Autumn/Winter Trends 2016 – Part 1

Leather-Suede-Fringe-Crossbody-Bag-6009195190637Brace yourselves; there are enough trends this coming season to warrant not one but two blogs on the subject matter. As usually I will be going through the good (invest and buy) the bad (buy one item only if you like it) and the plain ugly (accompanied by scathing monologue)

In truth though I have to say a lot of it is good- let’s start there.

The Good

Sleeveless Coats- Designed for Europe, traditional full length coats are often just too heavy for South African winters. This trend is the perfect answer; teamed with a polo neck or long sleeved top they are ideal for our cool but not cold temperatures.

Maroon/Raison and Cranberry Tones- I love the range of deep reds I am seeing in the stores. They are flattering on every skin tone. This colour palette is rich and warm; so much more opulent and inviting than black.

Faux Fur collarFur Stoles and collars- Faux fur trims and stoles are in; real fur is out and quite honestly you deserve to be smeared with red paint if you do venture out in it!

On a lighter note faux fur has come a long way and these days picked carefully not only looks luxurious but will add a little panache to otherwise plain winter items.

 Peakaboo Lace- expect a follow through from the summer trend of lace panels and inserts but in heavier winter tops and dresses instead.

Sleeveless coatFancy tights- I have been a fan of fancy tights ever since I discovered Blu-Symmetry in Parkhurst. At long last I can justify my drawer full of Italian hosiery in light of this official trend.

The Bad (go easy)

Fringing- It’s on everything! Except maybe underwear but I’m sure I could even dig that out if I searched hard enough. It can occasionally look good (most of it is cheap and nasty) I suggest you buy one item only and make it a quality version of this trend.

70s-Fashion-Trend-for-Fall-2011The Ugly 70’s Replay- If you can remember this first time around, even if you were a kid at the time, just remember when trends come back around again you never dress it exactly the same; it always has a modernised twist.

 Personally I think this should be restricted to the twenty something’s especially if you are going full kilt and doing the top to toe look. I have put this trend under the ugly because if you don’t do it in a 2016 vibe it is a disaster.

Having said that this trend is going to influence silhouettes, higher waists on skirts and trousers for example and you can for sure get some stunning pieces. So if you like an item with a retro 70’s feel go for it BUT team it with more contemporary items or classic jeans.

Winter season shopping is officially open, contact me to book your session to get these looks and update your wardrobe.


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