As much as I like clothes – and growing my wardrobe – I don’t consider trends “essential”. Nevertheless, here’s About.com’s 10 Essential Fall Fashion Trends.
And here’s my take on their list:
Coated skinny jeans – Soooo not an essential in my book. Jeans? Yes. Colored denim? Perhaps. Jeans that coated to look like an animal skin? Not worth hundreds of dollars. If you really want the look, rush to your nearest Kohl’s while they have this pair on sale for roughly a quarter of the price of the original in the article.
My concern? Do these things breathe? I’m all about breathable fabrics, and the description reminds me of Dooney & Bourke’s coated canvas bags, which are water-resistant. Also, jeans are comfort attire in my world, and again, coated fabric doesn’t sound like something I’d curl up on the sofa with… although put that way, would it be drool resistant? If so, I’m headed to Kohl’s myself…
Sheath dress. Okay, we agree here. There is a sheath to flatter every figure, and honestly, most of my dresses are sheath-like. This dark grey ponte knit sheath is in my cart. I don’t need another grey dress, but since I don’t look great in black, I’m calling it my new little black dress.
And besides, I have a long-sleeved grey flannel shirt dress, a light-medium grey sweater dress, and a very light grey wrap dress. No one would bat an eye at four different black dresses, right? (The correct answer is RIGHT!!!)
A-line skirt. Okay, for many women, that is a classic. For me, it merely makes my no-hip, short legged self look like I should be in a minivan headed to private school. Add saddle shoes and I’d have a great 8th grader Halloween costume. Hmmm… (No suggestions here, because were you reading?! I don’t wear A-line anything.)
Tough boots. Heck yeah! Never mind that I already have several pairs. I love boots, especially ones that don’t need to be babied. I’m hoping Cupid – or whomever is in charge of anniversary presents – is reading and hears that I want a pair of Frye boots. (No, not THAT pair, but almost anything Frye in my size will do.)
Grey and navy are the two colors missing from my boot wardrobe, but I also need a pair of black heeled boots; both pairs I already have are flat. (Well, not the booties, but they’re different than boots… right?)
Peplum top. Okay, this *IS* on my shopping list. I need to get myself to an Ann Taylor and try this one on. Why yes, if you’re keeping score at home it is another ponte knit. Seriously ladies, if you haven’t tried ponte knit, do. Then you’ll get why it’s taking over my not-summer wardrobe.
I’m not sure a peplum works for every shape, and I definitely need to try it on, especially since there’s a petite version in this top. See, my hourglass is defined on the bottom by my sway-backed butt, and while I am confident that from the front, the peplum will work, I need a dressing room with harsh lights and a good sideways view before I purchase.
Ankle strapped shoes. Pass. Did you read the part about how short my legs are? Plus, they just aren’t comfortable.
Updated satchel. I’m still really happy with my D&B plaid tote, thanks much. I mean, if someone gave me a Coach gift certificate I’m sure I could find an updated satchel, but I’d rather have the Frye boots.
Sporty jacket. Um… While I have several, I think it’s wiser to invest in a trench or a good wool car coat that can be dressed up or down. And really? Sporty is trendy? Huh. I thought it was its own kind of classic…
Leather skirt. Yes please!! Even Talbots has one. Honestly, I think for the money, I’d buy that dark brown beauty over the Frye boots. My leopard pumps are crying for this skirt, although at 21″ in petite, I’d still have to cough up the funds to have it whacked off at least a couple of inches. (See folks? My legs are SHORT.) Still, I’m hoping to find one at a better price, but I also won’t be buying this online; I want to try it on, and more importantly, I want to touch it. I am willing to invest in leather, especially if it is a little thick and buttery smooth…
Doesn’t that look like dark chocolate?
Printed pants. Erm… another “head to Target” here, folks. Definitely not a must-have in my book. Maybe if you’re a lot trendier than I am? Although I must say, I’d spend $30 on these snake-skin jeans before I’d try the coated jeans for double that price… if I could wear Junior sizes, and I can’t.
I do love the animal “skin” looks. I own way too much “cheetah” print stuff and am still drawn to other animal prints, but I seem to prefer them on tops, belts and shoes. I have admired ONE animal print pencil skirt, but no surprise here… I didn’t purchase it and now it’s sold out.
So are any of these trends must-haves in your world?