Depending on what mags you read, fall 2010 is about to bring any number of trends our way, from leopard print to military khakis. Since I don’t exhaustively review all the collections, it’s hard to say how trends are distilled from the hundreds of looks that get paraded down the major runways – and even harder to predict if any of these trends will make the cross-over into the ‘real world’ (and, if so, reach Edmonton before the year is up). Still, I like to keep informed about these things because, if nothing else, they might inspire me to re-think items I already have in my closet – fashion is, after all, ever so cyclical. So much of it is about putting certain things together in a particular way.
Of the ‘looks’ I’ve seen for fall, these are some of my favourites:
My love of 50s fashion no doubt inclines me to love anything even remotely reminiscent of Dior’s New Look. Besides creating an elegant (and swishy!) silhouette, a voluminous skirt with a cinched waist flatters almost all body types. I doubt the pumped-up volume shown on the runway at Louis Vuitton is going to translate to the average Edmonton office but, oh, how I wish it did!
Nevertheless, I’m waiting to see how high-street retailers interpret this trend. I’m not a huge fan of bulky A-line skirts, so I hope they don’t veer in that direction. Realistically, though, if we do get to see this trend make its way to the mall, it probably won’t be here until next year.
I generally prefer structured, classic bags, so this is a no-brainer for me. I heard a rumour that Mulberry is about to team up with Target which, if true, makes me want to gnash my teeth some more over our lack of access up here. There is no shortage of bags that I covet (many of them eminently ladylike), but Mulberry has been cropping up, again and again, on that list.
Of course, there is also this Celine:
Although I am already at full bag-capacity, I’m keeping an eye out for a more affordable iteration of the ladylike bag, particularly one in the tobacco/tan colour of the Celine. Such a gorgeous colour — and perfect with pair of riding boots.(ahem!)
This trend has come and gone before, and I’ve always been a little skeptical. It’s all fine and good if you’re a tall, reed-thin creature, but what about the rest of us? Is it possible to wear wide-leg pants and not look ridiculous?
I think the answer is yes … you just have to find the right ones. I find that some dress pants are cut wider than necessary, particularly at the bottom, without being actual “wide-leg pants” – they’re too floppy to be regular pants, and not wide enough to be stylish. You have to look for ones that are; it helps if they’re of a stiffer, thicker material because they seem to fall better (less floppily, as it were). I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find just the right pair this fall. Stay tuned!
This will come as no surprise – I love neutrals! The “hot” neutral for fall is touted to be camel, which is a great choice. I love the richness of the hue – it’s perfect for fall – and it’s versatility. It pairs really well with black, grey and jewel tones. For the more daring, a monochromatic head-to-toe look is so chic.
Grey nail polish
This trend has been around for a while now, but it appears to be going strong still. The key is picking the right shades – nothing too metallic, for starters. “Grey” is a bit misleading, since the hot colour is actually greige (a.k.a. grey + beige), although magazines are showing anything from taupe-y grey to green-ish pewter. I don’t use nail polish very often, but I was intrigued by the idea so a few months ago I picked up Rimmel’s deceptively named “Steel Grey” polish. It’s closer to taupe than grey, with a slight tint of mauve – and I love it! It’s soft and understated, which is not necessarily the first thing you’d think about when you hear “grey nail polish”.
I am hoping that our local drugstores will finally get the memo, and start bringing in more shades (every brand from Revlon to Essie has jumped on the bandwagon so there should be plenty to choose from) so I can experiment with a few other shades.
On the other hand (haha), plenty of mags are touting Chanel’s Paradoxal as the colour for fall.
Admittedly, it’s very pretty. Work-appropriate … hmm, maybe. But, at a bajillion dollars — I’m working with rough numbers here — is the trend worth it? What do you think?