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September 19, 2016

Four Must-Have Fashion Trends for Fall 2016

As the weather starts to cool off and the days get shorter, all I can think about are fall fashion trends. I like to think of this time of year as a fresh start for my style and my closet, with plenty of opportunities to try out new footwear styles, dress in layers, and play with new color palettes. This fall, I'm teaming up with luxury retailer Orchard Mile to share four must-have fashion trends. With an easy-to-navigate site and dozens of covetable brands such as Equipment, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, Kaelen, and Temperley London, there's no shortage of outfit inspiration and on-trend offerings. 

Let's take a look at four of Orchard Mile's fall 2016 trends.

1. Moody Blooms
One glance at my closet and you'll see that floral prints are a favorite of mine. While they may be thought of as a traditionally spring/summer print, I love wearing them all year long. For fall 2016, they get an update in dark, brooding shades of blue, violet, forest green, and crimson. The trick to styling florals for fall is to mix them with darker colors and heavier textures such as suede, velvet, leather, and cable knitwear. For floral runway inspiration, look to Tanya Taylor, Suno, Kaelen, and Giambattista Valli for their modern takes on moody blooms. Below are six of my favorite floral picks via Orchard Mile, especially these statement ankle boots by Joie

Fall 2016 Floral Trend

2. Athluxury
Like our busy lives, the sport-to-street movement is showing no signs of slowing down. Consequently, casual looks that transition to beyond the gym are in high demand. With our active, on-the-go lifestyles, we all want to be comfortable in our clothing. A chic and functional backpack by Bill Blass and embellished sneakers by Alice + Olivia make exercise fun and fashionable, plus, they look great for a coffee date, lunch meeting or casual after-work event.

Athleisure Athluxury Trend 2016

3. Sleeves with Style
All eyes are on the sleeves right now, with bell sleeves, ruffled sleeves, elongated sleeves, and flared wrists stealing the spotlight. Wearing statement sleeves is an easy way to add drama to your look, and it's perfect if you want to channel a sophisticated, bohemian vibe. The Temperley London dress on the left is the perfect balance of drama and ladylike luxe, plus it pairs well with trend number four. 

Bell Sleeves Trend 2016

4. Block Party 
The must-have shoe silhouette for fall is the block heel. I'm a big fan of this wearable trend, especially for ankle boots and lace-up pumps. I called it out in my 2015 footwear trend report and in my 2016 footwear trend report. Whether you choose sleek pumps, Mary Janes (the ones below are by Aquatalia), over-the-knee boots, or edgy ankle boots (like this cheetah print pair by Alice + Olivia), block heels add major height and stability to fall footwear. 

Block Heel Shoe Trend 2016
images via orchardmile.com

Catch up with my trend-spotting adventures on Snapchat and Instagram @thekeytochic and let me know what you're excited to wear this fall. See of-the-moment trend inspiration and get chic style ideas from Orchard Mile's blog, like this helpful Wear It Now, Wear It Later feature. Thank you to Orchard Mile for collaborating on this trend report.

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September 12, 2016

Blush and Burgundy

While shopping the new LC Lauren Conrad Runway collection at Kohl's earlier this month, I became enamored with the color combination of blush pink and burgundy. I've slowly been adding bits of blush into my wardrobe in the form of feminine blouses (like this one under $25, or this tie-neck blouse under $25) and this crossbody bag. 

The contrast of a soft, summery hue against a bolder, more autumn-like color feels so right for the summer-to-fall transition. It's still warm outside, so I'm wearing an off-the-shoulder blouse and sandals, but I'm gearing up for fall with daydreams of shearling, dark florals, cozy cardigans, and block heel boots. 

Los Angeles fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an off the shoulder lace blouse, LC Lauren Conrad floral flare pants, and Who What Wear Collection crossbody saddle bag

Los Angeles fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an off the shoulder lace blouse, LC Lauren Conrad floral flare pants, and Who What Wear Collection crossbody saddle bag

Los Angeles fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an off the shoulder lace blouse, LC Lauren Conrad floral flare pants, and Who What Wear Collection crossbody saddle bag

Wearing: Papaya off-the-shoulder lace blouse (similar in black or white), LC Lauren Conrad floral flare pants, Bonnibel heels (similar under $80 in 6 colors), and Who What Wear crossbody saddle bag

See more of my shopping adventures and fashion obsessions on Instagram and Snapchat @thekeytochic.

