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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Look for Less - Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers

With the continued popularity of athletic apparel and footwear in the fashion industry, the chunky-soled sneaker is poised to replace the chic, minimal sneaker as the shoe style of choice. Joining the ranks of hoodies, leggings, fanny packs, parkas, and other fitness-inspired must-haves are a myriad of colorful, unmistakable new sneakers. For the spring/summer 2018 season, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and Chloé have designed standout styles perfect for dressing up or down. In luxurious materials and unexpected color combinations, they strike the balance between '90s dad sneakers and futuristic lifestyle kicks. You may have spotted the Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker on your favorite influencer or model as pictured below. 

Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers 
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So what exactly makes the Louis Vuitton Archlight style so special? This distinctive sneaker features an exaggerated arched sole, low-cut ankle, high tongue, and of-the-moment chunky sole. It's the kind of shoe that takes an outfit to the next level while keeping you comfortable. If the $1090 price tag doesn't fit your budget, there are may inspired versions for less available.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time and Tru Review at Walmart

Admittedly, I don't shop at Walmart often, but after seeing a TV commercial for their new apparel brands, I was intrigued. It looks as though they're trying to amplify their fashion footprint and keep up with the competition. During my last visit, I was able to inspect the new Time and True brand in the Women's department. What I saw pleasantly surprised me. On-trend blouses, chic pants, flowy tees, versatile camisoles (under $4), pretty pastels, and cute details such as ruffles and embroidery left me impressed and wanting to see more. The fabrics were certainly an upgrade from their No Boundaries, Faded Glory, and George labels, while the prices were still downright affordable.

May 21, 2018 update - Shop the latest:

My store's selection of Time and Tru was minimal, but I'll be sharing my favorites in this short shopping review. Here's a look at some of my top picks.

Below, ruffled-sleeve jumpsuits for $16.94. These have a wide leg and cropped silhouette with pockets, which I liked. It's a one-and-done summer outfit that looks chic, effortless, and relaxed. I'd pair with espadrille wedges and a denim jacket for now, or flat mules and tassel earrings for hot summer days. The verdict? Two thumbs up! The only problem...which color to choose?

Time and Tru Walmart ruffle jumpsuits

These ruffled T-shirts ($10.94) were super stretchy and long in length, making them perfect for tucking into skirts or pairing with leggings. Not pictured - a stylish charcoal grey version which almost made it into my basket. I might be going back to Walmart soon for another look.

Time and Tru Walmart ruffle t-shirts

The cold-shoulder crochet top ($13.44) was made of heftier fabric than other Walmart brands, and I love the pretty shade of pink on the right.

Time and Tru crochet open shoulder tops

The embroidered tie-sleeve top ($15.44) is made of cotton poplin and comes in four colorways. I took home the black one with white embroidery. It's comparable to other cotton blouses that retail for five times the price that I've seen at Saks or Nordstrom. It has a loose fit and can be worn off-the-shoulder or on. 

embroidered Time and Tru off the shoulder blouses

I look forward to seeing more from this brand, especially shirts, dresses, and footwear. They seem to be on the right track in terms of trends, colors, and better fabrics. I'm eyeing these bow sandals and this bell sleeve cardigan. Shopping note - the goods look much better in person than online. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Denim Trends for 2018

As denim becomes more ingrained into our everyday wardrobes, it's fascinating to see how it evolves each season. The days of boring blue jeans are long gone, replaced with embellished jackets, cute skirts, innovative treatments, eco-friendly construction techniques, and fun finishes. Earlier this month at MAGIC trade show, I spent some time tracking Women's denim trends, and I'll be sharing my top five denim trends for 2018. 

1. The Novelty Denim Jacket
While the trucker jacket was a key item last season, the novelty jacket is taking its place for spring 2018. Think floral embroidery, elbow cut outs, ruffles, cropped shapes, and frayed edges. Almost anything goes; there's no room for minimalism here.

2018 denim jacket fashion trends

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2. Fit to be Stitched
The embroidery of the past few seasons isn't slowing down, with floral motifs adding a pretty touch to straight-leg jeans, mini skirts, and casual jackets.

