trim on jackets, tops, dresses, and coats. This high gloss leather is also on accessories like handbags, belts, watches, and shoes.
11) Arm Glam
Everyone will be gazing at your arms this fall. So, show off your bangles. Whether you feel comfortable wearing several bangles, large cuff bracelets, or a pair of leather gloves—your arms have the attention. Gloves make a return. They are beautifully detailed with buttons and patent leather trims.
12) Step Above
Shoes for the season include colorful, shiny, metallic, and textured leathers. Key styles are wedges, crocodile heels, stilettos, ankle boots, and tall boots.

On your next shopping trip, try on a few of these latest trends to see which ones work for you. By incorporating these trends, all appropriate for all ages, you will look more modern and receive multiple compliments on your updated stylish image.

Sarah Hathorn is a certified image consultant, speaker and corporate image advisor. Illustra Image Consulting works with individual men and women who wish to update their fashion and professional presence. The company also provides corporate image services to organizations that wish to enhance their corporate brand within the marketplace.
Illustra Image Consulting – Perception is Reality!Copyright © 2007, Sarah Hathorn, AICI, Certified Image Consultant678–528-1239, http://sarah@illustraconsulting.comThis article may be reproduced only in it’s entirety, including the above bio.


The Muse said...

So very timely, my friend! I love it!

Now with my list in hand...I'm off!
Thank you for tips to help me look....

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

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Lady Lynn's Boutique said...

Absolutely! I enjoy reading your blogs often Mel!

Lady Lynn's Boutique said...

Ahhh, the Muse is off shopping :)

LisaLisa said...

Great post and oh so true...I know I have always had problems with trying to find the right trend that works just right for me.
Love this post Lynn! Great tips....Love You !!!!!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

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OLLIE MCKAY ~ A Chic Boutique For Girls Who Shop and Girls Who Golf ~ And lots of Yada in between~ Enjoy! said...

Just loved this post. Lots of good info so I can maybe fill in my wardrobe this fall with some new things! Since I now work at home, I so often feel as if I am no longer "up" on all the latest in fashion dos and don'ts! I am not a mall shopper, never have been, but even though we work at home, we like to look good too ~ right??!!