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See my LC Lauren Conrad fall favorites in blush and burgundy:

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September 6, 2016

Rule of Mules

Let's briefly discuss shoes. Given my affinity for footwear, you'd think I'd have dipped my toes (so to speak) into the mule trend much sooner, right? Well it took a while, but I'm finally warming up to the effortless vibe of slip-on shoes with these new backless loafers. They tick off two trend boxes at once; not only are they mules, but they're also menswear-inspired. The tailored construction lends them a polished and professional feel, and they work well for the warm fall season that we have here in California. Plus, they are so comfortable and easy to walk in that I hardly miss my Birkenstock Arizona sandals. 

Southern California fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears a Who What Wear tie neck blouse with a floral overall dress and Rebecca Minkoff Swing bag.

Southern California fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears a Who What Wear tie neck blouse with a floral overall dress and Rebecca Minkoff Swing bag.

Southern California fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears a Who What Wear tie neck blouse with a floral overall dress and Rebecca Minkoff Swing bag.

backless loafers mule shoe trend 2016-2017

Wearing: Ray-Ban sunglasses, Who What Wear tie neck blouse, Xhilaration corduroy pinafore jumper, Saks Fifth Avenue backless loafers (similar under $100), and Rebecca Minkoff bag

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August 25, 2016

Car Wash Florals

It's been ages since I've shared some personal style! I'm back and excited about fall. I'm really feeling the new autumn color palettes I've been eyeing in stores. Mustard, olive, and burgundy abound and it's time to switch things up for the new season. 

Once upon a time, you wouldn't have caught me ever wearing mustard or similar shades of yellow, but this floral skirt captured my heart with its car wash strips of fabric that sway in the slightest breeze. I knew the skirt would be an ideal complement to my Phillip Lim for Target satchel and this simple yet chic bow blouse (which also comes in black). When the fall weather really hits (which seemingly never happens in California), I might entertain adding a cable knit cardigan, distressed denim jacket, or my favorite olive green field jacket from Target for a more rugged and cozy vibe.    

Who What Wear collection sleeveless bow blouse and floral car wash skirt

Who What Wear collection sleeveless bow blouse and floral car wash skirt

Who What Wear collection sleeveless bow blouse and floral car wash skirt

See more of my fall favorites (plus shopping photos and the newest arrivals from Target) on my Instagram and Snapchat stories @thekeytochic.

Wearing Ray-Bans, Who What Wear Collection bow blouse (similar style under $80), Who What Wear Collection car wash skirt, Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel (splurge version), and Mossimo 'Micki' flats

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August 24, 2016

Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Fashion Trend Forecast

I've recently returned from WWDMAGIC, where I scoured the trade shows for new trends, attended a few trend forecasting seminars, and brought home more photos than I have room to share here. In this post, I'll be sharing six key fashion trends for fall 2017 and winter 2018, as presented by New York-based firm Fashion Snoops

Follow along on my Facebook page and Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to trend information, fashion inspiration, shopping reports, and personal style. For additional trend forecasting inspiration, see my report on 7 trends for Juniors for fall 2016/winter 2017, my post about 7 footwear trends for fall 2016 and spring 2017, my spring summer 2017 Juniors' fashion forecastspring and fall 2016 footwear trend report, my spring/summer 2017 denim trend report, and my 2016 denim trend report.

*Please note that this blog post is adapted from Fashion Snoops, is protected by international copyright laws, and may not be republished without permission. Students, please feel free to use this information for school projects as long as it's not reproduced or republished online and you properly cite both Fashion Snoops and The Key To Chic as sources.

Now on to the six trends for fall 2017 and winter 2018.

1. Code (aka Re:volution)

This trend resonates with Demna Gvasalia's influential work at Balenciaga and Vetements. It's almost about breaking the fashion system from collections to dressing in anonymous separates. It's industrial and gritty. Fabrics are more normal, and proportions are more exaggerated.  There are lots of active elements, which works well for the young contemporary market. It's about anti-establishment and empowerment through graphics.

Here's how Fashion Snoops describes the trend: "The power of the people will be heard. In our continuously chaotic world, the streets are becoming the one true democratic space, helping to set the stage for a new attitude in contemporary streetwear design and a sartorial uprising. This neo-punk sensibility with military undercurrents is reinventing basics that maintain a tough tailored edge, placing a special emphasis on the concept of soft utility and expressive silhouettes. Re:volution is graphics-heavy with contemporary camo and positive propaganda, and the head-to-toe look boldly acts to protect, perform, and protest." 

Code or Revolution Fashion Trend forecast Fall 2017

The color palette reflects active influences. There's poppy red, tangerine orange, trophy yellow, and magenta. Base colors are pea green, olive, navy, blue ash, khaki, and sharkskin grey.

Code or Revolution trend color forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

Materials are utility-based, such as: twill, washed cotton, nylon, jersey, fleece, and vintage washes of denim.

Graphics are bold messages, like on this eye-opening T-shirt. Design details are about large proportions, large shoulders (see this striped top as an example), hoods, flat pockets, deconstructed motifs, ties on hems, and raw edges on denim. 

Key items are the anorak, parka, oversized coat, bomber jacket in shiny materials, the puffer jacket, trucker jacket with volume, sweatshirt in oversized shape, mock turtleneck sweater, fuzzy crop sweater, oversized turtleneck, sneaker boots, the woven tee in a boxy silhouette, crop tops, overalls, and the cropped pant with a raw edge hem. 

See Vetements for examples:

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2. Precious Oddity 

This theme is influenced by Alessandro Michele at Gucci. It's quirky, it's about individuality, and it's also about wearing unexpected things that you're not supposed to in a mash-up, "chic grandma" kind of way. Think vintage meets cool meets nerdy. Wallpaper prints and kitschy conversationals factor in, as well as pajama dressing and loungewear influences.

Precious Oddity fashion trend forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

The color palette is a mix of greens and golds, including: shamrock, goldenrod, mustard tones, autumn orange, cinnamon, scarlet red, indigo blue, carnation and frost pink.

Precious Oddity trend color forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

Materials are a rich and eclectic hodge podge: burnout, jacquard, patterned fur, velvet, Swiss dots, and rib knits.

Patterns are an eccentric mix: ditsy florals, patchwork, wallpaper motifs, majestic "land of the dreamer" motifs with insects, birds, mirror motifs, etc. on bomber jackets. This reversible silk Gucci bomber and this silk bird print dress are excellent examples. 

Design details are pretty: quirky collar on woven blouses, self belts, bow ties necks, pleats, ribbed banding, Key items are: pajama shirts, the bow blouse, the ruffle top, the midi skirt, the button front skirt, the A-line skirt, robe dress, slip dress, culottes, wider leg trousers, relaxed jumpsuit, the robe coat with kimono sleeves, bomber jacket, quilted crossbody bag, sheer socks, and tennis shoes (like this pretty printed pair).

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3. Intellect (aka Beaux Arts)

This story is about a smart woman who borrows her style from the Beaux Arts and Bauhaus art movements. There are retro '70s elements and geometrics. Intellect demonstrates a less polished perfection. There's an awkward vibe, abstract sophistication, and a strong Victoria Beckham influence.

Fashion Snoops describes it as channeling the "confident swagger of the 1970s with a smart and sophisticated approach. Individual statements are celebrated, signaling less polished perfection and more awkwardness. Art movements and interior design of the referenced decade are reflected with a retro color palette and geometric patterns. The nonconformist flavor of the '70s is essential to altering the notions of basic knits, outerwear and tailored clothing. Silhouettes often follow the lines of Bauhaus furniture and items possess a bookish quality, giving off a novelty, independent look above the status quo."  

Beaux Arts or Intellect fashion trend forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

The color palette includes potter's clay, cinnamon, dusty cedar red, trophy yellow, pea green, lime yellow, khaki, and ballet pink.

Beaux Arts Color Forecast Fall 2017

Materials channel the vintage notion and include: herringbone, tweed, wool felt, suede, shearling, lurex knits for a metallic feeling, and mohair.

Graphics are bookish, with geometrics for a retro palette. Shapes are organic, with a vintage '70s feel. Revived repeats are smaller in scale and borrow from patchwork. 

Design details are zip front closures, snap front skirts, blocked motifs, fur trim, side slits, and patchwork motifs. Key items are the bow blouse, the tunic top, mock neck sweaters, dusters, the mid-calf slip dress worn layered, the shirtdress, the sweater dress, pleated skirts, culottes, tailored wide leg pants, flared pants, the boxy jacket, the oversized coat in rounded silhouette, and the mid-calf boot with chunky heel. 

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4. Dispatch

This story captures the spirit of wartime Vietnam along with the culture of the people in Vietnam. There are ethnic motifs, batik patterns, wrap and kimono silhouettes, and a fusion of east-meets-west. 

Dispatch fashion trend forecast fall 2017

The colors are military influenced: pea green, drab, olive green, steel blue, spicy mustard, autumn orange, and cinnamon.

Dispatch trend color forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

Materials are rugged and ethnic: twills, pebbled leathers, jacquard, openwork, silk, nylon, quilted materials.

Graphics are Indochine: calligraphy motifs, living camouflage, abstract patterns, batik prints, and woodblocking motifs. Design details reference the military: braiding, epaulettes, patches, brass buttons, embroidery, raw edge hems. 

Key items are: the trench coat, parka with cargo pockets, light overcoat, officer's jacket, robe coat with kimono sleeves and self belt, quilted jackets, utility shirts with cargo pockets, the tunic with embroidery, turtleneck sweater, relaxed-fit cargo pants, coveralls with snap-front, the column dress, wrap skirt with tie details, combat boots, and the headscarf. 

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5. Runaway Roadtrip (aka Native Wild)

This story is about a group of girls who leave home to go on a dream road trip to the American Southwest.  They might visit thrift stores, diners, trading posts, and travel along Route 66 to explore small towns. It's a modern day Thelma and Louise vibe. There's a psychedelic-cowboy aesthetic with the prints. It's about embodying a homegrown spirit and '50s kitsch. 

As Fashion Snoops describes it: "They say it's always about the journey, not the destination. Inspired by the intrepid spirits who discovered parts unknown, this trend puts adventure in style front and center. Today's explorers set out on voyages that take them to the many quiet corners of the earth, craving authentic experiences along the way, including a major focus on the well-curated general store. Along with the expedition comes a focus on rugged yet rich surfaces, and fabrics that get more beautiful with age. Avoiding the cliché uniforms of the Wild West, today's adventure seeker can live life at its ultimate volume by embracing a mix of woolen comforts and tongue-in-cheek, kitsch embellishment, never taking the journey too seriously."

Native Wild or Runaway Roadtrip fashion trend forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

The color palette is hearty and includes neutrals, camel, buttercream, autumn orange, stone grey, and cedar red. There are also Americana elements with teal blue and periwinkle. 

Native Wild Color Forecast Fall 2017

Materials are rugged leather, suede, denim, flannel, and softer prairie vibes in the form of chiffon or satin. Patterned furs and intarsia knits offer more warmth.

Patterns are inspired by neon signage and Route 66 Western graphics. Kitsch rodeo is more pop influenced with bold and bright colors. There are traditional Americana patterns including bandana, Western, and flag prints. 

Design details are Southwest: fringe, embroidery, lace-up closures, studs, and raw edges.

Key items are the yoke-front shirt in satin/velvet, the bow-front shirt with Victorian neckline, the peasant blouse, intarsia sweater, mock neck turtleneck with contrast yoke, button front skirt, shirtdress, A-line skirt, shift dress with yoke, sweater dress with fringe trim, slimmer flare pants, culottes, boxy jacket, trucker jacket, fur vest, cape, printed headscarf, Western buckled boots, and the saddle bag. See this Western blouse and this glitter star sweater by Coach and this for great examples of the trend.

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6. Ritz (aka Iliad)

Holiday-focused, Ritz has a dark Art Deco celebration that sets the tone for this expression. It's about less confined silhouettes. There are beautiful patterns for the holiday season in fancy materials, and it's high on drama. Ritz has a mysterious and opulent aesthetic that's very intriguing.

Fashion Snoops describes it in this way: "The notion of elevated luxury has been one that has driven design for generations. Inspiration is found in things like dark art deco, and elegant jazz clubs and theaters. With a slant towards decadence, the trend begins with the 1930s, while more romantic notions and gender-blurring lines beckon a new perspective. Less confined silhouettes make a liberated statement, while neoclassical and even minimalist directions are explored. Stylized patterns mimic deco buildings while novelty materials step into the limelight. High on drama, refinement and indulgence are at the core of the head-to-toe look."

Iliad or Ritz fashion trend forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

The colors are jewel tones: plum, ivy, soft gold, metallic and hues evocative of the '20s. There's also dusty mauve, bisque, and stone.

Iliad or Ritz color forecast fall 2017 winter 2018

Materials encapsulate the '20s with chiffon, tulle, lace, satin, burnout effects, velvet and lamé.

The graphics are decadent Art Deco, and fanciful. There are wallpaper motifs. There are also Hollywood Romance prints and flapper era imagery. 

Important details include: plunged necklines, draped details, fur trims and collars, robe styling with kimono sleeves, tassels, feather trim, beading, and sequins.

Key items are: tops with higher necklines, Victorian blouses, and mock tops with puffed sleeves. Sweaters are dusters and mock neck styles. Dresses are: mid-calf, the slim midi, and the A-line with peasant sleeves. Evening dresses have slits, embellishments, column shapes, and mid-calf length with ruffles. Skirts are mid-calf dirndl, pleated, and draped. Outerwear is full length, such as the robe coat in silk or satin, and the men's jacket with broad shoulders. Accessories are floral crowns, the top-handle bag and the high-heeled sandal. 

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For more photos of each trend, catch up with me on Pinterest, where I pin additional trend forecasting info and inspiration. To see footwear trends, read my report on mule shoes and my 2016/2017 footwear trend report on Fashion Trend Guide.

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