Autumn trends for 2015 are everywhere.
Ashley, my friend and blogger at Bramblewood Fashion, is hosting/hosted an event where all of her readers could practice their fall-looks and show the results under the same hashtag. Other style-blogging friends have spoken up about how happy they are for the trends of this year and are already gathering items for the long winter.
Sherpa, the magazines crow. Wide-leg trousers! Colorful patent-leather! Thigh-high, clunky-heeled boots!
The entire world seems crazy about bringing back the 1970’s. The entire world, that is, except me. I adore fall fashion. October is my favorite month of the year and the minute September begins, I drag out my sweaters and high-heeled boots. I am the girl who watched savagely as the feminine, flattering 1950’s inspiration of 2013 faded into the “I can handle this, I guess” 1960’s-inspired styles for 2014, before finally dropping to the looks of the 1970’s. I’m hoping against hope we just skip over the 80’s and 90’s, but with The Blouse on the rise (puffed sleeves and all) I’m not so sure.
So how is a fashion-forward woman to participate in this fall’s round-up if she despises (yes, despises is the term here) eighty-percent of the projected styles? I sat down with a few copies of Elle Magazine the other night and flipped through, tearing out the looks I actually do like, formulating pages of style inspiration from the sidelines of the main game. So here, dear Not-Too-Keen-On-It, are some trends we can follow till a new season brings new possibilities.
Cobalt & Cerulean
Blues are (happily) “in” for this fall and since Panetone selected cobalt as next year’s official color, expect to see many variations of the shade in stores. It has picked up the most speed among accessories, so look for a bold blue in purses, watches, shoes, and jewelry. Blue of this shade is universally flattering and I, for one, cannot wait to join the club.
The spotlight is definitely on leather. The most popular styles seem to be colored patent-leather, motorcycle jackets, or Western fringe. I forgot fringe had ever been “a thing” to anyone but Davy Crockett or Dale Evans, but apparently it is. If you aren’t a fan of these types of leather-wear (and I am not), try bringing leather into your wardrobe in a boldly-colored watch-band, a sleek, black-leather purse, or a pair of patent-leather pumps in classic black.
You might not be Batman, but capes are the current super-hero in the outerwear world. A pretty cape-coat in camel, chocolate, or olive might be just the ticket to keeping warm and stylish this winter. Classic, dashing, and forgiving, capes are the best of the breed in the autumn’s coat line-up.
Texture & Tweeds
I can get on board with this trend! Try mixing various weights of fabric in your outfit. Try a crisp button-up with a patterned blazer and grey tweed slacks, or a tweed blazer and tailored skirt.
Fishermen’s knits, oversize sweaters, and blanket scarves are all still en vogue. If you’re feeling especially daring, you can also throw a fur accent in there, because the designers for New York Fashion Week basically skinned Noah’s ark for the runway this September.
Clean & Natural
“Natural” hair (no heat, natural waves, tossed-and-turned) is a good look for this fall and shares equal space with the opposite side of the spectrum which has brought tight, smooth pony-tails back into the conversation. Daily makeup looks are trending toward clean simplicity such as a neutral eye and dark lip, but I’m also seeing a rise in “the gradient” lip and bright eye-shadows, which is interesting and very 1970’s of them. I’ll be copying the dark-lip look more often than the gradient, and with my green eyes I tend to stay in the more neutral palettes, but the main comment is this: have fun with your makeup and if it leaves no time for fixing your hair? Well, you’re probably looking (literally) effortlessly fashionable. As a working-woman, I’m grateful for the leniency the makeup looks of this autumn are giving me.
Now that I’ve sat down and made an effort to dig up the styles I do enjoy, it’s clear that there really is something for everyone this fall. And to those of you who are fans of the fall’s eclectic styles, I admire your chutzpah! Just don’t invite anyone to play checkers on your psychedelic geometric print skirt.
About the Author
Rachel Heffington is the blogger and creative mind behind Lipstick & Gelato: a new blog celebrating three of her passions: food, style, and art. She is twenty-three years old, works as a Mary Poppins, and writes novels in the rare spare hours not filled by painting, cooking, teaching, or blogging. She believes in red lipstick, singing aloud, smiling at strangers, and finding out the stories behind everything in life. Come visit at www.lipstickandgelato.com and enjoy a place to celebrate life, forget about thigh gaps, and revel in every sort of beauty.