**Guest Post By: Erica Gorman, Rachelle Hammond, Brian Le and Isabel Ramirez, students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Fall and winter is upon us, and that means it’s time to put away our shorts and tank tops and take out our big winter coats. In this week’s guest blog post, students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, a private design college here in Union Square, San Francisco share the hottest fall/winter 2016 fashion trends with us as well as tips and tricks on how to easily update our wardrobes to be more fashion forward.
1. What are some fashion trends we can expect to see this fall?
“Think of floral prints that we would normally see in spring, but think in darker colors like black and burgundy.” -Erica Gorman, Merchandise Product Development, 6th Quarter
“I am obsessed with the wide leg pantsuit and oversized suit jacket, and I love the re-introduction of lace and velvet for fall. These trends are already beginning to be seen on the street: velvet slip dresses under oversized menswear inspired coats and women’s suits with extended hems flowing over sneakers.” -Rachelle Hammond, Merchandise Marketing, 5th Quarter
“As we approach one of the most exciting seasons in the year for fashion, we can expect a variety of new colors and textures introduced into our wardrobes. Ways we can expect to see these colors are in chunky, textured sweaters, bright plaids, and eclectic prints that reference decorative motifs found in Eastern cultures.” -Brian Le, Fashion Design, 6th Quarter
“Fashion trends we can expect to see this fall include casual layering, fluid and long silhouettes, and monochromatic outfits. Casual layering creates looks that are relaxed such as wearing a sweater over a dress or cropped trousers with oversized jackets. Fluid and long silhouettes include flowy dresses and floor-sweeping pants inspired by bohemian fashion. Monochromatic outfits will be seen a lot this fall-- to achieve this look wear solely one color, either the same hue or variation.” -Isabel Ramirez, Merchandise Marketing, 6th Quarter
2. What colors can we expect to see this fall and how can we easily incorporate them into our wardrobe?
“Burgundy, navy, black, ivory and brown. You can pair a multicolor patch suede skirt with a solid neutral top such as ivory.” -Erica Gorman, Merchandise Product Development, 6th Quarter
“I have an issue finding colors that look good on my skin tone, so I am excited that camel and black lead the color trends this fall. Two colors that look good on everyone! A surprise color trend are salmon pink and vintage blue. These delicate colors are a refreshing change from fall’s predictable dark green and burgundy. To create a sophisticated look, go monochromatic and tailor your outfit to your best color.” -Rachelle Hammond, Merchandise Marketing, 5th Quarter
“To best incorporate new fall colors into your everyday outfits, consider using complementary colors, warm neutral tones, or a brownish-black to make a statement. Be prepared to find the calculated inclusion of vibrant hues such as cerulean blue, acid gold, and coral red from your choice designers and brands.” -Brian Le, Fashion Design, 6th Quarter
“We will be seeing a variety of colors that can easily be transitioned from a summer wardrobe into your fall wardrobe. Some of these colors include salmon pinks, vintage blues, and amber hues. In addition, this fall we will see traditional autumn colors such as bold reds, black, dark berries, and sandy camels. These colors can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe with a nice statement coat or jacket or a pair of bold boots.” -Isabel Ramirez, Merchandise Marketing, 6th Quarter
3. What are some fashion tips and tricks you can share with us?
“We are constantly inundated with “wear this with that” or “buy this not that.” The best tip: wear what makes you feel empowered, confident, and full of self-love. Break the rules! That is the best outfit you could wear!” -Rachelle Hammond, Merchandise Marketing, 5th Quarter
“When it comes to fashion, it is all about the fit of the garment. Make sure your clothes are tailored and fitted perfectly for your body shape.” -Isabel Ramirez, Merchandise Marketing, 6th Quarter
4. How can we easily transition our wardrobe from summer to fall?
“Layering! Pairing summer slip dresses with high neck tops, tights, and ankle boots.” -Erica Gorman, Merchandise Product Development, 6th Quarter
“If you are a local, you are aware of the importance of layers in San Francisco. There is nothing worse than getting caught in the fog in a summer slip dress. You look dang good, but you’re freezing! You can easily transition that slip dress into the fall by layering it over a long-sleeve mock neck and adding a moto leather jacket or an oversized trench. The layers will keep you warm and you can hang on to that really cute slip dress a little longer!” -Rachelle Hammond, Merchandise Marketing, 5th Quarter
“Transitioning wardrobes from season to season can be difficult-- this fall try wearing summer dresses (printed or solid) over a long sleeve turtle-neck. Trade in your sandals with a pair of booties and you are set!” -Isabel Ramirez, Merchandise Marketing, 6th Quarter
“One of my favorite casual fall looks that can be easily adapted for warmer or colder weather is a classic crew neck t-shirt in gray or white matched with cuffed, light wash skinny jeans (a great excuse to keep those white skinnies!), black or brown suede chelsea boots (with a chunky heel for an extra edge), your standard denim trucker jacket or a leather motorcycle jacket, topped off with a colorful scarf in any of the above predicted colors. With colder weather, feel free to substitute the jacket with a minimalist cocoon-shaped wool coat to keep a casual but stylish look.” -Brian Le, Fashion Design, 6th Quarter
FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) is a private design college, accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Commission) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). The college grants Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees as well as Associate of Arts degrees in design related fields. The college is an academically challenging and supportive educational environment where student centered learning flourishes. Classes are led by qualified faculty who are committed to dynamic classrooms and inspiring student curiosity. Student success, supported through high touch student services and a dedicated academic team create student engagement leading to degree completion. FIDM is a college of applied arts that fosters creativity, commitment, and knowledge. www.fidm.edu