Trend Report: Fall 2018

The trends emerging for fall 2018 can be summed up in one word: comfort. If you love classic pieces and steer clear of the eccentric, then you are in luck. Much of what is trending this season is comfortable and demonstrates a slightly new take on our favorite wardrobe staples.

Puffy coats + capes
The puffy coat is easily the go-to outerwear piece for just about everyone living in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of black, brighten your fall look by opting for a coat in red or pink. The cape is also making a comeback. While not as popular in recent years as the puffy coat, it is an item worth adding to your outerwear lineup. It is comfortable and perfect for day and night, giving you a pulled-together, polished look.

Prints!
Plaids and animal prints definitely have their place among fall trends from head to toe. The trick with wearing either is not to overdo it. Try pairing a plaid jacket with solid-color trousers or animal print heels with ankle jeans.

Lady in red or pink—or both!
Bright red and pink are going to make a statement this fall, infusing much-needed vibrancy into what can sometimes become a monotonous palette of grays and blacks. Try different hues like fuchsia and millennial pink.

Footwear: Bootie obsession + slingbacks
The ankle bootie has been having a moment for the past few seasons. This fall, designers are showing white booties. This is an unexpected and surprising twist on a favorite. While gorgeous, a white bootie might prove to be a bit of a hassle—be sure to choose a fabric that is easy to clean! Slingbacks and kitten heels are having a revival. Both looks are professional and make for an easy day-to-evening transition.

ANDREA LERUM