The time has come. Summer is coming to an end and with Fall sneaking up on us, prepping the closet is mandatory. It’s time to put away all those precious sandals and dust off those boots.
Bidding farewell to a season is always hard, as hard as not touching that Ben & Jerry’s pint on a boring Sunday afternoon, as hard as fighting that urge to buy those pricey pumps that you end up buying because you just convinced yourself that you “needed” them (even if needing them means maxing out your credit card and living on canned soup for a month). Spring 2012 was memorable with all those sugary shades, lively floral prints, the neon invasion and the peplum, the most coveted and used trend. It’s a bit sad that Zara doesn’t look like a candy shop anymore, not that we are snubbing the new collection but we kind of liked the sugar coated trend.
The good news? Some Spring trends will be sticking with us for Fall (think peplum, think digital prints!) and for the rest, we can still adapt them and give them a new seasonal twist, which brings us to transitions. You know how Tarzan never lets go of a vine until he has a good grip on the other? That’s how to transition in fashion— you hold on to Spring until you get a good grip on Fall and while you are at it, you mix them both. And if you ask us, that’s the best part because you get to play with the best of both worlds.
Mashing-up trends from both seasons is the ultimate transition weapon, that’s why we have come up with three different looks, each with two different trends, one Spring, one Fall. Let the games begin!
PASTELS AND OXBLOOD
Spring 2012 is best known for candy-coating. Everyone from Louis Vuitton and Jonathan Saunders to Zara did pastels this season. Still got that powder pink jumper or those mint skinny jeans? Why not pair them up with the hottest shade this Fall, the dramatic Oxblood. Alexander Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg were among the designers who showcased this wine color on their Fall 2012 catwalks. Zara has it in different shapes and garments but to us, a pair of oxblood, skin-tight, leather pants is the key piece for your wardrobe.
The look: Powder pink sweater, Carven / Double collar shirt, ASOS / Wax oxblood pants, Zara / Off-white pumps, ASOS / Pelican satchel, Alexander Wang / Tan watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs / Ram ring, Topshop / Relic ring (from set), Topshop / Cameo necklace, River Island / Stylenomics nail polish, Essie
SCARF PRINT AND WHITE
The scarf print was definitely one the most pleasant surprises form the Spring 2012 runways. Dolce & Gabbana mastering the art of the foulard for their last D&G collection was all we needed to Fall in love (our sole purpose on the Zara sales was to score three or four silk blouses with that fabulous print). We know that you are not ready to store your scarf print shorts inside the don’t-open-till-Spring drawer, that’s why you need to pair them with a Fall trend that’s minimal and easy to wear: white. White coats, white wide-legged trousers, white silk blouses, white, white white was all we saw the last February on Fashion Week. From J. Mendel’s flawless tailoring to Mango’s crisp tuxedo blazers, this is gonna be a white, white Fall.
The look: Pussybow blouse, Zara / Tuxedo jacket, Mango / Scarf print shorts, Boohoo / Mustard sandals, Zara / Quilted shoulder bag, Marc Jacobs / Gold watch, Nixon / Chain bracelet pack, ASOS / Spike bracelet, ASOS / Skull bracelet, ASOS / Charm ring, Whistles / Blue boy nail polish, Chanel
PAJAMAS AND BAROQUE
This Spring, the lazy gal’s dream came true: going out in your pajamas is not a crime of fashion anymore. But no, not the flannel, frumpy, don’t-mistake-me-for-a-hobo kind (even though we’ve all been caught once or twice on a Sunday supermarket trip wearing bootie slippers, Tweety pajama bottoms and an up-do that would make a chignon cry). We all know Stella McCartney was crowned the “Spring Pajama Queen”, then Zara followed and now we all have pajama garments inside our closets. So don’t get rid of that silk blouse just yet, you can always pair it with one of the strongest trends of the season: Baroque. We owe it to Domenico and Stefano once again and we can’t thank them enough. This Fall, lavish and opulence are the new black and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
The look: Pajama shirt, Theory / Leather ruffle skirt, Zara / Baroque cardigan, River Island / Black wedges, Zara / Quilted bag, Chanel / Leopard bangle, J.Crew / Ring set, Topshop / Flower locket, River Island / Skirting the issue nail polish, Essie
So, what trend mash-up will you be pulling off today? Pastels and Oxblood? Scarf print and white? Pajamas and baroque? You can even throw in a peplum if you haven’t tried the hottest trend yet!
Illustrations by Ana Sofia