The new season is upon us and the weather and trees will soon be following suit. If you haven’t gotten your wardrobe in order for cooler weather, now’s the time to do it when new inventory is at its peak.
So what trends should you consider?
While it’s important to stay current with fashion – especially in business, where an outdated wardrobe implies an outdated skill set – it’s also important to edit when it comes to trends. Don’t follow every new thing. Pick the ones that suit you best and pass on all the rest.
In a perfect wardrobe, you would have your classic “work horse” pieces that are of good quality that you wear for years, that you then mix and match with various trends to keep things fresh and current. Invest in staples and go cheap on trends. That’s the best way to get the most for your money.
So what’s hot for Fall 2015?
While cold weather favorites and the 1970s were the predominant catwalk themes for Fall Fashion 2015, designers also referenced movies, Victorian times, and the Far East. So whatever your fashion fancy, you have plenty to choose from.
Here are my top picks of the season:
Black and White
Black and white are perennial favorites because they can mix and match with so many other things. Opt for classic silhouettes that go with each other and that can serve as a backdrop for your trendier pieces.
|Ralph Lauren Jacket||Lace Dress||Faux Fur Coat|
Grey All Over
“Fifty Shades of Grey” launched a movie…and a clothing color trend. You’ll find it all over the place this year, from casual wear to cocktail attire. Go monochrome or mix and match with jewel tones for a rich, cool-weather vibe.
|RL Turtleneck Dress||Sleeveless Dress||Alpaca Coat|
If you grew up in the 70s, you’re familiar with the orange, avocado, and brown tones of the decade. That palette is back in a big way this fall, so if you have yellow undertones, you’re going to love these colors.
|Fendi Ensemble||High Neck Dress||Bias Cut Skirt|
The Floppy Bow
Speaking of 1970s, the floppy bow makes a comeback in numbers not seen since the Carter administration. It’s a great way to add a dash of femininity to your work wardrobe and draw attention to your face.
|Schraut Silk Blouse||Ivory Satin Blouse||Olive Lace Bow|
Culottes are as hot this year as they were when Mork and Mindy debuted back in 1978. Since this is a non-traditional length and silhouette, be sure they meet your business dress code before wearing them to work. Also consider the rules of proportion, particularly if you’re petite.
|McQueen Culottes||Culottes Jumpsuit||Orange Culottes|
The Boho trend has lingered for several years, in part because of Rachel Zoe’s affinity for the early 70s. If this look calls to your inner Flower Child, just remember to keep it business appropriate, and always remember your audience. Boho doesn’t fly in traditional industries like banking.
|DVF Peasant Blouse||Bohemian Cardigan||Bohemian Dress|
Here’s another trend that’s been around for a couple of seasons, but it’s particularly popular this fall. You’ll find it on everything from handbags to outerwear at price points from high to low.
|Burberry Wrap||Fringed Cardigan||Fringed Coat|
Like ruffles and lace? Corsets and ribbons? You’re going to love this trend. High neck blouses are particularly popular, as are capes and long skirts. Just keep it office-appropriate at work to keep the focus on your business.
|McQueen Victorian||Victorian/Edwardian Lace||Victorian Top|
Big, Bold Prints
Big prints are big this season, from traditional plaids and window pane prints to over-the-top designs. Remember the wallpaper in your grandmother’s dining room or the pattern on her sofa? So did many designers, and they put them on their clothes this year. Just be careful to scale the print size to your body size everything’s in proportion.
|Ferretti Print Dress||Alfani Print Dress||Damask Dress|
The west has had a fascination with the east since Silk Road times, and it continues this season with a vast array of Chinoiserie, including silk, Mandarin collars, and dragon motifs.
Did you know? The word Chinoiserie (pronounced shen wäzere) is French for “Chinese-esque,” and refers to Chinese motifs in Western art, clothing, furniture, and architecture. It was especially popular in Europe in the late 18th century.
|Pillot Asian-Inspired Dress||Asian-Inspired Poncho||Oriental Print|
So…lots to choose from.
Which trends appeal to you? Which ones don’t?
Remember, you don’t have to partake of every trend, but you should add at least a few pieces each season to look current and on point. Updating your wardrobe implies that you’re current with your skill set, whereas wearing the “same old, same old,” implies that you’re not. You don’t want that.
So add a few new items this fall. As you can see, there’s lots to choose from.