You may have spotted them on street style stars around the globe. They're short, flirty, and flared at the hem. I know them as trumpet skirts, but they're also known as drop-waist skirts. The key detail is the flared panel at the hem. How to style this fun piece? I'm drawn to the idea of pairing it with another key item this season - the embellished sweatshirt. It's cozy, comfy, and down-to-earth. Going to holiday parties and dinners? Amp up the glam factor with sparkly accessories and spiked heels to juxtapose the casual nature of the sweatshirt.
Need an instant outfit for casual days? Or how about for casual holiday gatherings? Cold weather standbys such as a sweatshirt and slouchy pants don't have to be dressed down or boring. Choose bright prints with geometric patterns, an embellished sweatshirt, and a structured tote that echoes the color in the pants. A pair of heels lends a polished feel, while a pom pom beanie and sparkly necklace add personality.
If I had to select a fashion uniform consisting of easy-to-wear separates that work for me day in and day out, there would definitely be a chambray shirt and comfortable jeans in the mix. When it comes to wearing double denim, I adore the idea of contrasting two different shades of blue. A pair of leopard print pumps would dress up the jeans, and a red tote bag adds a small dose of color which is a great mood-booster for dreary winter days. For the finishing touch, I'd bundle up in a chic and versatile faux fur-trimmed coat.
If you shy away from color, then this season you're in luck because the monochromatic trend continues for fall with a variety of cozy knits in black and white. This classic color combination is especially chic when paired with a red lip and polished pumps or ballet flats. Whether you opt for polka dots, stripes, or bolder prints, there's no shortage of on-trend styles at Target. I'll be wearing my black and white sweaters with everything from faded gray skinny jeans to black A-line skirts and distressed boyfriend jeans. Below are six cute styles I've got my eye on.
For fall, I've always been intrigued by the balance of a flirty and floaty skirt worn with a cozy sweater and jacket. It's the equation of showing some leg, but covering up on top that brings a refined element to the look. (If the weather doesn't allow for bare legs, just add thick tights in gray, navy, or black.) To finish the outfit, a chic velvet blazer, metallic menswear-inspired oxfords, and a two-tone carryall lend a preppy edge, but more importantly, they add comfort and functionality.
London-based fashion forecasting firm WGSN is highlighting their key spring summer 2014 and autumn winter 2014-2015 fashion trends, and fortunately, I took detailed notes during one of their presentations! **Please note that this information is protected by international copyright laws, and may not be republished or reproduced without my permission. The WGSN editors come up with three macro trends for each season. For spring summer 2014 these trends are: New Digital Aesthetic (or N.D.A.), Next Nature, and Neo Geo. They emphasized that we're looking for newness. It's all about neo, next, and new. Computers are influential, as well as the aesthetic they bring. N.D.A. is all about the virtual and reality worlds coming together. We're all connected via technology and we're feeling connected in an artificial and real way at the same time. The N.D.A. trend translates into fashion in a sporty way or in a minimally tailored way. Expect bold colors, sheers, pixelation, graphic prints, translucent effects, photorealism, plastic materials, or mirrored effects (such as on this tee). Next Nature lets us look at nature in a spiritual way. The trend is sexy and entertaining. It's darker than in the past with nature-inspired prints. Dark jungle aesthetics such as palm fronds and florals are key. It gets more elevated and tailored this time around. Neo Geo focuses on a new geological age. It promotes slowness and ritual. The trend can go earthy or tech. Linen and geometrics are key to the trend. Elegant rusticity is important. Here are the new pieces for women for spring summer 2014: the sheer layered dress (like this one) in lightweight organza, either tailored or flowing the polo dress brings in a sporty aesthetic the sliced sheath is fashion forward and structured with an asymmetrical slice the asymmetric wrap skirt in a mini length or with moto details layered shorts as seen at Fendi spring summer 2013, and side pocket flaps are key
Essential colors for spring summer 2014: ink - an update to navy lava red - orange-hued sand as a neutral for men seaweed - a casual green adobe as a warm neutral for men and outerwear Fashion colors include: gold and copper metallics pastels for the N.D.A. trend in lilac, blush, limeade, and ice blue enamel blue as a strong commercial color, works well with metallics hot pink continues for spring
Key Details: twisted and knotted slits are important the deep V to update simple silhouettes the unfinished look with raw edges as seen at Céline coated jersey basics embellishment with graphics and layering embroidery as the new graphic to showcase craftsmanship sheer insets as seen at Saint Laurent pre-summer 2014 Autumn Winter 2014-2014 Preview
Industrial Evolution, Modern Myth, and Rendering Reality are the three trends for autumn 2014 and winter 2015. Industrial Evolution is influenced by 3D printing and open-source design. We'll see unfinished edges and cut and pieced fashion. It's about experimenting with shape and form. Functional finishes with a reinforced punk feel are key. Modern Myth pulls from the past with storytelling to inform the future. There are Peruvian and Indian influences. Crests, emblems, and regal details are important. Prints and patterns are layered. There's folklore, embroidery, unique placement of graphics, shaggy mohair, and oversized creatures.
Rendering Reality is a continuation of N.D.A. It continues the conversation of what's real, what's virtual, and it asks how do we connect in the real world. There is a 1990s influence with a back-to-basics feel. Colors are bright and beautiful. Denim is seen in contemporary washes. Ironic and sport influences continue. Sheer overlays and shifting light effects are important. Pixelation and updated camo are key, as prints are busy. **For more fashion trend forecasting information, have a look at my spring summer 2014 fashion forecast and my fall 2014 winter 2015 trend forecast on my other blog The Key To Chic, and get more inspiration by following along on Pinterest and Facebook.