5 Trends To Transition From Summer to Fall
The craziest thing about living in Los Angeles is that summer never really comes to an end! Around the beginning of October I start pulling out light sweaters from the back of my wardrobe, but even in November and December the weather is warm enough for me to prance around in little dresses with completely bare legs (as seen here, here, here, and here). Last week, while walking around London (btw I was in London for a hot second), I couldn’t help but feel like fall/autumn was already here! There I was bundled up in my black jeans, sweater, Barbour jacket, scarf, and hat, with the smell of damp leaves and slightly cooler nights pungent in the air.
For many people, fall is their favourite fashion season, as it is the perfect season to create outfits, rather than just throwing on minimal clothing in the summer or having every combination be hidden by one big outerwear piece in the winter (we all know the struggle). To be honest, I love dressing for all seasons (News Alert! I just really really like styling clothes), but there is something special about the potential getups for fall. Depending on where you live, fall fashion may seem very necessary or a far-off distant thought, so today I wanted to highlight 5 trends for Fall 2017 that you can easily start to incorporate into your wardrobe during this transitional period, as well as some styling inspo for ways I have worn them in the past.
Nothing screams “luxe” more than a good dose of velvet in an outfit. Last fall the rich material started to creep up everywhere and I did my part with these rather epic thigh-high purple velvet boots and this forest green choker! Back in the spring, I found this wrap-tie velvet dress in a little boutique in Athens that made me feel like a modern-day Greek goddess. During February NYFW, velvet was seen in abundance on both the catwalks and the sidewalks. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a show that didn’t feature the luxe, cushy fabric.
This season bold coloured velvet is the fabric of choice. So ditch the basic black and opt for a hot pink kimono mini dress, these fabulous pink kitten heel slingbacks, a millennial pink one- shoulder bodysuit (three trends in one!), the most gorgeous of Gucci bags, or a floral flare sleeved dress. And if you really want another black velvet piece, make it this historical jacket. Swoooon!
Ruffles were to Spring 2017, what velvet is to Fall 2017. But, I am nowhere near being over the feminine detail and trends shouldn’t only last a couple of months! We all went crazy for ruffles in various forms, so there are plenty of pieces still on the market to help keep ruffles feeling fresh. This insane ruffled skirt/pants combination is a prime example of that! I still can’t get over how different they are! Same sentiments go for this “basic” white tee with a felt-y twist. I recently picked up this off-the shoulder ruffled blouse which I wore in London a few days ago with some cropped black jeans and snakeskin mules and this black and white striped t-shirt with ruffled gingham sleeves!
Transition into fall in red ruffle pant flares, or in an embroidered ruffled smock top, or a moody floral mini dress (moody florals are going to be huge!). I love the idea of having ruffles on my jeans, on my day-to-day striped shirt, on my date-night jumpsuit, and on a more put-together-but-still-very-fun collared white shirt. So, basically everywhere.
PAPER BAG WAISTS
One of my preferred fall trends, this ultra-flattering waistline looks incredible on every body type, as it nips right at your smallest part (hello gorgeous hourglass figure!) and then also offers a touch of breathing room at the top. I like to pair paper bag waists with either a longer crop top or a tucked-in bodysuit to ensure the flattering cut takes center stage. I tiptoed into this trend this spring and summer with a (slightly) paper-bag waisted BCBG skirt and then later my beloved pair of spotty Zara pants that have been on repeat.
This fall I am eager to style some more extreme paper bag waists like these navy wide leg pants, these paper bag waist cropped trousers in the perfect dusty rose shade, this modern monochromatic black and white striped skirt, and these very chic smart wide-leg trousers.
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Without a doubt, power red is the colour of Fall 2017, as it was spotted at Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler, Monse, Tod’s, Bottega Veneta, and Jil Sander (just to name a few). Givenchy, Preen, and Max Mara took it a step further and sent head-to-toe burgundy, wine, and cerise looks down the runway. From tracksuits to blazers, oversized knits and boots, there is something for everyone in this colour. I have always been a big fan of pops of red, especially during the winter months (as seen here, here, here, here). And who can forget the many times (here, here, here, here, here, here) I strutted around in my bright red Zara boots (yes they will be making an appearance again this fall!). Over the past couple of months, I have worn a number of red dresses and I look forward to donning all-out red looks soon!
In order to achieve the perfect head-to-toe red look, I would very much like this wool beret with a leather-bound edge, these oval rounded sunglasses, a ruffly shirt that looks something like this, a denim jacket in red leopard print (because why the hell not!), a shiny mini skirt, and these exact pointed faux snakeskin boots. (Probably not going to wear all these things together, but on the other hand that is something that I would definitely do.) And to really show my dedication to the goddess of red, this rather sexy metallic lace pyjama set to keep things going throughout the night.
And last but certainly not least (there are a gazillion more trends for me to spend my hard-earned $$$ on), headwear! To be honest, this might be more of a personal trend, as it seems this year I can’t stop plonking things on my head. I love floppy felt hats for the winter, colourful straw hats for the summer and some variation of a beret/turban/baker-boy cap for the fall. Earlier in the summer I debuted my vintage turban which may or may not be the real love of my life and in Brooklyn, my sailor/baker-boy combo cap procured from Amish country, so things are getting off to a good start.
Right now I have my eyes on this pinstripe baker-boy wool hat, this velvet corduroy baker-boy hat with chain detailing, this adorable love heart beret, and this insanely cool military hat.