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September 13, 2017

Top Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Retail Fashion Trends

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Although the official start of fall is on the near horizon, this is when summer (or at least summer weather) really gets started in southern California. So it's not a surprise that I have a difficult time transitioning my wardrobe from summer to fall. It's hard to buy sweaters, boots, and jackets when temperatures are still rising. 

Although I may be reluctant to stock up on fall weather essentials, I still have my eye on top fashion trends for the fall 2017 and winter 2018 season. I've been browsing my favorite stores this month and documenting anything that catches my attention. There are nine key themes that I'll be highlighting right here.

1. Pajama Inspired Styles
Leave it to Zara to create chic trousers and piped pajama blouses that belong anywhere but the bedroom. I love the complementary prints, silky fabrics, and easy tailoring. Shop the pajama blouse below under $20

zara pajama blouse trousers

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2. In Stitches
Embroidered roses and birds continue to reign supreme, with accessories like this small backpack from Target forging a colorful vibe. Shop a similar style under $30 or this cute style for $15.

Mossimo floral bird embroidered backpack

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3. Faux Fur Factor
Look for novel uses of faux fur in key fall/winter items such as sweatshirts, jackets, and cardigans. The standout trim on this sweatshirt makes it far more special than your typical grey pullover.

zara fur trim sweatshirt

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4. Velvet Revival
While velvet makes an appearance every fall, this time it's hard to ignore. Expect to see velvet in all forms: flocked, crushed, and printed. This off-the-shoulder dress ($28) combines millennial pink with floral velvet for a fashion forward mix.

xhilaration floral velvet off the shoulder dress

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5. Flashback to the '80s
We have Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs to thank for the return of patent finishes, slouchy boots, and '80s-esque strong shoulders. This H&M patent mini skirt ($35) would pair well with a chunky sweater and sock boots for a more contemporary take on the decade of excess.

hm patent zipper mini skirt

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6. Modern Mules
They've been around for a few seasons and they're aren't going anywhere. Look for flourishes such as bows, buckles, pearls, fur trim, studs, and embroidery to liven things up. 

a new day target pink bow mules

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7. Put A Ring On It
Inspired by the popular Chlo√© Nile bag and the Simon Miller Bonsai bucket bag, ring handles are taking over the handbag world. What's great is that they also come with crossbody straps for maximum versatility. Shop a similar style in black or white for $35.

floral ring handle bag

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8. Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls are the new embroidery. Look to Maria Grazia Chiuri for pearl-embellished runway inspiration at Dior. Everything from poplin blouses, combat boots, and straight-leg denim is adorned with pearls this season. 

pearl embellished zara blouse

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September 7, 2017

LC Lauren Conrad Fall 2017 Runway Review

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Lauren Conrad's LC Runway Collections for Kohl's haven't let me down in the past, so when I heard about the glam Fall 2017 collection via social media, I was excited to step into Kohl's on a quiet weekday morning to browse and try on the new merchandise. 

This marks the first time that plus sizes are available, although my store only carried up to size 16. Unfortunately, my store carried a very limited selection of clothing, so I wasn't able to try on my favorites. They brought back the popular moto jacket with rose gold hardware ($89.99), which I have from last season and adore. It's online only and also comes in a beautiful, deep shade of navy. If last season is any indication, the jacket will sell out soon.

See my top picks:

Here's a quick look what my store carried. The collection stayed true to Lauren Conrad's romantic style, with rich shades of burgundy, shimmery pleated skirts, delicate details, dark florals, and flowy silhouettes. 

LC Lauren Conrad Runway Fall 2017 dresses and florals

The ruffle midi dress ($54.99) was worn by Lauren Conrad in the Kohl's Insta story this week. It looks amazing with these velvet platform heels in blush from the collection. 

The navy velvet flocked top ($32.99) has a slit back, bell sleeves, and loose silhouette. It also comes in blush. 

LC Lauren Conrad fall 2017 runway velvet blouse

Ruffles and shoulder cut outs make this pleated cold shoulder top ($29.99) feel dressy. I love it tucked into this pleated velvet skirt from the collection. The top also comes in black.

LC runway fall 2017 ruffle top

The LC Lauren Conrad Fall 2017 handbags came in chic, on-trend styles with ring handles, muted colors, and pretty florals. 

LC Lauren Conrad Runway Fall 2017 handbags

LC Lauren Conrad Runway Fall 2017 ring handle bags

The delicate jewelry and hair accessories are not to be missed. They feature whimsical and celestial-themed barrettes, hair pins, and necklaces. The unicorn necklace is one of my favorites. 

LC Lauren Conrad runway 2017 jewelry

In the Fitting Room

I styled the floral flutter top ($39.99) with the pleated metallic skirt ($47.99), both in my regular size small. The top has a vented open back with slits, bell sleeves, and a loose shape. The skirt is a pull-on style with a pretty bronze shimmer and mid-calf length. On the right is the floral fit and flare dress ($50.99). I'm wearing medium because they didn't have a small. The tie waist allows for a custom fit, and there are more ties on the sleeves. It's a nice, lightweight dress that will work well with chunky cardigans and jackets for fall. I found all of these LC Runway pieces to run true to size.

LC Lauren Conrad Runway Fall 2017 outfits and blogger shopping review

Here's a detail shot of the floral print on the dress. I spy adorable unicorns, which are a recurring theme in the collection and on the hang tags.

LC Lauren Conrad fall 2017 runway floral print

LC Lauren Conrad runway fall 2017 unicorn hang tag

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August 17, 2017

Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Fashion Trend Forecast

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Another season of MAGIC trade show has come and gone, and it's time to review four fashion trends for fall 2018 and winter 2019 in this fashion trend forecast by New York-based firm Fashion Snoops. In this post, I'll be introducing the four macro trends that Fashion Snoops is highlighting, and then going into detail with each fashion theme that relates to each of the macro trends.

Follow along on my Insta stories @thekeytochic, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to emerging trends, personal style, outfit ideas, shopping reports. For more forecasts, see my posts on top denim trends for 2017, a fall 2017/winter 2018 fashion trend forecast, this spring summer 2018 fashion report, and this spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast.

August 30, 2017 update - See 4 men's fashion trends for spring/summer 2018.

Please note that this blog post is adapted from Fashion Snoops via MAGIC trade show, 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. 

1. Engineered Identity/Identity
Engineered Identity is the macro trend of an art movement of creative shakers, art as activism, political messaging, and bold statements. The creators of the world take stock of reality as our future becomes destabilized by political upsets around the world. With this tense political climate and our collective feelings of uncertainty, comes an explosion of creative expression. This new maker's movement is galvanized to make a difference in the world by reusing waste and transforming the mundane into expressive art for the people. 

Engineered Identity Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019
The Women's trend story is called Vanguard. It evokes the 1970s, a D.I.Y. feel, and the maker's movement. Key colors are yellow, magenta, navy, lavender, pink, and red. Materials are high pile, velvet, corduroy, crochet, mixed media, patchwork, bungee fibers, and resin scraps that are reproduced. There's an undercurrent of female empowerment. 
Engineered Identity Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019

Patterns include illusion play, digital prints, storytelling, strong messaging, bold graphics, and organic prints. 
Engineered Identity Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019

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2. Human Nature/Earth Alchemy
The Human Nature macro trend is about biotech, the farm-to-fabric movement, biotextiles, and reactions to the ecosystem. It includes the maker's movement and handmade crafts. There's a modern eco feel with plastic made from wool and leather-like fabric made from pineapple leaves. Earth Alchemy is the fashion theme here. It blurs the boundaries of the natural and the synthetic. It examines the moments where our organic world collides with the digital realm. Heritage brands such as Patagonia and The North Face are embraced.

Human Nature Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019

Earth Alchemy Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019

The Women's trend story is called Terra. Fabrics reflect layers of life, and come from algae, mushrooms, and pineapples. There are plush materials, furry fabrics, mixed media fabrications, utility details, slouchy shapes, and layering. A sci-fi feel comes across in artificial materials, PVC, and transparency. Accessories include sock boots and tote bags. 

Earth Alchemy Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019

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3. Emotional Capacity/The Space Between
Emotional Capacity is a macro trend about technology, our need to disconnect, feel human emotions, and experience self-growth. Key influences are sensory textiles, experiential spaces, a focus on mindful living, and inclusion design that makes us connect to one another. The fashion theme, called The Space Between, is where darkness reveals just as much as light. It's inspired by a Japanese aesthetic and is influenced by notable designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Issey Miyake.
The Space Between Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019
Colors of The Space Between tell a passionate story. They include samurai red, blues, beautiful neutrals, navy, inkwell, Tokyo Glow pink, teal, and monk yellow. Architectural rigor is a focus, and there's an understated urban edge. Materials are felted wool, refined quilting, and raw stone canvas. Graphics are illustrated language with abstract formations, scenes of Tokyo at night (urban streetscapes), distorted reality, florals, exotic motifs, and patterns with layering or overlays. 

The Women's theme is called Sensei, and it features modern Japanese tailoring, minimalist lines, fluid volume, vents, wrapped kimono styling, and elongated tunics. Accessories are minimal with exquisite details, traditional floral, artisanal knots, and high shine fabrics such as jacquard. 

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4. Through Space and Time/Time Traveler
The macro trend Through Space and Time explores the human journey. We question physical space, the real vs. the surreal, and humans vs. machines. The fashion theme is called Time Traveler. This is where the past and future converge to create a new altered reality. There's a collision of eras and cultures, along with gaining hyper-real insight into the past. It's escapism at its best and a metaphorical travel through time for style. Influences are Victorian, Renaissance, and everything in between. Time Traveler is elaborate, with a focus on heritage fabric mills, Harris tweed, and showing how life can be lived in two different tempos at the same time. See the Burberry spring '17 runway as an influence. 

