Sometimes the trends in fashion simply don’t suit every woman’s personal style. When that occurs, a lot of us don’t want to spend tons of money on items we know we won’t wear often, if at all. Still, we also don’t want to be so far off of the trend that we appear outdated and behind the times. When these kinds of situations arise, we can respond one of two ways. We can go ahead and purchase fashion items from our local bohemian boutique that we don’t really want, or we can stick to fashion basics and add a few pieces of updated jewelry or accessories to spice up what we already have in our wardrobe.
A lot of women I know like myself, no longer work outside the home. Therefore, most of them rarely spend a lot of money on trendy fashion. Like me, they stick pretty close to the fashion basics in their garment choices and focus their purchases on great accessory pieces. For information on the current trends in jewelry, see my article “The Must Have Jewelry Pieces for Fall 2017.” This article will focus solely on “Accessory Necessities for Fall 2017.”
The overall trends for this fall include accessory items of leather and fur as well as urban warrior padded and quilted microfibers. Colors range from flashy metallics in buttery golds to deep bronzes and shimmering silvers in pewter and gunmetals; jewel tones of rich reds, blues and purples; earth tones and classic black. While there will be plenty of solids, there will also be lots of patterns. These will include tweeds, houndstooth, animal prints and geometric designs, including a return to color blocks. Hottest of all are patent leathers in both classic black and rich jewel tone colors.
Boots continue to be ultra hot with styles ranging from the shoe boot, often referred to as a “shootie;” slouch boots from just above the ankle to just below the knee; to smooth, sleek knee high boots. But the hottest boot of the season are lace ups. It might be a retro “grandma” design or a more updated knee-high style, but the focus is on the feminine lacing.
Those who want something totally new, will likely choose boots done in exotic leathers like snake, croc, or ostrich. Others might try a pair with feminine accents like bows, flowers or pleats. Uggs and similar fur boots also remain popular, so women who already have them are a step ahead of the rest. Boots this fall and winter will be worn with leggings and tights and also have jeans tucked inside. Even short boots will be worn with skirts. This fall, almost anything goes with regard to wearing fashion boots.
Shoes are going retro as well. The oxford look of the 50’s is back but in a brand new way. This time they are paired with stiletto or stacked heels, making them a perfect accessory for this fall’s hot pencil skirts and men’swear suits. Classic Mary Janes get an updated look as well. There will be tons of them in fabric, patent leather and more. The retooled design will feature high, stacked heels meant to make a big splash on the fashion scene, while also remaining feminine; an important part of this year’s fashion trend. Peep toe shoes continue into the fall, but are now updated in trendy tweeds, tartan plaids and stunning velvets. Styles range from the traditional high heel to the recently resurrected wedge.
One “must have” for every wardrobe is a pair of ballerina flats. The good news however, is that these classic shoes are now offered in more materials and designs than ever before. Women who aren’t sure what color to purchase should go for a neutral metallic in gold, silver, pewter, copper, bronze or gunmetal. For pizzazz think about choosing a pair of ruby slippers or another sequin color ranging from clear to deep blues, greens and purples. As always, ballerina flats will be available in various colors of velvet as well. They’ll also be done in denims, plaids, tweeds, wools and other fabrics as well. And many will feature jewels, bows, flowers, ruffles and other accents. There should be a pair of ballerinas to match any outfit and express every woman’s individual point of view.
Handbags like shoes, will be highly varied. The key to choosing a handbag this year is size. Most women will go either for an understated clutch or a big, slouchy satchel. But there will be plenty that will go for something in between. Handbags will come in various fabrics, from updated metallics to trendy tweeds, standard and exotic animal skins and patterns from floral to geometric designs. One of my least favorite trends is the urban warrior quilted look, but there will be plenty of women who will embrace it, I’m sure.
Belts are a super hot accessory this fall. In fact, a lot of women will layer belts to get a big, bold look. Belt designs will range from real and faux leathers to stretchy elastics. There will also be chain and bead belts, some with at least a touch of fur, and all kinds of other combinations. They’ll be thin, super wide, and everything in between.
Women will really polish their outfits this year. That means many will be searching for retro hats and gloves. Think about the femme fatales of Hollywood’s golden era with their elbow length gloves and feminine fedoras. But many hats will be far less structured, like newsboy toppers, slouch hats and French berets. With just a few carefully chosen accessories and/or jewelry pieces, any woman can take a fashion basic outfit and make it fit into this year’s hottest trends. All it takes is a little imagination and a few extra bucks. Here is a summary of the top accessory necessities:
Boots; from feminine “shootie” designs to trendy animal prints and lace-up designs.