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Fall 2019 trends to watch

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The fall 2019 season is starting to appear in stores, and we are catching a glimpse of what made it from the runways to the streets. The fall 2019 runways included menswear, vintage vibes, texture, and darker colors than previous fall seasons. We saw influences from the 1940’s through to the 1990’s. The looks included athleisure, power suits, slim silhouettes, and a return to ladylike, feminine dressing. Stores shelves are almost in the same place for fall.

Store buyers went big on atheisure, power suits, blazers, anything plaid, animal prints and vintage inspiration from the 1980’s and 90’s; with a few 60’s hemlines thrown in, just to mix things up. Here is what to expect on the streets for fall.

Menswear inspiration:

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Look for power suits, blazers instead of jackets, plaid on anything and everything, trouser pants on casual days, and clunky, chunky shoes. Think 1980’s Wall Street power suit. That’s your new look for the office, and anytime you want to exert your power.

Get ready to roar!

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Any type of animal print is hot for fall. Look for animal prints on all of your clothing, and grab yourself a pair of snakeskin boots. They are the IT boot style for fall! Meow! Roar! And any other noises animals make. Haha Grrrrr!

Where’s the big hair?

Everything 80’s is hot for fall, except the big mall hair. Leave your Aquanet under the sink this season, you can rock those exaggerated shoulders and sleeves without it. Look for giant puff sleeves, big shoulders, inverted triangle silhouettes, and neon hues mixed among the racks of dark, autumn hues. Think neon yellow, two different earrings, scrunchies, big bows, secretary blouses, and pencil skirts.

Smells like the 90’s

Who said the 90’s were dead? Obviously they live under a rock. Doc’s are back, so whip out your Mod look from the early 90’s and rocks those combat boots with your head held high. Also, be sure to pair them with a tight, black bodysuit underneath paprbag waist pants. Your rave is ready for you; and so is The Cure.

The great hemline debate

I have missed the hemline debate. It seems as if hemlines haven’t mattered in more than a decade. I remember when your hemline showed the world what you knew about fashion. No-one would dare wear last year’s hemline! The horror! Well guess what peeps! Hemline significance is back. For fall 2019 look for 60’s a-line mini-skirts, 90’s rocker postage stamp mini skirts, knee length pencil skirts, and pleated t-length skirts. Maxi’s are always accepted. Those are the hemline rules! Will you follow them?

Fall 2019’s color palette

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Colors speak for themselves right? I don’t need to try and be witty? 😉

Athleisure / street style

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Athleisure is the trend that keeps on giving. Look for adidas logos everywhere, and make sure you have a pair of Superstar’s in your wardrobe. Funky sweatpants, exaggerated sole sneakers, and workout clothing you wouldn’t wear to the gym because it’s too nice. That’s what falls athleisure trend is all about. Get comfy-just make sure you don’t actually sweat in that look, um-kay?

Sparkle and shine, it’s Studio 54 time! Again.

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Yes, sparkles are back, and they were not gone long. Chances are you have sparkling fabrics and sequins hanging in your closet. Grab those sparkles and pair them with jeans, wide-leg trousers and pencil skirts. Shine like the star you are!

Shrink to fit handbags

Ditch the oversize bag, this season is all about medium and small, not mini or nano, top handle satchels. One top handle please. Look for snakeskin, metallic, and smooth, structured leathers. Logos are over; so store or consign your Louis. A logo on the clasp of a bag doesn’t count. Those are always there, they are not a trend. Your handbag should whisper; if it flashes, it’s so two years ago.

Also, dressy bags should sparkle-not whisper, (confused yet?), and quilted bags are gaining momentum and could explode in 2020.

More trends to watch:

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wide leg pants on the Noon by Noor fall 2019 NYFW runway

Pants this season are slim and cropped, paperbag waisted, or wide legged. Nothing else. That’s all.

Ruffles have rrrrrrrrridges! It’s “Little House on the Prairie” time people! Make sure you have too many ruffles on your blouse or dress, that way no-one can count them. Ruffle up!

Mock turtlenecks. No-one said you had to rock every trend. Um. . .yeah. . .

Denim trends follow pant trends. Look for wide legs, slim and cropped, dramatic side slits, and also, bootcut is back.

Your shoes should be metallic, snakeskin, a pair of Doc’s, or funky street sneakers. Also look for combat boots, lug soles, almost-platform soles, and any kind of tread. No-one has any excuse to slip on ice this year!

Did you lose an earring? It’s OK, wearing two matching earrings is so last year. Rock those mis-matched earrings like it’s 1986. Also, pearls are hot. That’s all.

Well, that’s the summary of the fall 2019 fashion trends which made it from the runways to the streets. As the fall season progresses, I will dig deep into trends which really work well on the street, and that I approve of. You won’t catch me in a mock turtleneck. Ew.

My current fall 2019 obsessions:

Which trends for fall 2019 do you like or dislike? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Chloe Aby convertible shoulder bag review

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Have you been longing for a new IT bag from Chloe? I know I have! It has been a few years since I have seen a new handbag style from Chloe that caught my attention. Perhaps it has to do with what I need in my wardrobe, or maybe it is design driven; whatever the case, Chloe has caught my attention with their new Aby handbag for the upcoming fall 2019 season.

Introduced for fall 2019, the Chloe Aby handbag is both a throwback to Chloe’s first IT bag, and a nod to the future of the design house. Featuring a Chloe Paddington lock, a well-loved feature of the IT bag which launched Chloe onto the IT bag stage, the Chloe Aby offers a bit of nostalgia without repeating something that was hot in the past. Love that!

