As we slide from summer into fall, the weather cools and the nights darken earlier. And so, it’s time again to pack cute beach clothes away (save them for your holiday) and bring out more flexible (and layer-able) outfits. To see what that’ll mean this year in particular, we’ve looked to see what those in the know are saying – and present some of the most intriguing options here:
/ BAG Guess / DRESS Karen Millen / TRENCH Karen Millen / SUNGLASSES Poppy Lissiman /
A trend that brings some much-loved functionality is always one to embrace – and many designers have paraded bags big enough for your life down the catwalk of late. In fact, some of the designs on offer look so big they might even be impractical in a whole new way! Still, however deeply you embrace the trend, it at least looks like you’ll have somewhere to put your phone. And your charger. And an external speaker…
Last year, there was a real push toward mismatching patterns, and there are already echoes of this on show this year – but with a twist. Whereas Fall 2018 paired stripes with checks and often sprinkled some polka dots on top, this year sees a more melodious clash – check on check. It’s still potentially a bold look, but matching patterns while clashing colours can more easily be accentuated or toned down according to the occasion.
One of the break-out shades of last year, as a sunnier alternative to baseline beiges, ‘stick of butter yellow’ looks set to continue into a second winter. Especially suited to those who want to keep the memory of summer alive a little while longer, it also blends really well with earth-tones. And, at a time of year when we all look for a little comfort, it’s a lovely (but not showy) indulgence.
Less of a colour than a movement, one trend that you can expect to get bigger every season from now on is sustainability. With Stella McCartney’s ‘Circularity’ (recycling materials at the beginning and the end of a garment’s life) leading the way, the continuing climate emergency is no longer a fringe concern. Indeed, 75% of fashion consumers recently said they take a brand’s eco-credentials into account when choosing who to buy from – figures even the biggest brands are taking notice of, naturally.
One of the greatest compensations of losing summer’s heat is the annual return of grander outerwear. And one of this season’s trends to keep an eye on is taking the bulkier shapes of dressing-for-warmth to almost cartoonish extremes. From trench coats to long capes, quilted fabrics to twisted puffers, it seems this fall will see an even greater emphasis than usual. And, colour-wise, expect plenty of earth-tones to perfectly complement the starker shades of colder city streets.
The party season always brings a demand for stand-out evening wear. In recent years, this has meant sequins – and they’ll certainly be around this year too – though often deployed in a more understated style. Instead, the most eye-grabbing materials for this season’s parties might be found in a return to fluffy items which sacrifice silhouette for statement.
Thank you for stopping by to read my blog post, which trend will you be following this Fall? Do let me know by leaving a comment below.