Recently Arlene Goldstein, the VP of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk, hosted an event outlining the 2014 fall fashion trends to better help you find your fabulous. These trends have been split up into three style statements for the season – complex simplicity, his is hers, and rebel, rebel. A fashion event at Belk would be incomplete without the Most Wanted lists for both men and women’s fashions. See below for Arlene’s guidelines to staying fashionable this fall.
Complex simplicity brings in new proportions and an emphasis on architectural details from shoes, to jewelry, to handbags. This category features predominantly black and white tones with textural blocking. Mainstays of this trend are leather accents, statement jewelry, longer hemlines, and graphic patterns. These pieces are easy to wear and ultra modern.
The his is hers style statement is a continuation of women borrowing from menswear. This category is all about pattern mixing with menswear favorites like trousers, vests, and the classic white shirt. Fall in love with texture as the new tweeds, wools, leather, and furs take center stage. Updates of classic patterns can act as neutrals, while the color palette sees an emergence of wine tones and camel. For accessories, the small backpack makes a return.
Everyone looks just a bit cooler while embracing the third style statement, rebel, rebel. Opposites attract with this trend that utilizes unexpected pairings like leather and lace, winter florals and British plaids, and feminine silhouettes with metal details. Look for buckles, zippers, and metal accents on not only separates, but also accessories to round out the look.
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In addition to the fall style statements, Belk has also released its Most Wanted List for men and women’s fashions for the fall. The top-ten lists serve as a guide for the fall fashion staples that should be in everyone’s closets this fall.
Women’s Most Wanted List
1. Soft Pant – These are softly structured pants that are often athletic inspired. 2. Longer Skirts – The hemlines are coming down this season, and the maxi is here to stay. 3. Creative Cardigan – Cardigans are always a wardrobe staple, but step it up with trim accents or different textures perfect for layering. 4. Novelty Vest – Vests in a variety of patterns, styles, and textures add a boost to just about any outfit. 5. Fashion Sweatshirt – Not your run-of-the-mill crewneck, but rather structured sweatshirts with embellishments and blocking. 6. Tunic Top – This top is a versatile staple piece, and comes in a variety of fabrics like plaid and tartan. 7. Midi Length Sheath – This is a classic sheath dress, but the hem drops a bit this season. 8. Statement Neck – No need to follow boundaries here. Feel free to mix metal finishes, go for bold stones, and look for chain details.9. Over the Knee Boots – A number-one seller for Belk, over the knee boots remain a staple in classic colors like black and brown. 10. Satchel – Totes and satchels are becoming more feminine and hand-held, and are sure to add some flair or a pop of color to any outfit.
Men’s Most Wanted List
1. Tailored Vest – Use this piece to complete an outfit, and look for vests in herringbone and tweeds. 2. Athletic Top – This is a key piece for mixing and layering. Take inspiration from a classic baseball tee. 3. Chambray Shirt – Perfect for dressing up or down any outfit. This is a good pair with a suit or classic chinos. 4. Corduroy Pant – Saturated colors are the go-to for the corduroy pant. Works great for the office or the weekend. 5. Henley – There are some on-trend updates for this classic closet staple like slub yarns, textures, thermals, and interesting plackets. 6. Puffer – This is the number-one completer piece (vest or jacket) for the season with the added bonus of being lightweight. 7. Velvet Sport Coat – Look for a trim fit and pick one in a rich jewel tone for early fall. Works well with jeans or a dress pant. 8. Jog Pant – Take this athletic-inspired item and pair with more polished sportswear pieces. 9. Fashion Add-ons – The little things that count! Add some accessories whether it be a tie clip, cuff links, or go all the way with a boutonniere. 10. Boot – These come in styles from rugged to retro and are perfect transition shoes from the office to weekend fun. Look for boots with contrasting colors between the sole and the bottom of the boot.