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The color green has long been delegated as a spring color – shades of green grass, green buds on trees, stems of flowers and so on. In March, green makes its appearance on St. Patrick’s day. Green also makes its appearance during the Christmas season as a partner to its complimentary color, red.
However, expect to see darker shades of green in this fall collection, including forest greens, emeralds, and pea greens. Designers, including Diane von Furstenberg and Alberta Ferretti, have been showcasing greens at fashion weeks around the world.
A forest green jacket can make a statement against the backdrop of a cloudy, rainy, snowy city. Kelly green pants paired with a neutral top can add a splash of color to an otherwise boring outfit. Green can also be paired with red; however, be sure the shades don’t scream “Christmas season.” A burgundy or plum works well.
Women can expect to see spring patterns, such as laces and florals, in the fall, albeit used in different ways. Mixing animals prints will also be seen. However, be careful to use animal prints sparingly – don’t create a whole outfit of animal prints.
Another trend this fall is the color red – on lips. Pair a red lip with a nude eye. Try wearing a red lip with a green pant and a neutral top. Or go the other way, and pair a smoky eye with a nude lip.
For men, varsity sportswear is going to take center of attention. Letterman’s jackets from high school and varsity cardigans will be seen. Horizontal stripes, herringbone sport coats, and tweed jackets will be popular patterns and textures. Cuffed pants will be trendy this fall, so socks will be on display — Time to bring out your most colorful, crazy socks, men!
For both sexes, bright colors will be popular. Oscar de la Renta, Chloe, and Calvin Klein brought color blocking on their dresses, shoes, and bags. Aside from rich greens for any article of clothing, shades of red, blue, and yellow will be popular denim colors. Cobalt blues, mustard yellows, and even purples will be fun additions to an otherwise drab fall or winter wardrobe.
Hats are also in for men and women – the popular straw fedoras from the summer will be updated for fall with thicker (warmer) materials, such as wool and velvet. Women will also see cloche hats.
One suggestion to pull any of these trends is to focus on one or two items. Instead of creating an entire outfit made of bright colors, pair something bright with something neutral. Don’t forget that shoes and accessories can be bright additions to any outfit, while pants and shirts can be neutrals. Try a patterned shirt and neutral pant, or the other way around.