It may almost be the end of the year but it is not yet late to grab yourself some of this season’s essentials. This season is all about colors, materials, and patterns. But it doesn’t stop there. I am talking about striking color combination, rich materials, and elegant patterns.
A few designers have come up with a bizarre idea of clashing flaming colors such as red and pink. However, paired with safe neutrals like black, the result is stunning. Other raging colors that are popular this season are pink, orange, and burgundy. While fall/winter colors such as black, gray, brown, and blue are also popular. To add brightness to those dark colors, try adding light or bright- colored accessories to your outfit.
Bold colors are made even bolder with rich, pronounced materials. During the fall fashion show, different designers used variety of materials – chiffon, organza, silk, wool. In the real world, sequins, leather , and laces are dominating.
Sequins are not my favorite. They remind me of fish scales. A sequined skirt may look dazzling on the runway but may give a bad impression on the streets. However, an accessory with nicely done sequins is not bad like this Kate Spade El Morocco Paola clutch. It is surprisingly smooth and soft.
You can also look for smaller sequins like what these sequined shorts from Forever 21. They look shimmery and from afar, the sequins are not obvious at all.
If I am not comfortable wearing sequins, I am sure a lot of people are not comfortable wearing clothes made of leather. In exception to jackets, leather is conventionally made into shoes and other accessories. Not everyone can wear a leather skirt or top without being thought of as a dominatrix. Last summer though, Angelina Jolie showed up on the premiere of Brad Pitt’s movie wearing a leather dress from Michael Kors. I must say it was far from freaky. Angelina’s queenly poise and Michael Kors subtle elegant design were a perfect team.
Slip into a pair of skin-tight dark leather pants and you’ll be amazed at how much slimming effect it could give you. In this tough economy, pleather (plastic leather) or man-made leather is a wiser choice.
Although sequins and leather may get skeptical frowns from many, laces are probably more favored by most women. They speak of femininity and bring a romantic effect on any piece of clothing. Rummage through your closet and try to find some lacy skirt or tops, if not go shopping for one. There are easy to find and affordable.
Unlike the colors and materials popular this season, the patterns are more mellow and vintage. You will see a lot plaid and patterned tights.
Traditionally, plaid is just a design for Scottish kilts. But in the world of fashion, it is made popular by Burberry. I personally associate plaid designs with Burberry – classic, subtle, and elegant. But this season, you need not wear a kilt or buy an expensive Burberry coat to show off your favorite plaid. Used in scarves, jackets, skirts, and even dresses, there are so many ways to display this design.
On the other hand, floral designs are everywhere especially among women’s clothes. This season though, floral designs are popular in stockings, tights, or pantyhose. These neglected articles of clothing are finally given attention and yes, with floral designs and other patterns, they are quite eye-catching. Some stockings get out of hand from all those bold and colorful lprints but stay safe buy choosing prints that have the same color as your tights.
These Leg Avenue Bohemian print tights are just too much to handle. The swirly details create a not-so-good hypnotic effect.
Pick these Betsey Johnson Rose Garden patterned tights instead. The floral designs are noticeable enough but not too distracting to the eyes.
If floral patterns do not suit you, try even simpler patterns like these Banana Republic diamond patterned tights.
Inasmuch as it is important to buy classic designs and keep your own style, a little dash of trendy stuff will not hurt. Besides, trends come and go. You’ll never know when you need to use those argyle socks again.