Through Space and Time Fashion Snoops fall 2018 winter 2019 trend forecast

Time Traveler Fashion Snoops Trend forecast fall 2018 winter 2019
Key colors are pinks, blues (especially tech blue), neutrals, and heirloom green. The mood is one of surreal ornamentation, dramatic details, and flamboyant style. Materials are satin, beading (metallic and matte), draping, plastic shell, sci-fi, and 3-D technology. Prints have dense ornamentation, such as brocades, dark romantic florals, and peacock feathers. There are also optical illusions, edited photorealism, and aerial perception. 

The Women's trend story is called The New Romantic. Clothing features ruffles, Victorian vibes, high collars, puffy sleeves, draped velvet/lace, a focus on pajamas/robes, and slouchy pants. Accessories have an undercurrent of Goth and punk. Trims include lace, pearls, velvet, and rhinestones. Key items are the statement mule and the plush micro bag. 

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August 14, 2017

A New Day at Target Clothing Review

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If you've shopped the Women's clothing department at Target recently, you might've noticed the quiet launch of their new brand called A New Day. It's akin to the Merona brand in terms of price and sizing, with a solid selection of basic striped tees, khaki pants, lightweight cardigans, denim skirts, and utility jackets. Interestingly, Merona is being phased out to make room for Target's 12 new brands in apparel and home furnishings. According to Target's press materials, the official launch of A New Day is August 27. They describe it as a "mix and match" brand with "attention to detail and focus on quality in every piece." 

Here's a look at the logo and hang tag.

a new day target women's clothing logo

August 18, 2017 update - Here's a peek at the A New Day lookbook

Shop top sellers before they're gone:

A New Day Target women's Clothing lookbook August 2017

A New Day Target women's Clothing lookbook August 2017

See more info on sizing, availability, and the return policy

In Store

A New Day Target women's clothing outfits

Now for the clothing. My first impressions were that it appeared to be preppy. Upon closer inspection, I was impressed by a few items. While the denim skirt didn't spark my interest, the floral embroidered blouse ($17.99) was tempting (and would actually look nice tucked into the indigo skirt). 

A New Day Target brand embroidered blouse and denim skirt

This chic graphic T-shirt ($9.99) gives me J.Crew vibes. (Shop it in sizes X-4X.)

A New Day Target adventure t-shirt

This grey lace-up hoodie ($24.99) had just enough detail to grab my attention and make it into my basket. It has a structured, boxy fit but is still comfortable. I plan on wearing it with white denim, printed leggings, slim joggers, and grey skinnies for fall. 

A New Day Target lace up hoodie

Shoes by A New Day have on-trend details and adorable artwork on the boxes. While I usually recycle my shoe boxes, these would make fun storage containers. This pair of pearl-embellished slide sandals is $24.99. 

A New Day Target Paris pearl slide sandals

These glossy platform oxfords ($27.99) remind me of Stella McCartney's style, and they also come in silver. I inspected them in store, and they felt lightweight. They run a half size small, so I'd size up, especially if you plan to wear them with socks.

A New Day Target Jaynee platform oxford shoes

The Rebe backless bow mules ($24.99) run true to size and are comfortable. I got them in my regular size 7 and I adore them. 

A New Day Target Rebe backless loafer pink bow mules

A ruffled skirt  ($24.99) in the shade of the season (bold crimson) certainly caught my attention. Perfect for the holiday season, parties, or a night on the town. This is the statement piece that my store displayed front and center. I didn't like the poly crepe fabric and wrinkled texture. 

a new day target red ruffle skirt shopping review

Below, some of the more basic items, in a traditional fall color palette.

a new day target cargo pants

The pieces below instantly reminded me of Old Navy circa 2000-2005. I'd prefer to see more denim, woven blouses, outerwear, and dresses from this brand. These pieces just felt preppy, boring, and uninspired. Not surprisingly, I won't be buying any of these. 

a new day target stripe tee khakis

a new day target women's clothing review

I love the sleeve detail on this blue striped blouse ($24.99). It's on-trend with just enough detail to make it stand out from the typical office-appropriate button-front blouse. I took one home and look forward to pairing it with two-tone denim, vintage Levi's, pencil skirts, and cropped trousers.

a new day target puffy sleeve blouse

As a floral print collector, the V-neck shift dress ($24.99) stood out to me. It's a lightweight polyester and I think it would look very chic with a skinny belt. 

a new day target denim and floral dress

I'm looking forward to seeing more prints and trend-conscious pieces by A New Day. No more khaki pants and striped tees, though! 

For on-the-go shopping updates and sneak peeks, link up with me on Insta stories @thekeytochic. 

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August 27, 2017 update - Shop A New Day:

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