Sweater weather is just around the corner. Fall is my favorite season with its cool, crisp weather, the incredible colors of nature, comfort food, enjoying pumpkin spice everything and being able to wear cozy layers and cute booties again! Even though I'm sad to see summer coming to an end, I am so looking forward to shopping the fashion trends for the upcoming season!
This year things will definitely be different. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had a huge impact on every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. What we will be wearing has been hugely impacted by the pandemic. We are at home more and in the office less. We are socializing in small groups, versus heading out to bars, clubs and large parties/celebrations. We are camping, hiking and taking staycations instead of going to tourist hot spots or cruising.
Designers planning for the 2020 season may have not anticipated these changes, but they are doing a good job catching up.
Here are some of the trends for the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 season as you think about adding some pieces to update your current wardrobe!
Can you say comfortable??!!
With the pandemic, most days, many of us see no reason to change out of our pajamas! Ever since this whole thing started, matching loungewear sets have been super popular.
For Fall, loungewear continues to be on trend and in demand. While tie dye and bright colors are still popular, loungewear for the Fall season is trending towards neutral colors like camel, tans, grays and blacks, and a slightly more fitted look, to provide versatility for mixing and matching your loungewear pieces with the rest of your wardrobe. Loungewear is starting to look a little more upscale and a little more elegant without sacrificing the comfort we’ve grown to love.
Bell, Puffy, or Statement Sleeves
One thing you will notice in the new sweaters, dresses and tops on the market this season is a lot more attention to sleeve design. Large bell sleeves appear on a classic button down shirt, and puffy sleeves on sweaters and dresses. Big dramatic, statement sleeves are on trend as well although we won’t see as many of them in casual settings.
I really love this trend, especially the bell sleeves which feels a little more wearable to me. First, the design is super comfortable. If you are like me and prefer what you are wearing to be loose, flowy and non confining, you will welcome this design. I love how it looks as well. It’s super feminine and dreamy looking adding beautiful interest to what would just be a simple long sleeve tee.
Cut-outs are on trend this year. Whether in unique necklines, sleeves or large gaps or slits in the body of dresses, you will see them everywhere. Cut-outs aren’t new, but this year, many are asymmetrical, for example, a cold shoulder top but with only one shoulder exposed, or a cut-out, but only on one side of a dress.
Ultimately the objective is unexpected pops of exposed skin which looks super flirty and sexy. With this look trending, heavily distressed jeans and crop tops fit right in!
Mixing different colors and shades into one piece of clothing in stripes, squares or abstract designs started last year and continues to be on trend for Fall 2020. Two-tone is especially popular, subtle or bold depending on your taste.
I especially love this trend for cardigans. It’s an easy way to add some interest and beautiful color to a simple outfit of jeans and a tee.
Faux Fur/Shearling/Fuzzy Texture Sweaters and Jackets
Cozy, cuddly and soft is definitely a trend in both look and feel for clothing this Fall. When the weather gets cooler, we all look for those features, but this year it’s definitely more pronounced.
You will see lots of shearling, faux fur, eyelash and popcorn textures in jackets, cardigans and sweaters. In addition to being warm, soft and comfortable, these fabrics are also affordable and come in amazing colors, patterns and fabrics. You’ll find faux fur in every imaginable color and fun prints including leopard, camo, stars, plaid and many others!
Tone on Tone Neutrals
Wearing all one color from head to toe, but in slightly different tones or shades is definitely on trend for the upcoming season, especially for neutrals like taupe, ivory, brown or nude. While earth tone neutrals are the trending look, I like tone on tone using navy and gray as well. No matter what color you choose, tone on tone always looks upscale and elegant.
Lingerie Inspired Separates
Lace Bralettes worn under cozy cardigans is definitely trending for Fall. Sexy and feminine this look also includes beautiful, silky camisoles and tops with lace trim that are elegant worn alone, or under a blazer for the office or cocktail hour. Any age or body type can find a way to incorporate this look into your fall wardrobe. It would be especially beautiful for holiday celebrations!
Whether cropped or long, fitted or oversized, preppy or biker style, blazers are all the rage for the coming Fall/Winter season. I have always loved blazers and I’m thrilled to see them come back on trend. Look for updated versions of classics including Houndstooth/Plaid Blazers worn oversized with jeans, cropped faux leather for an edgier look, or just a classic fitted black or taupe blazer to wear with everything in your closet. You can’t go wrong adding at least one to your wardrobe this year!
Gold, Silver, Platinum metallics, either shiny or matte are definitely beginning to trend again. Metallic is always fun to wear around the holidays when we all want a little more sparkle and shine, but you can add this trend to your everyday wardrobe by adding some metallic accessories like a cute handbag, shoes or jewelry. Metallic accents on your nails, eyes or lips is another way to add a subtle shimmer to your look.
So go ahead. Add a touch of metallic to your wardrobe. You deserve to shine!
Other trends from 2019 and early 2020 continue to show strength including animal prints, camo prints, graphic tees and tie dye, so you will continue to see clothing and accessories featuring some of your old favorites!
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