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Fall Forecast: 4 Trends to Shop Now

Regardless of what the Gregorian calendar says, for many of us fashion folk, it’s September that feels like the start of a new year. Perhaps it’s because the magazines stretch their bindings on their biggest issues, or that, on the runways, we get a glimpse of what is to come. Or it may be the persistent association with back-to-school prep that lingers long after the last bell.

Whatever the reason, autumn puts one in mind of fresh beginnings. We can hardly be blamed, then, for wanting to jump-start the seasonal update now, even as we wait for temperatures to cool. Luckily, the stores have plenty of fresh offerings that play into fall’s biggest trends.

Statement Velvet

Velvet is to fall what florals are to spring. The cozy material is always a mainstay of the season. This year, though, the volume has been turned way up. Not only is it more omnipresent than ever, but instead of the usual navy, black and burgundy, it’s showing up in loud hues like hot pink and mustard gold.

The Hottest Hue

There are those of us who love to wear red and those who swear they can’t. This season may convert some of the naysayers. All over the runways, at Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and, most notably, Givenchy, which showed a completely crimson lineup, the potent color comes in many iterations — hipster-approved ensembles, sophisticated separates — that will appeal to all sorts.

A Different Kind of Suit

It’s always nice when a trend comes along that’s as comfortable and practical as it is cool. The tracksuit, seen on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Chloé, and Yeezy, is one such gem. Updated in a variety of fabrics and slightly tweaked silhouettes, the tricked-out suits invite a certain swagger.

Laced Up

It’s a little odd that, at a time when feminism is arguably thriving more than ever, the corset, that hallmark of the patriarchal oppression, should be enjoying a moment of popularity. Of course, the 2017 versions are a good deal less restrictive — and pair perfectly well with a finely honed sense of social justice.

how to make your handbag match your clothes

Most  of the women love the bag, but how to make your bag match your cllothes is a big problem.

As with clothes, your bag can also accentuate your best features and help draw attention away from the parts of your body you don’t particularly like. It’s all about choosing the right length and shape of a bag to complement your outfits and silhouette. For example, if you have:

 

A Pear-Shaped Body – Since this body type is wider on the hips, any hip-length bag will only make your hips look larger. To turn eyes on your slimmer middle, opt for waist-length bags instead.

 

A Big Bust – Again, the game is all about proportions and keeping them balanced. Busty ladies should avoid any types of bags that draw attention to their cleavage, such as saddle bags.

 

A Curvaceous Physique – Long, slim bags are ideal for you, especially if you are short as they will make you appear slimmer and taller! For tall women with curves, low-hanging bags are gorgeous options.

A Petite Figure – Anything with long hanging straps or fringes is a big no-no. So satchels are out of the question.

 

A Tall and Thin Silhouette – Rounded, oversized bags are your best pick. Stay away from long, slim bags no matter what. And, to add a fab factor, go sleeveless or roll up your sleeves. The bag’s size will contrast your toned and slim arms beautifully.

 

Some extra pounds – Plus-sized ladies look amazing with medium sized bags.

 

  1. How Far you Can Go

As previously mentioned, everything has to do with balance, from choosing the right window treatments for your windows to selecting the best bag to match your outfits. Too much matching is not flattering in most instances. In our case, the secret is in getting the bag-outfit matching right so that you don’t look monochrome and boring (when it comes to style, of course).

 

So, try a textured or printed bag when you wear a monochrome garment. The same applies to when wearing color-blocked outfits. Patterned bags will help catch the eye!

 

For multi-colored outfits, better play with neutrals and single-color bags, such as beige or classic black. Leather also complements colored outfits, too. And, if you want a more playful and flirty note to your style, tie a slim scarf in the colors of the outfit you are wearing to your bag.

 

Finally, for printed outfits, the safest way is to choose a monochromatic bag. Just pick a color from t he print of your outfit and highlight it with the bag you wear. For genuine fashionistas, though, there is nothing more eye-pleasing and stylish than matching a printed dress with a printed bag. However, since marrying those two is not easy and requires high fashion sense, better stick with a monochromatic bag if you are now initiating into the world of fashion!

