According to a Today Show piece, a very preachy assistant manager at Plato’s Closet, and my shudders upon opening some of my email catalogues from Victoria’s Secret, The Limited and The Express, here are some of the “must have” fashion trends for this autumn.
1. Use of “Rich Color”
In contrast to previous years’ emphasis on certain patterns, Autumn 2010 is supposed to be one for rich, solid colors such as a deep royal blue or even a spruce green.
Not only will these colors act as a code to tell other women that you are – in fact – “stylin'”, but they also more easily disguise less expensive types of cloth and cut.
2. Lace Tops
As if I’ve already gotten rid of my lace tops from 15 or so years ago, apparently lace tops are back. The lace itself renders the garment feminine, as the pieces themselves are standard t-shirt cuts.
3. Military Influence
Purportedly the military influence this fall fashion year is “enormous.” It only took 11 years of two simultaneous wars to make its splash, but it has now done so in a huge way. Cargo shorts and pants with a military cut, including large leg pockets, are everywhere. There are even splashes of camouflage outside of deer hunter tree stands.
And yes, the lacy tops are paired with the cami-cut pants.
4. Lace-Up Booties
I still can’t fully look at these. Maybe they’ll help me lose the 10 lbs. I gained when I quit smoking over the summer.
Instead of being the properly hippie lace-to-the-knee boots, these are lace-up short boot or even ankle booties.
Yes, they’re even worn with the cami-cut pants and the lacey tops and make anyone who wears them look as if they’ve dressed in the dark in 3 different decades.
“Grey is the new black.” Or so I’ve been told. This statement doesn’t just refer to the almost-black-anyway charcoal greys but also includes the lighter, almost silver shades as well.
Clutches, perhaps in a deep, rich grey, are supposed to be in this year. They may be in with you, but I’ll skip this one, thank you. Personally, I’m barely able to use a clutch for a couple hours during a wedding, much less routinely use one on a day-to-day basis to carry my stuff around.
Oh, wait a minute! Maybe that’s what those pockets on the cami-pants are for!
7. Minimal Look
The Plato’s Closet woman actually told me this one with a straight face when I went in to run these ideas past her. She sees this fall’s fashion predictions as “minimal.” I see a model in a lace shirt in a pair of cami-pants, leg pockets included, and propped up into a pair of laced-up boots as the very antithesis of “minimal.” I know minimal. I was wearing it at the time I spoke with Ms. Plato’s Closet. That outfit consisted of an old pair of jeans from Goodwill, a white wife-beater t-shirt and black flip-flops.
8. Bold Jewelry Pieces
Now, here the fashion mavens’ inconsistencies either keep us guessing and continuing to spend money, or, we see through their charade and remain comfortable and with cash in our non-cami pockets.
Nonetheless, along with the idea of “minimal” and somehow mixed in with the “military” look, our costume jewelry this season is considered “bold.” “Bold” is fashion-speak for big, clunky and shiny. You will have plenty of cami-pocket and some clutch space to put these big clunky pieces away in when they inevitably get caught on something and break.
Good luck with your fall fashion make-over and don’t forget to temper any and all suggestions with both your own common sense and your available budget.