Leather and lace, velvet and voyeuristic cut-outs are my fall fashion tips for 2016-2017. And boots are everywhere from ankle to thigh-high.
Let's look at leather first, because it encompasses a variety of clothing.
Leather is back in a big way from shearling jackets to short suede mini-skirts with big zippers. A women's leather bomber jacket is a terrific fall fashion tip; this classic is a good investment that never goes out of style.
Long leather dresses adorn the pages of high-style fashion magazines. New poly suedes make it easy to find lighter weight leather lookalikes. Wear it with your ladies leather bomber jacket for a streetwise, anything-goes outfit.
Animal rights activists have a problem with all this leather. I don't want the fur of endangered species on my body, either.
If you will not wear animal skins, there are plenty of faux suede garments that look great. Soft Surroundings even has faux-suede leggings that have the thighs pieced exactly the way it is done on real leather pants.
When I lived in the north, I loved leather and suede. I get cold easily; if that skin keeps the animal warm, it did a good job keeping me warm, too. One of my first purchases this year -- if I didn't live in the South -- would be suede slacks. Mine lasted for at least 10 years, a wise investment.
Leather boots are another hot trend this year. Versatile ankle boots may be worn with slacks or maxi-skirts. Try one with a fringe, a cuff, or chains and metal studs.
Knee-high and thigh-high boots often have elastic panels so they fit women with skinny legs and those whose legs require a broader top. Embroidered cowboy boots are a kickin' choice.
Velvet is a fabric that also makes this list of fall fashion tips. I miss the heavy cotton velvets of my youth. The new poly and rayon blends are shiny and silky. Watch for them in varying weights for tunic tops, dresses, jackets, and slacks. This look is especially festive for winter entertaining.
Some velvet has burn-out areas that create flashes of flesh to tantalize the eyes, so you can get your holiday flirt on.
But that's not all when it comes to the scintillating tease. The recent trend for peek-a-boo exposed shoulders has spread all over the place. Cut-outs may appear anywhere. The midriff is one popular placement. Make sure yours is trim if you choose this.
If these glamorous glimpses of what lies beneath are not enough, we've also got necklines that plunge to the waist and thigh-high slits to enliven holiday parties.
My fourth fashion megatrend for this season is lace, ribbon, ruffles, and frills, creating an ultra-feminine, baroque bohemian aura. Perhaps it's time to riffle through some fashion magazine, dig an old top or jacket out of your closet, head to the notions store, and upcycle the garment with your own imagination of a romantic gypsy fantasy. Have fun.
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