Fall and Winter Fashion Trends
2009 / 2010
Here's my summary of the main fall and winter
fashion fashion trends, along with some tips for
which styles suit which body
shape and personal
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Fall and Winter Fashion Trends: Main Style
Some of the main fall and winter
fashion trends include dresses, coats and jackets.
This season continues the emphasis on dresses. The lengths
are knee length or above or full length. Around knee length suits many
people. And you can always wear leggings, opaque tights or even
trousers if you want more warmth or to cover your
legs. There's still a large variety of dress styles available
so you should be able to find one that suits your silhouette. Remember
to pay attention to the design lines and patterns to ensure
the most flattering look.
This year is a great one to invest in a new coat. There are so
many styles and colors to choose from. Key themes are camel colored coats
and military themes (look for double rows of buttons and epaulets). Trench coats are
still plentiful, both as jackets and full length. There are also some capes around.
(real or fake) jacket
is also a major trend this season. In particular look for biker style jackets
and bomber jackets.
Take care when choosing the length, especially if you have long legs
and a shorter body or if you have a balanced vertical body shape. In
both cases make sure the jacket is long enough, so that your body
doesn't look too short in comparison to your legs.
design elements are present again, especially in tops and shoulders.
Look for exaggerated or strong shoulders (and shoulder pads) and
1-shoulder dresses and tops -- this is particularly good if you have a
triangle, rectangle, oval or diamond body shape. There are also many
tops and dresses with neckline
embellishments such as ruffles, and bows. Other
embellishments include sequins, beads and studs
is longer length (low hip and longer) and either fine (there are some
lovely fine merino knits around) or chunky in both sweaters and
cardigans and also sweater dresses. The sleeveless or drop-sleeved
chunky knits are also still available.
shapes are mainly pencil
Lengths are around knee length or higher. There are also
ruffle, a-line skirts -- these are particularly good for an inverted
triangle body shape.
are still straight
or tapered. Straight pants are
anywhere from skinny to wide, so pick the widths that balance and
flatter your shape. Some of the tapered pants have pleats, darts or
gathers around the waist. And some styles are cropped (aka peg-leg) --
this style won't suit many people, mainly tall inverted triangle types.
A fun trend is the gilet or waistcoat,
especially in shaggy (real or fake) sheepskin or fur
(I'm pleased to see this trend again this winter -- I
bought this one last year and have already had a lot of wear
out of it).
- Ballet flat
high heels --stilleto or tapered stack
- Pointy toes
- Peep toes
- Platforms -- these include 'hidden' platforms
boots -- unless you're tall and have a
balanced body or long legs these are best worn covered by pant or skirt
or dress hemlines
high boots -- especially riding-style boots
boots -- as high as you like. This trend is not for the
shy or retiring type! What fun!
-- from thin to thick. A belt can be used to make a dress look edgier
and more contemporary and to update a coat or jacket.
necklaces -- great for bringing attention up to your face.
are big and slouchy
for day and small clutch
bags for evening
Fall and Winter
Fashion Trends: Main Style Themes
There's so much variety in styles that you
can put together whatever looks suit your style personality.
Here are some of the main themes that I've noticed for this season...
-- look for military styling elements
such as brass-looking buttons, buckles, epaulettes and double-breasted
jackets and coats
-- pant suits with crisp white shirts, or more 'dandified' with a
ruffled blouse; boyfriend-style jeans, blazers and sweaters; leather
-- hourglass shaped suits
-- tweeds and velvets; earthy colors and checks; riding-style details
in boots and bags; twin set knits; waistcoats
-- shaggy waist coats
(what fun, I've got mine already!); floaty tops; rich colors opulent
Fall and Winter
Fashion Trends: Main Fabrics
All the usual warmer fall and winter fashion trends in fabrics
-- especially leopard (this works particularly well for those with
Autumn coloring and for some Springs). I love leopard ;) There are also
some zebra (works well for Winters) and zebra-inspired prints around.
Tartan and checks for
skirts, dresses and coats -- Checks include houndstooth (particulary
good for those with Winter coloring) determine if the overall color
your coloring and whether the level of contrast within the check and
against your skin works for your flow seasonal color.
Fall and Winter Fashion Trends: Colors
fashion colors for fall and winter this season include...
Black -- this is really
only good if your primary season is winter. If this is not
your primary season and you insist on wearing black keep it away from
your face or dilute the effect by adding other colours in your flow
season. This can be achieved with a scarf or necklace or
other colours in your top or a jacket in your colour range over a
lower, black top.
Grey -- there are many
shades of grey to choose from, so you should find one in your colour
and Reds -- orange is best if your primary season is warm
Pink -- best if your primary season is winter
Purples -- hues
cool to neutral and values from light to medium. Intensities range from
bright to muted. This colour is everywhere! And with the variety around
you should find one in your colour range
Blues -- electric blues are
best if your primary color season is winter, choose a slightly more
subdued hue such as marine navy if you are a summer and a warmer,
greener blue such as teal if you are a spring or autumn
-- emerald green, best if your primary season is winter; acid lime
greens are best if your primary season is spring; blue-greens (see
White, stone and camel
-- and other light to medium-light neutrals
Have A Current Fashion Trend You'd Like to Share?
If you've noticed a trend that I haven't mentioned feel free to share it here.
Or, if you'd like to talk about a current fashion that you love or hate (regardless of whether it's mentioned on this page already) this is the place to do it.
Tell us what it is about the item or outfit that you love or hate. For example...
- Do you love the way it flatters your body shape?
- Do you hate the way it looks on you, but love it when you see someone else wear the style?
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