If you followed Fall Fashion Week recently, you might be a little confused about this season’s fashion trends. Fashions seemed to be all over the map. Designers were showing everything from mini dresses reminiscent of the 60’s to retro chic tailored pencil skirts that were popular in the 40’s.
There were soft, flowing chiffons, silks, and satins and opulent brocades. Crisp cottons and linens were matched with soft, textured wools and tweeds. Leather and fur continued to be important, with an emphasis on patent and animal skins like snake, croc, and even ostrich also thrown into the fray.
The good news is there is really is something to suit just about any woman’s personal taste, style, and body. No matter what you choose for Fall, 2007, chances are you will be right on trend. However, to narrow things down for those who might be preparing to shop for fall and winter, let’s talk about the most important trends.
If you are just looking for jewelry to polish up your existing look, I hope you will check out my article “The Must Have Jewelry Pieces for Fall, 2007.” If you just need some new accessories to complete the fashions you have already purchased, then look for my upcoming article “Accessory Necessities for Fall, 2007.” For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on those all important garment choices.
Volume is everywhere this fall and winter. Expect to see voluminous coats, dresses, and collars. Almost everything about this season is some form of retro look. Military cuts and urban warrior designs are also in style. Designs also include hints of art deco as well as victorian. Sound confusing? I agree. However, that is often the way of fashion.
Colors are also all over the rainbow, but there is a large emphasis on jewel tones like shades of red, blue, and purple. Earth tones will be popular as well, ranging from a soft flesh tone peach to a rich chocolate brown.
Solids, prints, and geometric designs will all be popular. But prints will be much larger than was seen in the spring and art deco design is extremely hot.
Outerwear for fall and winter will include lots of leather, fur (fake, of course), wool, and combinations thereof. Fur continues to be important for outwear, but not necessarily as the main fabric. Look for wool and leather coats to take center stage with fur used as trim.
The cut of outwear this year is a bit different as well. Think the swing coats that were so popular in the 40’s and 50’s or the regimented double-breasted pea coat.
The one “must have” piece of outwear for Fall, 2007 is a trench coat. Double-breasted styles will be the most popular, but choose the coat that best suits your own personal style. While microfibers remain popular, trench coats this year will also come in wonderful metallics, patent leathers, and faux animal skins.
Over sized shawls and wraps will also make a real style statement this year. Nothing is small or minimalist.
A sleekly cut, highly tailored men’s wear suit is highly sought after this fall, particularly when it is paired with a feminine top. But instead of the standard pinstripe, look for somethiing a bit more unique. If pinstripe is your preference, choose one with a metallic thread in an unusual color like rose, copper, or blue. Otherwise, take a look at some of the popular new wool tweeds.
If you aren’t into pantsuits, there should be plenty of equally well tailored skirts and jackets that can be mixed and matched to suit your individual style. Or think about a dress with a matching overjacket in one of the hot new geometric designs.
Jackets now are much more feminine than in recent years. Again, think about the swing jackets so elegantly worn by stars of Hollywood’s golden era, such as Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, or even Joan Crawford. Unfortunately, that also means that shoulder pads are back with a vengeance. But don’t worry. These days, most designers make them so that they can be easily removed.
Don’t be afraid to pair a short sleeved jacket over a long sleeve shirt to make a unique fashion statement. A lot of jackets will have short, cap, or bell sleeves that are much more softly feminine. Many will also be much shorter, although there will also be those in the standard lengths as well.
You need at least one leather jacket in your wardrobe. If you don’t already own one, try one of this season’s trendy styles in a faux animal skin like snake, croc, or ostrich. Stick with a standard jean or suit cut and choose a neutral tone.
Many other garment pieces – – not just jackets – – will feature zippers, chains, and big buttons that add to the overall style of the garment. You will also see some military cuts that are highly tailored and oh so chic in stunning wool blends. Houndstooth will pop up, as well.
Then there is the new urban warrior design that has much more of a street feel. Some of these jackets will be heavily padded or quilted; playing back into the overall trend fashion trend of more volume.
Audrey Hepburn would be happy with fall’s simply cut dresses in beautiful solids and soft tweeds that speak of “class” with a string of white pearls or a long geometric pendant and matching hoop earrings. The look for dresses right now is sleek and smooth with just a bit of femininity tossed in; perhaps with a ruffle at the hem, neck, or sleeve. When in doubt about color, black is always safe. Every woman should have at least one little black dress (LBD).
Day dresses with highly defined waistlines are also popular. They might be achieved with a cinch tie, a belt, or a corset look. However, it is accomplished, showing off a trim midsection is very much a part of this year’s fashion trend. Layered hemlines are also popular, which can be tone on tone or bring in new blocks of color.
The cocktail dress is also back in style with babydoll looks and empire waistsl Soft, flowing fabrics like chiffons or one of the new opulent brocades offer the best choices for this season’s cocktail dress. The length can be mini for those who have the legs to carry off the style, but knee-length will be the most popular overall.
Look for soft, romantic necklines, flirty deep V’s, and sexy halter necks that bare the shoulders to set the new cocktail dress apart from its predecessors. Bubble dresses are also quite hot this year. A word of caution, though, they aren’t suited to every body type so take care in choosing a style that compliments your body.
Both sweaters and blouses this fall will be more demure. Ruffles, laces, and bows are not just popular; they are a real “must have” for the season. Whether they are simple and small or make a grand statement, this year’s sweaters will be something different and unique, like those women that wear them.
Cashmere has never been hotter and some of the newer acrylic blends do an excellent job of mimicking the very best fabrics of the day. Today’s sweaters range in length from hitting just below the bust, in a shrug style, to tunic length and everything in between.
Textured knits, tartan tweeds, and fur trim are also hot trends for sweaters this year. Longer sweaters can – – and should – – be paired with leggings or tights for a Bohemian chic look. Better yet, throw on a French beret and think retro beatnik.
Pants move away from the skinny look to a wider flare trouser cut. This season’s hot waistline is the “paper bag” look, which incorporates a soft tie belt at the waist. Fabrics will range from casual knits to sophisticated tweeds and wool blends. Lengths should reach the top of the shoe or boot.
Blue jeans remain a mainstay and boot cut styling is a must for those fabulous fashion boots that are available this year.
Pencil skirts have never been more popular. Waistlines may be high, normal, or hit just below the waist. Lengths can range from mini to calf-length, with the most popular style hanging around the knee.
Skirt and pant fabrics will vary widely from buttery knits to soft, supple leathers, trendy tweeds, and classic wool blends. Some will even be mixtures of linens, cottons, and polyester blends. It isn’t the fabric that rules the trend for this fall’s hottest skirt silhouette. It is the cut – – straight, sleek, and oh so sexy!
Tops this fall are flowing and and have wonderful necklines with soft flounces and bows that leave no doubt the wearer is all woman. Fabrics range from butter knits, silks, and satins, to chiffons. Sheers are worn over opaques. Color blocks give some tops a wild geometric 60’s design or come straight from the era of art deco.
Look for solids and prints, which are equally popular. If choosing a floral or print, however, think big and bold. That’s the call of the season. Sizzle and shine also remains popular, which means you can still wear those crazy sequined tunics or one of the new metallics for special occasions or “just because”.
The key to fashion this season is that daytime looks should be able to blend into nighttime with the addition of a few accessories or by removing a tailored jacket to show off a sexy top. You don’t want to purchase pieces that meet a single requirement this fall. Instead, look for pieces that can be worn a lot of different ways. Mixing and matching is an important part of this year’s wardrobe.
Still confused? Let’s summarize with the top 10 most important fashion looks for Fall, 2007:
1. Choose a trench coat; preferably double breasted in patent, metallic, or faux animal skin.
2. Choose an outwear coat with volume; preferably in fur, leather, wool, or some combination thereof.
3. Think menswear for a suit purchase, with an updated metallic pinstripe or trendy tweed.
4. Choose either a feminine cropped swing jacket with short sleeves or a faux animal skin leather jacket in a neutral color.
5. Look for a sleek LBD with a touch of feminine detailing at the hemline, neckline or sleeves.
6. Add a demure sweater with feminine detailing in cashmere or one of the new acrylic blends.
7. Opt for flare pant in a trouser cut, in a quality fabric.
8. Add a least one pencil skirt to your wardrobe, the fabric of your choice but with a tailored cut and a length around the knee.
9. Choose at least one top that flows and has feminine detailing like lace, ruffles, or pleating.
10. Consider a tunic top in one of the new metallics or brocades.
Of course, avoid any trend that you feel doesn’t suit your personality, your style, your body type, or your pocketbook. In the long run, fashion in 70% about “how” you wear your clothing and only 30% about “what you wear.” So have fun with it or don’t bother at all.