It’s finally time for part three of this annual fall trend report: tips from London Fashion Week!
As you may remember, I lived in London for three months back in college and loved it. It’s the place where I found my independence, the good nutella, love for traveling and drive to go beyond my “Jersey bubble.” (If you live in the suburbs, you know exactly what that means.) It’s also where I got into my first, exclusive fall Fashion Week event! Now, it’s time to share the latest Fall tends with you!
One of the many good things about this LFW is that a few of the top trends include things that are already in your closet. (Queue my wallet’s happy dance.)
Here are the details:
I loved wearing ruffles last season! My red J.Crew bodysuit with an off-the-shoulder ruffle neckline was my favorite, especially when I wore it with fruit-printed shorts. Ruffles always make me want to do a spin, too!
Each swoop of fabric adds a sense of whimsy and drama to your favorite pieces without the need for added accessories. They also come in a myriad of materials.
When searching through the AW collections from London Fashion Week, I came across several designers who added a ruffle or five to their looks. It came in every material from cotton to sheer tulle. The brands include Saloni, Shrimps, Roberts Wood, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Erdem (yes, the designer who’s doing the next H&M collab!), Molly Goddard and Osman. It was so much fun to see all the different designs!
Not sure how to wealth ruffles within your wardrobe? Slip a sheer, ruffle-accented top over your favorite dress. Or, simply use your favorite ruffle-detailed look as a statement piece by complementing it with solid basics. This way, the ruffle will create a sense of drama to an otherwise under-done look.
Style Tip! Want to mix two intricate patterns or styles (like a ruffle and 1920s print) in the same look? Focus on common details like a pearl element or specific design. It will help you look put together and stylish, rather than in over your head. Saloni Fall 2017 – London Fashion Week
Say It With Sequins
I’ve never seen so many sequins in my life! LFW looked like fashion’s take on a dance competition – in all the best ways. Ashish specifically caught my attention with all-out- rainbow sequin-covered looks and even graphic tops! I also saw purple sequins across looks by Erdem, Mulberry and Temperley London. Osman and Julien MacDonald brought out the dazzling material as well.
But, how do you wear sequins without looking like a disco ball, or worse, a 1980s reject? Focus on darker or metallic hues and modern designs. A graphic sequin top paired with jeans and sock boots, or, a fun sequin pencil skirt with an athleisure cotton top, should do the trick. There’s plenty of ways to make it work! For something a little simpler, try this:
Style Tip! Want to mix in metallics/sequins with your every day look? Pair it with a neutral that is close in root color (like a pale pink vs. rose gold combination). When in doubt, let your shoes or another statement accessory help bring the look gather. Temperley London Fall Ready-to-Wear 2017 LFW
A Meadow of Vintage Florals
Growing up, floral prints meant that there were literally bunches of flowers covering every inch of your outfit. If you were under five, this also came on a giant poof skirt. (I remember some of them had more body than my mini fro of a head!) Well, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mulberry and Temperley London have found a way to make these vintage-inspired prints look completely modern.
But how do you make something that looks like your childhood dress, or worse, grandma’s comforter, look chic? Focus on contemporary designs such as a keyhole, ruffle, slit or even unexpected elements, such as metallics. These will help bring this age-old look into 2017.
Ready to try something a little more extreme and completely stunning?
Style Tip! Focus on the details – Taking out the skirt lining and adding an exaggerated v-neckline to a dress is what brought one look from Temperley London Fall/Winter 2017 from out-dated to on-trend. The change of shoes to boots and fun bow accent also help a lot! I would definitely wear this look.
A Slit in Time
This is the first time I’ve ever wanted my pants to rip! Last season, everyone walked around with cuts across their black skinny jeans. It definitely wasn’t my thing. But this trend takes it a step further with better fabrics and a fun twist on workwear.
Osman and Antonio Berardi (shown below) included these over-the-top slits in their winter collections. David Kroma added buckles along the seemingly knee-high cuts and Jonathan Simkai showed just the ankle in the altered pants during his New York show.
Style Tip: Who says a suit has to be boring? Reinvent your standard work by choosing statement details. These gorgeous slits may not be allowed in the work place but you can wear metallic ankle boots or a dramatic sleeve. Osman LFW Fall/Winter 2017
BONUS: 4 Repeats Across Top Fashion Weeks and Seasons
Now we’ve covered New York, Paris, and London Fashion Weeks! The funny thing is, no matter what country you’re visiting, there are bound to be some similarities between how you dress and how the locals do. Even something simple like a leather motorcycle jacket can be on sale both here and across the pond. In this case, it’s four other trends:
Stripes – Throughout my weekend in D.C., I wore some form of stripes, including a jumpsuit and cropped wide-leg pants! I’m sure you did the same all summer long. Marques’ Almeida, Amanda Wakeley, Roberts Wood and Burberry have continued this into the fall. Add a sweater, ankle boots and/or a fun beret to help transition these pieces into your fall wardrobe.
Plaid – I’m sure you still have a plaid flannel shirt or three in your closet from last winter. Victoria Beckham, Shrimps, Marques’ Almeida, Ashish, Mulberry and Osman have made sure this tried and true print continues into this year. Along with a trench coat, I’ve seen sequin suits (I’m not kidding!), overalls and more in a striped pattern. Different colors, of course. But, what was even more prominent was….
Check (print) Please – Check has been literally everywhere this season, from blazers to trousers and dresses. Mulberry, Natasha Zinko, Marques’ Almeida and Burberry (of course, it’s their trademark!) are just a few brands to use it. Think of it as plaid’s chicer cousin. The square detailing is classic by design and can easily become your go-to look.
Trench Coats – This trend was seen in Paris and now on nine other collections in London! You can never go wrong with a trench coat. Whether you’re getting ready for a business meeting or just want to look cute on a windy day, this type of outerwear is always a good idea. Now there’s over 12 designers to prove it!
Style Tip: Don’t let your patterned (or any!) trench coat overrule your whole look! Break things up by using a belt to leave the jacket styled open and highlight the rest of your outfit. Feel free to wear more than just the tones within your statement piece. I love how Osman used a matching green beret but played with neutral denim as well as silver boots and a lighter, neutral button down for a trench coat-accented look. Osman LFW Fall/Winter 2017
Make It Your Own
Now it’s time to make the trends fit your wardrobe and budget! Seeing the works of these great designers is lovely, but it means nothing if you can’t bring the styles you love into your wardrobe! Here are 30+ pieces under $300 to help you do just that.
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Next up: a roundup post on the best trends and top colors to know for Fall 2017. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it and this post. Please leave a note in the comments if you like it. Until then, happy Friday, everyone!