Hello, dark plaids and plush velvets. Goodbye, peonies and poppies. (Right?) The trendlet Not necessarily. Sheaths and slim trousers, blouses and bags, and pumps and pants feature plenty of petaled motifs on wine, evergreen, navy, and, yes, even black backgrounds this fall.
Cropped pants are making hard stops at the ankle. The trendlet Ankle-length pants - whether boyfriend jeans or cotton twill skinnies - are jazzing up the classic blouse, toning down the graphic T, and dressing up the backless yoga tank. Heels are optional.
On any given day, a waist-defining skirt in a polka dot or floral print is a cute option. The trendlet Sheaths, peplum frocks, cold-shoulder blouses, and wide-legged trousers made from West African fabrics are giving the centuries-old textile techniques quite a modern flavor.
Elizabeth Wellington is the fashion columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She covers celebrity style, pop-culture and the burgeoning local designer scene.