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Nov 27 2018

Fashion Forward Thinking

By Sara Campbell for The Island Connection

Dramatic bows adorn evening wear this season.

Since fall and holiday fashion shows happen more than six months before the first autumn leaf turns yellow, it’s easy to forget which motifs graced runways in multiples during Fashion Week. When fall apparel trickles into stores in July, Charlestonians are certainly more concerned with taming frizz and loading up on sunblock than they are with wearing scarves and sweaters, naturally.

Sara Campbell’s boxy cashmere sweater.

The runways provided plenty of strong ideas for this season. Some prominent themes were patchwork, animal prints, glossy “wet look” fabrics, and oversized suiting. As can be expected with runway fashion, not every trend can translate seamlessly into everyday wear. Some are just too over-the-top and some are not conducive to remaining cool or warm, depending on the season and your climate (we’ll pass on that wool suit in July, thanks!)

Alternatively, some fashion trends can easily migrate into your closet for the holiday season and those are the most fun, because they give us a reason to go shopping! Rich reds, beautiful bows, and dark florals are three holiday apparel trends to be aware of this season to ensure best-dressed status at your numerous get-togethers.

Rich reds are dominating fall and holiday apparel collections in both rosy and burgundy tones. You’ll see red serving as the main attraction and as a featured pop of color on printed items. If you don’t think red is right for your complexion, you’ll easily find wraps, scarves, totes, and small leather goods in attractive, timeless red tones.

Sara Campbell’s boxy cashmere mock neck sweater comes in a handful of colors, but we love this vibrant red for the holidays and beyond. Wear it with your favorite dark denim for a night out with friends or pair it with satin pants to attend a social event.

With the holiday season approaching, the phrase “put a bow on it” never sounded better. Think of it like this: you are the gift. Subtle bows are found on daywear and dramatic bows adorn eveningwear. Looking for a dress that will leave an impression on everyone at the party? Look no further than a multi-texture chemise with a dramatic silk bow on the back.

 The dark floral print trend started this summer and has proven its longevity into the fall and holiday seasons. Just swap light cotton for luxe jacquard and these moody prints remain perfectly on-trend. Since many of these wearable trends overlap, take notice of dark florals with pops of red to really shine.

If you’re like the rest of us, Fashion Week might seem more like an entertainment segment than a source of dressing inspiration. Some of the fashions are extreme and intimidating. The key to fashion stardom is to break down major themes into smaller notes that can be represented in your daily wardrobe. Be prepared to receive plenty of compliments this holiday season.

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