The over-riding trends I'm seeing for this autumn / winter fashion season are...
Skinny jeans in a whole range of colors from bright jewel tones to muted autumn tones -- just when I thought the skinny trend had waned and that we'd be seeing more wider legged styles!
60s inspired styling: modernistic, quirky, blocky styles; colour blocking; clear, acid colors
American Indian and Aztec inspired patterns and materials (such as wood and feather) used as focal points in clothes and in accessories such as necklaces and bangles
If you're confused about the difference between the skinny, narrow and tapered styles this article explains.
The dominant autumn winter fashion trend is skinny, coloured jeans (as I mention above). These are great for the colour blocking trend. If you're in your 30s or younger I'd go for the brighter colours. If you're over 40 I'd probably stick with the more muted tones, especially if you did this trend the last time round. If you're not skinny yourself (both width-wise and front-to-back), translate this as narrow legs
There are also straight, narrow, pant styles. This style works well for many body shapes -- if you have large hips, avoid styles with obvious pockets, since they have a tendency to gape
And a few tapered styles -- some cropped (a very challenging style to wear without looking as if you've got really short legs!), and some with 1 or 2 pleats at the waist
Short shorts -- if you're in your 30s or younger with firm, slim legs and firm thighs, this is a fun style, worn with opaque tights, patterned tights, jeggings or leggings for autumn and winter. Styles include cut off jean-styles and slightly less short, 70s styles
There are still many dresses around the main styles are...
Look for the styles that create flattering, hourglass-illusion shapes, from vertical panels of different fabrics or different colours. And you'll still find some flattering ruched styling details as well.
There's a greater choice in skirts this autumn/winter fashion season than there has been for a while -- good news if you have a pear shape body and wear a different size for tops and bottoms. And good news if you prefer separates to dresses.
Skirt styles include...
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Shoes and boots are lots of fun this autumn winter fashion season...
This autumn winter fashion season includes loads of choice in scarf colours, sizes and textures. Use the finer versions in place of necklaces, as well as for outerwear. As well as fun stoles, collars and neck muffs.
American Indian and Aztec inspired styles in necklaces, earrings and bangles. Look for turquoise, colourful beads, feathers, pseudo bone
Metallic statement necklaces
A wide variety of decades inform styles this autumn winter fashion season, including, but not limited to...
Current fashion trends include...
Mixing fabrics in the same garment, such as wool and leather, lace and crepe
Texture -- such as fur (both fake and real); textured wool fabrics, and wool fleece trims. Shoes and shoe boots, in particular, have textured surfaces such as suede and hair
Tribal prints -- American Indian and Aztec inspired zig-zag patterns, including textured embroidery and beading embellishments
What an artistic friend calls "oily" patterns -- they look sort of like oil on water: rich, muted, smudgy patterns of greeny blues, with hints of yellows and oranges
There are still many hints of animal print around too, though they're sometimes quite subtle in their interpretation: snake and crocodile; and leopard and zebra inspired prints
Feminine dots and larger, quirky dots
Lace -- especially used for one detail, such as sleeves or a neckline panel
Fur -- both real and fake
There are lots of fun colours around this season. And many navy choices for pants and skirts, so a good time to get out of the black habit, if that's you!
As you can see above, there are plenty of choices in styles and colours of clothing this season.
At the AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) Australia conference this year we had a great trend presentation from Sarah Gale (famous from the TV show Project Runway Australia). She made the observation that the current fashion trend in styling is to mix and match trends like never before. It's all about finding and expressing your own personal style.
It's a rising trend that comes from social media and fashion bloggers. Since hearing Sarah say this, I've seen it mentioned in fashion magazines as well.
While this is good news, it's also a challenge for many of you. It means it's more important than ever to understand what it takes to look good and to understand and develop your own style personality. For help with this see my articles on...
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