Summer has extended its stay and that’s awesome! But we all know it will come to an end soon. The kids are back to school and weather is starting to change. You can see it as nature colors start to switch to gorgeous autumn colors of red, orange and brown. And with this transformation comes change of wardrobe!
This is the perfect time to look into your closet and start sorting out your pieces. It isn’t just because we are entering a new season, but many moms could be also venturing into new opportunities: back to work, new jobs, starting a business, or simply changes in our physique!
I’ve sourced out the 2016 Fall styles you may want to get comfortable in. But before we talk trends and go on a shopping spree, couple of simple tips to keep in mind:
Clean your closet:
Besides dusting the shelves and washing the closet floor, make sure to go through every piece and start purging what you have not worn in the last 3 years. Why I say that? Well simply because chances are you will never wear them again. I personally go through my closet at least twice a year and give away stuff to women and mothers who may need them. Trust me besides clearing out space for new stuff, and appreciating the Zen of minimalism, you’ll feel good about giving away items to those who cannot afford shopping.
Write down what you are missing and why you need it:
Analyze your lifestyle and organize your clothing needs into buckets (athletic wear, casual lounge wear, sleep wear, business wear, formal wear, outer wear, and special occasions). Within each bucket, write down the missing or new pieces to buy. For example, under casual lounge wear, you may want to add cotton tops, knits, sweaters, cargo pants and T-shirts. Under business wear, you can add skirts, pants, suits, and shirts.
Invest in your basic pieces:
Owning multiple White/black/navy shirts, pants or skirts is essential to your look, so take the time to splurge on them. High quality products will retain their shape and texture much longer than what I have been terming as “disposable fashion”. Looks good the first time on but for some mysterious reason, they fit odd after couple of wears.
Color code your closet:
OMG you have no idea how practical this arrangement is to your sanity. It makes it so much easier to find out the preferred color of the day and how to mix and match.
Now let’s go through the Fall 2016 trend forecast and what to look forward to this season:
The forecast is quite colorful and ornate. However, the selection in this blog aims to offer mamas practical solutions suitable for Canadian weather and our hectic lifestyle. So here it goes:
Fur — real and faux — made a strong appearance on fall runways this season, specifically bold colors and prints.
We’ve seen ruffles on tops this past summer. If you like ruffles like I do, you’d be delighted to know that this look is in for Fall 2016.
Shades of Tan
Pantone declared that Tan/Taupe is one of the most fashionable colors this Fall. I personally think it’s a classic color for Fall and Winter. It gives a feeling of warmth and tranquility and would recommend adding it to your wardrobe. If you think this color doesn’t suite your complexions, consider taupe color accessories such as handbags, shoes.
Going out for dinner, wedding or wondering what to wear this Holiday Season? Gold Metallic is a definite must have and the craze this Fall/Winter. We can hope our favorite clothing boutiques carry enough inventory of this luxurious color!
Dusty pink is another familiar color from Spring / Summer 2016 we will continue to enjoy in the Fall. It’s absolutely feminine and elegant and makes a lovely addition to your work or formal wear.
Great for Canadian Fall! These classic aviator style shearling jackets are IN again and designers are showcasing their styles at every Fall fashion show. You can find them at popular retail stores and they pair beautifully with any casual and work outfit.
Fall Floral Dresses
OK, I personally don’t wear floral prints in winter. But may just venture into Zara this Fall and see if this dress looks good on me. After all, Emerald green is also one of this season’s colors according to Pantone.
Velvet is the hottest trend this Fall/Winter for clothes and shoes. A good quality velvet is beautiful on any woman and will look smooth and elegant. Make sure the material isn’t too stiff, thick or too thin especially when shopping for clothes. High quality velvet can be pricy too and requires some work and try outs to find the right fit.
I hope you are now ready to hit your favorite shopping destination knowing what’s in and how to style it. I am looking forward to enjoying Canada’s best season, autumn!
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