 

You may want to match your shoes with your bag. Opinions vary, though. A few decades ago, that was a prevailing concept. Today, however, things have changed, although we do see many chic women follow that unwritten rule. So, it’s really up to you to choose to pair your shoes with your bag or not. If you want a piece of advice here, better keep either the shoes or bag neutral and amp up the other. It will add to a more glamorous look and make you look more elegant and stylish.

 

Important Note: When trying to match your bag with your outfit, pay attention to the hardware (if any), such as metallic details. They should match, too. For example, you can’t shoes with silver buckles or bronze and sport a bag with golden hardware or copper studs respectively. Or wear a gold or rose gold necklace with a bag that has silver metallic shoulder straps.

Match your Handbag with your Clothes: Get it Right EACH & EVERY TIME!

Style divas worth their fame such as Angelina Jolie, Sofia Vergara, Rihanna, and Miranda Kerr are always big news every time they are seen in public, not only for their outfits but also for the handbags they have selected to carry with them. No wonder glossies and style blogs dedicate so much space to the A-lists’ stylistic choices, especially their outfit-handbag pairings!

Although a lot has been said and written the last few years about whether we should match our bags with our shoes, there is nothing stopping us from letting bags and clothes work together to create that oh-so-special look. No matter what some people say, the finishing touch to up our style quotient to a higher level comes from a quality handbag. Here is how to pick the right bag to match your outfit, each and every time!

Consider:

  1. The Occasion

Whether you are going shopping, formal, dressy, office, informal or casual, you need a different bag to go with the occasion. As a rule of thumb, small bags add a more sophisticated look while large bags give a more laid-back aura. This is why we usually wear larger bags with casuals and clutches when we wear formal clothes. So, if you decide to wear a casual bag with formal outfits or a stiff bag with casuals, you will get a fine from the fashion police! Here are some essential bags you should definitely have in your armory! And now, let’s look at what bag you can carry according to the occasion.

Shopping – An over-sized duffel or hobo bag that goes beautifully with sneakers, shorts, and t-shirts.

With summer dress and sandals – A sling bag will look adorable with your look. Wear it over your shoulder and you are good to go (we want to go simple in this case).

With skinny jeans and blazer or tunic – A tote bag or even a hobo will help give the elegance you are seeking without being too formal.

Office attire – Roomy tote bags are perfect if you wear a tailored trouser suit. You can also get the same business look with a satchel or structured boxy bag. In general, office bags need to have large compartments for all your stuff, including your notebook or laptop. That noted, satchel bags also look great with high-waist trousers or skirts worn with cardigan combos or cotton or soft linen gauzy tops.

Power dressing – Briefcase bags or top-handle tote bags will help you exude sophistication and will easily give you the lean and mean boardroom presence you want. Under no circumstances, though, should you try slouchy bags, duffels or hobos as they are poor options for the kind of style you want to achieve.

Cocktail dress/long gown – Clutches and miniature bags are ideal for formal and dressy events. You can also pair them with your favorite LBD. If you are wearing a sheath dress, metallic or sequined envelope clutches are an excellent option. For the cases when your dress comes with heavy detailing or embellishments. Then a plain clutch is a wiser choice.

 

How to Math Beautiful Separates

 

Today I am going to talk something about how to match colorful separates.

I’m definitely guilty of falling into a rut of outfits consisting entirely of neutrals. I have an impressive collection of white button-down shirts that I rely too much on, and I’m fairly sure I’ve worn all fifty shades of gray by now.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping it minimal, but if you’re like me, you’re taking the easy way out by neglecting all the pretty, colorful skirts and tops in your closet because it’s just too much work to figure out how to put them all together without looking like you got dressed in the dark.

Since summer’s almost over and I just know that I’ll be swathing myself in forest green, heather gray, and navy once fall rolls around, I’ve been challenging myself to wear more color.

With the help of  CF’s super-helpful A Foolproof Guide to Matching Colors in Your Outfits, I’ve found that with a little planning, there are just three simple rules (more like guidelines, anyway) to making “mix and match” a breeze.

Easy Formulas for Mixing and Matching Your Colorful Clothes

Before we embark on this full-spectrum journey,  one quick reminder: outfits will look more cohesive if the textures/materials are seasonally analogous.

For instance, a wool cable-knit sweater will look “off” when paired with summer-weight chino pants, even if the colors go well together. Alternately, corduroys – traditionally a fall/winter piece – aren’t a great complement for a sheer, airy eyelet top. There are definitely exceptions, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind!

