Fashionistas, I had a great time helping you with trends this summer. Labor day is right around the corner, and now it’s time to put away the color-blocked bikinis and those white pants. Fall is approaching and that means changing the wardrobe. Fortunately, fall doesn’t have to be a drab season. It’s a time of contrasting style where people can have a little fun before winter weather hits. This year, one of the trends to look out for: tweed.
Embrace UK Fashion
To get a little technical, tweed is a type of wool. It’s a little rough, but it’s purposely unfinished to make it quite flexible. It can be plain, though; when most Americans think of tweed we picture a patterned look with subtle, interwoven colors. Right now you’re likely thinking of Sherlock Holmes and Victorian England.
Tweed became popular in England, Scotland, and Ireland for outdoor sports. The trend has cycled in and out of American fashion for decades, and now it’s back again.
Tweed Looks to Try
- Academic: Traditional menswear prints besides tweed are very in this year, lending itself to an academic look. Pair a tweed cardigan with a pair of Oxfords or try a tweed pleated skirt and embrace your inner Catholic schoolgirl. You can look book smart or cute and flirty when pulling off the academic look.
- Capes: Look out Count Dracula, capes are back in. Wearing a cape hasn’t been a thing since the 1960s, but now designers like Valentino and Jill Stuart are featuring capes in their fall lines. Try a plain cape over your tweed outfit on a chilly day.
- Oversized Coats: People are still wearing very fitted clothes, but any sort of coat this year is going to be on the big size. Finding a tweed jacket won’t be hard or, if you like, just find a coat to accent your tweed skirt.
- Hats: Here’s another accessory for you. To complete your British-inspired look, why not throw a hat on? Fedoras and bowler hats are both very hot this year. You can feel like you’re a member of the Downton Abbey cast while looking cute and trendy.
This summer, one of the hottest trends has been color blocking. Even the fraternity brothers you saw wearing sweatpants to class everyday in college are rocking a pair of salmon pants. Color blocking isn’t going away and will only be getting bigger this fall.
Color Blocking for Beginners
While color blocking is a must for any fashionista, it can be a pretty scary trend. Color blocking requires you to be bold, flashy, and draw lots of attention. If you are concerned about looking like a circus clown, start small. When you begin color blocking, start off by Googling the color wheel. Stay safe by going with colors you know are complimentary or colors that are in the same general family. Something you can also do is go with neutral colors paired with some bold metallic accessories.
Color Blocking Looks to Try
• Denim: Colored denim pants are everywhere these days and one of the hottest color blocked looks. Grab your pants and throw on a light-blue shirt and some neutral flats. You’re going to look really hot.
• Color Blocking at Work: I’ve worked in offices before where they want no-nonsense attire. You may have to tone it down, but color blocking can make work a little more cheerful. Mix a sleek, black look with some bursts of color. The black will keep the color toned down and professional, but still offer some fun.
• Clashing: This is a look to be tried only by seasonal color blockers. Grab two hues of the same color that are just slightly off from one another. You can add bold accessories to make this look even fiercer.
• Prints: Graphic, eye-catching prints are also big this year. You can combine two trends in one for a radical outfit. You want to start with the graphic piece and then choose colors to block it with. Neon and citrus tend to go great with prints. Since your clothes will be very bold, you’ll want to keep accessories and your makeup rather minimal.
• Pastels: A more basic color method is to block pastels with darker shades. This can work well at work or be used for a striking fall look.
For me, choosing what I’m going to do with my hair is more stressful than picking out an outfit. Should I chop off my wild mane and go for a Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby-Vidal Sassoon-look or should I just go for the sock bun today? If you’re like me, then you might find some inspiration in these fall 2013 trends. These are all looks gathered straight from the runway.
Sometimes when I’m at work and getting stressed, it just has to be ponytail time, and I can get down to business. Even with a ponytail, there’s still a trendy way to do it. Ponytails right now should hang low around the nape of the neck. Some designers are emphasizing the looseness of the ponytail by having pieces frame the face while others have girly, playful tails or sharply parted ones.
Side Faux Bang
I’ve known plenty of women who stress over whether to go for bangs or chop them off like it’s a matter of life and death. This season, try a fake side bang by sweeping the hair over your face to create a low-hanging, side part. It’s cute and a little boyish, plus you don’t have to make a longish commitment to the dreaded bang.
A huge runway trend this year was models who appeared to have wet hair. You get wet hair, or hair treated with product, then pair it with a beautiful outfit. If this seems a little sloppy, you can style the “wet” hair by twisting it, parting it, or combing it.
Maybe I’ll just leave the socks for my feet as perfect buns are way out the door. Designers have carefully created natural, deconstructed buns this year. While you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed, a loose, messy bun is going to be seen all over this fall.
This really is the year of casual. Let your wild mane go free this year. Plenty of runway models were sporting looks where the waves were falling free of their previous spirals. You can achieve this look by doing a quick run with a very hot curling iron. There’s no need to go heavy on the hairspray either for this look.
I’m expecting to see lots of gray this fall, as it is now the new neutral color. Sure, the halfway point between white and black has always been a neutral color, but it’s super trendy right now. Gray used to be associated with gloomy, cloudy days and drab business suits, but gray has made a comeback. Gray can be a look all to itself or can do a fabulous job accenting other colors.
With clothes on the racks, you’re never likely to see a true neutral gray, but rather shades of gray: perhaps 50 or so. Sorry about that, but I had to. Anyway, you’ll most likely see either warmer or cooler grays. When looking at warmer grays, they tend to have a more yellow or browner look to them and sometimes can even look like beige.
A cool gray will have a slightly blue look to it, and will be a bit icy in appearance. They’re meant to be fierce and sharp. Now, you can stay with all gray or pair it with other colors. So what goes great with gray?
Pairing Gray With Color
• Yellow: Since some grays appear to have yellow undertones, you can get accent them with a bright yellow. This will make the gray appear brighter, like the sun popping out of the sky on a cloudy day. Gray and yellow is for a fun, flirty look.
• Green: If you favor a bohemian, earthy look, but want something less your mother’s Woodstock clothes and more chic, then pair green and gray. You’ll still show that you’re one with mother nature, but the look will be trendier than the standard green and brown.
• Pink/Coral: Usually pink is considered to be ultra feminine, too girly, etc. Pink is always cute, but not always trendy. If you add some gray, though, then that’s another story. You’ll look like a thoroughly modern and chic fashionista.
• Plum: Plum is a very eye-catching color when put against gray. You want a lighter gray to make the plum stick out or else it will all just be dark and drab.
• Pastels: While this is a fall fashion post, a pastel with gray is perfect in warm, summer weather. It gives the gray a bit of a fun spark.