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Fall fashion for 2019 | Off the Cuff


Last updated 9/26/2019 at 1:17pm

Q. What goes up and down, in and out and big and small?

A. Fashion trends.

Any time we embark on a new season, in this case as summer bows to autumn, fresh trends in fashion unfold, sometimes more subtly than others. We can always count on the fashion arena to provide us with changes and surprises season after season. Who says death and taxes are the only two things we can depend on?

Fashion trends definitely go up and down, in and out, big and small, and any combination of the above, and they do so seasonally. After many years observing the fashion industry, it is obvious that just as they go up, for example, they will soon go down. When the trend is "big", it will soon be small.

What is it that goes up and down? This mostly references hemlines, but it also relates to sleeve length and shoes/boots, particularly heel height.

And what goes in and out? Silhouettes do this. They go from fitted one season (or maybe two) to boxy the next. From tailored to oversized and back again.

Big and small refers to prints/textures, accessories and detail size (lapels, buttons, cuffs, etc.). Big and bold sunglasses are in one season, for example, and small lenses are in the next.

But enough of my fashion interpretation/philosophy. Fall fashion 2019 can be summed up in one phrase, "classic eclecticism," or the notion that classic pieces are now being reworked in different combos. These days it is all about "the mix" of pieces (even though my above interpretation is still presently at work).

Here is a rather eclectic mix of trends to watch for this fall.

•Mixing up classics: Take your classic silhouettes and style them all together. Pair a plaid or tweed blazer with your favorite logo tee and your jeans or athletic pant.

•Cozy outerwear: Teddy bear coats, faux fur jackets, capes of all lengths. Go a little mod with shearling details. So cozy!

•Suiting: Sharp shoulders, belted trench coats, plaid blazers again paired with jeans. And trousers are back.

•Prints: Florals, plaids and animal (leopard and snake reign supreme). Go ahead, show your spots. Again, wear that ever so plaid blazer.

•Colors: Pistachio, hot pink, purple (from lavender to dark grape), orange, military olive and every shade of beige. Be bold! Experiment with accessories here.

Of course one does not have to follow trends in anything, but they do show up regularly in everything from clothing and technology, foods, home decor and more. Because of this, it is difficult these days to not, at least, be exposed to trends, and there are some really cool new ones to be discovered.

Being aware of trends simply helps you stay informed and somewhat up to date, if you so choose.

For me, creating and sharing fashion inspiration is truly a joy. It's fun. It is one of the best ways I know to spread good energy and a very delightful way to earn a living.

As the sun rises and sets on each new day, the ever-changing world of fashion continuously beckons me to look at life in a new light. It demands I broaden my horizons with each new season. For that, and a whole lot more, I am forever grateful.

Off the Cuff is a monthly casual review of fashion styles, attitudes and trends by Jenny Murphy, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds.


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