2015 Fall/Winter Fashion Descriptions

Once again this is the time of year for me to share current fashion colors, styles, design details and fabrics you will find in the stores to create your individual style. For me, it is fun to add at least one fresh color or new garment or new accessory to my wardrobe each season.

There is something to be found for whatever style a person desires to put together using different color combo’s and different texture combinations with layers draped or soft tailored or roomy, slim or full, short or long, similar to last year. I am still seeing influences of classic styles, late 70’s, early 80’s and global folkloric influences using subtle differences in colors and textures from last year. Both men and women’s clothing and accessories have a similar color palette.

The bright electric colors of last year are not so prevalent. Familiar and unfamiliar combinations of colors can be found in small to large prints and heavy textured weaves of cool with cool colors or warm with warm colors or cool colors against warm colors. Think texture. Soft tailored or drapey pieces put with menswear slacks. A classic piece will look updated when including touches of gold, fur, suede or lots of texture.

Colors: The dominant colors found this season are marsala or burgundy (same as this past spring) to rust; charcoal blue-grey; caramel and a golden-mustard-yellow that is being called “oak bluff” (in my opinion this and the rust are colors not many people can wear without looking sick); a blue teal, mix into this teal some black for a deep-dark-spruce-green; olive/army-green and sage green. Then there are softer colors such as a deep orange sherbet called cadmium orange; a soft pink with a hint of amethyst being called “cashmere rose” along with what is being called “amethyst orchid”, similar to last falls orchid. Besides these dominant colors other colors are still around such as black, navy, white, blue-reds, emerald greens, purples and the indigos of this past year.

For Women

Silhourettes: Sleek, long and lean or slouchy with knits; hourglass, A-line, refined or relaxed with tonal or varied colors and textures in layering.

Color Schemes: Monochromatic/tonal dressing. Color blocking of several colors in pleat folds. Wearing two to six colors in color blocking such as White and charcoal grey or black, red and cobalt blue. Marsala used as a neutral or accent piece, for example teal blue as in peacock feathers + marsala or marsala + deep orchid; all white of varied textures + one pop of color, marsala, in an accessory. Other schemes are graphic prints of black and white; “Oak Buff” + charcoal blue grey; sage green + mustard + olive + teal; dark blue + black + rose or yellow gold; rose + black + black & white floral+ burgundy accessory.

Prints: bold or small graphic/geometric or abstract, very large to small florals, retro or dark florals, medium plaids, animal prints of leopard and snake used in small amounts as accents.

Fabrics: Layering different pieces of similar weight along with mixing in pieces with different texture continues; lace; brocade; shiny silks; tweeds, wool in boucle, woven, knit, flannel, felted or blanket weight; cashmere, fur; cottons, waxed cotton, flannel or corduroy; blends of natural fibers and with other man-made fibers of viscose or rayon (two names for the same fiber). Knits including chunky knits or jerseys; velveteen, lace, quilted fabric, leather or faux-leather and as last season, chiffon. The later is easier to layer with because of its lightweight and more wrinkle-free look once the top layer is removed. Laser cut fabrics in floral and geometric shapes.

Details: fur trim; embroidery; ruching/mini to medium-pleats; straight sheaths with ruffles added to hems and side seams; drop waist dresses with A-line or straight pleat skirts; crew, turtle and funnel neck lines; sleeveless/ 3/4-sleeve or long sleeve; oversized pockets; dresses and skirts in mini through maxi lengths with even or asymmetrical or handkerchief hems; high-low hems are less dramatic than last year.

Garment Pieces

The culotte and pantsuit stand out. Menswear suit trousers; for pants/slacks- above ankle in length and cuff details (gotta be tall for this one); fitted waist line near the natural waist line; a slightly wider boot cut pant leg “flair” (Balance with fitted waist, tucked in top and hem almost to the floor is best). Straight leg slacks still exist. The midi to tea length structured or pleated culottes; and the Palazzo pant with fitted waist and wide flowing legs.

Blouses/tops- Layer with turtlenecks and tunic sweaters. Try soft high or V-neck blouses with ties made into soft bows with full sleeves in 3/4-length to long or crisp shirts. Boxy tops with length at the hip or above in the back with the front shorter, made in soft knits to thick woven fabric with body. Wear the latter with flared slacks and simple stilettos or pumps. There is a slimmed down version of the peasant blouse with short or long full sleeves, with smocking or a yoke to control the fullness. The fabric print or embroidery details will dictate the prairie, rock or folk feel of the peasant blouse.

Dresses- with skirts that are full, soft pleat, straight, A-line or sculpt stand away from the body with defined waists in knee to mid-calf length. Sheath or shift dresses with modest necklines to V-necklines; shirtdress, T-shirt dress; long lean sheath or T-shirt style sweater dresses. The Bohemian dress in fluid fabric of dark floral from head to toe. Fabrics of subtle/chunky texture, large and small floral or geometric or abstract prints; day dresses with chiffon overlay.

Formal Wear- cut out details at the neck, back or midriff with no other embellishments.

Outer Wear- Capes, Aran sweaters or knit tunic or slouchy cardigan knits and blanket wraps. Short to below the knee vests, in fabrics of men’s suiting to quilted or fur with buttons, snaps or zippers depending on the look. Heavier fabrics to furry, wool felt, leather, suede, velvet or corduroy in solids, plaids or prints. Coats or jackets are without closures or with large buttons, toggles or buckles for closures. The trench coat and moto inspired jacket continue to be a trend. Jackets are found at natural waist to mid-hip length with zipper pockets, asymmetrical cuts with a menswear fit or short boxy fit. The tailored jackets and coats are a softer structure; the wrap coats with a tie belt. There are funnel or collarless necklines, rounded collar, notched lapels and shawl collars.

Accessories: ornamental tassels, skinny to wide belts, braided belts with fringe, fedora hats

Footwear- Leather and fabric mixed media; open toe, square toe or pointed toe; open toe heel for day or night; heels from stacked or spiked to flat; boots from ankle or “bootie” to over the knee; ankle wingtip boots; fur trimmed boots; slides or clog boots. Ankle booties are worn with every length of slack or skirt. Hiking and combat boots come in mixed textures. A new Mary Jane has oversized buckle or strap closer to the toes than ankle with stacked heels. Pumps have ankle straps or thin Mary Jane straps. Choose loafers and sneakers in slip-on or slides with or without platform soles in mixed textures. Find brogues or oxfords in color block or sling backs with flat to high heels. Textured or lace tights balance the menswear shoes; socks over fishnets with loafers.

Handbags- classic, soft structured or slouchy geometric or bucket shapes, over-sized to mini-sized, fringe or tassel additions, top-handle to cross-body strap in chain or leather; clutch with wristlet; leather backpack or pouch belt; combining fabric with leather or just leather with hardware accents; vintage feel.

Jewelry and Scarves- Scarves made of fur, cashmere, wool knitted or woven. Gold or silver jewelry, long multi-length different chain necklaces with statement pendants or the “Y” necklace; ear jacket (the backing is part of the design) or tassel earrings; statement rings; wide or narrow cuffs; heirloom or boyfriend watch worn with narrow cuffs on the same arm. Sunglasses focus on Aviator or round shapes.

Makeup and hair– red lipsticks and nail polish or pink to nude lipsticks and nail polish, smoky eyes, defined bold eye brow; side parted hair with behind the ear side ponytail; slightly off-center part with loose sections of waves; textured or not perfect French twists and chignons.

For Men

Add the colors mentioned above to what I shared in the Fall 2014 blog minus the electric colors.

Have fun being creative with textiles, texture, color and the layering for your own style.