2018 embroidered denim fashion trend

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3. The Sporty Stripe
Given the popularity of athletic apparel, the athleisure movement was bound to infiltrate the denim market. Sporty striped panels adorned many pairs of jeans at MAGIC this season. It was most notable on skinny and straight leg silhouettes and paired with distressed finishes. 

2018 sporty striped jeans fashion trend

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4. Shredded Styles
Fringe effects, frayed hems, shredded trims, and Western-inspired details add texture and movement to denim.

2018 fringe denim fashion trend

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5. Overalls
Overalls, short-alls, and overall skirts round out the mix of one-piece denim styles I spotted. Paired with statement-sleeve tops layered underneath, it's a casual path to festival season style.

2018 denim overalls fashion trend

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Other notable denim trends to take note of include: glow in the dark denim, iridescent coatings, 3-D effects, recycled garments, resin prints, water repellent storm denim, and fabric with enhanced wicking. 

See brands such as RE/DONE, AGOLDE, Topshop, 3x1, Levi's, and this collection of emerging designers for more denim inspiration and ideas.

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Five Women's footwear trends for 2018 

Men's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 fashion trend forecast (macro trends)

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 trend forecast (four key themes)

Women's spring summer 2019 fashion trend forecast

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Women's Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Fashion Trend Forecast

New York-based trend agency Fashion Snoops is featuring four key Women's fashion trend narratives for the fall 2018/winter 2019 season. They are: Sensei, Vanguard, New Romantics, and Terra. In this post, I'll be sharing details about each theme, including the inspiration, key items, color palettes, and must-have accessories. 

For more background information on where these four trends come from, this post goes hand in hand with the fall 2018/winter 2019 macro trends post that I published on my other blog The Key To Chic.

Want more fashion trend inspiration and information? Follow along on my Insta stories @thekeytochic, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to emerging trends, trade show trends, outfit ideas, and frequent shopping reports.

Some quick updates:

March 5, 2018 update - See key Women's fashion trends for 2018 in my MAGIC trade show report.

February 21, 2018 update - See five key 2018 denim trends for Women in my MAGIC trade show report.

February 19, 2018 update - See five Women's footwear trends for 2018 in my MAGIC trade show report. 

January 25, 2018 update - See my favorite spring 2018 trends in this mini retail report.

January 23, 2018 update - See four Men's trends for fall 2018/winter 2019

January 9, 2018 update - See nine key fashion trends for spring summer 2018 in my retail trend report.

Please note that this blog post is adapted from Fashion Snoops, is protected by international copyright laws, and may not be republished without permission. Students, please feel free to use this information for school projects as long as it's not reproduced or republished online and you properly cite both Fashion Snoops and The Key To Chic as sources.

1. Sensei
According to Fashion Snoops, "the Sensei woman has achieved a certain level of mastery. Complex and innovative, her wardrobe has tailored origins inclusive of power suits, reworked shirts, and voluminous trousers. There's a softer side to her as well, which reminds us of a traditional Japanese retreat. Kimono sleeves and wrapped sweater styling compose a serene spirit that nods to the past. Traditional shibori dye techniques add a sense of tranquility to minimalistic Japanese lines."

Key words for Sensei include: Japanese influence, reworked shirts, minimalist lines, tunic layering, voluminous pants, wrapped styling, the power blazer, fluid volume, kimono styling, and shibori prints. 

sensei trend forecast mood

sensei fashion trend details
Colors have a serene side and a rich cultural heritage. There are dusty tones such as Lab and Antique Pink, as well as red hues iD and Samurai. Catalyst is a dark green. 
sensei fashion trend forecast colors
Must-have items for the Sensei story are the wrapped sweater, culottes, tunic, reworked shirt, sleeveless overcoat, wide leg pants, and power blazer.
sensei key items
Key accessories include statement pumps, laceless oxfords, stiletto heeled booties, the canteen bag, micro frame sunglasses, the rope belt, and sculptural earrings. 
sensei accessories
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2. Vanguard
The background on Vanguard: "the Vanguard woman is at the forefront of a progressive movement paving the way with new ideas. She resonates with the Maker Movement, defining a woman who is an inventor and designer. As an expressionist, she embraces power colors. The 1970s come to mind with the rise of hip-hop in Harlem and patterns ranging from track stripes to chevron patterns. Items like track suits or polos have major street cred, while embroidered jeans play up the craft component."