Around 2005, the Chloe Paddington launched onto the IT bag scene. It was an ordinary, soft and casual satchel with an extraordinary detail; a heavy Chloe lock. The lock is what caught everyone’s attention, and soon, the Paddington was the hottest handbag in town. To illustrate how popular this bag was, there were fake Paddington’s roaming the streets; just like the ever popular swap-meet Louis’s we have spotted for decades. This bag was on fire!

Then poof! The IT bag market heated up and the Paddington became yesterday’s news. When that happened, there was something dated about the lock, and people shelved or sold their Paddington’s in favor of newer styles. Chloe reintroduced the bag about 5-6 years ago, in the hopes of re-igniting what once was, but like the Fendi Baguette and the Dior Saddle bag, they were over before they attempted to re-start. <sigh>

But for fall 2019, and I hate starting a paragraph and sentence with the word “but,” but seriously, it has to be done! For fall 2019, Chloe has defied the odds and designed us a fabulous, casual satchel bearing the Paddington lock. The Chloe Aby satchel comes in two sizes; small and medium. I fell in love with the bag as soon as I watched the fall runway on You Tube. I knew instantly this bag needed to be in my wardrobe. I love the nostalgia mixed with the modern design. Plus, it looked like a workhorse! Love that!

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The Chloe Aby handbag is a great choice for an everyday bag this fall 2019 season. Not only that, it has the makings of becoming the next IT bag. After all, the handbag market hasn’t had a stand-out IT bag in quite some time. The Chloe Aby is ready to fill that void.

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If you are looking for a solid, everyday bag, the Chloe Aby is it. The outside of the bag features a top handle, which is a hot fall trend, and also a shoulder strap. This gives the bag a casual look and versatility. It also has a soft silhouette which offers just enough stiffness to hold it’s shape without slouching. That really is the best of both worlds!

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Inside the Chloe Aby, there are two main compartments which are roomy enough for a small book, bag of snacks for the kids, gloves on cold days, and more! Between the two main compartments there is a slim zipper pocket which is great for important papers, or theater tickets. In addition to large areas, the Chloe Aby also offers a slim interior pocket which is great for placing tickets, receipts, or a phone. It’s very practical and handy!

My one complaint about the new Chloe Aby bag, is the clasp. It is magnetic, but it also has to be lifted up and slipped down to get the top of the clasp out of the bottom lock. It has taken some practice, and I have gotten the hand of it, but just keep in mind you may to fiddle with it a few times before mastering the security of the magnetic clasp. It’s really easy to open when wearing the bag cross body; which is a plus! Other than that, the bag is easy to reach into, and practical for everyday use. This is why I chose the Chloe Aby in black. Black is a great, classic hue which will be easy to pair with any outfit I wear this fall season and beyond. The Chloe Aby is not going to be a one season bag, this will be a handbag which sticks around for several seasons; hopefully it stands the test of time like the Marcie! I really love this bag!

Shop the Chloe Aby handbag online:

What do you think of the new Chloe Aby handbag? Will you be investing in one? If so, which color is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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The return of the mini satchel

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They’re baaaa-aaack! Did you miss them? Or were you like me; a little bit relieved that bags got bigger so you could carry more stuff? Yeah, mini bags got old fast. So why in the world are they back? Perhaps they never actually went away. . .

While mini bags had their hey-day a few years back, many handbag fans could never jump on the trend. The mini bag requires a special kind of handbag connoisseur. One who only carries lipstick, a small set of keys, and a smaller smart phone. If you attempt to carry a wallet, sunglasses, or any other common purse essential in your handbag, the mini satchel would not allow it. It was quite unforgiving!

When bags crept up in size, taking us back to small and medium sizes, the mini satchel appeared to disappear into oblivion; until now. For some reason, there have always been hold-outs. Despite the size of handbags getting back to a more practical size, many handbag fans have stood their ground and continued to defy logic by carrying around teeny, tiny, little bags that often-times look like they would refuse a small set keys!

Designers and brands aren’t dumb, they can see a potential market. They figured out there were enough mini bag holdouts walking the streets to sustain a comeback. Boy, are they all making a comeback! Don’t get me wrong, I love a comeback story, but mini bags? Worse, mini-satchels? The structure of the satchel makes the bag harder to get into than a mini cross body bag with a nice zipper, or a mini hobo bag and the like. Satchels are often narrow at the top, right where your hand needs to reach for something. It’s a great way to chip nail polish, scratch your hand on a zipper, or become frustrated from the annoying mini opening of your mini bag. So much mini! Ugh!

Don’t get me wrong, mini bags have their place, perhaps even, the mini satchel. But, and this is a big but, there isn’t anything practical about a mini satchel. They seem ornamental to me. The only time I find a mini satchel practical is if I am dressed up for a special occasion and don’t need to carry sunglasses, car keys, or a wallet. When that is the case, the mini satchel needs to be dressy, if not formal. For those types of occasions, I tend to reach for a formal bag. Is it just me? Am I the only one who feels like one’s hand should fit inside one’s bag? Am I the only one that wants to fit my wallet in my purse?

It should be interesting to see if the mini satchel makes as big of a comeback on the streets, as it has on store shelves at this very moment.

What are your thoughts on the mini satchel trend? Is this a trend you enjoy wearing? Or are you like me, and you demand a bit more space inside your bags?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy