So many fashion trends are merely recycled looks from seasons past much like the fringe trend of last fall. It was also a major trend in the 20s (think flappers). But that was not the end of the fringe trend. It was big in the 60s (think Jimi Hendricks), in the 70s (think Cher), and It showed up again in 2015 (think Coachella). However, fringe is no longer “in” because it’s out.
And that is how it goes.
Animal prints are back “in” this Fall season. But my question is, “Was the animal print trend ever really out of style?” Joan Crawford wore it in the 30s, Jane Mansfield wore it in the 50s, Verushka, the super model of the time, Liz Taylor, and Zsa Zsa Gabor wore it in the 60s. It was also popular in the 70s. Betsy Johnson featured annual prints in her fashion show in 1995, Kate Moss wore it in 2004, Armani featured animal print pants in his 2007 fashion show, and Jennifer Lopez wore a animal print to the Met Gala in 2013.
Of course every fashion magazine has its own take on what is trending and what is not. Not surprisingly they don’t always agree. However, there are trends that just about every fashion editorial agrees on—let’s focus on those.
Plaids are back in again but interestingly enough have been around for 3,000 years. Plaids more recent popularity were in 70s and were prompted by punk culture. Then in the 90s Pendleton’s were the iconic trademark of the grunge scene.
Plaids can be difficult to wear due to the repeat of the pattern. If you are in the mood to branch out you can add this classic print to your wardrobe easily. Stick with smaller repeats as the larger patterns will only add inches to your frame. Stay away from a head-to-toe plaid look unless you are participating in a Scottish Parade. And most importantly, make sure the plaid matches up at the seams–if they don’t it simply looks cheap.
Boots have been popular forever. Robin Hood wore them, Czars wore them, and cowboys wore them. More recently, Vogue declared 1939 as the year of the boot. Then boots made a huge comeback in the 60s with the go-go boot. Boots were popular again in the 70s in a platform style and made a sweeping comeback at the turn of the 21st century. Their popularity has not waned much since then. It is only the design and details of the boot that have changed.
This year it’s the slouch boot that is trending. We’ve seen them before but like last year’s over-the-knee boot the slouch boot seems to be the preferred style for 2018.
If you are looking for something that will make you look shorter and your legs look wider this trend is for you.
That’s right! Everyone agrees that color is important and each season there is a palette that is prominent. This season the colors that are in vogue are as follows; brown (presented the new black), red, light blue, and silver. We’ve seen these colors before and there is nothing new about them. The story here is that along with plaid these colors will dominate the market. The good news is these colors will never go out of style unlike the years when neons where all the rage. Let’s give thanks!
As I mentioned earlier they are back! The timeless look of animal print will go on because they can be worn like a neutral color. Not everyone likes prints but wearing a monochromatic black, brown, red or you-name-it outfit and adding a splash of animal print in a pair of shoes, a handbag or a scarf always looks chic!