cover pictures from left to right: coat-Paul and Joe Sister, bag-Sezane, jacket – And Other Stories, velvet jacket-Weekday, Leopard belt-BalzacParis, dress-Hartford, Blouse-Day Off, Croco bag-Sandro, Croco boots- Ganni, shoes-Anthology Paris
As Parisian shopping windows flourish with new Fall/Winter Collections, let’s make a review of what will be the strong trends « à la Parisienne » for this next season.
1/ Jeans, jeans, jeans… but not skinny ones
Jeans have always been French staples and we all are for searching the « jeans of our life », the one that is the best fitted for us… That’s why we usually ditched the skinny ones. Unless being really skinny yourself, skinny jeans badly underline tights (and chicken tights), large hips or curved calves… A high-waisted pair of jeans with a straight leg or slight flair is much more flattering and will balance out a feminine silhouette.
Jeans from Weekday
Paul and Joe Sister
2/ Boots and Booties
Unlike the Parisian legend says, no, we are not running to catch the metro and walking all day long on pavement streets with 12 cm black stilettos… In Fall and winter season we favor our boots and low boots and they will surely be back in our wardrobe this season. Some of us already have splurged on Isabel Marant’s genuine Dickers when others bought « look like » models… But a new trend is raising this season: the western style boots (we call them « Santiags »). Western looking but not the genuine cowboys’ boots we were wearing in the 80’…
How do I wear it? With modern urban style clothes or a pair of jeans. No western style boot flare pants nor fringe jackets, we’re not applying for a job in a Saloon, right ;)
Boots Isabel Marant
Boots Patricia Blanchet
3/ Masculine style pieces in Checks/Pied de poule/Chevron/ Prince of Whales… prints
This is not really a « new » trend but we still see it declined in a lot of collections. Even for shoes…
How do I wear it? Adding a feminine touch with soft colors, a delicate top, a neckless or a dress.
Left: M. Moustache ; Right: Mellow Yellow
4/ Romantic blouses
A quiet steady trend that we find again among a lot of brands
How do I wear it? Just the opposite than above: with jeans or pants in a cool/relax way and not adding too much of girly accessories
4/ Panther/ Leopard/Snakeskin… and even Crocodile : wild animal prints everywhere
This trend isn’t completely new either but it will continue this year.
How do I wear it? No panther total look! Only in small touches as a top, sneakers, pouches, belts, scarves…
Loafers and bag from Swildens
5/ Flower prints dresses and corduroy are coming back again from the ’70s
6/ Oversized sweater and hoodies
These are quite interesting to give a relaxed nonchalant look to any of fall-winter outfits
How do I wear it? With nothing too loose: a long skirt, classic cut pants or a straight one
7/ A slight move in shoe design: pointed toes or/and square heels
As it usually hurts the feet, I don’t know if this new pointed shoe trend will last long. Pointed heels can also be too contratsting with muscled calves.
The other shoes trend – square heels – fits all legs shapes and is much more comfortable and easy to wear.
Bimba y Lola
I surely forgot something but it’s a first seasonal review…
And most important, these trends might inspire you but you don’t need to adopt any if:
– You don’t like it (or you already feel bored of it),
– It doesn’t look good on you,
– It doesn’t match with any of your wardrobe items,
– It’s certainly not your style
Because, as Alexander Mc Queen said once:
« Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment »