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Fall Winter Fashion Trends 2016-17

fall winter fashion trends 2016-17Images courtesy Vogue from the Fall Couture Runways 2016 Fashion Report

As you can see from the outfits above, the main theme from the Couture runway shows for this fall/winter fashion season is maximalism! 'More is more!' as all the main fashion reports are saying.

The outfits above (from left to right) illustrate:

  • Applique -- 3D flowers in the first outfit, re-cycled fabric and beading in the second
  • Embellished denim
  • Busy, graphic prints
  • More applique -- this time feathers
  • Golden lace
  • Micro pleating
  • Empire waist lines and high necked styles
  • 40s-inspired suiting (more embellishements here with embroidery flowers on the jacket)
  • Statement earrings (you can't really see in the last image, but the earrings are oversized hoops)

So, what am I seeing in the stores so far this fall?

  • Rich-looking fabrics such as velvet, brocade, textured fabrics, patterns inspired by interiors (think sofa and curtain fabrics), especially florals and nature-inspired prints
  • Texture such as: faux fur; shearling; brocade and jacard; embroidery; tweed; applique; sequins and other embellishments
  • The off-the-shoulder
  • Volume, both in lengths (knee length and longer for bottoms) and/or width
  • Old-fashioned and/or ethereal very feminine styles, such as those inspired by Victoriana: high necklines; sheers fabrics (though used modestly on arms or panels within a garment); ruffles (including peplums)
  • Full sleeves (part of the volume trend), especially bell sleeves and larger cuffs
  • Over-sized earrings
  • Military-inspired jackets and coats, especially peacoat variations
  • Checks, including tartan/plaid
  • Colors include: berry tones; navy and other blues; khakis; black

See images below for ideas.

The Main Fall Winter Fashion Trends


velvet fall winter fashion trend 2016Images courtesy (clockwise from left):
Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Marks and Spencer, Anthropologie, Banana Republic

You'll find velvet everywhere, in clothing items (pants, skirts, tops, dresses, jackets, coats) shoes and accessories.

Other rich fabrics

rich fabrics fall winter fashion trend 2016Images courtesy (from left to right):
Ann Taylor, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Ann Taylor

Rich looking interior-inspired prints and fabrics such bold florals, nature-inspired prints, jacquard, and brocade. There's also a lot of lace around still.

Embellishments and texture

embellishment fall winter fashion trend 2016Images courtesy (clockwise from left):
Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Marks and Spencer

As well as sewn-on embellishments, such as those above, you'll find textured fabrics such as tweed and textured knits.

Off-shoulder styles

off-shoulder fall winter fashion trend 2016Images courtesy (from left to right):
Marks and Spencer, Nordstrom, Nordstrom

Feminine and full sleeve blouses

fall winter fashion trend 2016 blousesImages courtesy (from left to right):
Nordstrom, Marks and Spencer, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom

Coats & jackets

fall winter fashion trend 2016 jacketsImages courtesy (from left to right):
Banana Republic, Marks and Spencer, Ann Taylor

Many of the jackets and coats this fall/winter fashion season reflect the texture trend, and also a trend for check fabrics. There's a wide variety of styles, in particular: military inspired styles (especially peacoat styles as shown in the Banana Republic image above); faux fur (including leopard print); and motor bike-inspired jackets (in leather, wool and other fabrics).

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