Thoughts on the Trends
How I Decide
1. Bell Sleeves, Ruffles and One Shoulder Tops (Cold Shoulder is still there, too!)
The Velvet by Graham & Spencer top, on the left, is really almost a true sweatshirt because it has actual fleece inside – and I really loved it! But, I am going to wait for now because I am not that far in to the season to be in the mood for such a warm top yet. I also like how the ruffles seem like they will wash well. As for the Splendid top, I liked it, too, but it’s that terry cotton material. And definitely more casual looking of the 2. The price points are similar so we’ll, see which I end up with. Note, they didn’t have the pink version of the Splendid top in the store or I would have tried that color on.
As for velvet, it seems like an easy trend to try for the Fall/Winter. This top by Parker (it’s got it all – the velvet, off the shoulder and a ruffle!) is really pretty and feminine. I especially love the pink. I also love this version of the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Love’ purse, this pair of flats by Sam Edelman or this high top from Vince. I saw this one shoulder blouse by Cooper & Ella top when I was at Bloomingdales but didn’t try it on. It does look comfy and easy to style so a good consideration for incorporating a velvet top in to your wardrobe. This dress by Ali & Jay looks fun (of course, it has the cold shoulder and ruffle!) and for an every day way to wear velvet, try this tee from Z Supply. Ha! I added a few more options below that I’ve seen that I’ve liked as well.
3. Embellishments and Embroidery
Embellishments and embroidery seem like another fun trend to try this Fall and they’re easy to find – from shoes, shirts, purses, and more, basically they’re all around! Beads and studs seem to be the most popular. Rebecca Minkoff has their same ‘Love’ purse in a version with embellishments that is currently on sale (basically, you can’t go wrong with a Rebecca Minkoff purse this season. Ha!). If you like pretty things on your shoes, try this pair of mules from Sam Edelman (while also embracing the ‘mule’ shoe trend), I love the studs on these Jslides slip on sneakers (boot version here) and also the flowers on this Rails top. This faux leather jacket by Blanknyc is so pretty and actually combines embroidered flowers and studs! More pics below.