The following is a guest post from our friends at The Budget Fashionista.
Fall is the time when shoppers tend to turn their thoughts from summer easy casual fashion to fall’s latest fashion trends. While, we love fall’s fashion, it can be a pain to find out the what trends are in and which ones you should spend your money on. Here are a few tips for finding the latest fall fashion trends.
Sites like Refinery29, TrendHunter, Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com, and of course, yours truly, The Budget Fashionista, are all excellent places to find out what’s next. Most of these sites attend New York Fall Fashion Week and publish reports/articles on the latest fall fashion trends.
Watch Fashion Week Runway Shows Online.
Fashion Week, the bi-annual event where top fashion designers/brands show their latest collections, is actually held six months prior to the actual season. While it’s difficult to get an invite for fashion week, you can watch most of the designer runway shows online at sites like Youtube.com, by searching for the designer and the season (ex: “Michael Kors Fall 2011”)
Turn to the Streets.
Fashion designers often turn to the streets to find inspiration for their collections. Marc Jacobs hit big in Spring 2001 with his Steven Sprouse graffiti designed bags for Louis Vuitton. Juicy Couture sweat suits bear an eerie resemblance to the terry cloth sweat suits worn by early hip-hop artists like LL Cool J. Head to your nearest urban center and observe what the young and hip are wearing, and don your own version of the trend. You can also check out street style sites like StyleCaster, The Sartorialist, and Tommy Ton’s Jak and Jil.
Observe Social and Economic Cues.
Fashionistas often use outside cues, like the health of the economy, to figure out the next fall fashion trend. For example, skirt lengths tend to fluctuate with the economy (skirt lengths shorter when the economy is better versus longer lengths when the economy is poor. Guess what’s the major fashion trend for fall 2011?). Fashionable leather tote bags became popular as more women entered the work place and needed bags that transitioned from work to play. On that same note, "murses." Designers like Coach and Jack Spade, to give men a stylish, masculine bag to carry their smart phones, wallets and other items, introduced male purses.
Hire A Stylist.
Hiring a personal stylist is another way to find out the latest in fall fashion trends. While hiring a stylist can be pretty expensive ($50-$100+ an hour), they can help you discover more about your personal style and give you tips on integrating fall’s latest fashion trends into your wardrobe. You can get style help for free from the personal styling departments of major department stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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