Trends for Fall/Winter 2017/2018
"Karen helped me realize my
true body shape which makes
finding clothes that fit much
easier, and she showed me the
potential for styles and colors I
wouldn't typically consider. She
was very encouraging and
flexible, working with my taste
and helping me build
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Suzanne H, Columbia
The colors for this season are leaning more to warmth with a touch of surprises like a
pale pink called Ballet Slipper and a bright pop from Golden Lime. The neutrals of Neutral
Gray, Autumn Maple, Navy Peony, Butterum and even the Tawny Port can anchor your
wardrobe and blend well with others in the Pantone’s collection for this season and
probably with other colors in your closet. Do you have similar colors in your closet?
So those are the colors you will see as you shop in-store and on-line. For this season’s
style report I changed up from previous years and am detailing what is being shown by
ready-to-wear stores and labels rather than the fashions of the runways.
We aren’t talking your classic button-up shirt, but ones with a little bit of edge. This shirt can
go from office to casual. You’ll see sleeve features and multiple fabrications and realize
it’s just not the basic cotton version. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear that one in your
closet. Add your own special treatment with a pin or even a fall silk flower!
We’ve all worked layers in the past; this year there is emphasis on that outer layer. It
could be a moto jacket in denim or leather or even a blazer style. To add a twist from
year’s past, they will have embellishments, anything from studs to embroidery.
If you have been shopping at all, you can’t help but notice the attention to sleeves this
year. There are puffs, ruffles and handkerchief styles. I would tread lightly on this trend as
when it goes out of style, you will relegate it to the back of your closet.
This is a trend that frequently comes and goes. You may want to check your closet to
see if something from the past can be used again. This year’s version includes printed,
patterned, embroidered and embellished.
Similar to the sleeve details, ruffles are continuing from the spring/summer trend. One
word of caution on this; be sure to keep your proportions in check. Ruffles will add volume
to your body type.
So there you have it. Are any of these style trends or colors speaking to you as a
“must-have”? Remember to look at them with a fine tooth comb when trying it on. Is it
adding volume to your body type? You’ve worked hard to give the illusion of an hourglass
shape. Does this new style or color change that?
What outfits are hiding in your closet?