One Fall Trend With the Lifespan of a Classic

Most trends these days are so extreme that they have about a 30-minute lifespan before starting to look dated. But one item coming to the fashion forefront for Fall ’18 is already a classic.  Skin prints are always on the style radar, but this year they are much more that a blip.  And embracing the trend – even in small ways – can give your classic garments a bit of added edge.  Even if you think you aren’t an animal print type … check this out.

The runways are crawling (sorry, I couldn’t resist) with coats, skirts and accessories in prints mimicking the fur of  various jungle cats.  Check out this collage from InStyle magazine for a sense of the power of this trend.  Then we’ll talk about how to interpret it in Real Life.

If you’re not ready to go all-in with the cats, here are some ways to integrate a touch of this trend.   Footwear in a skin print adds spunk and sizzle, especially to  any outfit in a mix of solid colors.  A few things to consider  (illustrated with options from DSW.com – find them on that site by searching their names.)

Animal-look shoes are available at every level from play-wear to pumps, but take care not choose versions that blend over into  bedroom slipper looks.  Firm textures, solid leather-like accents and toes shapes more pointed than rounded all send a clear day-wear message.

Many animal print accessories are in warm colorations, and in fact can be a great way to warm up a cool black or navy outfit to flatter a woman with warm tones in her own coloring:

But with a bit of searching you can also find animal-patterned footwear in cooler browns, taupes and grays if those are the predominant neutrals in your closet.  These are also from DSW.com.

As much fun as patterned footwear can be, you never want your feet to be the most eye-catching part of your appearance.  The higher the light/dark contrast within the pattern, the more attention the shoes attract.  So choose skin prints with a lesser contrast – the left-hand one is more subtle than the one on the right. .

Scarves are another great way to integrate this skin trend into your wardrobe.  These 15″ chiffon squares from our own inventory – in warm and cool color options –  are just $10.

Add a pendant and wear one of these as a necklace.  Knot one onto the handle of your bag. Or see easy ways to wear them in our YouTube tutorial

Or if you prefer an abstract that just hints at the animal trend, consider one of these satin stripe oblong scarves in camel/blue, herb green/brown or blue/gray/taupe.  They’re also from our inventory, and you’ll find ways to wear them HERE,   HERE  and HERE.

For some garment ideas in this skin-print trend, check this post with ready-to-wear examples and this one for a great sew-it-yourself option.

 

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I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

4 Comments

  1. Sue Porter on September 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Found Simplicity 8218–love the faux fur vest and hope to make it. Looks like a good introduction to sewing on that kind of fabric. Eyeing some mink-looking fabric now. Thanks!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Should be darling – I’d love to see a picture when you have it complete.

  2. cre8ful12 on October 3, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Will you share the link for the super cute Yanus shoes next to the Fairview ones? I can’t find them anywhere. They look great for work. Thanks.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on October 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      You have excellent taste. It seems that shoe is sold out. Everywhere. I have checked not only DSW, but a couple of other shoe sites and a general online search. Including variations on the spelling just in case I got that wrong. Including a scroll thru all multi-color, brown and beige shoes on the various sites. No cigars. I’m so sorry.

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