Fall Fashion Clothing: Eight Key Trends to Follow from Boho to Victorian

If one thing stands out for Fall fashion clothing 2015-16 and winter fashion for women: Big and bold has shoved its way to the forefront of current.

Fresh ideas that mark this year as different from previous cycles include:

  1. retro-themed Bohemian styles that evoke that Seventies and Eighties.
  2. simmeringly sensual Victorian themed evening wear.

  3. furry sleeves, collars, cuffs, and boots.

  4. big, bold plaids mostly in black, gray, white with a touch of red.

  5. wallpaper florals and geometrics and kimono flower prints gone wild.

  6. long duster coats.

  7. tactile fabrics including velvet, brocade, lamé and lots of lace touches.

  8. micro-trends including feminine white blouses, high-waist pants, big sweaters, and patchwork jackets

Fall fashion clothing is so diverse, if you see three of anything, you can call it a trend, proclaimed one editor at the Fall-Winter 2015 New York designer shows.

This is good news for those of us on fixed incomes or who are just worn out by the fashion industry's continual changes.

Style, on the other, transcends fashions that come and go. So as you read this summary of the latest winter fashion for 2015-2016, think about how to express your inner self so that you feel confident, free, and at your best.

Rhapsodically Bohemian Themes Go Retro

This year's Bohemian foregrounds the playful colors and casual thems of the Seventies and Eighties.

Foreget the rococco styles that recalled the Edwardian fop or ethnic styles.

Think tie-die, geometric patterns, fringe, lace, long vests, and turtlenecks.

What retro vibe we are invoking depends on whether you go with Vogue and the Eighties or Glamour claiming the Seventies. Take your pick, and enjoy your choice.

Bohemian depends on how you combine the elements. Mix plain with fancy, day garments with evening, sheer with heavy and opaque, prints with prints, or severe neutrals alleviated by a striking accessory - a red scarf, a green hat, purple suede boots.

Combining rich colors and fabulous texture, great design lines, with a side-helping of bling is my favorite style - not that you will find me often depart from my practical (and dull) Athena fashion archetype.

Long gloves - to the elbow and higher - are another style that can be integrated into retro and Bohemian ensembles of winter fashion for women.

Simmeringly Sensual Victorian Long Dresses for Evening

Victorian dress is a strong theme in fall fashion clothing for evening.

The new neo-Victorian conveys a sense of simmering sexuality demurely disguised beneath lace and details.

Long dresses for social events feature lace, filmy fabrics, long ruffles, brocade and velvet textiles evoke this by-gone era.

My sense is that these styles look better on petite and small-boned women. The rest of us tend to look like we are playing dress-up when we don these this category of the lastest winter fashion.

Shaggy Furry Sleeves, Collars, Cuffs, and Boots

The cutting-edge trend in winter fashion for women is bulky faux fur sleeves. This is something we have not seen.

Big fur collars, over-sized shaggy cuffs, hairy boots are other hot trends that will keep you warm in cold winter weather.

Choose something pastel with long fibers for a fresh and completely manmade look.

The recent outcry over the needless slaughter of a beloved Zimbabwe lion, Cecil, is likely to put us off wearing animal prints, however faux they may be, for a while.

Big furry sleeves and cuffs are great for taller gals. This trend may dwarf petites and add bulk to women with round figures or lavish bosoms. Broad shoulders may be accented by bulky fur sleeves or a broad fur collar.

Keep the rest of the ensemble pared down if you opt for shaggy sleeves. Leggings and tall boots are a great look, and you'll be primed to kick some style butt no matter your age.

Bold Plaids Emphasize Neutrals with a Dash of Red

The over-sized gingham plaids that we saw for Spring and Summer get the super-size me treatment for Fall fashion clothing.

Wool is always a wonderful fabric for plaid, going strong with the latest winter fashion

Today's fabulous fabric blends add nylon or acrylic for softer, more supple, and less bulky contemporary versions of the scratchy, durable woolens we may remember from our youths.

Black, white, gray, and red are preferred colors. Also look for brown and neutral plaids.

Whenever you buy a plaid garment, make sure the horizontal lines are matched across the sleeves, collar, and front panels, as well as across the back. Matching wastes fabric, so you will often pay a premium price for a plaid jacket with premium styling.

Patchwork jackets and capes are great for casual weekend wear. Evoking the handcrafts of bygone errors, they also offer the ultimate in versatility among the latest Fall fashion trends.

