What goes up, must come down. Designers give a unified mid-calf length to stylesthis fall. What goes down must go up. As the hemlines drop, necklines go up. Gone is the peek-a-boo shoulder, although an occasional one shoulder appears. Shades of purple reign supreme—from lavender to deep purple. Leopard over- powers zebra with tiny to enormous spots. There is even a little whimsy with unusual color added to the spots. Don’t care for the all over leopard look? Get the look by adding a small leopard pattern in your handbag.
If you thought squared shoulders were gone forever, think again. They’re….. back. Look for squared, slightly larger shoulders that appear almost military inspired. Along with the military look comes belted waists and gold buttons. Add an emphasis on English-styled tweed in tiny houndstooth or larger windowpane.
Suiting tried to gain strength last fall, but appears more frequently this season. Go monochromatic or mix blazers with jeans. Neutrals combine with more dominant oranges and reds. Mixed textures still add interest. Lace combines with solids, patchwork with satins. Throw in a couple of neon shades of hot pink or lime if you think you are a little too classic. Fur trims everything from capes to shoes. Use a fur (real or faux) at the neckline, wrist, or even on shoes. Mary Jane-styled shoes still offer a sweet, comfortable look, but clunky boots work for outdoors. Begin to look for squared toed flats, loafers, and block heels.