I have been happily inundated with images of fall fashion for days and days, my friends. Doing my fall shopping research. Getting a fix on fall 2019: what’s new, what’s current, what’s trending, what I love, and what makes me laugh out loud with derision. I’ve been flipping through magazines (print and on-line), scrolling Pinterest, reading articles, and scoping out the websites of some of my favourite lines. This has been a labour of love, as it always is. And now that the closet inventory is complete and the research is done, the shopping will begin.
I must say that as much as I love a lot of what I saw in my research, fall 2019 is not presenting many looks that are new or which surprise me.
Okay, maybe capes. I didn’t expect capes to make a come back. I won’t be buying a cape. I’m not a cape person, at least not anymore. Not since I outgrew the orange cape with the chocolate brown frogging that I owned and loved in grade six. Some women can carry off a cape; not me. Belted coats and blazers are everywhere. I love the look, but the look most certainly does not love me back, so I’ll be giving that a miss as well. Ditto teeny tiny bags. Those made me laugh, reminding me of those little white purses small girls carried to church in the sixties, and into which we placed a kleenex and a dime for the Sunday school collection plate.
Also feathers. I will be giving anything feathered a wide berth. Which is not surprising if you know my history with birds. Ha.
According to the numerous articles I read, much of what we will see hitting the stores for fall 2019 I’ve already been seeing. In my own closet. So I plan to dig out some things that I haven’t worn for a couple of seasons, or see what other things I can refresh a bit. Pieces like my leather pants. Ha. My old faithful leather pants are not out of the running yet. And puffa coats. Check. Super long coats. Another check. I will be hauling out the long, forest green winter coat that I featured in a post a year or so ago. It’s in great shape and I love it. I can’t think why I never wear it.
Power shoulders are back; they’ve been trying to make a come back for a couple of seasons, now. That’s why I started wearing my navy Max Mara spring suit again. And why I had the ginormous eighties-style shoulders cut down on a very old Alfred Sung houndstooth blazer that’s been tucked away until recently. I’m hoping to pair that jacket with a new purchase, if I can find what I’m looking for, that is. Fleece is big this season, I hear. And not just for the ski trail. But then again in our house fleece is de rigueur, and always has been. Hubby will be pleased to know he’s so on trend. Ha.
And plaid is big again. Skirts and pants and whatever. So the search for plaid pants last year, which ended in my buying a pair of burgundy plaid Rag and Bone pants, will prove fruitful again this year. Yah. Ditto quilting. That’s good because I’m not ready to retire my black, quilted Lafayette sweater just yet.
So, that’s it, the trends for fall 2019 sorted. More or less. As usual, I’ll be only jumping on bandwagons if I don’t have to shop anywhere but my own closet, and if the look suits me. The rest I’ll ignore, as I’m sure you will too. To me, trend reports are for fun, sometimes for inspiration, and for keeping abreast of what’s happening out there. Not for compiling a shopping list. Check out this article in Elle magazine if you’re interested. There’s the usual runway fare: the good, the bad, and the most assuredly ugly, in some cases.
For true inspiration, I prefer looking in other directions than trend reports. Quite often I check out what some of my favourite shopping sites are featuring. Not for actual shopping; they are usually priced way out of my league, but just for ideas and inspiration. Matches Fashion has been my favourite for a while now. Their editorial layouts and feature stories are super cool, and creative. I can’t afford to shop there, but I love to look.
And I always look at what the brands I love are doing on their own websites. Fabiana Filippi has been a favourite of mine for a few years. I love their clothes and the looks featured on their site. Purple is big this season, and don’t you love those purple sweaters on that model above, with the bronzey pants and rugged boots? I love everything about that look. And the one below. The mix of shades has me thinking of what I can do with my own pieces. My burgundy sweater and down vest, for instance. And this look has inspired me to search for at least one sweater or long-sleeve tee in a bright colour. Maybe a cool, vibrant jewel tone that will flatter me.
Another favourite brand is Brunello Cucinelli. Simply for the joy of looking at their clothes and the vignettes they create to feature them. Seriously, if you want to get in the mood for fall 2019, check out their site. They make the clothes live. And Max Mara of course. Me and Max, we go way back. I love the camel turtlenecks featured in the shot below. And the whole monochromatic thing. I remember when Hubby and I were in Rome last fall, I stood in front of the Max Mara store window for quite a few minutes, drooling just a little. You can check out Max Mara Fall Winter 2019 here.
As a result of my shopping late last fall, including accidentally shopping the Black Friday sale at Nordstrom, I really don’t need much this year. My burgundy Paul Green loafers, burgundy Rag and Bone plaid pants, and burgundy Uniqlo down vest rounded out my fall closet nicely. The navy cashmere turtleneck from Uniqlo which I bought last November is now a staple. I don’t need jackets or blazers, jeans, or pants of any kind. I’m good for coats, long and short. Of course, I’d still love to find a dress or a midi-skirt that works with the jackets, sweaters and boots I already own, but that’s not really a priority.
My “wish list” for fall 2019 consists of light sweaters or long-sleeve tee shirts. In lovely colours. Not Fabiana Filippi, nor Brunello Cucinelli; I don’t mind splurging once in a while, but both of those brands are out of my league.
Vince is more my price point. Like the Vince green, wool and cashmere sweater below. I tried on the same sweater at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, in “off white/marzipan.” The sweater was great; the colour was not flattering on me. But I’d grab it if I could find it in this colour. The sweater is a lot lighter weight than it looks, and would slip under that old Alfred Sung blazer of mine like a dream. Or under my khaki suede moto jacket. I’m imagining wearing that sweater with my suede jacket, my Paul Green brown boots, and my new Frame boot-cut pants, in November, zipping off to the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Sale. I contacted Liz at Nordstrom to see if she could get it in, and if not I’ll probably order it on-line.
And for our fall travels coming up in a few short weeks, I’m looking for something like these. Light wool or cashmere sweaters that will slip under a jacket or my down vest, or look great on their own with a scarf and my raincoat. For example, I love the weight and cut of the Vince camel, wool-blend, boxy cut pullover, on the left below. Or the bright colours of the Melinda striped cashmere sweater by Boden. But my preference for colour and cut is that lovely plum Vince cashmere crew-neck sweater on the right.
So. I’m off to shop this week. As I said, I’m not looking for many pieces. One will suffice, for now. What really excites me about this season is the possibility of wearing my new and new-ish pieces with my old and older ones in new and creative ways. In fact, I’m taking a page from my friend Krista’s little book of lists. I like Krista’s idea of making anecdotal notes, instead of just listing what’s in my closet. So I’m now making more than lists in my own little book. After I did my research, and took notes on what I found, I made a list of pieces I want to be sure to wear this season, and ideas of how to parlay old pieces into fall 2019 looks. Curating one’s closet is always a moving target, isn’t it?
I’ll get back to you about all that. Of course. Of course, you know I will.
Until then, my friends, happy back to school. Happy fall shopping. And if you’re not ready for fall where you live, well, happy prelude to fall, and happy fall when it gets to you.
P.S. Here’s hoping that all our friends who are in the path of hurricane Dorian are safe and dry. We’re thinking of you.
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