by Naomi Bowen
While warm temperatures have finally taken over Dallas, fall will be upon us sooner then you think. Especially when it comes to fashion.
Most stores launch their fall collections in mid-summer. So why not get a jump on the new season by picking up a few pieces that will bridge the gap between July and September before you head back to the hilltop.
And since style is all about experimentation and making trends your own, gradually adding small new pieces to the things you usually wear is the best way to avoid fashion disaster.
Bradley Agather Means, fashion editor of FD Luxe magazine and founder of the blog Luella & June, says the three key colors for fall are red, pink and malachite green. None of these hues represents a huge departure from pervious seasons, but look for a richer intensity to transition from summer to fall.
As for specific trends, Agather Means suggests several pieces to add to your wardrobe for fall. “Plaid, shine [particularly] the dresses on the Dries van Noten runway, [and] lots of color — especially pinks and bright reds,” she says.
Plaid was all over the runways — from Rodarte, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Delpozzo, ad Thakoon — for fall. While most designers chose to display the pattern on duster coats, others, like Timo Weiland, incorporated the print subtly into a black and white sweater, and Vera Wang debuted a completely plaid suit and blouse. You know something’s buzz-worthy when Leandra Medina of Man Repeller, includes it as her number one trend for fall.
Shelle Sills, former general manager and vice president of downtown Neiman Marcus or The Store, said she’s particularly intrigued by the new uses for fur this fall.
“One of the things that I’ve personally heard pieces of and I am personally attracted to is anything that has any kind of fur,” she says. “I’m not necessarily talking about a fur coat, but fur as handbags, fur trims, and fur really as fabric. And that’s one of the pieces that I think is particularly interesting.”
Sills added that modesty and a lady-like chic is definitely in for fall. “Anything where too much leg is showing to me looks very dated right now,” she says.
Martha Leonard, buyer for shoes and handbags at Stanley Korshak, said booties, boots, single-sole pointy pumps, pointy toe flats, fringe, and leopard were all going to be popular for fall.
Sills thinks the largest accessory shift of the season will be the focus on single-sole shoes. “All the shoes that had platforms, when we had things from Prada and Louboutin, they look so dated and so wrong,” she says.
“The number of women who had Blahnik’s in their closets they hadn’t worn in several seasons because they looked dated because they didn’t have a platform all of a sudden they became the perfect shoes again.”
For bags, exotic leather and ladylike top-handle handbag are popular. Comfort is still reigning supreme for fall. Backpacks and cross-bodies, along with mini satchels, make it easy to lug all your essentials around while staying hands-free and stylish.
Agather Means and Leonard agree that a statement clutch is a necessary addition to any fall wardrobe.
Leonard also adds tall boots to her fall must-haves. Medine, likewise, cites, “kinky boots” as a major fall trend. The great part is there’s no heel limit for this popular style. You can go from flat to sky-high in a variety of colors and materials all while staying trendy and keeping your toes toasty for fall. Sills says finding the perfect textured heeled boot is on her fall wish list.
Leonard and Agather Means both mention the popularity of leopard for fall in all its varieties. You can either subtly incorporate it in an accessory, like a shoe or handbag, or go bold with a statement dress like Tom Ford put down the runway.
None of these trends is too far from what we’ve seen in the past. I’m sure you all own a pair of boots, booties, and something shiny. There’s a method to the buying madness, which is why we see so many things carry over from season to season. “I try to build on styles that are currently selling,” Leonard says.
So make it fun and add a few key pieces to update your wardrobe. Don’t feel the need to completely redo your look. And remember: There’s a difference between fashion and style.
Five key pieces to pick up for fall:
- Oversized clutch
- Long duster coat
- Statement knitwear
- Leopard anything
- A great boot
Shelly Sills’s must have’s for fall
- Statement coat
- Textured boots with a feminine edge and the perfect in-between heel
- Key pieces to break up her usual uniform
- Rose Gold Bracelets