Summer is almost over and pretty soon we will be thinking of what to wear to all the holiday parties and special events that herald the Christmas season.
We look to fall collections for inspiration when choosing pieces that will allow us to be in style but will also endure the test of time.
Colours trending for fall-winter are seasonal autumnal shades of green, navy blue, purples and grey. As Pantone predicted earlier in the year, green continues to make an impact. However, for the cooler months you'll notice deeper rich shades of emerald and army with brown undertones. Navy blue, some would say, is the new black this season, as this classic colour was seen all over the runway in collections from Celine, Givency and Erdem. Look for winter white in varying fabric textures for design depth.
Grey, referenced as slate, is a perennial favourite for cooler climates and is thought to be the best colour to offset any other colour in the colour wheel.
As was last year with the baroque trend, emphasis on texture plays a big role. Fabrics get the royal treatment with heavy embellishments, gold gilding in foil damasks, tweeds, cozy mohair, leather and shiny faux leather. They will add interest and luxe to your wardrobe and keep you right on point.
The silhouette is structured, tailored and feminine, the most distinct design elements are 'curved shoulders' seen in oversized outer wear and suits. Well-tailored suits and classic monochrome black and white transition to fall in tuxedo pants suits and tuxedo sleeveless blazers. Colour blocking was all over the runways in the warm and muted colours of beige, brown and again green.
In the end, one cannot go overboard in chasing trends, we can mix and match our already owned pieces with a few additions here and there to stay on point. The key is to find what reflects your personal style, have fun and make sure you're comfortable, because comfort is key.
Look for prints in dark florals and graphic prints in dark, muted shades of purples, greens, reds and oranges; go bold with a head-to-toe matchy-matchy ensemble. Tartan, also known as plaid, is a signature for this time of year, and because it's a classic, it is a great way to update those summer distressed high-waist shorts.
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