Fall is a season that might not mean much in a tropical climate, but in the world of fashion it’s the Holy Grail! Editors and style bloggers from all over the world are mobilised for Fashion Week, new arrival sections are abuzz and girls everywhere prepare to dig into their pockets for a much-needed closet refresh. Here, we’re answering some of the pressing questions on how to navigate this season’s biggest trends.
1. How do I pull off a fall-appropropriate Bohemian style without looking like a gypsy?
If the aim of the game is to avoid looking as though you’re part of a nomadic tribe, you can still wear Bohemian-inspired pieces to laudable sartorial results. You don’t always have to resort to embroidered kimonos or heavy layers of paisley and fringed outerwear. Instead, accessorise your look with roomy bags like hobos, crescent bags or messenger bags. Choose footwear fashioned from tanned leather and suede. Go for belts with engraved buckles that shout for attention rather than play second fiddle to function.
2. Flare jeans are all the rage this season. What do I wear them with?
This 70’s trend is once again seeing a resurgence after laying dormant for a good part of the decade! Flare jeans are perfect for lengthening your legs and streamlining your waist, but can be intimidating. One wrong move and you’ll be sent tumbling right back into the continuum of obsolete fashion trends.
For starters, keep the volume to the bottom of your ensemble, and wear flare jeans with flattering but minimalist staples that won’t engulf your silhouette. We’re talking ribbed sweaters, plain white tees, tailored shirts and even turtlenecks. Then take the vintage vibes up a notch by adding to the equation a crescent bag or shoulder bag. Round it off with chunky heels or platforms – more fall staples that are steadily climbing the sartorial ranks. Then, go forth and turn heads in this season’s most stylish trend!
3. Rich, dark hues are trending this fall. What do I match these colours with?
Marsala, reflecting pond, stormy weather – the latest Fall colours crowned by Pantone are a far fetch from the warm earthy tones that’re typically synonymous with this season. But they’re surprisingly simple to pull off! Simply match each colour with more mellow hues or prints and textures that won’t overwhelm the eye at first glance.
For dark reds: try paisley prints, which will pop against the rich and sophisticated backdrop of Marsala, or neutral colours like black, beige and grey.
For shades of blue: stripes perfectly complement dark aqua and navy. Alternatively, try matching with lace to add some feminine elegance to your look.
For dark greens: wear with classic floral prints, or even a blue-green ombre print if you’re feeling even more adventurous!
4. Now that it’s Fall, bucket bags are making a comeback. How do I pick the right one for myself?
Mansur Gavriel might have started this style epidemic, but you won’t be hard pressed to find a bucket bag in every designer boutique this season. Whether or not to get a bucket bag with a drawstring is an important deciding factor, as is the presence of a top handle, shoulder strap, or both. Consider the context of usage, and if your daily needs will require these accessories. Size-wise, be strategic – while most bucket bags are roomy enough to fit everything but the kitchen sink, an oversized version can come off as sloppy. If you know you won’t be toting around much save for the essentials, choose a petite version instead. Most importantly, choose those that are minimalist in terms of colours and patterns, to avoid looking garish!