This theme is influenced by the progressive craft movement and protest through art. Takeaways for Vanguard are: experimental knits, feminism, community, track suits, vintage furs, activism, mixed media, positive influence, and a collaborative spirit. 

vanguard fashion forecast mood

vanguard trend details
The color palette for Vanguard is empowering with a retro spirit. There are reds and a bright Shelter orange, as well as dusty neutrals and mid-tones. 
vanguard fashion forecast colors
Key items are: the oversized sweater, flares, trucker jacket, track jacket, fur coats, turtlenecks, the slim midi skirt, wide-leg pants, and the sweater dress.
vanguard key items
Accessories for Vanguard are platform lug sole boots, high tops, slide sandals, the mini top handle bag, messenger bags, newsboy caps, camp socks, and square frames.
vanguard accessories
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3. New Romantics
The story behind this theme is as follows: "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future. This dark romantic trend embodies a modern Victorian reference complete with Baroque and traditional Celtic patterns. Plush velvet is a driver across all classifications, especially dresses. Puff sleeve detailing elevates blouses, and higher necklines are often leveraged as a layer underneath slip dresses. Delightful feminine flourishes range from moody florals to ruffles. Layered power blazers achieve a new level of harmony."

This theme is about a collision of eras, Victorian influence, velvet separates, and jewel tones. Takeaways are: escapism, romance, moody florals, puffy sleeves, romantic ruffles, higher collars, poetic graphics, English monarchy, and tailored blazers. 

new romantics fashion forecast mood

new romantics details
The color palette for New Romantics is tender and romantic with jewel tones such as Tokyo Glow and soft tones such as Antique Pink.
new romantics fashion forecast colors
Must-haves for New Romantics are the midi skirt, wrap maxi dress, wide-leg pants, cape, overcoat, power blazer, puff-sleeved blouse, and slip dress.
new romantics key items
Key accessories are the updated Mary Jane, heeled mule, stocking boot, top handle bag, micro bag, embellished belt with pearls, optical cat eyes, pearl earrings, and lots of velvet. 
new romantics accessories
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4. Terra
According to Fashion Snoops, "Terra embodies a woman who is one and of the earth with a heightened digital footprint. Emerged in the Berkshires, she forges a deep connection with the earth which is both rustic and youthful. At home in weathered shearling or quilted nylon, outerwear favorites include parkas and puffers. Prints and patterns include both traditional motifs like ditsy florals and structured nature imagery that pushes the digital envelope. Oversized sweater dresses and turtlenecks are favorites, and fur or fringe details are full-on cabin fever mode."

Takeaways include: hybrid innovation, natural + digital, experimentation, retreat, discovery, and of the earth. There are cozy sweaters, parkas, high pile furs, shades of green, utility details, and quilted surfaces. 

terra fashion forecast mood

terra trend forecast details
The color palette for Terra is earth inspired, with a digital element. There are browns such as Henna and Fawn, as well as a variety of greens, including a bold lime shade called Algae.
terra color palette

Must-have items for Terra are: the puffer jacket, bomber jacket, sweater dress, parka, bomber jacket, cargo pants, oversized turtleneck sweater, oversized shirt, and baggy jeans.
terra key items
Accessories for Terra are the heeled hiking boot, updated hobo bag, knit gloves, corset belt, statement earrings, quilted leather tote, and mono lens sunglasses
terra accessories
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For more forecasts, see this spring summer 2018 fashion report, this spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast, and this spring summer 2019 fashion forecast. 

To get more frequent fashion trend inspiration and ideas, follow along on social media @thekeytochic.

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