photo by Mike Yoder, Lawrence Journal World
The last week of July leaves me itching to discuss the trend forecast for Fall 2009.
With so many end-of-summer sales, it is important to be choosy when making a purchase, regardless how cheap.
Incorporating the upcoming season's trends into current, last-days-of-summer outfits helps transition your wardrobe into a closet full of ready-to-wear items.
Houndstooth-pattern fabrics often feel too heavy and wintry to don during hot summer days; however, by including this classic pattern/texture in your wardrobe via accessories, such as ballet flats, heels and clutches, you can let loose a bit of fall fashion while still acknowledging the calendar (which reads July!). Later, incorporate houndstooth into daily wear--such as peacoats or trousers.
Metal spikes, triangular grommets, chains, black leather, and all-over zippers are not just for punk-rockers. Pair your edgy 80s accessories with flowy, light-colored summer dresses for the ultimate juxtapostion. These items will coordinate easily with fall's ripped-up denim, strong-shouldered jackets, and sequined daily-wear.
Pick up a brilliant accessory, perfect year-round. The easy-open, single-flap, simply-designed envelope purse is a great evening piece. I know it sounds nuts, but pick a purse that you can picture using in a different time and place. If you can imagine carrying your new envelope purse on a snowy, wintry evening, not just the current, muggy summer nights, then you have chosen a great, versatile accessory.
As difficult as it may be even thinking about wearing suede when the temperature is pushing 100 degrees...
Suede adds texture and definition to your look. Suede purses and headbands can be worn year-round and won't affect your body temperature. Suede peep-toe heels and tassles on jackets or driving gloves give off the attitude of a worldly aviator. Eventually, do look for a short short suede mini-dress that will pair brilliantly with an oversized jacket on chilly Autumn evenings.
Still not enough? Keep your eye out for...
Neon pink dress--
Fall's hottest color is hot pink. If you're a "pink's not really my color" kind of girl...buck up! An eye-scorching, neon pink, body-con dress will be your new go-to party dress. Look for a hot pink dress that is wearable now. When Fall truly rolls around you can rock this awesome look with ripped tights and a short leather jacket. (Also, I think a pair of 1/2" houndstooth heels or an extravagant houndstooth manicure/pedicure would be magnificient against a neon pink color palette!)
Start looking now for your ultimate go-to Fall jacket. If you thought shoulder-pads were excessive, think again! Look for a jacket with super-size, defined, strong shoulders and unique details--out-of-place zippers, military chains, and studs. My fall dream jacket (well, one of them...) is definitely includes an oversized shoulder and a peplum waist!
Dresses are one of the easiest all-season pieces--throw on a jacket or scarf, tights, and heels and you are suited for multiple occasions. The accordian pleat is a fun torso-detail that draws the eye back and forth across your outfit. This pleat grabs attention without grabbing too much attention.
Ok, maybe I'm pushing it a bit...but seriously! You will thank yourself for dragging that hot and heavy thing home early. Blanket coats are easy to find at vintage shops and second-hand stores. Look for an oversized blanket coat with deep pockets, muted patterns (usually a geometric pattern in lighter and darker shades), and fun fabric layers or folds.