Combining plaids and prints or print-and-print is another micro-trend. Make sure that the color palettes of the fabrics are complementary.

Artistically Asian-Inspired Designs Feature Lucky Dragons and Kimono Flowers

Asian style influences have been part of Western culture for well over 100 years yet retain unique ability to endow a wearer as chic and cosmopolitan.

The latest fall fashion clothing in high-end lines will have you looking for big bold dragon images and wallpaper floral prints, like those often found on kimonos.

Slouchy kimono-style jackets are another style comer.

Brocade cloth, making a comeback with the latest fall fashion trends, is another legacy from trade with that part of the world once called the exotic Orient.

Long Duster Coats Dramatically Winterize You

From furry boots to long duster coats, designers have got you covered for whatever weather Winter throws at you with this year's winter fashion for women.

Furry boots are best not paired with other bulky garments, such as puffy coats and faux-fur sleeves and cuffs. One shaggy touch per customer, please.

Thigh-high boots are another seasonal preference. These are perfect to team up with two other fashion-forward trends - tights of resplendent colors and patterns and big, bulky, sweaters.

Remember Marilyn Monroe in that sexy, fluffy pink sweater and long legs in Let's Make Love with Yves Montand? This may be a style you can make your own.

Add that maxi duster coat and you can sweep into a room like an empress.

Capes are another throwback style to the Seventies that are popping up with fall fashion clothing. They always look so elegant.

Or combine the boots and coat with a winter dress: black and brown, as well as wine red are fall fashion colors that will ensure you are dressed in style.

Tactile Textiles Offer Sensual Cornucopia for Touch and Sight

Fall fashion colors and fabrics are include velvet, lame, and brocade have emerged as fabrics of choice. Expect to see these especially in holiday garments.

Long, shaggy faux furs, redolent of yak and other long-haired creatures, take ice-cream pastels.

Big kimono florals, large plaids, gray suits, pastels, and deep rich wine reds have been variously mentioned as trending.

On the slide show, I especially like dove gray loosely-fit silk trousers with a draped silk blouse in on-trend wine red. It shows how an ordinary gal like me can look sharp and enjoy color and fabric trends in a subtle way that is right for my life.

Micro-Trends in Fall Fashion Clothing and Winter Fashion for Women

The white blouse gets a bump up as a statement piece. Look for such stand-out features as front pintucks, exaggerated pointed colors, pearl buttons, touches of Victorian lace on the front and sleeves - not necessarily all in one blouse, of course!

High-waisted pants are the newest fave as we review Fall fashion clothing. I've recently revised my view of pleat-front menswear-style slacks.

Forced into slimming, flat-front slacks by the lack of choice, I've found the new elasticized fabrics do a good job of keeping my little round belly from shaking like a bowl full of jelly.

How effective these lightly stretch fabrics will be for any particular woman depends, of course, on the size of the stomach. Some slacks now build in a girdle type smoothing panel.

Pleats are comfortable for work and hide a bit of tummy. I feel slimmer and more contemporary in these new slenderizing styles and will gradually phase out non-stretch fabric trousers.

Aandrogynous suits emerge as first-choice for business or big-city daywear.

Big sweaters and patchwork jackets are other micro-trends.

The Carwash Skirt: Split, Slit, and Stripped

The car-wash skirt is tripping its way into prominence among the latest fall fashion clothing.

It is named after those long plastic curtains with broad strips that sweep over our cars. In this case, long strips are slits thigh-high and above.

The car-wash skirt, funky and fun though it may be, is not for me.

First, pleated skirts are a little schoolgirl look, and I am so long past my schoolgirl years that I will certainly feel foolish in any misguided attempt to evoke that life era.

Second, box pleat styles draw attention to my hips, so I do not want the vertical lines of the fringe panels focusing attention across my girth.

Last, I doubt I would have worn this even when younger; I prefer the sexy single side slit or button-front skirt left undone one tantalizing button higher than necessary. Wink.

The Wrap Up

To sum it all up, Fall fashion clothing and the latest winter fashion trends are so diverse that even fashion editors admit almost anything goes.

Whether you prefer Bohemian and arty, androgynous and professional, sexy tights with classy oversized sweaters and high boots, a retro ambiance, sporty plaids, or quaint Victoriana, there is something for you in Fall-Winter 2015 fashion.

Develop your own style so that you incorporate trends without falling victim to every fashion fad.

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