After a dismal 2020 fashion year, due to the pandemic, I am happy to see some new trends emerging. I have been reading every article ( Vogue, Harper’s Bizarre, Who What Wear, ELLE ) I can find about what will be the fall trends for 2021 and there are a lot of exciting things happening.
“When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.” – Carrie Bradshaw
So how do we know in the summer what the trends are going to be in the fall? Well I will tell you. The fashion world runs on a different calendar than the rest of the world. There are two main timelines. First, when brands launch their seasonal line and make it available to retailers to order. Second, when retailers receive their merchandise and make it available to their customers. For fall, brands will release their line toward the end of winter to early spring so we know 6 months in advance what the trends may be. However they aren’t hitting stores until July to August.
The Trickle Down Effect
In years past there has been a trickle down effect in the fashion industry. Honestly Miranda Priestly explained it best…
“This stuff’? Oh, okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic ‘casual corner’ where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”
Thanks to the internet and especially social media trends hit our local retailers a lot faster than they did in the past. Before we would have had to wait one to two seasons so see these trends in ready to wear looks but now we can be wearing them this season.
I wanted to round up some of the things that I have been seeing and hearing about. I did two list. The first is what the fashion industry is anticipating and the second is what I think will be trending this fall. There is some overlap in the list but I want your feedback. What do you think I a right about and where do you think I missed the mark??
What Everyone is Anticipating
This is the number one item I am always interested in learning more about each season. As a person who likes a lot of color in their wardrobe I am eager to know what we will be working with. Color is the basis for basically everything. This season is going to be bright. Lots of mustard, bubble gum pinks, rust, marigold and lavender. I have seen some brands mixing traditional fall colors like chocolate brown with brighter colors like bubble gum pink. This has the makings of a bright season which I love!
The summer is to spaghetti straps what the fall is to accessories. At least here it is just too hot for accessories in the summer. I am always eager for the fall when I can layer and break out pieces like scarves and vests. This year we will be seeing vests like puffer jackets and also longer vests like trench length. It is a great accessory or if you live in a warmer climate like me you can use it as your outerwear.
Cutouts and Crops
These trends are not slowing down from the summer. Be on the look out for crop sweaters and tops that can be worn with high waisted pants or midrise to show a little skin.
Midi Length Hems
This is another trend that has been going strong for a few season. Minis will always be popular with tights but midis are for dressing with boots. It is perfect for your long boots or short boots too.
Coats are something I love but never buy. However for all of you lucky enough to have a real winter here is what you are looking at. Tailored looks, cozy wool jackets and puffy and quilted jackets.
Faux leather has been reserved for leggings for many year but we are breaking out of that mold. Be looking for faux leather shorts you can pair with tights, joggers, dresses, tops and more. My current favorite faux leather item is my cropped pants.
Just like with accessories the fall is ready for bigger and better things Big collars, puff sleeves, ornate cuffs are just a few of the things I am in love with.
Another personal favorite and pulling from the color choices above tights are a great way to add color and texture into your outfits. Especially if you aren’t wanting to spend a lot of money on an new clothing that fits this seasons trends. Tights could add a fun color (like pink or red) or they can add a texture (like apres ski).
Wide Leg Jeans
I know that this is going to be controversial but wide leg jeans are it. yes, you can still keep your skinny jeans. Yes, they are still in style to wear. However it is never bad to try something new and if you are wide leg jeans would be my suggestion. If you can’t go wide then just try some straight jeans and see how you feel.
Another great option if you live in a warmer client. I am loving all of the pattern and texture blazers I am seeing. They are always perfect for layering on your jeans and a tee or making an outfit more professional looking.
Ankle Tie Pants
I already discussed this earlier in the week on the blog. I think this pant is going to be our elevated jogger for this year. Loungewear is always going to make a come back in the cold moths and I love that this spin on a loungewear trend is developing. I love when simple styles are elevated slightly.
Can’t wait to start sharing some fun fall looks with all of you. Tell me your favorite trend from my list!