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

Trend Report: Spring 2018

Spring—the time of year when winter has finally turned the corner and we can look forward to giving our wardrobe a much-needed makeover. So what’s in store this season? The runways were lined with trends that were a throwback to the ’90s when logo T-shirts and flannels ruled. But also seen was a refreshing touch of glamour. Here are some of the top wearable trends we can expect this season.

The Classic Trench

There’s a reason that the trench coat remains a classic. It is versatile and timeless. It remains a favorite this season. Updates to this classic include feminine frills, while some designers opted for a sleeveless version. Although sleeveless might not be ideal for getting through spring showers, it offers a sleek alternative. Consider adding this update to your spring outerwear lineup.

Lady in Lavender

Spring fashion wouldn’t be complete without a palette of pastels reigning the runway. This season, lavender is the clear favorite. Try color-blocking by wearing different shades together, in a top and blazer combination, for instance.

Fringe for Days

Fringe has been popular for a few seasons and maintains its place among spring fashion. This can be a tricky trend, especially in the workplace. In love but not sure how best to wear it? Accessorize with a fringe-trimmed bag or booties— just as statement making and less distracting.

Pretty Pumps

The glitter trend is huge this season and continues south of the ankles. Designers showed us pumps emblazoned in sequins and glitter. Not just an after-hours look, glitzy heels can be worn long before the sun goes down. If sporting a full sequin top as part of your look is too much, then consider stepping out in a pair of sparkling pumps so pretty they would make Cinderella jealous.

ANDREA LERUM

fall fashion: texture is all the buzz!

fall-fashionAfter a tremendous marathon of fashion collections and presentations New York Fashion Week has finally come to an end. This upcoming season expect to see a plethora of texture in your local retail stores inspired by designer’s collections showcased this past fashion week. Fabrics such as satin, tweed, velvet, fur, and suede were seen all throughout fashion week touching runways from , Vetements, and Marc Jacobs. This type of material is not only seen in clothing but in shoes and accessories such as chokers, belts, purses, and hats.

Texture has a reputation for being intimidating, especially when figuring out how to incorporate it into your everyday professional wardrobe. The use of these luxe garments are timeless, and are developed with the purpose to be stand-alone products. Texture must be used in moderation, when textiles such as satin and velvet are incorporated into garments they instantly become attention seeking with the purpose to make a statement.

If you’re searching to elevate your style from the office to lunch with your favorite ladies work in a satin blouse. Nothing says versatility and daring than making a statement with trending fabrics along with your average blouse and trousers.

Adding an element of texture to your work wardrobe is cool, creative, and sure to make you feel like the total boss you are. When shopping for winter coats, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes this fall be sure to look out for this massive trend. Remember, if you find yourself staring blankly at your wardrobe looking for versatility, that texture can help bring it back to life. Be up to date with this season’s fashion trends by  adding some textured clothing items to your closet.

Katrina Rembert