A monochromatic look is quick and easy to achieve: just start with a single article of clothing and match it with something else either a few shades lighter or darker. This creates a chic, polished look and is a great option for that one piece you love but can never figure out how to wear.

With a monochrome outfit, you can keep your accessories neutral to maintain the minimalist look, or you can add pops of color by wearing accessories in a contrasting hue. Personally, I like to keep the rest neutral because I think it lets the main colors shine.

Color Blocking

Color blocking has been pretty popular the last few years and basically consists of two or more solid colors worn together. It’s a great look for summer because it typically employs bold, bright shades. Color blocking looks best when it’s with complementary or analogous colors; that is, colors opposite to one or another or next to each other on the color wheel, respectively.

While this trend focuses on saturated, bright colors, you can definitely use the same theory to mix and match your pastels and jewel tones. For example, if you lightened the two outfit examples I’ve shown, you’d wind up with combinations of sky blue + pale mint and peach + baby pink. Alternately, keep one color bold and use the pastel version of the other for combinations of sky blue + sea foam/cobalt + mint and peach + hot pink/orange + pale pink.

For more color combination ideas, make sure to check out our “Color Combo to Try” series!

Pattern Play

Patterns can be pretty intimidating, but they’re much more manageable if you just think of them as a collection of solids.

Take a look at your pattern and see what colors it’s made up of. Pick one and use it as a springboard. For instance, the geometric skirt on the left contains cobalt, brown, beige, yellow, and a predominantly teal background. Any of these colors would be suitable: I chose a yellow top and a pair of dark teal shoes. This easy method creates a cohesive, polished look.

Alternately, you can “color block” if your pattern is smaller and has one predominant color. The skirt on the right contains purple, green, white, and blue, but from a distance, it “reads” as blue, which is complemented nicely by a coral top.

What did you think?  Do you know how to match now?

The bell sleeve trend

Ruffles and flounces on sleeves are extremely fashionable, part of the Modern Retro trend, and completely mainstream. The bell sleeve silhouette — true to its name — flares out at the hem resembling the shape of a bell. You’ll find bell-shaped sleeves all over solid and patterned shirts, blouses, knitted tops, and dresses. They’re as lovely on jackets, cardigans and coats, although not as popular as bell-sleeved tops.

Bell sleeves vary in shape. Sleeve length varies from the elbow and three-quarter lengths to bracelet, full length, and beyond. The sleeve can flare from the crown of the sleeve right through to the wrist without a break to create a bohemian vibe. Or the sleeve can be broken up with a cut line to create a ruffled and flounced effect from seam to wrist. Sometimes, that style of sleeve is called a flutter sleeve. The flounced and ruffled bell sleeve is more popular at the moment than its straighter boho cousin.

Bell sleeves vary in volume. High volume flounces are more visually dramatic, especially when the fabric is stiff, and/or the hem of the sleeve is asymmetrical. The sleeves stand away from the arms like wings, which is an intentional trendy look. They are hard to layer over unless the topper is sleeveless, a cape, a wrap, or has wide sleeves to accommodate the shape of the bell. High-volume flounces in soft fabrics are less dramatic because they collapse flat back onto the body and drape like a dream. It’s easier to layer over a more subtle bell sleeve with a jacket that has tailored sleeves, although “bell squashing” can occur.

If you like the idea of bell sleeves but don’t fancy the drama or distinctive frill of the silhouette, choose a style in a soft fabric that is three-quarter or bracelet length for a more subtle version of the look. The extreme lengths of elbow or beyond-the-wrist with high-volume flounces are the versions that make you feel like you’re going to take off and fly. Overwhelming, unless that’s the vibe you’re going for.

I love the bell sleeve trend because of its pretty and girly integrity, and because it’s a flashback to the fashion of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It looks fresh after years of simple straight sleeves. My holiday dress last year had a fluted sleeve, which is a cousin to this trend. My chartreuse cocoon coat layered over perfectly and didn’t squash the sleeves. I want to add a bell-sleeved blouse to my warm weather blouse capsule this year in a solid or pattern. The sleeves must be an elbow, three-quarter or bracelet length because I don’t like the fussy feeling of the fabric flopping around my wrists when they’re longer, although I do like the way it looks.

Over to you. What’s your take on the bell sleeve trend?