Here's my take on fashion trends for fall and winter 2010/2011. I've focussed on identifying shapes, lengths, colors, patterns and embellishments. I also touch on dominant fashion themes.
In spite of reports of a strong minimal trend this fall and winter there are plenty of luxurious fabrics, textures and standout detailing around as well.
You can use this information to review your wardrobe and plan what updates it needs to keep your look current.
Dresses are still a major fashion item. Lengths are still around knee length: anywhere from an inch or so under the knee to mini. A minor trend is also the full length or ankle length maxi for smart casual day wear as well as formal evening wear.
The wide variety of dress shapes means there's one to suit every body shape.
Skirts are still mainly straight or tapered, pencil shapes. And just below knee length to mini. However, with the 50s look there are also a few longer (mid to top of calf) lengths and A-line shapes around as well. (Does this mark the return of low to high calf lengths? I'll keep you posted!).
There are also casual maxi skirts available -- floor length and ankle length. These are mainly softly flowing, not too full, in jersey-like fabrics.
Straight and skinny or straight and wider. A few tapered styles. And cropped styles too. Cropped pants is a challenging length to wear for many people since it makes your legs look shorter and therefore heavier. Keep hosiery and shoes or boots in a similar color to your pants to keep your legs looking longer. Cropped pants are great if you're tall with long legs.
Boot cut pants are making their way back into some collections. This is good news for many as it's a very flattering cut and creates good balance for bigger hips and thighs.
Main fashion trends for fall and winter include...
Look for neckline details, including tucks, ruffles, folds and pin tuck pleats (not all in the same top of course!).
To add width to your shoulders (for example to balance a triangle body shape or to turn a rectangle body shape into an inverted triangle) choose a top with ruching at the top of the sleeves.
There are also tops embellished with costume jewels, beads and sequins to add a bit of a sparkle for the festive season.
You'll need some plain tops too if you like the statement necklace trend.
Feminine hourglass shapes created with cinched-in waists, fuller skirts and inverted triangle shaped tops. The more extreme version of this silhouette is best on those with an hourglass body shape and who are not carrying too much weight. However, other shapes can emulate the hourglass silhouette with careful choices of where additional bulk is added.
The look can be achieved with an hourglass shaped dress or with a flared or tapered skirt and a fitted top. Add a belt in a contrasting color if your waist is trim enough!
Especially in coats, jackets, pants and suits. Add a masculine looking blazer to a feminine dress to add an edge.
Created with fur, faux feathers, ruffles, brocade and knits. There are horizontal ruffles in layered skirts (including the skirt part of a dress) and ruffles used as neckline details.It's good to use texture to add balance to your silhouette. And for those with summer and autumn coloring (in particular) to add interest to your outfit.
Then a whole range of great colors with shades ranging from light to dark, intensities from muted to clear and bright. Something to suit everyone...
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